When the first edition of Rock in Rio was held in 1985 it became an instant success. Artists and bands like Rod Stewart, AC DC and Queen were attended by a young Brazilian audience hungry to rock. 1985 was a time when the democracy had almost returned to Brazil, the event for many came to symbolize the beginning of a new era. Around 1.4 million people attended the 10-day even that was held in an area called “Cidade do Rock” located in Barra de Tijuca.

Rock in Rio II – Held in Maracanã Stadium

In 1991 the second edition was enacted, this time in Maracanã stadium. Billy Idol, George Michael, Guns N´ Roses and Megadeth were some of the major attractions.

Rock in Rio III – Naked Singer

In 2001, ten years after the 2nd edition, Rock in Rio happened again. This time back in Barra de Tijuca and the “Cidade do Rock. Artists and bands like R.E.M., Neil Young, Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers were among the major attractions. When the singer of Queens of the Stone Age got arrested for performin nude, it caught headlines around the world.

Not in Rio

The event branched out and was held only in Lisbon and Madrid for a couple of years, undet the same name.

Rock in Rio IV – New Ground

Again it took 10 years for Rock in Rio to return. In 2011 the 4th edition was held, now on new grounds located just next to the old “Cidade do Rock”. Coldplay, Slipknot, System of a Down, Shakira and Elton John were some of the names that performed.

An Annual Event

Rock in Rio IV became the beginning of a new era, now an annual event that is programmed to return to Rio every other year (RIR V happened in 2013 and RIR VI in 2015, next is 2017). The off-years the event will also return to Lisbon and perhaps Madrid.