Moscow Music Peace Festival - there was no such thing in Russia anymore

Moscow Music Peace Festival - there was no such thing in Russia anymore

26 years ago took placeMoscow Music Peace Festival- One of the main events of Perestroika, nicknamed "Russian Woodstock". For the first time, glam-rock and heavy metal stars arrived in the USSR and performed in front of a two-thousand-thousand audience.

“The main thing is that none of those who come on the scene today, use alcohol and drugs!”- these words were preceded by the announcer of the Soviet television broadcast of the festival, which was held due to the passion of one of the organizers for marijuana.

Doc McGee (Doc mchee), managerBon joviandSkid rowparticipants of the concert, was detained in America while transporting grass, as a punishment he was obliged to spend 250 thousand dollars on anti-drug propaganda, part of which was Moscow Music Peace Festival

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From the Russian side, the initiator of the festival was Stas Namin, who at that time had a very indirect relationship to rock and roll. In any case, most of those who filled the thicket of the Luzhniki stadium for two days and heard something about it, Namin was known at best as the leader of the Flowers group.Stas Naminlong dreamed of holding the first large-scale Russian rock festival. He was familiar with Doc, since he produced them.Gorky Parkshortly before that, they signed a contract with Polygram, with which Bon Jovi also worked.

For Namin, this festival was not just a managerial start, but also, perhaps, the highest, truly international achievement in his career. To make a festival of this magnitude fate gives one ten thousand chance. Someday, the details of the organization and holding of the Moscow Music Peace Festival in a country that has recently entered the era of restructuring and publicity will undoubtedly be included in the textbooks of show business management. And it is right! About the American manager Dock McGee, on whom the success of the event depended no less - a little later.

For the event was chosen the most versatile slogan "Festival against alcohol and drugs." Prior to this, no festivals with such a message had been heard in the USSR, and the irony like “bees against honey” was not in vogue, and the gift horse (despite not low prices for tickets that disappeared, barely appeared) to look in the mouth that time no one would have thought. You could lose your teeth.

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On the Soviet side, the concert (along with the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and the meetings of Gorbachev with Reagan) was intended to establish friendly relations between the USSR and the USA, which for a long time were in a state of cold war, on the cultural front. Thanks to the personal interest of the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the CPSU and the criminal history that happened in the life of an American producer, almost all the glam-rock and heavy metal groups that were relevant at that time came to Moscow:Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne, Bon Jovi, Skid Row, CinderellaandScorpions.

The lineup, or rather its “proprietary” part, was generally perfectly formed. A little tired at that time of the straight-line heavy metal, Soviet youth almost in parallel with their peers from the countries of developed capitalism smoothly got acquainted with the actual hard’n ’heavy format. It should be said that most of the world's leading musicians didn’t even a single step away from the canons of a heavy musical genre, at that time they almost all cultivated this commercially successful field.

The Iron Curtain collapsed - and the Soviet youth already had a very good idea of ​​who was going to visit her. In addition to almost unknown at that time Skid Row and Cinderella, on the posters were actively losing popularity in the world, but insanely popular with us Motley Crue. Always great at all times Ozzy Osbourne.Heroes of all school disco Scorpions. And finally, everyone's favorite, young Bon Jovi with a group named after himself. Our country was represented by the group “Nuance”, the then team of Garik Sukachev “Brigade S” and the ensemble “Gorky Park”, in the export version called Gorky Park. The festival took place two days - on August 12 and 13, with a full house at the Luzhniki Grand Sports Arena. Millions more viewers in 59 countries of the world could see its broadcast.

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As already mentioned, the overall format turned out to be as accurate as possible. The only moment that was completely out of balance was the block of Russian musicians. To participate in the Moscow Music Peace Festival, Stas Namin, taking advantage of his official position, invited groups under his management, rehearsing at his base in the Green Theater of Gorky Park and releasing records on his SNC label. Stas Namin patronized young talents, but didn’t really know what to do with them. Groups "Nuance" and "Brigade C" at that time were bright, young, non-standard powerful teams. "Nuance" shone very interesting psychoabsurdist irony with a bright show and a little earlier even received the appreciation of the great avant-garde Frank Zappa.

