Who Played The Biggest Concert Of All Time?

    Metallica Moscow 1991
    The blog over at Songkick posted a pretty surprising list of concerts with the highest attendence in history. If you want to guess what the biggest show of all time was, here are two hints: all of the shows on the list happened in 1991 or later, and none were in North America. Here’s the top five:

    5. The Rolling Stones in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2006 (1.5 million)

    4. The Love Parade [EDM festival and parade]  in Berlin, Germany, 2008 (1.6 million)

    3. Monsters of Rock [Metallica, AC/DC, The Black Crowes] in Moscow, Russia, 1991 (1.6 million)

    On September 28, 1991, the Monsters of Rock concert took place at the Tushino Airfield in Moscow Russia. Just one month after the 1991 Soviet coup d’état attempt, videos show an electric concert with a crowd going absolutely bonkers despite reportedly 1,000 militiamen standing guard around the stage.
     
    The one day mega concert was sponsored by Time Warner Inc. and featured AC/DC, Metallica, Motley Crue, Queensrÿche, and the Black Crowes.
     

    Metallica “Monsters of Rock” – Moscow Setlist:
    0:03 The Ecstasy of Gold
    1:53 Enter Sandman
    7:20 Creeping Death
    15:30 Harvester of Sorrow
    22:15 Fade to Black
    30:11 Sad but True
    36:24 Master of Puppets
    40:11 Seek and Destroy
    48:50 For Whom the Bell Tolls
    53:58 One
    1:02:16 Whiplash
    1:08:35 Last Caress
    1:09:58 Am i Evil?
    1:14:42 Battery

    2. Rod Stewart in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1994  (3.5 million)

    1. Jean Michel Jarre in Moscow, Russia, 1997 (3.5 million)

     

    The official accounts of the Jean Michel Jarre show sound pretty crazy as well. Apparently it took place at the State University of Moscow for the city’s 850th anniversay, and included a surprise “direct link with the Russian space station, Mir, live from Space during the concert,” and a laser controlled synthesizer. 

    Think back to the largest concert you’ve ever been to. Chances are it was either at an arena or a huge music festival. Here’s some perspective: Madison Square Garden in New York holds 20,000 fans when it’s set up for a concert, and Coachella broke its own attendence records with about 82,500 attendees for each of its three days. 
     
    That means that Rod Stewart’s and Jean Michel Jarre’s shows were attended by enough people to fill Madison Square Garden 175 times and the entire Coachella Festival 42 times over. Check out part one of the Jean Michel Jarre concert below. See the laser synths for yourself at the four minute mark. [Songkick via DS / Photo: James Cridland]