How, why did a new style of music come about, how did it all begin? (part 2)
ROCK FESTIVALS – MMFM’89
So, what is hard rock promoting now, what ideas does it advocate? Before talking about the texts of some groups, I must say a few words about rock festivals held under the motto “No to alcohol, war, drug addiction, etc. …” I think everyone knows the Woodstock festival, about which no need to speak. But about one of the most unprecedented cases, about the festival, held in Moscow in 1989, it’s worth talking about.
It probably already became clear what I want to write about the Moscow World Music Festival, which was attended by such stars as Ozzy Osbourne, Skid Row, Motley Crew, Cinderella, Bon Jovi, Scorpions, and which music critics of the whole world called nothing more than Woodstock on the Moscow River.
If you look at the Moscow rock festival from a purely technical point of view, we can say that the sound of the groups of Ozzy Osbourne, Bon Jovi, Gorky Park was not very good. We can say that on the first day of “Motley Crew” they carried their instruments on stage, doing it in the best traditions of “stadium rock” of the late 60s. We can say that “Scorpions” and “Cinderella” “pumped out” their programs with impeccability of well-oiled mechanisms, and young “Skid Row” swept the audience with energy bursting over the edge, while “Gorky Park” performed more calmly, but did not less interesting.
The “C team”, led by Igor Sukachev, looked quite professional, and the conceptual music of “Nuance” already attracted such a reputable producer as Peter Gabriel during the festival. In short: one could describe this event exactly as foreign observers describe ordinary concerts, and put an end to it: the festival took place.
And you can look at what happened as the whole world saw the Moscow rally: for the first time in the USSR, world rock stars performed, not fading or failed, whom the State Concert loved so much, but today’s leaders, whom, unlike Susie Cuatro, Bonnie Tyler and Duran Duran, fans will not forget to pause between two successive records.
Commercial hard rock has now reached its peak – as long as the future of this trend seems serene, and the interest of the viewer is stable. As an English journalist who came to the festival said: “The maximum“ disaster ”that threatens the“ hard-and-heavy ”style is the end of hysteria around it and merging with the existing mainstream, that is, the transition from the“ fashionable ”to the“ classic ”category, which can hardly be seen as a crisis.
If we talk about international rock festivals, which are enough in Europe and the USA, it is very easy to underestimate Moscow: the annual “feast” in Carl Donnington, called “Monsters of Rock” in terms of recruitment is hardly inferior to Moscow: here Ozzy and Cinderella , there are Metallica and the Hans and Roses, here are Motley Crew and Scorpions, there are Iron Maiden and Kiss. Comparisons and parallels are possible. As in most similar mass concerts, the festival was originally riddled with a lofty idea, which, as a cementing compound, held together performers and millions of spectators not only in the USSR, but throughout the world – this is the slogan of the festival “Against alcoholism and drug addiction!” It is also important that the idea came from our country, becoming yet another stage in the stereotype of the USSR that crumbled in those days as an “evil empire”.
Many great musicians passed away as drug addicts. Musicians whom the young consider their idols. There is nothing wrong with the fact that fans still admire their music, but it will be very sad if someone, admiring, decides to try their lifestyle and becomes an addict or an alcoholic himself. This should not happen.
The Make a difference foundation and the Polygram record company have implemented an international project. Today’s rock stars participating in MMFM’89 recorded songs from the repertoire of drug victims Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, as well as groups that lost drug users at different times: “Who”, “Led Zeppelin”, “Doors “,” Sex Pistols “,” AC / DC “,” Rolling Stones “,” T. Rex “,” Kenned Head “and others. (Unfortunately, this list has now increased: Freddie Mercury from the legendary Queen band died from drug abuse.) All profits from the sale of this album are transferred to the Make a Difference fund, which implements a number of programs for protecting children from drugs.
Concluding this review, I must say that after this festival there were many other concerts of “grandees” in Moscow. We were visited by Ian Gillan, Metallica and AC / DC, Napalm Death, Sepultura, Iron Maiden, Accept, Nazareth, Faith No More, Moscow will soon see Kreator . Unfortunately, all the musicians in their post-concert interviews echo Vince Neil from Motley Crew: “I was oppressed by a huge number of soldiers on the stadium field, it seemed that you were playing in the army unit.