The II Bridge Benefit Concert on December 4, 1988 was Tracy Chapman’s first participation in the concert. That year she shared the headline with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Nils Lofgren, Billy Idol, Bob Dylan, G. E. Smith, Jerry Garcia & Bob Weir and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.
By Jon Pareles, New York Times, November 30, 1988
The year 1988 marked the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The aim of the Concerts for Human Rights Foundation World Tour, featuring performances by Tracy Chapman, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Peter Gabriel and Youssou N’Dour at venues in 19 cities from London to Buenos Aires, was to raise world consciousness of human rights and of the plight of political prisoners world-wide.
By Anthony De Curtis, Rolling Stone #529 , June 30th, 1988 (p.44-46)
The Nelson Mandela 70th Tribute Concert is a concert event held on June 11, 1988 at the Wembley Stadium, London. To celebrate Nelson Mandela, the biggest stars performed songs of freedom, hope and love in front of 72,000 people at the Wembley Stadium and more than 600 million television viewers from 60 countries who watched the broadcast.