Monsters of Rock Tour 1988

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Monsters of Rock Tour 1988
Tour by Van Halen and Metallica
Start date May 23, 1988
End date July 30, 1988
Legs 1
Shows 30
Van Halen and Metallica concert chronology
1986 Tour
(1986) Monsters of Rock Tour 1987
Monsters of Rock Tour 1988
OU812 Tour
(1988-1989) Damaged Justice

The Monsters of Rock Tour 1988 was a festival tour of the USA in 1988, headlined by hard rock band Van Halen as part of their promotion for their OU812 album with thrash metal band Metallica as well as other bands including Scorpions, Dokken, and Kingdom Come. It formed the first section of the OU812 Tour, the main part of which followed immediately after Monsters of Rock 1988. As one of the many well known Monsters of Rock tours, the tour featured an impressive line-up, especially for a single day event, and proved very popular.

Being a large scale event with multiple acts, there was a long gap between many dates when the bands' gear was transported and set up.

Tour bill[edit]

Members of Van Halen, and Metallica back stage during the Monsters of Rock Tour, 1988.

In Miami, a stadium-wide food fight took place.[citation needed] The show was general admission and the food fight took place between the concertgoers in the stadium stands and those on the field.

In Memphis, another food fight occurred between the audience in the stands and those on the field.

In Kansas City, the food fight continued between the lower and upper levels of Arrowhead stadium.

In New Jersey, there was also a large food fight due to people getting fed up with the extremely long wait between the Scorpions and Van Halen's set. People from the upper decks threw food and drink over the railing. At the same time, about one hundred or so people jumped the wall and rushed onto the main field which led to cheers erupting through the stadium.

In Los Angeles, the power was shut off during Metallica's set because fans were aggressively rushing the stage. The members of Metallica sat on the drum riser and watched. After a short break, Metallica resumed their set. Fifteen people were arrested. [1]

Given the extreme nature of Metallica's 1988 release, the band's following act Dokken would come over severe ridicule from the thrash metalheads in the crowd for not matching Metallica's intensity. [2]

In Dallas, Van Halen's set was cut short by vocalist Sammy Hagar's voice problems. He promised that Van Halen would return to Dallas and play a free show. Van Halen made good on the promise three years later on December 4, 1991 when they played a free concert at Dallas Alley, a gentrified area on the northwest side of downtown Dallas where free concerts were often hosted to boost traffic for restaurants and stores in the adjacent collection of shops. This show also had a water/cup fight between the field and the stands at either end of a concession stand that was along the sidelines on the west side of the stadium.

The Houston show also had a trash/food/water fight between the field and the stands. There was also a venue issue where a barrier broke and at least one person fell to a lower level of stands landing on lower seats. EMS was forced to eject several people. The show continue as scheduled.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
May 27, 1988 East Troy, Wisconsin United States Alpine Valley Music Theatre
May 28, 1988
May 29, 1988
June 4, 1988 Miami, Florida Orange Bowl
June 5, 1988 Tampa, Florida Tampa Stadium
June 10, 1988 Washington, D.C. RFK Stadium
June 11, 1988 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania John F. Kennedy Stadium
June 12, 1988 Foxborough, Massachusetts Sullivan Stadium
June 15, 1988 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Three Rivers Stadium
June 17, 1988 Pontiac, Michigan Pontiac Silverdome
June 18, 1988
June 19, 1988 Orchard Park, New York Rich Stadium
June 22, 1988 Akron, Ohio Rubber Bowl
June 23, 1988
June 25, 1988 Oxford, Maine Oxford Plains Speedway
June 26, 1988 East Rutherford, New Jersey Giants Stadium
June 27, 1988
July 2, 1988 Houston, Texas Rice Stadium
July 3, 1988 Dallas, Texas Cotton Bowl
July 6, 1988 Indianapolis, Indiana Hoosier Dome
July 9, 1988 Memphis, Tennessee Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
July 10, 1988 Kansas City, Missouri Arrowhead Stadium
July 13, 1988 Minneapolis, Minnesota Metrodome
July 16, 1988 San Francisco, California Candlestick Park
July 20, 1988 Spokane, Washington Joe Albi Stadium
July 24, 1988 Los Angeles, California Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
July 27, 1988 Seattle, Washington Kingdome
July 30, 1988 Denver, Colorado Mile High Stadium


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