Great comments too. I was a huge Anthrax fan as well so me and Bob, the dude who had pulled me from death during GUNS, took the national express to London from York a week later, met up with a bunch of metal heads and continued on to Monsters of Rock in Bochum Germany. As you described, it was a blinding set list and Iron Maiden were brilliant but I seem to recall them constantly having to stop to make the crowd take two steps back (?) “What’s this?” asked an older lad…”it’s pretty good”…. He reached out and I grabbed his arm and he just yanked me right out and shouted (above the music) to immediately make my way out along the barrier and out the side, right past Duff & Izzy on the left of the stage. Hey – thanks for sharing your story – amazing to hear from other people who were there so many years later. Donington Park motor racing circuit was the first permanent park circuit in England and is a favourite venue for all sorts of events including the Monsters of Rock-Festival and the Download-Festival. Don't eat it. I remember it took Bruce to actually get the crowed to step back two steps. To really get the most out of their roles, they played in front of 70,000 at Castle Donnington's Monsters of Rock festival and were promptly booed off the stage. – but Maiden had a great sound and light show…. My first Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donington (that’s Download for the youngsters) was headlined by … I got in and fell asleep. I had to literally punch other fans around me (nearly got battered as a consequence) to get their attention to help me lift up the girl who was collapsed at my feet. Told them to push me as my feet weren’t on the ground. I went for Thunder but Aerosmith were amazing, however Whitesnake I thought were lacklustre…. I been to see AC/DC and G’N’R. During GnR, I was a little further back but I front of me was a couple of people pushing the crowds in front of them, thinking they were being funny…. Muddy and wet. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Took the girlfriend at the time and she was not keen on getting into the crowd. Typically I got into a lot of bands after the event but wish I had before. I remember these two groups of bikers started fighting during the Testament set so me and Bob wadded in, declared we were English and that they should keep there fighting until afterwards. Helloween kicked off the day well. Me and my friend were well up for Gn’R mainly, but to me, the whole line-up was just insane. Bad News: 2-1 – Motörhead: Intro: 2-2 ... Live at Donington Park, UK Saturday 16th August 1986. Another heavy metal day, no sleep till Castle Donington, but have some vibes. I regularly think of those boys and the parents – heartbreaking. As a result, I got caught in a huge traffic queue and arrived three hours late. The newspaper said the legal action relates to "alleged unpaid rent". When Gn’R came on, it all seemed to go mental. Kingston Poly Okay. I vividly remember people fighting there way to get out of the front to escape, thinking ok I’ll go forward.. To the point where I couldn’t move, my chest tight against someone’s back, and someone against me, mud so sloppy, getting tight to breathe, I remember we were in trouble when I saw my brothers face and I slipped onto the floor, someone just grabbed the back of my jacket and picked me up. Being able to have a drink during the day…. My favourite ERTAS post! I was also fairly near the mixing desk when G&R came on. at 1.00am which got us to Donington at some crazy early hour. I remember thinking “If it stays like this, I think I can handle it”. We stayed near the front till midway through Kiss’ set & it took an age to get out of the crowd. I was there, 2 metres away from the mound of people piled high in the mud in front of me, someone, some bloke screamed for us to get back, I think his freiends were in the pile of bodies next to him. 1990 was completely different, it was sunny as I remember. We saw Great White, Testament, Anthrax DLR, Kiss and Maiden. After having traffic issues in previous years, my friends and I decided to take a tent to the 1988 Monsters of Rock Festival at Donington. yep traffic was mental around m1 in Nottingham-shire but got there on time. hitchcockm00 23rd April 2009, 21:24. Insane. I think my brother looking after me said we are staying back now, and I was happy with that, watched Kiss from afar then finally Maiden. Add to Collection Add to Wantlist Remove from Wantlist. More Bad News (1988) Five years later after a less than amicable break-up, the band reunites after being offered a record deal and a gig at the prestigious Castle Donnington Festival. Gerry cans of beer and piss I the air, hit on the head now and again, getting tighter as we got forward past the mixing stage, Guns n roses… Mayhem. Home › Heavy Metal › Donington ’86 – Monsters of Rock: Ozzy, Scorpions, Def Leppard, Motorhead and More Bad News…. The reason why I ask because I was at that gig and I remember nearly suffocating, I could hardly breath and later on I felt someone underneath me. Tags: Axl Rose, Castle Donington, David Lee Roth, Donington, Download Festival, Guns N' Roses, guns'n'roses, Helloween, Iron Maiden, Monsters of Rock, Slash, Steven Adler. 31 years later the memories are still very vivid…. Vim Fuego : Donington, I mean it's just unbelievable, it's like the heavy-metal centre of the universe and Bad News are going to be there... this is big league, all we have to … Here’s how to get it fixed! I just had to see them and the next uk gig was Donington. Fortunately, someone got on the DLR stage and told him to stop being a jerk and tell people to back off to save those below, so the pressure eased a bit. