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Monsters of Rock

Monsters of Rock

Monsters of Rock was an annual (hard rock / heavy metal) music festival held in England, then moved in other locations like The Netherlands, France, Italy, Germany, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Chile. The Last show was in 2008.[1] In 1980, promoter Paul Loasby planned a day-long summer festival dedicated specifically to bands from within the heavy rock and metal genre. As he had been promoting the recent Rainbow UK tour, he asked the bands to headline, to which they agreed. The venue chosen for the event was the Donington Park motor racing circuit at Castle Donington, Leicestershire. The first Monsters of Rock line-up consisted in a mix of British and international hard rockers and heavy metal bands. It was a success with 35,000 people attending. It was the first edition of what would become a reference in the following 15 years.[1] Over the years, the attendance continued to grow and reached 107,000 in 1988. From 1990 until 1996, Monsters of Rock continued on as the premier hard rock event in Great Britain. In 1997 however, just as the event organisers were planning to add a second day, it was canceled. In 2006, another festival by the name of Monsters of Rock was held at Milton Keynes Bowl, England headlined by Deep Purple and with Alice Cooper as a special guest. The festival has been held in parallel in West Germany from 1983 to 1991. In 1988, the festival occurred for the first time in France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands and USA. It was held as a one time shot in 1991 in Soviet Union, Poland, Belgium, Hungary. In 1994, the festival was exported overseas: Chile, Argentina, Brazil.


Contents

United Kingdom

1980

August 16, 1980

1981

August 22, 1981

1982

August 21, 1982

1983

August 20, 1983

1984

August 18, 1984

1985

August 17, 1985

1986

August 16, 1986

1987

August 22, 1987

1988

August 20, 1988

This was the year two music fans were accidentally crushed to death during Guns N' Roses performance of "It's So Easy." The tragedy was initially blamed on crowd disturbances: in reality it was a fateful combination of people at the front of the 107,000 strong audience moshing and slipping in the mud (it had rained heavily) in conjunction with a sudden surge to see the band.

1989

No event took place this year.

1990

August 18, 1990

1991

August 17, 1991

1992

August 22, 1992

1993

No event took place this year.

1994

June 4, 1994

Main stage:

Second Stage:

1995

August 26, 1995

1996

August 17, 1996

Main stage:

Kerrang! Stage:

2002

Monsters of Rock returns as a touring indoor festival.

2003-present

Monsters of Rock's spiritual successor Download Festival takes place for the first time at Donington Park and has occurred every year since then.

Argentina

1994

Buenos Aires, River Plate Stadium - September 3 and 4, 1994

1995

Buenos Aires, Ferro Carril Oeste Stadium - September 9 and 10, 1995

1997

Buenos Aires, Ferro Carril Oeste Stadium - December 13, 1997

1998

Buenos Aires, Vélez Sársfield Stadium - December 12, 1998

1999

Buenos Aires, River Plate Stadium - May 14, 1999

2005

Buenos Aires, Ferro Carril Oeste Stadium - September 11, 2005

Belgium

1991

Hasselt, Belgium, Domein Kiewit - August 30, 1991

Chile

1994

Santiago, Estación Mapocho - September 1, 1994


1995

Santiago, Teatro Caupolican - September 8, 1995


Santiago, Teatro Caupolican - September 9, 1995


1998

Santiago, Velódromo Estadio Nacional - December 10, 1998

2005

Santiago, Pista Atlética Estadio Nacional - September 13, 2005

2008

Santiago, Pista Atlética Estadio Nacional - April 1, 2008

Brazil

1994

São Paulo, Estádio do Pacaembu - August 27, 1994

1995

São Paulo, Estádio do Pacaembu - September 2 and 3, 1995

1996

São Paulo, Estádio do Pacaembu - August 24, 1996

1998

São Paulo, Ibirapuera - September 26, 1998

France

1988

1990


Note: Face to Face was a French band related to Trust. Faith No More was not on the ticket list but was present to the show.[2]

Germany

1983

1984

1986

  • Nuremberg, Zeppelinfeld - August 30, 1986
  • Mannheim, Maimarktgegelände Eisstadion - August 31, 1986

1987

1988

  • Schweinfurt, Mainwiesen Gelände - August 27, 1988
  • Bochum, Ruhrland Stadion - August 28, 1988

1990

1991

  • Mainz, Finthen Army Airfield - September 7, 1991
  • Muenchen, Galopprennbahn Muenchen Riem, August 24, 1991

Italy

1987


1988

1990

  • Bologna, Parco nord - August 30, 1990

1991

  • Modena, Festa dell'Unità - September 14, 1991

1992

The bands Danzig and Gun both canceled their appearances at the festival. They are featured on the poster for the event.

