People have always been thirsty for booze and a good show. Be it a fight to the death in Roman colosseum, or an open-air heavy metal concert, people will always find a way to have fun. Concerts and music festivals can gather hundreds of thousands of fans and are often the main event of the week, month, or even year. However, there have been a handful of concerts that were once-in-a-lifetime, legendary shows, remembered for generations. Some of them were big enough to be added to the Guinness Book of Records!
Let’s journey back to the good old days and visit ten wildest concerts everyone would love to see.
1. Nirvana: Reading Festival, 1992
This was Nirvana’s final concert in the UK. This time Kurt appeared in a wheelchair which surprised the fans, but when the band started playing, everyone went wild.
2. Eminem: Manchester Evening News Arena, 2001
The fans were shocked to see Eminem fake his own execution on stage and then come back with a freaking chainsaw! You definitely had to be there!
3. Jimi Hendrix: Woodstock, August 18, 1969
Hendricks completed his longest set ever at Woodstock. That two-hour long psychedelic jam was one of the most memorable performances of that and any other festival. Although, hardly anyone actually saw him going on stage on that Monday morning, since most people had already left or were high as a kite.
4. Muse: Wembley Stadium, June 16, 2007
The newly refurbished Wembley Stadium accepted Muse and all their fans with open arms. They staged an exceptional show with a billion moving parts and many crazy decorations which to this day boggle my mind.
5. The Beatles: Rooftop Concert, January 30, 1969
In 1969 the legendary Beatles gave an impromptu performance on the rooftop of Apple Studios. Classic hits such filled the cold London air before the police famously interrupted the show. This was the last time the “Liverpool Four” performed together.
6. Ozzy Osbourne: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, 1982
How often do you see a live performer like Ozzy Osbourne bite off the head of an actual bat, thinking it was a toy? Once in a lifetime, that’s how often. He was taken to the hospital after the deed in order to get a shot against rabies.
7. Oasis: Nebort House Estate, August 10-11, 1996
This concert singlehandedly crowned Oasis as the new leaders of the Brit-pop movement and made them inherit the rock flame that was ignited by the Beatles. During the two nights, two million people wanted to attend the concert, but only 250,000 extremely lucky fans actually made it inside.
8. Rod Stewart: Copacabana, December 31, 1994
In the midst of the New Year celebration, Rio de Janeiro held the largest concert in world history. More than four million fans gathered to listen to Rod Stewart’s smashing hits. Due to its unprecedented scale, the event was added to the Guinness Book of Records.
9. Queen: The Works Tour, April 26, 1985
One of the most iconic concerts in the history of rock music has to be the unrivaled Queen. This pivotal event took place in Sydney, Australia. On that day, more than 2 million people flocked together to enjoy the Queen’s greatest hits.
10. The Isle Of Wight Festival, 1970
Have you heard this famous UK festival? The Isle of Wight event is held in the early days of summer every year, but the 1970 festival was probably the most successful one. That year’s lineup consisting of The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, The Taste, and other fantastic performers gathered an audience of around 600,000 people, breaking all the previous and future records!