Moscow Music Peace Festival

Concertul rock suținut pe Stadionul Central Lenin din Moscova (actualul Luzhniki Stadium, arena ce-a găzduit recent finala Campionatului Mondial de Fotbal) în zilele de 12-13 august, 1989, rămâne unul dintre cele mai emoționante spectacole din istoria muzicii. Organizat (încă) pe teritoriul Uniunii Sovietice, show-ul, la care au participat trupe mari germane, engleze, americane (Scorpions, Ozzy,  Skid Row, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Cinderella) și titulaturi locale importante (Gorky Park, Nuance, Brigada-S), anticipa, într-un fel artistic, evenimentele ce aveau câteva luni mai târziu să schimbe nu doar fața Europei, ci și a lumii, fiind totodată o prelungire a Restructurării visate de Mihail Gorbaciov.

Klaus Meine (vocalist Scorpions): ”There was so much hope in the air. That was the feeling when I went home and started writing Wind of Change. […] One hundred thousand people came from all over Russia and the Eastern Bloc countries, including our fellow countrymen from the former DDR [East Germany], that never saw the Scorpions live in the DDR, because we never were allowed to play in the DDR. For us it was something emotional that had a deeper meaning than just playing a rock show.”

Rudolf Schenker (chitarist Scorpions): ”The young people wanted to be a part of the rock & roll family. Because this music was somehow a key for the free world.”

Doc McGhee (organizator): ”Remember, there wasn’t any Facebook where everybody in the Soviet Union could talk to each other. We couldn’t tweet out to everybody. This was all word of mouth around the world. Literally word of mouth. But it was sold-out both days, and people [were] waiting in lines and lines and lines just to listen to the music.”

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