What was the largest concert crowd ever?
Top 15 largest concert crowds:
- Queen, Sydney [2,000,273]
- Monsters Of Rock festival, Moscow headlined by AC/DC, Tushino Airfield [1,600,000+] (**)
- Peace without Border Concert, (2nd edition) Havana sep 20, 2009 [1,500,000] (***
- Rolling Stones Feb 2006 at Copacabana Beach [1,500,000]
- Garth Brooks in Central Park [980,000] (****)
- New York Philharmonic in Central Park [800,000]
- Steve Wozniak's 1983 US Festival [670,000]
- Summer Jam at Watkins Glen [600,000+]
- Isle of Wight Festival [600,000]
- Tokio Hotel in Paris, France [500,000+]
- Simon & Garfunkel in Central Park [500,000]
- Genesis, Turn It on Again: The Tour in Rome [500,000]
- Toronto SARS Benefit [450,000]
- Woodstock 1969 [400,00]
- Rock in Rio 1985 headlined by Queen and Iron Maiden [300,000]
Jean-Michel Jarre performed 4 concerts over 1,000,000 people:
1979 - Guinness Book of Records entry for the biggest concert ever (La Concorde):[1,000,000]
1987 - New Guinness Book of Records entry for the biggest concert ever (Rendez-Vous Houston):[1,500,000]
1990 - New Guinness Book of Records entry for the biggest concert ever (Paris La Defense: A City in Concert): [2,000,000]
1997 - New Guinness Book of Records entry for the biggest concert ever with 3.5 million watching at Moscow's 850th anniversary
(*) The first item on the list seems to be genuine, making Rod Stewart's Copacabana gig the biggest ever concert, with 3.5 million spectators.
Stewart was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. On 31st December on the same year he played in front on 3.5 million people on Copacabana Beach in Rio. This became and still is the largest audience for a gig ever. It has been noted, however, that it was also New Year's Eve.
(**) September 28th 1991, Metallica appeared as Special guests of Monsters Of Rock tour in Moscow, Tushino Airfield. Bands included AC/DC, Metallica, E.S.T., Black Crowes, Pantera. Legend has it that the President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev personally invited the band to play at the concert.
(***) Peace without Border Concert held at Revolution Square, in Havana, featured 15 artists from six countries, including Colombian rocker Juanes, Puerto Rican tropical music star Olga Tañon, Spanish pop singer Miguel Bose, plus Cuban singer song-writter Silvio Rodriguez, hip-hop trio Orishas, Van Van orchestra and others.
(****) In May of 1998, the New York Fire Department officially announced the final attendee numbers for Garth Brooks in Central park at 980,000 people.
I read somewhere that it was a free concert they held in Russia. The crowd was an estimated 1.6 million. It was held at Tushino airfield in Moscow. Brian said that people from the crowd could be seen in every direction on every horizon. Over 10 miles away people were complaining of the noise. (To put this into perspective, Woodstock was 400000 people).
Rock in Rio festival in Brazil, January 19th 2001, where the "Rock in Rio" DVD was recorded. A quarter million people were present to see one of their best performances ever. This was their second largest crowd - the largest being at the 'Rock in Rio 1985' where 400,000 people had come to see them play
At the Summer Jam held at Watkins Glen on July 28, 1973, the Grateful Dead played to a crowd of approximately 600,000 people -- larger than Woodstock. The Allman Brothers Band and the Band were also on the bill. According to the Guiness Book of World Records, the Summer Jam was largest rock concert in history by attendance.
: The largest crowd at a rock concert in the USA happened on July 28th, a Saturday, in 1973 in Watkins Glen, NY with 600,000 in attendance. The headlining bands were The Grateful Dead, The Band, and The Allman Brothers Band. This dwarfed the concert that happened in Woodstock, NY in 1969 by 64,000 people. woodstock NY estimated at 500,000 people!
I would say that it was the Wembley Stadium concert in 2008. Sometime during the show, Dave points out that it is the largest show they have ever played although there is no official word on how many people attended. The 2008 Wembley Stadium concert is set to be released on DVD very soon if it isn't already out.