SHOW: A Conspiracy Of Hope
LOCATION: Giants Stadium, New Jersey, USA
DATE: Sunday June 15th 1986
VISUAL: Advert in local New Jersey newspaper – The Star Ledger (May 1986)
I attended the show with a good friend by the name of Gina. I remember it being a very hot and really long day. I think a lot of people thought this was going to be Live Aid part-2! Our seats were in the middle of the stadium almost center. I thought the acts were very good. I enjoyed Jackson Browne and I thought Peter Gabriel was great! Loved hearing “Biko” sung live. Very powerful with the right message for the event. I think “So” had just come out about a month before the concert and I cannot remember if Peter did a lot of brand new stuff from that album or not. We heard that Pete Townshend had to cancel his solo spot because of his father’s illness so we were bummed about that! There were rumors that the Police were going to play and the crowd was excited about that! My two most vivid memories are: Seeing promoter Bill Graham literally dive into the audience after some idiot threw a water balloon at Joni Mitchell! Poor Joni! And, of course, seeing Bono and Sting signing together! The Irish & English together! That was a thrill to see.