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  • The Rolling Stones and Bruce

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    The Rolling Stones and Bruce

    It looked like we’d made it impossible for a festival to get any better. The greatest rock band in the world onstage at the greatest rock festival in the world, celebrating 10 years of Rock in Rio parties in Lisbon. But the Rolling Stones know how to top expectations, and called none less than The Boss, Bruce Springsteen himself, to join them. Together they played “Tumbling Dice” and immortalized the moment as one of the most thrilling in the entire Rock in Rio history.

  • Actually a Good Thing

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    Actually a Good Thing

    He returned for his second show at Rock in Rio in less than a year, and this time he was took on closing duties for the 10-year anniversary party at Rock in Rio Lisbon. It was such a huge show, and Justin Timberlake captured the moment forever by recording a live video for the song “Not a Bad Thing.”

  • Distinguished Guests

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    Distinguished Guests

    Rock in Rio Lisbon in 2014 had some distinguished guests in the audience. Bill Clinton and ex- president of Portugal Jorge Sampaio watched the Rolling Stones show—which later featured the special participation of Bruce Springsteen. Backstage, the guys from Linkin Park had their photos taken with the ex-presidents.

  • Flattered

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    Flattered

    New Zealander Lorde, just 17 years old, wasn’t able to contain her emotions during her show at Rock in Rio Lisbon in 2014 and sincerely thanked the public at the City of Rock.

  • An Onstage Kiss

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    An Onstage Kiss

    In 2011, a fan named Júlio left his home in Sorocaba, the countryside of São Paulo, to watch Katy Perry live at Rock in Rio. He had no idea that the inspiring singer would call his name from the stage to engage in the honor of kissing her on the cheek.

  • The Diva of POP, So Moved

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    The Diva of POP, So Moved

    In 2013, Beyoncé was so taken with the audience’s reaction to her song “Irreplaceable” that she had tears in her eyes. After the doors of the City of Rock closed for the night, the diva had a good time playing around on the production trolleys. She caught it on camera and used in the "XO" video clip.

  • Sepultura + Les Tambours du Bronx

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    Sepultura + Les Tambours du Bronx

    Sepultura teamed up with French percussion group Les Tambours du Bronx to create a stellar album from their collaborations at Rock in Rio. Metal Veins - Alive at Rock in Rio comes out in September/14. This is how music history is written.

  • The Rebirth of James Taylor

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    The Rebirth of James Taylor

    For as many highs artists bring to the public, they also go through difficult times internally, alone. In 1985, James Taylor had been seriously thinking about abandoning his career and isolating himself to a farm in the countryside. But he found the festival’s grandeur so alluring that he allowed himself to come to Brazil for one more show. The public had so endeared itself to him, showering him with affection, that he cites this performance as the reason for his artistic and personal rebirth. As James himself sings in “Only a Dream In Rio,” written after the reinvigorating experience: “My heart came back alive.”

  • A True Punk Tribute

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    A True Punk Tribute

    Offspring had already won over the huge audience that filled the Sunset Stage of Rock in Rio 2013, but the public went absolutely nuts when none other than Marky Ramone got up onstage to take hold of the drumsticks and conclude the colossal show with the Californian band.

  • Stage Dive

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    Stage Dive

    Slipknot’s DJ Sid Wilson couldn’t resist the sea of concertgoers at Rock in Rio 2011. He tossed himself from the technical area high above the stage into the wave of more than 100,000 people below, all thrashing to the band’s hit “Duality.” After the performance, Sid proclaimed a compliment of the highest regard during an interview for a Spanish television show: “Rock in Rio, the best of all festivals.”

  • A Double Dose of Thrash

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    A Double Dose of Thrash

    In a true ode to thrash metal, Destruction and Krisiun, two of the most outstanding bands of the genre, hopped on the Sunset Stage simultaneously in 2013 to sing “Black Metal,” a Venom classic. With two drum kits, two bassists, and three guitars, it was positively ear-splitting—just how their raving fans like it. 