Sukachev and his “Brigade S” confidently entered the status of one of the best bands in the country and burned them with “proletarian jazz”. However, neither of them had any experience of working at stadium grounds. It was also difficult to call them “club” due to the fact that at that time there were no clubs in the USSR for performing such music in principle. In addition, neither “Nuance” nor “Brigade S” had any relation to the heavy genre in which the Western guests worked. Yes, and the audience came quite different. A bit closer to the general pathos of the event was the “Gorky Park” - an artificially created project by Stas Namin for the Western market, consisting of professionals with a philharmonic past.

Skid row

Both days the festival was opened by a young group Skid Row - Don McGee's wards. At that time, the “skiers” in Russia were unknown, but were actively lit up in the world thanks to the Moscow Music Peace Festival and at first rushed sharply forward. Fragile vocalist Sebastian Bach, who looked up at his idols at that time - Motley Crue, over time became mature, released several solo albums, but remained an artist of that time and that genre.

Gorky Park (Gorky Park)

In spite of the fact that at that time professional musicians had a strong Bang song in their repertoire, which was shot with a bright clip rotated on American MTV, in their coarse clothes and Kramer guitars stylized with folk instruments looked unconvincing. Probably, first of all, because in this genre they were still alien people. Unfortunately, it was impossible to show the real leaders of the domestic heavy scene of that time in the person of “Shah” and “Black Obelisk”, because the stake was placed on the owner's “Gorky Park”. The group existed until the early 2000s. Former musicians of “Park” - vocalist Nikolai Noskov, bass player Alexander Marshal, less often - guitarist Alexei Belov - now can be seen in the programs of central TV, performing much more suitable music for them.

Cinderella

The strength and energy of this team at the time of the festival was appreciated by a few, but the languid look of leader Tom Kiefer struck the female audience outright. Hard, energetic rhythm and blues and shrill vocals gave the author a close acquaintance with the best rock genre samples ranging from Janice Joplin to AC / DC.Immediately after the festival, the Long Cold Winter Yugoslav vinyl record, which had just appeared on sale, was instantly swept away from the shelves of the Soviet stores of the Melodiya chain. A couple of years ago, Cinderella came to Moscow with a concert, gathering not so many people, but this audience came exactly for what the American “Cinderella” is famous for.

Motley crue

One of the most awaited groups of the festival. The cult of Motley Crue at that time was convincingly confirmed by graffiti on most transformer booths of the country, school bags and desks, homemade badges and makeshift T-shirts and stripes. There were legends about the everyday, near-concert rampage of musicians, and the very simple music itself was copied from tape to tape until they lost their audibility. Intrigues gave and stuffing in the form of translation of the name of the group, which sounds like "colorful syphilis."

A lot was expected from the team with such a name! Motley Crue came to Moscow with their wives, which prevented them from fully enjoying all the joys of rock and roll life. It is hard to say what the “Luzhniki” audience was more happy about - the music, the appearance of the pets completely pierced by tattoos,two beauties of perfect forms on backing vocals or repeatedly repeating fuck words in and between songs, but Motleu Crue became one of the brightest heroes of those days.

Ozzie osbourne

If the organizers had announced that Ozzy was participating in the festival, the result would not be different in terms of fees and results. In terms of significance for history and as a figurant, Ozzy surpassed even Motley Crue. Still, the Black Sabbath group was part of the range of interests of a slightly older age group as well, than the majority of visitors to the Moscow Music Peace Festival. With the name Ozzie, all generations of hard rock lovers lay on their lips and stood up, so for many of them his appearance was fundamental.

In this set, everything was at the highest level despite the fact that at some point the stage monitors got out and Ozzy did not hear himself in principle. The two-and-two-year-old guitar virtuoso Zach Wilde was spinning on his back, giving off fantastic solos. An old friend and colleague of Ozzie for Black Sabbath - Gizzy Butler - answered for the bass. Along with Ozzie's best solo stuff, the stadium was crushed by the immortal Paranoid and Iron Man. Well, he turned out to be a good wizard Ozzy and poured water from a bucket exhausted by the heat of the spectators.

Scorpions

The cult "Scorpion", of course, was not compared with Ozzy's magical aura, but the lyrical ballads - Still Loving You and Holiday, were known by heart to all the guests of the then discos. Metal lovers were ready thanks to the World Wild Live live album. Scorpions threw an amazing rock and roll show, and no one will forget the light of tens of thousands of lighters over the Luzhniki Stadium.

