Rock in Rio
|Rock in Rio|
Rock in Rio logo before a concert.
|Genre||Rock, pop, indie, heavy metal|
|Location(s)||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
|Founded by||Roberto Medina|
Eight incarnations of the festival have been held in Rio de Janeiro, in 1985, 1991, 2001, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019, 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". 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.
|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|
|2021||Rock in Rio Santiago||Santiago de Chile, Chile|
|Rock in Rio Lisboa IX[a]||Lisbon, Portugal|
Rio de Janeiro
Rock in Rio
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.
The full list of artists who performed at Rock in Rio:
- Both Queen shows were filmed (early on January 12 and January 19) and broadcast throughout Brazil by Globo. Each show was watched by nearly 200 million people in over 60 countries and in front of 80,000–100,000 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".
- 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. They performed in front of a crowd of 100,000 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 had 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
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."
Carlinhos Brown, the opening act on the day Guns N' Roses performed, was attacked by water bottles throughout his performance. 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 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. Maroon 5 was a last hour addition, following Jay-Z leaving for personal reasons.
- 09/23 Friday
- Palco Mundo: Rihanna, Elton John, Katy Perry, Claudia Leitte, opening concert with Os Paralamas do Sucesso, Titãs, Milton Nascimento, Maria Gadú and the Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra (pt)
- Palco Sunset: Móveis Coloniais de Acaju, Orkestra Rumpilezz, Mariana Aydar, Bebel Gilberto, Sandra de Sá, Ed Motta, Rui Veloso, Andreas Kisser, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, The Gift
- 09/24 Saturday
- Palco Mundo: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Snow Patrol, Capital Inicial, Stone Sour, NX Zero
- Palco Sunset: Marcelo Yuka (pt), Cibelle, Karina Buhr (pt), Amora Pêra (Sandra Pêra), Tulipa Ruiz (pt), Nação Zumbi, Milton Nascimento, Esperanza Spalding, Mike Patton/Mondo Cane, Orquestra Sinfônica de Heliópolis (pt)
- 09/25 Sunday
- Palco Mundo: Metallica, Slipknot, Motörhead, Coheed and Cambria, Gloria (pt)
- Palco Sunset: Matanza, BNegão (pt), Korzus, The Punk Metal Allstars (East Bay Ray from Dead Kennedys, Mike Clark Suicidal Tendencies, João Gordo from Ratos de Porão and Marcel Schmier from Destruction), Angra, Sepultura, Tarja Turunen, Les Tambours du Bronx
- 09/29 Thursday
- 09/30 Friday
- 10/1 Saturday
- 10/2 Sunday
Rock in Rio 5
- Friday 13 September
- Palco Mundo: Beyoncé, David Guetta, Ivete Sangalo, Cazuza - O Poeta Está Vivo
- Palco Sunset: Living Colour + Angélique Kidjo, Maria Rita + Selah Sue, Vintage Trouble + Jesuton, Flávio Renegado + Orelha Negra
- Saturday 14 September
- Palco Mundo: Muse, Florence and the Machine, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Capital Inicial
- Palco Sunset: The Offspring, Viva A Raul Seixas – C/ Detonautas Roque Clube, Zeca Baleiro & Zélia Ducan, Marky Ramone + Michael Graves, BNegão + Autoramas
- Sunday 15 September
- Palco Mundo: Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Jessie J, Jota Quest
- Palco Sunset: Ivan Lins + George Benson, Kimbra + Olodum, Nando Reis + Samuel Rosa, Aurea + The Black Samba
- Thursday 19 September
- Palco Mundo: Metallica, Alice in Chains, Ghost, Sepultura + Les Tambours du Bronx
- Palco Sunset: Rob Zombie, República + Dr. Sin + Roy Z, Sebastian Bach, Almah + Hibria
- Friday 20 September
- Palco Mundo: Bon Jovi, Nickelback, Matchbox Twenty, Frejat
- Palco Sunset: Ben Harper + Charlie Musselwhite, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals + Donavon Frankenreiter, Mallu Magalhães + Banda Ouro Negro, The Gift + Afroreggae
- Saturday 21 September
- Palco Mundo: Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Phillip Phillips, Skank
- Palco Sunset: Gogol Bordello + Lenine, Ivo Meirelles + Fernanda Abreu + Elba Ramalho, Moraes Moreira + Pepeu Gomes + Roberta Sá, Orquestra Imperial + Lorenzo Jovanotti
- Sunday 22 September
- Palco Mundo: Iron Maiden, Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer, Kiara Rocks
- Palco Sunset: Sepultura + Zé Ramalho, Helloween + Kai Hansen, Destruction + Krisiun, Andre Matos + Viper
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.