  • Breaking records at YouTube

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    Breaking records at YouTube

    Rock in Rio 2011 was transmitted live in its entirety via YouTube, reaching a record 3 million viewers in more than 200 countries—not even counting anyone in Brazil—during Metallica’s performance alone.

  • Iron Maiden Live In Rio

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    Iron Maiden Live In Rio

    In 2001 Iron Maiden recorded the band’s greatest live album during Rock in Rio, a performance attended by about 250,000 people. The show marked the end of their “Brave New World” tour, which had welcomed singer Bruce Dickinson back into the fold. Rock in Rio, as the album was called, featured at least one song from nearly every Iron Maiden album up until then, a set list that continues to circulate today.

  • Aerial Show - Thirty Seconds To Mars

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    Aerial Show - Thirty Seconds To Mars

    During the Thirty Seconds To Mars performance in 2013, Jared Leto surprised everyone when he disappeared from the stage and emerged atop the zip line, holding his guitar. After playing a couple songs, the vocalist flew over a sea of euphoric fans.

  • A "Dear John" Letter

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    A "Dear John" Letter

    “Dear Jon: I attended all of your concerts in Brazil. In 1995 you called me up onstage. Please, call me again… I want a kiss. Thanks, Rosana.” Well, a request made at Rock in Rio is an answered request. Jon Bon Jovi called for Rosana onstage, tended to her wish, and made festival history.

  • Onstage Birthday Celebration

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    Onstage Birthday Celebration

    Phillip Phillips celebrated his birthday a day before his show at Rock in Rio 2013, and his audience took full advantage of the opportunity for tributary humor. During an interview backstage, a fan surprised Phillip with a birthday cake, and the entire recording team popped by to wish him congratulations as well.

  • The Most Beautiful Love Of My Life

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    The Most Beautiful Love Of My Life

    Everybody knows the lyrics to Queen’s “Love Of My Life,” a piece of information that became evident during the band’s performance at the first Rock in Rio, in 1985. A chorus of 470,000 audience members sang along with the group, conducted with breathless prowess by one deeply touched Freddie Mercury. Queen has gone on record citing this specific performance as the most beautiful of them all. We agree, and are grateful to have provided the stage for such an amazing moment.

  • From Heliopólis to the World

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    From Heliopólis to the World

    Mike Patton brought his Italian pop project Mondo Cane to Rock in Rio. Keeping in line with his album recordings, which feature a 65-piece orchestra, in Rio, Patton came accompanied by the Heliópolis Symphonic Orchestra, a youth educational program at the outskirts of São Paulo whose musicians are all disadvantaged adolescents.

  • Aerial Show - Janelle Monáe

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    Aerial Show - Janelle Monáe

    Janelle Monáe began sizing up Rock in Rio’s zip line as she sang her first note on the Main Stage in 2011. Then, while Ke$ha performed, Janelle and her band rushed the zip line, and in a wave of adrenaline dashed down the aerial runway. Ke$ha saw the whole thing and acknowledged their spirit directly from the stage.

  • Blues Class with Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite

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    Blues Class with Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite

    The duo launched one of the most acclaimed albums of 2012 and brought their power-packed repertoire to the Sunset Stage at Rock in Rio 2013. That afternoon, the City of Rock was treated to first-class blues.

  • Aerial Show - Kaiser Chiefs

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    Aerial Show - Kaiser Chiefs

    At Rock in Rio Lisbon, 2012, Kaiser Chiefs singer Ricky Wilson exited the stage in a mad dash toward the zip line. Once he reached his target, he kept the show rolling, singing the refrain of “Take My Temperature” while he slid over the public at the Bela Vista Park.

  • RIs2

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    RIs2

    Can’t complain about graffiti that’s a compliment! Chris Martin of Coldplay made a public declaration of his love for Rock in Rio by writing “RIs2” in spray paint on the walls of the Main Stage.