Live in Eighty-Five features an All Star Rock & Roll Jam, gathering a horde of superstar Rock musicians paying homage to Rock & Roll and to Bo Diddley. Recorded at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in October 1985, Bo recruited the cream of the crop of Rock players including Ron Wood (Rolling Stones), John Mayall, Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac), John Hammond, Kenny Jones (Faces, Who), Carmine Appice (Cactus, Vanilla Fudge), John Lodge (Moody Blues), Carl Wilson (Beach Boys) and Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix) to perform a number of his classic anthems which shaped the history of Rock and Roll as we know it.
The inimitable Chuck Berry, that other legendary Rock & Roll pioneer, also puts in an appearance in this most unique All-Star Rock & Roll Birthday Party Jam.
Bo Diddley is often cited as a key figure in the transition of Blues into Rock & Roll because he introduced more insistent, driving rhythms and a hard-edged guitar sound into the genre. When he burst upon the scene in 1955. With his unique guitar playing, indelible African rhythms, creative song-writing, and larger-than-life persona, Bo Diddley was an innovator during Rock and Roll’s formative years.
When Rock & Roll turned thirty years of age, Bo Diddley’s innovative musical talent and his pioneering bomp-bomp-bomp, bomp-bomp beat ("shave-and-a-hair-cut, six bits") had already indelible stamped itself on three decades of Rock music, so who better to host the birthday party than the legendary "Originator" himself" ?