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Rock in Rio
Rock in Rio
Rock in Rio - Madrid 2012.jpg
Rock in Rio logo before a concert.
GenreRock, pop, indie, heavy metal
Location(s)Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Lisbon, Portugal
Madrid, Spain
Las Vegas, United States
Years active1985-present
Founded byRoberto Medina
Websitewww.rockinrio.com.br

Rock in Rio is a recurring music festival originating in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It later branched into other locations such as Lisbon, Madrid and Las Vegas.

Seven incarnations of the festival have been held in Rio de Janeiro, in 1985, 1991, 2001, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017, eight in Lisbon, in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018, three in Madrid in 2008, 2010 and 2012, and one in Las Vegas, in 2015. Brazilian entrepreneur and advertiser Roberto Medina was responsible for the inception and organization of the festival, as well as moving the 2004 edition to Lisbon, while controversially keeping the brand "Rock in Rio".[1] In 2011, Rock in Rio returned to its original location, Rio de Janeiro, with a new line-up of singers and groups.

Rock in Rio is one of the largest music festivals in the world, with 1.5 million people attending the first event, 700,000 attending the second and fourth, about 1.2 million attending the third, and about 350,000 people attending each of the three Lisbon events.

In May 2018, Live Nation Entertainment acquired a majority stake in the festival (including from previous stakeholder SFX Entertainment), with Medina continuing to manage the festival's operations. Live Nation stated that it intended to "[integrate] their industry expertise" into their overall business.[2][3][4]

History

Year Name Place
1985 Rock in Rio Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1991 Rock in Rio II
2001 Rock in Rio III
2004 Rock in Rio Lisboa Lisbon, Portugal
2006 Rock in Rio Lisboa II
2008 Rock in Rio Lisboa III
Rock in Rio Madrid Madrid, Spain
2010 Rock in Rio Lisboa IV Lisbon, Portugal
Rock in Rio Madrid II Madrid, Spain
2011 Rock in Rio IV Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2012 Rock in Rio Lisboa V Lisbon, Portugal
Rock in Rio Madrid III Madrid, Spain
2013 Rock in Rio V Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2014 Rock in Rio Lisboa VI Lisbon, Portugal
2015 Rock in Rio VI Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rock in Rio USA Las Vegas, United States
2016 Rock in Rio Lisboa VII Lisbon, Portugal
2017 Rock in Rio VII Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2018 Rock in Rio Lisboa VIII Lisbon, Portugal
2019 Rock in Rio VIII Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro

Rock in Rio

Queen performing in 1985.

The first edition of the festival was held from January 11-20, 1985. Queen, George Benson, Rod Stewart, AC/DC, and Yes were the headliners, each occupying top spot for two nights (Benson, however, ceded it to James Taylor for their second night in the same bill, due to the huge delay Taylor's extended performance had caused to his concert two days before). About 1.4 million people attended the 10-day-long festival.

Rock in Rio in numbers

  • The City of Rock, which was built for the festival, covered an area of 250,000 m² (around 2.7 million square feet)
  • 1,600,000 litres of beverages were served, using 4 million plastic cups.
  • 900,000 hamburgers.
  • 500,000 pizza slices.
  • McDonald's sold 58,000 hamburgers in a single day, which was a Guinness World Record until the fourth edition in 2011, where 79,000 hamburgers were sold by Bob's.[5]

The full list of artists who performed at Rock in Rio:

  • Both Queen shows were filmed (on January 11 and January 18) and broadcast throughout Brazil by Globo. Each show was watched by nearly 200 million people in over 60 countries and in front of 350,000-500,000 people for each night setting a world record for the biggest paying audience ever at the time. It was later broadcast in the United States on MTV as "Queen: Live in Rio".[6]
  • Iron Maiden was the only non-Brazilian act to play just one concert at the festival (on its opening night, headlined by Queen), due to other bookings, while every other international act performed twice. During the song "Revelations", lead singer Bruce Dickinson hit himself accidentally with a guitar and cut his eyebrow. Dickinson continued to sing in spite of heavy bleeding.[7] They performed in front of a crowd of 350,000 people.
  • The Go-Go's broke up after their two Rock in Rio performances, (headlined by Queen and Rod Stewart) though they would later reunite in the 1990s. The two Rock in Rio shows were the debut and swansong for short-tenured Go-Go's member Paula Jean Brown, who had replaced Jane Wiedlin. (Wiedlin would return to the reunited 1990s lineup.)
  • Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, at the time Talking Heads drummer and bass player, respectively, took part at the B-52's concerts. They joined the band from the third song on and played along with them for the remainder of the performance.
  • The January 20 appearance of the B-52's would turn out to be their last with guitarist Ricky Wilson, who died from AIDS in October of that year as the band was finishing their next album.
  • Initially, Def Leppard was scheduled to play at the festival. However, they dropped out about two months before the event, due to delays on the recording process of the album Hysteria. Eleven days before the date Def Leppard would have played at the festival, drummer Rick Allen suffered an accident that cost him his left arm. They were replaced by Whitesnake.

