Watch One Of Mettalica’s Biggest Show Ever In 1991 Moscow
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The 1991 Monsters of Rock festival in Moscow, Russia is remembered as one of the greatest concerts of all time. Metallica’s most memorable performances took occurred during this, one of the largest concerts in history, which drew an estimated 1.6 million people. There have only been two bands whose concerts attracted greater crowds. About 3.4 million people showed up to see Rod Stewart in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1994, and 3.5 million showed up to see Jean Michael Jarre in 1997.
Metallica were at the height of its popularity as well, thanks to the success of its so-called Black Album. On that day in September 1991, the band performed one of their most well-known songs, “Enter Sandman,” and the energy of the performance is truly mind-blowing.
Monsters of Rock was a concert series that began in 1980 and featured monster bands from all over the world. What started out as a one-time festival for heavy metal has turned into an annual event that continues to gain popularity and attract larger crowds as it tours the globe. Moreover, in 1991, Moscow hosted the Summer Olympics, a year that would go down in history as pivotal in the demise of the Soviet Union and the end of the Communist government.
Some Russian soldiers can be seen in the video playing electric guitars and singing along. Frontman James Hetfield paces the stage like an enraged animal, his veins popping out of his neck every time he refocuses his assault on the microphone. One thing’s for sure: you’re definitely missing out when you don’t grab the chance to view the concert footage below.