2004

The Netherlands

1988

1990

  • Utrecht, Stadion Galgenwaard - August 26, 1990

1991

  • Nijmegen, Goffert Stadion - September 1, 1991

Poland

1991

  • Chorzów, Śląski Stadion - September 13, 1991

Soviet Union

1991

  • Moscow, Tushino Airfield - September 28, 1991

Largest crowd ever in a Monsters of Rock Festival, with estimates of 1.5 million people, considered as one of the most attended rock concerts in history. Metallica's performances of "Harvester of Sorrow" and "Creeping Death" from this show were used as B-sides for the Sad but True single in different regional editions.

Spain

1988

1992

  • Barcelona, Plaza de Toros - September 14, 1992
  • San Sebastian, Velodromo de Anoeta - September 17, 1992
  • Madrid, Las Arenas Plaza de Toros - September 18, 1992
  • Madrid, Municipal Tent - September 19, 1992

2006

  • Zaragoza, Feria de Zaragoza - June 18, 2006

2007

  • Zaragoza, Feria de Zaragoza - June 22, 2007
  • Zaragoza, Feria de Zaragoza - June 23, 2007

2008

  • Zaragoza, Feria de Zaragoza - July 11, 2008
  • Zaragoza, Feria de Zaragoza - July 12, 2008 Cancelled due to damages caused by the waterfall storm of Friday 11th

Sweden

1984

1986

Hungary

1991

  • Budapest, Nepstadion - August 22, 1991

USA

1988

  • May 27, 1988 - East Troy, WI - Alpine Valley Music Theater
  • May 28, 1988 - East Troy, WI - Alpine Valley Music Theater
  • May 29, 1988 - East Troy, WI - Alpine Valley Music Theater
  • June 4, 1988 - Miami, FL - Orange Bowl
  • June 5, 1988 - Tampa, FL - Hall of Fame Bowl
  • June 10, 1988 - Washington DC - RFK Stadium Bowl
  • June 11, 1988 - Philadelphia, PA - JFK Stadium
  • June 12, 1988 - Foxboro, MA - Sullivan Stadium
  • June 15, 1988 - Pittsburgh, PA - Three Rivers Stadium
  • June 17, 1988 - Pontiac, MI - Pontiac Silverdome
  • June 18, 1988 - Pontiac, MI - Pontiac Silverdome
  • June 19, 1988 - Orchard Park, NY - Rich Stadium
  • June 22, 1988 - Akron, OH - Rubber Bowl
  • June 23, 1988 - Akron, OH - Rubber Bowl
  • June 25, 1988 - Oxford, ME - Oxford Plains Speedway
  • June 26, 1988 - East Rutherford, NJ - Giants Stadium
  • June 27, 1988 - East Rutherford, NJ - Giants Stadium
  • July 2, 1988 - Houston, TX - Rice Stadium
  • July 3, 1988 - Dallas, TX - Cotton Bowl (Texas Jam)
  • July 6, 1988 - Indianapolis, IN - Hoosier Dome
  • July 9, 1988 - Memphis, TN - Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
  • July 10, 1988 - Kansas City, MO - Arrowhead Stadium
  • July 13, 1988 - Minneapolis, MN - The Metrodome
  • July 16, 1988 - San Francisco, CA - Candlestick Park
  • July 17, 1988 - San Francisco, CA - Candlestick Park
  • July 20, 1988 - Spokane, WA - Joseph A. Albi Stadium
  • July 23, 1988 - Los Angeles, CA - Memorial Coliseum
  • July 24, 1988 - Los Angeles, CA - Memorial Coliseum
  • July 27, 1988 - Seattle, WA - The Kingdome
  • July 30, 1988 - Denver, CO - Mile High Stadium

In popular culture

Saxon wrote a song 'And the Bands Played On' about the 1980 festival.

In the 1994 Beavis and Butt-head episode Take A Number, Beavis and Butt-head attempt to get tickets to Creatures of Rock which is a parody of Monsters of Rock.

In 2000, radio host Harlan launched the radio show called "Monsters of Rock" which is produced by Earl Blackheart and is now distributed on the United Stations Network to radio stations across North America.

In the 2005 Half Man Half Biscuit song Mate of the Bloke, the protagonist sings of legal action taken against him by More O'Ferrall for spraying the legend "in church hall if wet" onto a billboard for Monsters of Rock.

See also

References

External links


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