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Watch Bob Dylan, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood perform ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ at Live Aid, 1985

What’s better than seeing Bob Dylan singing his iconic tune ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’? Seeing him perform it for 100,000 people backed by The Rolling Stones’ guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood, that’s what.

Below we’re looking back at that very dream combo as Dylan, Richards, and Wood perform the legendary track at Live Aid in 1985. Watch the spectacular occasion unfold below.

Not only does the footage have the three legends deliver a stripped-back performance of the song to the sea of smiling faces, but the performance was introduced by none other than Hollywood legend Jack Nicholson.

The reason to have all of these wondrous talents was a benevolent one, the brilliant Live Aid. Joining an unstoppably brilliant line-up that included the reunion of Led Zeppelin, The Who, and Crosby, Stills Nash and Young in reuniting for a special performance at Live Aid in 1985. The event was a dual-venue benefit concert and saw some incredible acts take to the stage in aid of those affected by the ongoing Ethiopian famine.

The event was billed as the “global jukebox” with two concerts being held simultaneously at Wembley Stadium in London—attended by 72,000 people—and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the United States which was attended by about 100,000 people.

An estimated 1.9 billion people (40% of the world’s population) watched the legendary gig unfurl and the opportunity to perform for such a global audience was too much for the three musicians to turn down.

The introduction from someone like Nicholson truly is a mark of Dylan’s iconography. “Some artists’ work speaks for itself. Some artists speak for a generation. It’s my deep personal pleasure to present to you one of America’s great voices of freedom, it can only mean one man, the transcendent, Bob Dylan!” with such an intro there was a lot to live up to.

But as Leonard Cohen would tell you, Dylan has a secret code with his audience and he knows when to push the envelope and when to drop the hits.

Here, in front of 1.9 billion people across the globe, he chose to deliver a beautiful and simple message of hope. Backed by Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood watch Bob Dylan perform ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ back in 1985.

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