|Rock in Rio|
|Genre||Rock, pop, indie, heavy metal|
|Location(s)|| Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
|Founded by||Roberto Medina|
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.
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|
|2020||Rock in Rio Lisboa IX - postponed one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic||Lisbon, Portugal|
|2021||Rock in Rio Lisboa IX - postponed one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic||Lisbon, Portugal|
|2022||Rock in Rio Santiago||Santiago de Chile, Chile|
|Rock in Rio Lisboa IX||Lisbon, Portugal|
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 full list of artists who performed at Rock in Rio:
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.
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.[ citation needed ]
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:
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.
Full list of artists who performed at Rock in Rio 4:
Rock in Rio 5 was held in September 2013. The headline acts, chronologically, were: Beyoncé,Muse, Justin Timberlake, Metallica, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and Iron Maiden.
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.
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.
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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:
The second edition of Rock in Rio Lisboa was held in 2006, on 26/27 May and 2/3/4 June.
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.
May 21 / 82.000
May 22 / 45.000
May 27 / 85.000
May 29 / 95.000
May 30 / 38.000
June 4 / 51.000
June 5 / 85.000
June 6 / 90.000
June 11 / 30.000
June 14 / 48.000
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Rock in Rio Lisboa V
|May 25 (Sunday)||May 29 (Thursday)||May 30 (Friday)||May 31 (Saturday)||June 1 (Sunday)|
Rock in Rio Lisboa VII
|May 19 (Thursday)||May 20 (Friday)||May 27 (Friday)||May 28 (Saturday)||May 29 (Sunday)|
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.
The festival was originally set to take place in June 2020, but was postponed to 2021 and again to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"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.
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