Bon jovi

Elastic rocker Bon Jovi - the subject of girlish dreams as a headliner was great and harmonious. Cooperative posters, plates and 7800 Fahrenheit and Slippery albums bought from fartschikov when they were learned by heart, material from New Jersey was under study, but all together it prepared a solid foundation for meeting this guy. To relate what he did to the style of glam metal, soft rock, or favorably to hard rock, the public gave the bore and came off so that, probably, at that moment it became clear that melodic rock would not be out of fashion for the next decade.

Both days ended with a huge joint jam. Everyone who could stand up on the stage after a long 12-hour marathon on the stage and behind the scenes, and the roar of drums of Jason Bonham - the son of the legendary John Bonham from Led Zeppelin - began the classic rock and roll scene. Elvis Presley's Hound Dog followed Rock'n ’roll - Led Zeppelin.In what sequence - now, probably, not so important, but believe me, it was unforgettable!

Ten facts from the history of the first Russian rock festival of world significance.

1. For the American manager Doc McGee, this festival was a rehabilitation event. Some time before the festival, Dock was caught by the police near the border with Mexico, equipped with a fair load of hashish that he carried for his players from Motley Crue. The organization of the festival was for him a very important milestone in every sense.

2. Musicians, among whom were notable non-drinkers like the same Motley Crue and Ozzy, were strictly forbidden to use anything stronger than juice on their way. In this case, Doc McGee has rigorously checked the cabin of the aircraft and the personal belongings of the musicians. Everything confiscated was immediately poured and poured into the toilet. The first time flew in an unusual sadness. All rescued Scorpions, hooked in London and carried the necessary liquid ammunition. From them, no one expected anything like that. Neither McGee, who did not include this clause in the contract with them, nor the younger colleagues who had long written off them from these accounts.


3. In the "Luzhniki" was built unthinkable at the time the scene, divided into three sectors.One group worked its set for the audience, the other was connected, the third one was disconnected.

4. Russian managers and translators were equally overwhelmed not only by the level of technical support, but also by the food that the musicians, who did not know what to expect in the USSR, brought with them to any fireman. If fanta and cola in cans were still perceived calmly, then chicken legs in sealed packaging evoked a taste and aesthetic delight.

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5. Domestic organizers at that time did not have any experience in holding such large open-airs. Professional “brand-name” security guards never faced the majority of situations, and the police didn’t know how to behave. As a result, a huge number of Moscow parties leaked behind the scenes, sipping music beer and taking pictures for memory. The musicians did not mind. So the musician of the “Naiv” group Ruslan Stupin, at the suggestion of the Motley Crue technician, almost flew to the USA in an equipment box. Many of these memories can be found online.

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6. McGee at that stage was supervised by several teams at once: Scorpions, Skid Row, Motley Crue and Bon Jovi. “Row” was young and nothing but the caliper, it did not shine, with Scorpions, headliners, everything was also clear, but for Bon Jovi and Motley Crue this performance was the most important.He was watched by the entire world music press, a documentary film was planned to follow in the footsteps. Glory Motley Crue faded, and it was important to embed it as it should. MakGKI promised that everything would be, but ... At the last moment, he gave Bon Jovi the status of headliner and insane salute fireworks. For that, immediately, as soon as the salutes of the salute died down, with terrible force I got a turnip from the guitarist Nikki Sixx and the drummer Tommy Lee. A little later, all reconciled, but no longer worked together.

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7. Ozzy, who was in the lead at the time, at the Moscow Music Peace Festival (directed, as you remember against alcoholism and drug addiction) confidently unleashed and woke up two weeks later at the police station - dirty, torn and without understanding that all this time was happening.

8. By 1993, rock companies were divided. Some recalled the Moscow Music Peace Festival-1989 and gloated over those who were not there. Those who had lost their heart on this occasion recalled the “Monsters of Rock” in Tushino with the participation of AC / DC, Metallica and Black Crows in 1991, and then the first began to be sad. The army, you know, made adjustments to rock and roll.

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9. There was no more international festival in Russia, which presented so on time, so actual music at that stage, perhaps.

ten.Until now, on the streets of Russian cities, you can meet people in white T-shirts with the emblem of the Moscow Music Peace Festival and the schedule of the bands that played in those days at Luzhniki. That says not only about the quality of concert merchandising of those years, but also about the consistently high status of real rock and roll.