Rock in Rio 2

The second edition was held from January 18-27, 1991 at the Maracanã stadium. Headliners were Guns N' Roses, Prince and George Michael, each being top billed for two of the event's nine nights. INXS, New Kids on the Block and A-ha also got top billing, for one night each.

Full list of artists who performed at Rock in Rio 2:

Guns N' Roses's January 20 concert was their first ever with then new drummer Matt Sorum and keyboard player Dizzy Reed. George Michael's second concert, on January 27, the festival's closing day, featured his ex-Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley, who joined Michael for a few songs at the encore. Again a misplaced Brazilian act suffered from bad reception, with Lobão being pelted with beer cans and being forced to cut his performance short.

Rock in Rio 3

The third Rock in Rio festival took place in 2001. Its seven nights were headlined, respectively, by Sting, R.E.M., Guns N' Roses, 'N Sync, Iron Maiden, Neil Young and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Iron Maiden released their set as Rock in Rio. Profits from the sale of the album were donated to the Clive Burr fund, helping their former drummer pay mounting medical bills for his multiple sclerosis.[]

A notable appearance at Rock in Rio 3 was that of American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with a new line-up featuring guitarist Buckethead, original member and singer Axl Rose (vocals), and longtime member Dizzy Reed (keyboards). "I have no intention, and I never did, of denying you all something you enjoyed," Rose told the audience. "And I thought it was only fair for you to see that this new band can play the fuck out of these songs. It's very hard to ask a musician to learn to play the part or parts played by other musicians before that. These guys here have worked very hard."[8]

Carlinhos Brown, the opening act on the day Guns N' Roses performed, was attacked by water bottles throughout his performance.[9] Bassist Nick Oliveri of Queens of the Stone Age performed nude for part of their set and was arrested for indecent exposure after the concert, being released soon after.

Full list of artists who performed at Rock in Rio 3:

Rock in Rio 4

The Palco Mundo (World Stage) at the Rock in Rio 4
The Rock Street at the Rock in Rio 4

The fourth edition of Rock in Rio, back to its origins, was held on September 23, 24, 25, 29 and 30, and October 1 and 2, 2011, at an area (pt) to be built next to the old City of Rock - which is currently the site of the Olympic Village of the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Three different stages were employed, with the headlining concerts at the Palco Mundo (World Stage), the secondary ones in Palco Sunset (Sunset Stage), and DJs playing at a specialized stage for electronic music. The closing acts, Guns N' Roses and System of a Down, entered following a poll on the festival's website.[10]Maroon 5 was a last hour addition, following Jay-Z leaving for personal reasons.

Full list of artists who performed at Rock in Rio 4:[11][12]

Rock in Rio 5

Rock in Rio 5 was held on September 2013. The headline acts, chronologically, were: Beyoncé,[13][14]Muse, Justin Timberlake, Metallica, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and Iron Maiden.[15]

Rock in Rio 6

The sixth Brazilian edition was held from September 18 to 27, 2015 at the City of Rock. The headliners were Queen + Adam Lambert, Metallica, Rod Stewart, Elton John, System of a Down, Slipknot, Rihanna and Katy Perry.

Rock in Rio 7

The seventh Brazilian edition was held in the City of Rock from September 15th to September 24th, 2017. The headliners were Maroon 5, Justin Timberlake, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Guns N' Roses, The Who, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Singer Lady Gaga was scheduled to perform on September 15th, but had to cancel 24 hours before due to fibromyalgia. Maroon 5 performed a second concert due to her absence. Shawn Mendes and 5 Seconds of Summer also performed.

World Stage
15 September (Friday) 16 September (Saturday) 17 September (Sunday) 21 September (Thursday)

Maroon 5
00:25
5 Seconds of Summer
22:35
Pet Shop Boys
21:05
Ivete Sangalo
19:00

Maroon 5
00:25
Fergie
22:35
Shawn Mendes
21:12
Skank
19:00

Justin Timberlake
00:25
Alicia Keys
22:35
Walk the Moon
21:05
Frejat
19:00

Aerosmith
00:25
Def Leppard
22:35
Fall Out Boy
21:03
Scalene
19:00

22 September (Friday) 23 September (Saturday) 24 September (Sunday)

Bon Jovi
00:25
Tears for Fears
22:35
Alter Bridge
21:00
Jota Quest
19:00

Guns N' Roses
00:25
The Who
22:35
Incubus
21:05
Titãs
18:58

Red Hot Chili Peppers
00:25
Thirty Seconds to Mars
22:35
The Offspring
21:07
Capital Inicial
19:00

