Monsters of Rock Tour 1988
|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (March 2008)|
|Monsters of Rock Tour 1988|
|Tour by Van Halen and Metallica|
|Start date||May 23, 1988|
|End date||July 30, 1988|
|Van Halen and Metallica concert chronology|
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.
- Van Halen (closing act, 100 minutes)
- Scorpions (75 minutes)
- Dokken (60 minutes)
- Metallica (60 minutes)
- Kingdom Come (45 minutes)
In San Francisco's Candlestick Park a stadium-wide food fight took place aimed solely at the upper deck. Unfortunately each band played only five minutes longer then the band before them. Kingdom Come played for only 15 minutes, and the show closed with Van Halen playing only 35 minutes. This was after Van Halen held a press conference at Universal Studios, while seated in front of a giant robotic King Kong – Eddie Van Halen stated “Five bands will be playing full sets”.
In Tampa, a stadium-wide food fight took place. 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, drink and trash 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. 
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. 
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.
- The Bulletin. July 25, 1988 http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=X05TAAAAIBAJ&sjid=D4cDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3972,6825415&dq=metal-music&hl=en. Missing or empty
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBUT8HFjZ74. Missing or empty