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Moonchild (Live at Donington 1988)
by Iron Maiden

The 'Monsters of Rock Festival' at Donington Park racetrack on 20th August 1988 was my first & last open air festival.
I'd only attended one festival previously in 1979 which was indoors at the Queens Hall, Leeds titled 'Futurama'. It was a who's who of post punk acts. Although I got to see all the great bands of the time, (Joy Division, PIL, The Fall, Echo & The Bunnymen, Teardrop Explodes) the air of menace and overwhelming stench of other peoples vomit over the course of a weekend put me right off ever doing it again.

By 1988 I was totally into Metal and when I saw the line up for the Donington gig, well I just couldn't resist. Iron Maiden were headliners with Kiss, David Lee Roth, Megadeth, Helloween & Guns N’ Roses as support. G n’ R were actually second on the bill as although there was a big buzz about them among rock fans they wouldn’t hit the big time in the UK until the release of ‘Sweet Child o’ Mine’ the following year. When they came on stage there was a massive surge of people, it was as if the whole 107,000 crowd wanted to be up close & personal with them. It was during their set that two people were tragically crushed to death and many more injured during the melee. We weren’t to learn of this until we got home.

As a concert, musically it was great and probably one of Iron Maiden’s best. I’ve seen them a few times and they never disappoint, but being in the middle of a crowd that size that was pretty much out of control I found a little overwhelming.
This is actual soundboard recording from the gig and though the video's pants the audio quality's pretty good.

A couple of links with info about the gig. The second one is an official report and from this incident the way large music events were handled changed forever. I’ll warn you it’s not for the squeamish...

http://www.ukrockfestivals.com/donington-1988.html
http://www.safeconcerts.com/documents/Donintondisaster1988.pdf
1988 - EMI - United Kingdom - Opening track from the album 'Seventh Son of a Seventh Son'
Posted: 19th July 2019
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