It was an huge rock festival that began on Memorial Day weekend in the summer of 1988 and ended in late July of that same year. I was in participation of that event right in Candlestick Park, a sold out audience, in mid-summer and enjoyed every moment of it.
The lineup was this:
And that was the lineup in order. First up was Germany’s rockers: Kingdom Come. This band sounded alot like Led Zeppelin, and perhaps, were even better than Zep. They were supposed to be going big, at the time, according to the music world. Sounding like Zep, but they told interviewers from the media they never heard of the band. According to Lenny Wolf, vocalist(of Kingdom Come) they were influenced by AC/DC and The Beatles. (BTW, any band that sounds like Led Zeppelin and or even influenced by Zep are better. Check out this band –Kingdom Come– and also the Jason Bonham band.)
Next on stage was Metallica. Of course they were from the Bay Area like myself( I was from the East Bay). They were one of the few reasons why I attended this event. This was months before their ‘Harvester of Sorrow’ tour.
Following Metallica was Dokken. Another reason why I choose to go. Rockin’ with Dokken. Unfortunately, lead singer Don Dokken and guitarist George Lynch, out of creative differences, broke up the band by years end.
Then they were followed up by another band from Germany: Scorpions, and they meant alot to this Monsters Of Rock tour. Nobody scoffs at the Scorpions! They know how to perform despite the leather n’ metal glam they took on in the late 80’s .
And finally a band that started the entire bill of the Monsters of Rock tour which was part of the OU812 tour: Van Halen. Even though the band sounded better and mature with Sammy Hagar, both ways either he and ex-vocalist David Lee Roth made Van Halen a band a huge success.
In capping off this blog entry, there were fifty-six trucks, three complete stages, and production systems that had to be put up all the same time . And it cost $350,000 per show on budget and it was easy to lose money.
Believe me the shows broke even at forty-four thousand tickets and the tickets were expensive. But hey! With the tour like this what do these artist had to lose?