Some concerts go down in history and the 1991 ‘Monsters of Rock’ festival in Moscow was no exception. Known as one of the biggest concerts to ever take place, with a huge 1.6 million attendees, it marked the most momentous of performances for the heavy metal band Metallica. The record-breaking crowds that day are thought to have only been seen on four other occasions with Jean-Michel Jarre topping the leaderboard in 1997 with a concert that was funnily enough hosted in Moscow and saw crowds of over 3 million. Just look at this aerial shot of the crowd when Metallica played:
The hosting of the country’s first, free open-air rock concert in Tushino Airfield was as a result, incredibly significant to the people of Russia. It was these factors that make the Monsters of Rock performance, the favorite tour moment for lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter of Metallica James Hetfield.
The performances witnessed in Moscow that day were immortalised a year later with the release of ‘For Those About Rock: Monsters in Moscow’, a film featuring epic performances from the concert’s acts. The popularity of Metallica’s legendary 1991 performance lives on to this day, with the video receiving over 26M views on YouTube and, it is a watch that you certainly won’t regret.