David Bowie crouches low, the Thin White Duke surveying his subjects with mic in hand; Prince, draped in leather, blows a kiss in black and white; Freddie Mercury is Superman, spot lit from three directions, fist in the air triumphantly.
Any number of moments from The SSE Arena, Wembley’s storied 60-year history could claim iconic status, which is exactly why ‘Heroes – The Exhibition’ is currently open at the Olympic Way gallery space in London’s Wembley Park courtesy of Getty Images, bringing together 100 of the most stunning photos from the venue dating back to the mid-Sixties.
From T-Rex to Elton John to Cilla Black, the photos of these concerts offer a window into the defining cultural moments of pop culture history.
Looking at them, you almost feel as though you’re there in the crowd (and indeed some exhibition-goers will have been).
So, ever wanted to know what it was like to be feet away from Bruce Springsteen as he launched into “Born To Run” in 1981? Now’s your chance to get a taste.
Heroes – The Exhibition, at Getty Images Gallery Wembley Park, opens on 28 November.
All images have been sourced from the world-renowned Getty Images’ archival and contemporary libraries, with prints available to purchase from the gallery.
Marc Bolan, 1972
Marc Bolan places a tambourine on the strings of his white Fender Stratocaster as he performs with glam rock group T-Rex, 20 March 1972.
Bruce Springsteen, 1981
Bruce Springsteen on stage, 30 May 1981.
Whitney Houston, 1986
Whitney Houston in concert, October 1986.
David Bowie, 1976
David Bowie on stage as the Thin White Duke on his Station To Station World Tour, May 1976.
The Rolling Stones, 1964
The Rolling Stones perform live on stage during Ready Steady Go‘s live television broadcast of the Rave Mad Mod Ball on 8 April 1964.
From left to right: Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, Ian Stewart, Mick Jagger and, behind, Keith Richards
Peter Frampton, 1976
English singer-songwriter Peter Frampton on his Frampton Comes Alive tour, October 1976.
Cilla Black, 1964
Cilla Black on stage during Ready Steady Go‘s live television broadcast of the Rave Mad Mod Ball on 8 April 1964.
Elton John, 1977
Elton John pictured with Bunny Girls and Penthouse Pets during a five-a-side football match (which Elton’s team won), 6 November 1977.
Freddie Mercury, 1980
Freddie Mercury is picked out by spotlights while performing, 10 December 1980.
Prince performs at Wembley, 1985.
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