June 6, 1982: Bob Dylan, left, and Joan Baez tune up before singing “Blowin’ in the Wind” during surprise segment at the “Peace Sunday” benefit concert at the Rose Bowl.
Some 85,000 people attended the all-day “Peace Sunday” concert to promote nuclear disarmament.
Stevie Wonder, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt and more than a dozen other rock headliners didn’t just make a statement on behalf of global nuclear disarmament Sunday at the Rose Bowl. They also made a statement during the 10-hour “Peace Sunday” benefit concert on behalf of rock ’n’ roll itself.
With rock again under attack in some quarters as a negative social force, the peacefulness of the crowd and the idealism of the performers Sunday demonstrated the positiveness of the music. …
The rock stars certainly sold a lot of tickets Sunday. An estimated 85,000 people filled the Rose Bowl to see, in addition to those already cited, such artists as Dan Fogelberg, Graham Nash, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Gary U.S. Bonds, Gil Scott-Heron, Donovan and Tierra.
But the day’s most emotional – and symbolic – moment came just before dusk when Joan Baez, herself a surprise guest on the show, paused midway during her 20-minute set to introduce another surprise attraction: Bob Dylan.