’83 US Festival: Heavy Metal Day
Hair Metal Mixtape #90 - Quiet Riot, Motley Crüe and Ozzy kick off this weekend's Heavy Metal Festivals Mixtapes. This time the podcast will have the actual audio from this festival so be sure to check it out! Thanks for listening.
In the beginning of the decade heavy metal was seen by many as a dead genre, although a few bands like Van Halen and Rush still had successful albums and tours.
In 1982 the british bands Iron Maiden and Judas Priest started selling more albums, and doing successful tours also.
In 1983 Def Leppard broke big also. But no one really knew how big heavy metal was becoming until the Us Festival in 1983. It was the brainchild of Steve Wozniak, founder of Apple computer.
Dubbed as a festival of peace and music, it went on for three days. The first two nights some of the biggest names in pop were drawing crowds up to 300,000.
The last day the bill was exclusively hard rock bands, and the crowd grew to a stunning 600,000 which was a shock to everyone, not at least the bands themselves.
The line-up consisted of Quiet Riot, Mötley Crüe, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Van Halen, Scorpions, and Triumph .
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Articles referenced in this episode;
New dates set for Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett tour
RockStory - Heavy Metal: The Us Festival 1983
Quiet Riot Set
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