Lisbon, Portugal, and Madrid, Spain

Rock in Rio Lisboa

After the huge success of Rock in Rio 3 in Brazil, Roberta Medina decided to organize a festival of the same stature in Lisbon. The decision to maintain the name Rock in Rio was controversial, and detractors of the idea in Brazil started calling it Rock in Rio Tejo,[16][17] after the Tagus river (rio Tejo, in Portuguese) which runs through the Portuguese capital.

The first edition of Rock in Rio Lisboa, as the festival was officially called, took place in 2004. Although the festival had a slight change of name, it kept the same structure as the Brazilian editions. An entire City of Rock, with an area of over 260,000 audience was erected at the Bela Vista park, with a large centre stage and several tents where different artists would perform, simultaneously.

Full list of artists who performed at Rock in Rio Lisboa:

Roger Waters in Rock in Rio Lisbon

Rock in Rio Lisboa 2

The second edition of Rock in Rio Lisboa was held in 2006, on 26/27 May and 2/3/4 June.

Rock in Rio Lisboa & Madrid (2008)

The third edition of Rock in Rio took place in Lisbon, Portugal, on May 30, 31 and June 1 and 5-6. The dates for Arganda del Rey, Madrid, were June 27, 28 and July 4-6.

Rock in Rio Lisboa III

May 30

May 31

June 1

June 5

June 6

Rock in Rio Madrid

June 27

June 28

July 4

July 5

July 6

Rock in Rio Lisboa & Madrid (2010)

Rock in Rio Lisboa IV[18]

May 21 / 82.000

May 22 / 45.000

May 27 / 85.000

May 29 / 95.000

May 30 / 38.000

Rock in Rio Madrid II[19]

June 4 / 51.000

June 5 / 85.000

June 6 / 90.000

June 11 / 30.000

June 14 / 48.000

Rock in Rio Lisboa & Madrid (2012)

Rock in Rio Lisboa V[18][20]

  • 5/25 Friday
  • 5/26 Saturday
    • Palco Mundo: Linkin Park, Smashing Pumpkins, The Offspring, Limp Bizkit
    • Palco Sunset: Xutos & Titas, Mafalda Veiga & Marcelo Jeneci, Rita Redshoes & Moreno Veloso
    • Eletrónica Heineken: Azari & III, The Magician, Punks Jump Up, The Discotexas Band, Pedro Quintão, Mirror People (Rui Maia/X Wife), MC Johnny Def
    • Rock Street:
  • 6/1 Friday
    • Palco Mundo: Lenny Kravitz, Maroon 5, Ivete Sangalo, Expensive Soul
    • Palco Sunset: Boss Ac & Zé Ricardo + Paula Lima, Orelha Negra + Hyldon + Kassin, Black Mamba & Tiago Betencourt
    • Eletrónica Heineken: Jamie Jones, Maceo Plex, Dyed Soundorom, Kings of Swingers (Renato Rathier + Mau Mau), Magazino, José Belo + Zé Salvador, MC Johnny Def
    • Rock Street:
  • 6/2 Saturday
    • Palco Mundo: Stevie Wonder, Bryan Adams, Joss Stone, The Gift
    • Palco Sunset: Luis Represas & Joao Gil & Jorge Palma, Amor Electro & Moska, Ana Free + The Monomes
    • Eletrónica Heineken: Masters at Work (Louie Vega + Kenny Dope Gonzales), The Martinez Brothers, JohnWaynes Live DJ, Miguel Rendeiro, DJ Poppy, MC Johnny Def
    • Rock Street:
  • 6/3 Sunday
Rock in Rio Madrid III[21][22]

Rock in Rio Lisboa (2014)

Rock in Rio Lisboa VI[24]
World Stage
May 25 (Sunday) May 29 (Thursday) May 30 (Friday) May 31 (Saturday) June 1 (Sunday)

Ivete Sangalo
00:00
Robbie Williams
22:00
Paloma Faith
20:30
Boss AC & Aurea
19:00

The Rolling Stones
23:45
Gary Clark, Jr.
22:00
Xutos & Pontapés
20:30
Rui Veloso with Lenine & Angélique Kidjo
19:00

Steve Aoki
00:30
Linkin Park
22:30
Queens of the Stone Age
20:45
Capital Inicial
19:00

Arcade Fire
23:55
Lorde
22:00
Ed Sheeran
20:30
tribute to António Variações
19:00

