The 34th Anniversary Of The Moscow Music Peace Festival
This weekend is the 34th anniversary of the Moscow Music Peace Festival, which took place on August 12 and 13 in 1989.
The Moscow Music Peace Festival was a rock concert that took place in the USSR at Central Lenin Stadium in Moscow. It was the first time hard rock and heavy metal acts from abroad could to perform in the capital city. Over 100,000 people attended! It broadcast live to 59 nations. You could watch it on MTV in the United States. The event promoted understanding between the Western Bloc and the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War. It also raised money to help those addicted to drugs and alcohol.
The concert featured six bands from abroad and three Russian bands. It ended with the various band members participating in jam session. A documentary about the festival got released as well.
Cinderella - Somebody Save Me (Moscow Music Peace Festival 1989) pic.twitter.com/rtNEEHDhkB— Monsters Of Rock® (@MonstersOfRock) August 4, 2022
One of my personal favorite groups ever, and my good friends, Cinderella performed at the festival. I watched the whole thing on pay-per-view (back when we still did that)! The full lineup included Bon Jovi, Mötley Crüe, Ozzy Osbourne, Scorpions, Cinderella, Skid Row, and Russian band Gorky Park. What a heavy metal/hard rock dream.
It was a great festival to have been able to watch live, even if I couldn’t physically be there. Happy 34th anniversary to the Moscow Music Peace Festival.