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Farm Aid 1985 - Champaign, IL

Sunday, September 22, 1985

Farm Aid - September 22, 1985 According to the Farm Aid website ( the mission of Farm Aid is "to keep family farmers on their land. Family farmers are our only guarantee for fresh, local food. Our goal is to bring together family farmers and citizens to restore family farm-centered agriculture. Family farmers ensure safe, healthful food, protect natural resources, and strengthen local economies".

I do not think I will ever again go to a concert with a lineup as large and diverse as Farm Aid. The twelve hour Farm Aid concert took place in Champaign, Illinois at Memorial Stadium on the Campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign on Sunday, September 22, 1985. This diverse lineup included Farm Aid founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young. I have listed the full lineup below.

Highlights of the show included seeing Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, John Mellencamp and Neil Young.

Farm Aid Lineup:

  • Farm Aid - September 22, 1985Alabama
  • John Anderson
  • Beach Boys
  • The Blasters
  • Bon Jovi
  • Jimmy Buffett
  • Glen Campbell
  • Johnny Cash
  • David Allan Coe
  • John Conlee
  • Ry Cooder
  • Lacy J. Dalton
  • Charlie Daniels
  • John Denver
  • Bob Dylan
  • John Fogerty
  • Foreigner
  • Vince Gill
  • Merle Haggard & the Strangers
  • Sammy Hagar
  • Daryl Hall
  • Don Henley
  • Waylon Jennings
  • Billy Joel
  • Farm Aid - September 22, 1985George Jones
  • Rickie Lee Jones
  • B.B. King
  • Carole King
  • Robbie Krieger
  • Kris Kristofferson
  • Lone Justice
  • Lorreta Lynn
  • Delbert McClinton
  • John Mellencamp
  • Roger Miller
  • Joni Mitchell
  • Willie Nelson and Family
  • Randy Newman
  • Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • Roy Orbison
  • Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  • Bonnie RaittFarm Aid - September 22, 1985
  • Lou Reed
  • Kenny Rogers
  • Johnny Rodriguez
  • John Schneider
  • Bryan Setzer
  • Southern Pacific
  • Tanya Tucker
  • Eddie VanHallen
  • Dottie West
  • Winter Brothers
  • X
  • Neil Young & International Harvesters