Justin Timberlake
23:45
Jessie J
22:00
Mac Miller
20:15
João Pedro Pais & Jorge Palma
18:45
Kika
17:30

Rock in Rio Lisboa (2016)

Rock in Rio Lisboa VII[24]

World Stage
May 19 (Thursday) May 20 (Friday) May 27 (Friday) May 28 (Saturday) May 29 (Sunday)

Bruce Springsteen
23:45
Xutos & Pontapés
22:00
Stereophonics
20:30
Rock in Rio - the Musical
19:00

Queen + Adam Lambert
23:45
Mika
22:00
Fergie
20:30
Rock in Rio - The Musical
19:00

Hollywood Vampires
23:45
Korn
22:00
Rival Sons
20:30
Rock in Rio - The Musical
19:00

Maroon 5
23:45
Ivete Sangalo
22:00
D.A.M.A & Gabriel, o Pensador
20:30
Rock in Rio the Musical
19:00

Avicii
22:45
Ivete Sangalo (replaced Ariana Grande)
21:00
Ariana Grande (cancelled)
21:00
Charlie Puth
19:30
Rock in Rio - O Musical
18:00

Rock in Rio Lisboa (2018)

Rock in Rio Lisboa VIII[25]

June 24 sold out almost three months prior to the festival.[26]

Las Vegas

Rock in Rio USA

"Rock in Rio USA" was the first North American edition of the festival, being held in Las Vegas on May 8, 9, 15 and 16, 2015. The festival took place on two weekends, oriented towards rock and pop music. Rock Weekend took place on May 8 and 9, and Pop Weekend took place on May 15 and 16. It took place in the City of Rock (Las Vegas), located north of the Las Vegas Strip.

Live broadcasts

The Rede Globo Networks broadcast Rock in Río live in Brazil. In Latin America, TNT and A&E broadcasts the festival live.

In Portugal, Rock in Rio Lisboa is broadcast by SIC Radical.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Roberta Medina: The Business of Rock in Rio | The Rio Times | Brazil News". Riotimesonline.com. 2013-08-20. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Live Nation Acquires Rock in Rio Festival". Billboard. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Live Nation Acquires Rock in Rio Festival". Billboard. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Live Nation Acquires Rock in Rio Festival". Variety. 2018-05-02. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Jornal do Brasil - Rock in Rio 2011 - Rock in Rio divulga balanço geral de mega evento". Jb.com.br. Retrieved .
  6. ^ Queen: Rock in Rio Boston Globe. Retrieved June 2, 2011
  7. ^ "Iron Maiden - Revelations". YouTube. Retrieved 2010.
  8. ^ Hotten, Jon (January 2002). "Mad bad and dangerous to know?". Classic Rock #36. p. 84.
  9. ^ Rock in Rio: Carlinhos Brown undergoes the first scandal in the festival
  10. ^ "Escolhido por voto popular, System of a Down entra na programação do Rock In Rio 2011 - 06/05/2011 - UOL Música - Da Redação". Musica.uol.com.br. Retrieved .
  11. ^ "Rock in Rio volta ao Brasil com mais de 100 bandas na programação - Música - iG". Ultimosegundo.ig.com.br. 2010-08-16. Retrieved .
  12. ^ [1] Archived November 12, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ "Beyoncé será a atração principal da noite de abertura do Rock in Rio 2013 - Jornal O Globo". Oglobo.globo.com. Retrieved .
  14. ^ "Beyoncé, bem-vinda ao Rock in Rio! | Rock in Rio Brasil". Rockinrio.com.br. Retrieved .
  15. ^ "Bruce Springsteen, Metallica and Iron Maiden to headline Rock In Rio 2013 - NME". nme.com. 17 October 2012.
  16. ^ "Coluna Ialdo Belo". Planetanews.com. Retrieved .
  17. ^ "::Peixe na rede: Rock in Rio? Só se for Rio Tejo::". Peixenarede.blogspot.com. 1999-02-22. Retrieved .
  18. ^ a b [2] Archived January 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ "Rock in Rio Lisboa". Rockinriomadrid.es. Retrieved .
  20. ^ [3] Archived May 15, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  21. ^ "Rock in Rio Lisboa". Rockinriomadrid.es. Retrieved .
  22. ^ [4] Archived April 9, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  23. ^ [5] Archived April 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  24. ^ a b https://rockinriolisboa.sapo.pt/en/cartaz/
  25. ^ "Rock In Rio Lisboa 2018 Line-Up". Retrieved 2018.
  26. ^ Group, Global Media (9 April 2018). "Esgotado dia de Bruno Mars e Demi Lovato no Rock in Rio". jn.pt.

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