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And now some memories:

“At that time, organizing a large-scale festival was, oddly enough, easier,”- recalls Stas Namin. -“It was enough to get permission at the very top, and then it was already possible to close eyes on everyone - from the district executive committee to the police. The music market as such has not yet existed, no one has regulated legal issues, so almost everything was resolved through verbal agreements. Relatively speaking, instead of a pile of permits and accompanying documentation it was possible to show one paper from Ivan Ivanovich. True, this was a big minus: if the same Ivan Ivanovich suddenly decides to cancel everything, then cranes, you had nothing to protect yourself. We were nervous to the last and did not know how it would end. On the one hand, posters have been hanging all over Moscow for several months, on the other hand, the Soviet press and old party leaders have launched an unprecedented propaganda campaign: they say that our youth are forcibly corrupted, they don't need heavy metal..

It turned out heavy metal is still needed.On August 12 and 13, 1989, the Luzhniki Stadium was packed to capacity - despite the tickets worth 15 rubles (for comparison, the trip in the subway cost 5 kopecks). The festival was attended by about 200 thousand people - a large part of them were soldiers, who were charged with protecting public order and police officers in civilian clothes: according to eyewitnesses, they sat in the stands in each row and pulled fans away from excessive emotion - for example from getting up on the chair.

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Group leaderBrigade Cwho participated in the concert from the Soviet side, told Zvukam that “never in his life had he encountered such tough face-control and shmon”.

Garik Sukachev: - The Americans looked at all this as a bad comedy. They have never seen so much the military and the police in one place.

Skid Row leader recalls that his“They were urged not to curse off the stage, not to take off their clothes, and that there was a general feeling that the group was performing in a combat zone”. But especially the musician was struck by the Moscow metro.

Sebastian Bach (Sebastian bach): - It was a monstrous contrast: we are well received, driven around restaurants and shops, a lot of our fans are at the stadium, and on the subway and on the street, ordinary people look as if they all came from another planet.They were all terribly dressed, shied away from one of our appearance, as if from contagion, there are a lot of beggars around. At the end of the first day I was depressed, although outwardly I tried to hold on. I even told my guys that if any of you want to come to Russia again, it will be without me.

By the way, the Skid Row travel on the Moscow metro is preserved for history:


After 25 years, Russia and America are again on the verge of the Cold War. Until recently, it was impossible to imagine that a groupBloodhound gangbeat in the airport of Anapa, concertsMarylin mansoncanceled under pressure from the Orthodox community, and Manson himself writes:“If death came for me, I would buy her a plane ticket to Russia and give you guys a chance to figure it out.”.

However, the participants of the historical concert of 1989 did not see the need for a new festival of peace.

Nikolay Noskov, ex-leader of the Gorky Park group: -Americans already come to us - just pay. For them, this is already a part of the business, so no political disagreements and sanctions will lead to the fact that there will only be concerts of Moiseyev and Babkina here. Another thing is that the Russian public has become more interested in domestic music, which, in turn, has become much better quality than it was in the 80s. But it is a natural process..

Garik Sukachev agrees with Nikolai.

Garik- I do not see any special problems. In addition, I do not think that such a festival would now attract such tremendous attention, as in the 89th. Then it was a real sip of freedom. And who are you surprised by Western artists? And without a full concert, and not on all of them sold out. Group Scorpions in general has already settled in Russia!.

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Here is what they write online about this festival:

“For two days there was ... Unforgettable !!! And most importantly, no cops or other things, no one touched anyone, do what you want ... complete freedom and rock !!! With the current totalitarianism this does not understand !!!

The main thing was neither fights nor hooliganism, although the people were stoned and drunk, but everyone behaved with dignity. ”

“There were also special festival T-shirts, black and white. I am afraid to make a mistake - whites were on sale, but in a very limited game, and blacks were not sold at all, but in some mysterious way were given to some VIPs.Definitely the coolest was the old Ozzy stump, drenching everyone with water from a bucket) "

“At that time, the brother-in-law served in the Dzherzhinsky division, stood at concerts in the cordon under the stage .. heard everyone, was in the first row, but with his back to the stage .. :)”

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