Throwback Thursday - 5 Concerts From 1988 That Rocked

It’s Throwback Thursday and we’re taking a look back a few of the concerts that made 1988 rock.

In 1988, there was a lot going on here at home and all around the world.  The eight year Iran/Iraq war ended, we got out first look at Stephen Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time,” at the movies we were buying tickets for “Beetlejuice” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” and on TV we laughed along with Rosanne and The Wonder Years.

When it came to music, 1988 saw lots of big tours and even bigger benefit and tribute concerts.

Here are 5 concerts that we think are worth remembering.

Guns 'n' Roses

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Axl Rose of Guns 'n' Roses performs in concert at the Ritz on February 2, 1988 in New York City. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

Axl Rose on stage with GNR at the Ritz on February 2, 1988 in New York City. You may remember that this concert was taped for MTV.

 

Amnesty International Tour

Bruce Springsteen And Sting

Bruce Springsteen and Sting perform at the 'Human Rights Now!' concert, in aid of Amnesty International, held at Wembley Stadium on September 2, 1988 in London, England. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

In 1988, musicians from around the world including Bruce Springsteen and Sting, joined together to raise awareness for Amnesty International through a series of concerts.  One stop of the 20 concert tour was JFK Stadium in Philadelphia on September 19th.

 

Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Concert

Photo of EURYTHMICS and Dave STEWART and Annie LENNOX

Photo of EURYTHMICS and Dave STEWART and Annie LENNOX, Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox performing on stage at the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

In June of 1988 dozens of artists took to the stage at Wembley Stadium in London to celebrate the 70th Birthday of Nelson Mandela. The cross section of musician performing was incredible.  Salt-n-Pepa, Bryan Adams, Whitney Houston, Sting, Peter Gabriel and Eurythmics were just a few who paid tribute to the Mr. Mandela that day.

 

Michael Jackson Bad Tour

Michael Jackson Performs At Wembley

Michael Jackson and David Williams perform on stage on his BAD tour at Wembley Stadium on July 3rd 1988 in London, United Kingdom. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

Michael Jackson and David Williams perform on stage on his BAD tour at Wembley Stadium on July 3rd 1988 in London, United Kingdom.

 

Prince Lovesexy Tour

Prince Performs In Polka Dot Costume

American singer and songwriter Prince performs in concert, wearing a black and white polka-dot outfit, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 18, 1988. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

In October of 1988, Prince’s Lovesexy Tour made a stop in Philadelphia for a show at the Spectrum.  In addition to an amazing set, he treated the crowd to this black and white polka-dot outfit.