Biggest Rock Concerts in History

We have all attended big events, but in this blog, we’re going to look at the biggest shows that have ever been put on. The numbers here are just staggering. We’re going to look at the biggest events, so read on to see who the biggest acts are.

Rod Stewart – Copacabana Beach, Rio De Janiero – New Year’s Eve 1993

Before being drunk doing the Scottish Cup draw, Rod Stewart used to be a singer and a very successful one at that. His free concert on Copacabana Beach in 1993 was attended by 3.5 million people. To put that into perspective, that’s more than the entire population of Uruguay.

 

Jean Michel Jarre – State University, Moscow – 1997

Jean Michel Jarre’s brand of synthesizer-based progressive rock is not everyone’s cup of tea, but despite being much maligned, he has sold over 80 million albums. The Frenchman has a history of playing absolutely huge concerts. The biggest was for the 850th anniversary of Moscow in 1997 where he played in front of 3.5 million people.

 

Jean Michel Jarre – La Defense, Paris – 1990

Before he did his massive show in Russia Jean Michel jarred played a massive free concert for Bastille Day in Paris in 1990. The concert was held in the business district of La Defense in Paris and was attended by 2 million people. At the time it was hugely ambitious and involved a floating stage and massive projection screens.

 

AC/DC/Pantera/Metallica/The Black Crowes/EST – Tushino Airfield, Moscow – 1991

The Monsters of Rock tour was already well established by 1991 having started in 1980 at Castle Donnington, UK and branching out into European tours. Their first trip to Russia in 1991 was just a few months before the eventual collapse of the Soviet Union. The acts played to 1.6 million people, making it the biggest concert in Russian history.

 

Various Artists – Live 8, Philadelphia 2005

Live 8 was the brainchild of Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to try to force the G8’s leaders to make poverty history. There were concerts in eleven locations around the world, with Philadelphia being the biggest of all them. The concert featured performances by Stevie Wonder, Maroon 5, Def Leppard, Linkin Park, Will Smith and Bon Jovi amongst others and was attended by a whopping 1.5 million people.

 

The Rolling Stones – Copacabana Beach, Rio De Janiero – 2006

The Rolling Stones are famous for their huge ticket price s and massive grossing tours, so this concert is a bit of an anomaly. A free concert in Rio was attended by 1.5 million people. There is some debate about whether this was bigger than Rod Stewarts’s show (mentioned at the top) because of revellers who were at Rod’s show for the fireworks and other New Year festivities.

 

Jean Michel Jarre – Houston, Texas – 1986

There’s that man again! His first massive record-breaking show was held for both the 150th Anniversary of Texas and the 25th Birthday of NASA. Astronaut Ron McNair was supposed to play the saxophone with Jarre at the concert but tragically died in the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster a few months previously. The concert was attended by between 1.3 and 1.5 million people.

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