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. After a few years passed, the four decided to reunite for an album (Bad News) and sequel to the original special. What a bittersweet memory. Contents in special limited edition leopardskin (effect) lined box . I’m glad you’re okay and thank you for sharing your experience. I was 16 and went with my older brother Nigel. I went to this festival too. They were pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. A deflating, disbelieving mood swept through the exiting crowd. Inevitably they made their way up to me and asked me to move. Once again I’m pretty jealous that you got to see classic GnR. Therefore, I missed Helloween, Guns & Roses and some of Megadeth. I found myself face down in the mud about 15 yards from the front during paradise city and basically kissed good bye to my life but I saw a glimmer of light and found myself being dragged to my feet by my mate bob, we both preceded to do like wise for the others face down before another surge of bodies came. One of the few times, perhaps the only one, in 40 years of concerts and festival, during which I’ve gotten really scared because there was no way to control anything. We ambled across the other side of the site for KISS and watched from maybe 50 yards back from the sound tower. Someone said we had balls but we explained what had happened in England the week before. RIP It is amazing to think that the bands played on – I’m not sure that would happen nowadays. I can’t believe I’m chatting to people about this after all these years. DLR said ;get the f*** of my stage’ before someone ran on and shoved the guy clean of the stage and into the crowd. After the cheers had faded for Helloween, onstage came Guns n Roses. Megadeth were excellent, David Lee Roth dug out all his old jokes and one-liners over Steve Vai’s twin necked guitar licks and KISS ran through a strong greatest hits set before the sun went down and fireworks exploded over Iron Maiden’s Seventh Son tour. I went again in ’90, but it was a totally different experience. I was there and posted on this thread some time ago now and have been follwing updates ever since. I remember the police message at the end and the atmosphere., we staggered in the dark and somehow found our bus to Leicester in early hours. ANyone got any ideas?? The band (GnR) stopped playing temporarily and called for calm in a scene reminiscent of the Stones at Altamont  in the film Gimme Shelter, but by the time security had fished out the injured people, two bodies (Alan Dick, 18 and Landon Siggers, 20) were found laying down in four inches of mud and were almost covered over. The saddest possible way to end a memorable day…. Critics album of the year behind Aerosmith, Whitesnake and Anthrax. Everyone wanted to see them and people surged forward. It is not permitted to sell this item on Discogs. ( Log Out /  I returned to the B&B where I was staying and I found my friend worried because he had heard the news from the telly and I, having gotten lost, arrived very late at night. This was mainly due to Guns n Roses’ Reading rock festival 1980, setlists, reviews, articles, memorabilia,photos, links . I wasn’t in the mood for making models out of clay. He forced a reluctant arm to do a vague sweeping gesture in the general direction of a small area of tents and cars. This year’s bill was the best yet: Iron Maiden, KISS, David Lee Roth, Megadeth, Guns n Roses and Helloween. I was lifted from the ground, my arms were pinned to my side’s and I was carried with the surging crowd but couldn’t put my feet on the ground. Marketplace . 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Hi Karen, I understand from your post that you were not the person I helped up because you said you were taken to the front, whereas the girl I helped, we carried her by her arms and legs to the top of the field, beyond the sound-desk. I clearly remember walking back to the campsite afterwards (much fun was had there the night before – as you say, none of this fortunes-for-a-ticket ‘glamping’ nonsense back then. watched megadeath from a safe distance as I was exhausted. No event is worth that. Still so sad for the two who didn’t make it. But we started making outpr way forward. I find in retrospect seeing all these comments who were there as a bit of therapy as I don’t think it hit me till much later on. Again, during all this going on, I never felt scared, but it did get too much in the end and I signalled to a security guard that I wanted out. Aerosmith really kicked ass. I can’t really believe that the event was allowed to just continue after that happened. Funnily enough, I don’t remember ANY rain at all during the day. You can pitch your tent wherever…”. Good story. Next day we were one man short and there radio was reporting deaths at Donington. Don’t forget, Wembley is also a concert venue which attracts international musicians to perform large-scale gigs that attract people from around the world to London. there was an inquire hence no festival the next year. So I was 22 and went up by train (from North London) and used the free bus service to the gig. My friend stayed against the barrier all during Gn’R and didn’t see me get yanked out, but we met up at the Dunlop bridge after Gn’R and we revelled at how fucking great they were. 43 comments on “More bad news from Donington” jochenrindt 23rd April 2009, 21:13. Rest in peace. I agree it’s definitely a kind of therapy seeing the comments, which I have carried on reading ever since I read the original blog piece a long time ago. She’d seen the news that night and was calling the emergency numbers, just couldn’t get through. Being on the wrong continent is sometimes quite inconvenient. Debuting on TV in 1983 with Bad News Tour, the low-key comedy exercise became a reality-straddling metal phenomenon when the four bewigged comedians played Donington Monsters Of Rock in 1986. they were asked to stop by the organizers), David Lee Roth came on there was another surge Dave himself pulled out one person the concert was stopped for 10 mins. We got in front of the sound stage and then could get no further. So, so tragic. Donate to them, It's just unbelievable and it's essentially the heavy metal universe and that music in there. I was maybe forty yards from the stage, in front of the sound tower, but even around me we were packed like sardines against each other. Regrettably they jumped the shark very quickly with the ludicrously titled “Pink Bubbles Go Ape” which is as bad as it sounds – but their first three records, from Wall of Jericho onwards – are very good indeed. So we sat at the back for Helloween, G’n’R, Megadeath and DLR. Vehicle Imagery licensed from EVOX Images, Lotus Teases New Sports Car To Replace Elise, Exige, And Evora, 2022 Kia Sportage Speculatively Rendered After Latest Spy Shots, 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Teased Undergoing All-Terrain Testing, Enter Now For Chance To Win This Rare Dodge Super Bee Plus $15,000 Cash, Audi RS7 Duels BMW M850i Gran Coupe In Drag And Rolling Races. I later asked the medics if she was ok, and thank god she was !!! I watch Maidens first few songs from a distance but really got into it so slowly nudged my way to the front. The main thing that REALLY puzzles me is what the 1989 line could have looked like. Shop high-quality unique Donington T-Shirts designed and sold by artists. I was there. 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