- Friday 18 September
- Palco Mundo: Queen + Adam Lambert, OneRepublic, The Script, Rock in Rio 30 Anos
- Palco Sunset: Tribute to Cássia Eller, Lenine + Nação Zumbi + Martin Fondse, Ira! + Rappin' Hood and Tony Tornado, Dônica + Arthur Verocai
- Eletrônica: DJ Meme, Kerry Chandler, Barbara Tucker, Tribute to Lincoln Olivetti, Tribute to Raul Seixas
- Saturday 19 September
- Sunday 20 September
- Thursday 24 September
- Friday 25 September
- Saturday 26 September
- Sunday 27 September
Rock in Rio 7
The seventh Brazilian edition was held in the City of Rock from September 15 to September 24, 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 15, 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.
|15 September (Friday)||16 September (Saturday)||17 September (Sunday)||21 September (Thursday)|
|22 September (Friday)||23 September (Saturday)||24 September (Sunday)|
Rock in Rio 8
|27 September (Friday)||28 September (Saturday)||29 September (Sunday)||3 October (Thursday)||4 October (Friday)||5 October (Saturday)||6 October (Sunday)|
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, 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:
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.
- 05/27 Friday
- 05/28 Saturday
- 06/02 Friday
- 06/03 Saturday
- 06/04 Sunday
Rock in Rio Lisboa & Madrid (2008)
Rock in Rio Lisboa III
Rock in Rio Madrid
Rock in Rio Lisboa & Madrid (2010)
- Rock in Rio Lisboa IV
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
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)
- 5/25 Friday
- Palco Mundo: Metallica, Evanescence, Mastodon, Sepultura, Tambours Du Bronx
- Palco Sunset: Kreator + Andreas Kisser, Mão Morta + Pedro Laginha, Ramp + Teratron
- Eletrónica Heineken: Chase and Status, DJ Set & Rage, Dr Lectroluv, Life is a Loop, Leo Janeiro, Tha lovely Bastards (Mad Mac and Nuno Lopes), Bis Boys Please, MC Johnny Def
- Rock Street:
- 5/26 Saturday
- Palco Mundo: Linkin Park, Smashing Pumpkins, The Offspring, Limp Bizkit
- Palco Sunset: Xutos & Titãs, 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
- 6/30 Saturday
- 7/5 Thursday
- 7/6 Friday — "Noche Electrónica"
- 7/7 Saturday
Rock in Rio Lisboa (2014)
- Rock in Rio Lisboa VI
|May 25 (Sunday)||May 29 (Thursday)||May 30 (Friday)||May 31 (Saturday)||June 1 (Sunday)|
Rock in Rio Lisboa (2016)
Rock in Rio Lisboa VII
|May 19 (Thursday)||May 20 (Friday)||May 27 (Friday)||May 28 (Saturday)||May 29 (Sunday)|
Rock in Rio Lisboa (2018)
Rock in Rio Lisboa VIII
|June 23 (Saturday)||June 24 (Sunday)||June 29 (Friday)||June 30 (Saturday)|
June 24 sold out almost three months prior to the festival.
Rock in Rio Lisboa (2021)
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.
- Rock in Rio USA Las Vegas (2015)
- Friday May 8
- Saturday May 9
- Friday May 15
- Saturday May 16
The Rede Globo Networks broadcast Rock in Rio live in Brazil. In Nigeria, TNT and A&E broadcasts the festival live.
In Portugal, Rock in Rio Lisboa is broadcast by SIC Radical.
- Originally set for 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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