We just marvelled at the lineup (virtually everybody we loved) and were so jealous because we were only 15 years old, and in Canada! I can’t really believe that the event was allowed to just continue after that happened. A familiar figure appeared on the horizon covered head to foot in mud, we were no longer on man down we hugged him and he had no clue of the poor guys who had perished. As the sun set, we got chatting to the other few hundred people with the same idea. The band were pissing about onstage while the roadies set up and the DJs decided to play some Slayer. Going for a nap in the tunnel during Helloween using a bottle of cider as a pillow…. I was there. I can’t believe I’m chatting to people about this after all these years. “Here for camping? After a pause of a few years, the previously fictional-only band became an entity in real life when Bad News were invited to play at the Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donington in 1986. I thought little of it at the time, but a couple of young-ish idiots found room to push people in front of them forward and laugh at the surges they were creating. RIP There was no such thing as a “camping ticket” that you bought for a hundred and fifty quid six months in advance. At the end I turned around to see the whole crowd lit up by maidens flood lights ‘Wow!’ no way was I gonna get through that lot quickly so legged it over the barrier and sat down. “Want any Black?” he asked, holding what looked like a large roll of plasticine. A deflating, disbelieving mood swept through the exiting crowd. A German band who were a cross between early Priest, Maiden and speed metal. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Love and hugs karen When Gn’R came on, it all seemed to go mental. Next day we were one man short and there radio was reporting deaths at Donington. suggested David Lee Roth was unaware of the fatalities when he performed, but I do wonder when the terrible news was shared with the performers. ERIC CARR. After having traffic issues in previous years, my friends and I decided to take a tent to the 1988 Monsters of Rock Festival at Donington. I had the same feelings about Rock In Rio one year…. We went to information points to find more details but nothing. and like you, we all felt such a slump upon hearing that terrible news being announced. I went to this festival too. What a bittersweet memory. Got train back to Stourbridge on Sunday and remember people all looking at us, covered in shit, mud and piss. I watch Maidens first few songs from a distance but really got into it so slowly nudged my way to the front. So glad to hear about the survival stories, I don’t think I realised at the time how bad things got that day. Reviews Add Review [r8503545] Release. I just had to see them and the next uk gig was Donington. I'll turn Run. I found myself face down in the mud about 15 yards from the front during paradise city and basically kissed good bye to my life but I saw a glimmer of light and found myself being dragged to my feet by my mate bob, we both preceded to do like wise for the others face down before another surge of bodies came. It being cold, wet and windy day. I was there and posted on this thread some time ago now and have been follwing updates ever since. I remember being in it unil halfway through DLR where somehow I found my brother again, then we were trying to make our way out of there. 12 talking about this. ( Log Out /  Aerosmith really kicked ass. There I was in my stonewash demin and def Leppard t shirt. No waiting for three hours just to get out of the car park on the way home (that means you V-Fest 96). OK – that’ll be five quid. What happened was G’N’R stopped because it was getting dangerous (p.s. Things seemed a bit more mellow for DLR but some security guy climbed up on stage from the front and insisted DLR told the crowd to chill. I was at Donington it was a fucking shambles king Edward spuds flying all over, I also remember it raining full pint pots which meant looking over your shoulder constantly or moving back out of range. Domain News - Provides the latest real estate and property market news in Australia. My friend managed to squeeze in right against the barrier and I stood directly behind him – for the next 6 hours! I was right on the verge of a bunch of fellow metalheads who had slipped in the mud in the hundreds and I kept leaning back so I wouldn’t fall into it myself. He reached out and I grabbed his arm and he just yanked me right out and shouted (above the music) to immediately make my way out along the barrier and out the side, right past Duff & Izzy on the left of the stage. But we started making outpr way forward. I remember thinking “If it stays like this, I think I can handle it”. Another guy came up slightly more furtively to us. Critics album of the year behind Aerosmith, Whitesnake and Anthrax. Let’s face it, you wouldn’t get that at V Fest would you? Then started again. Sitting and reading my program at the back during KISS and then witnessing one of the best Iron Maiden performances I have seen whilst trying to balance myself on a crash helmet so I can get a better view. Thinking how I would like to get near the front for David Lee Roth and then realising what a massive mistake it was due to the amount of people having the same idea and not liking getting a bit squashed. As a result, I got caught in a huge traffic queue and arrived three hours late. The Donington festival was cancelled for a year whilst an inquest took place. Rest in peace. Typically I got into a lot of bands after the event but wish I had before. I later asked the medics if she was ok, and thank god she was !!! The report/review in that week’s Kerrang! We watched a bit of Megadeth (neither of us was real fans), we sat against a wall near the back and watched DLR – couldn’t see much, but could easily spot the black drum kit with white trim! I remember it took Bruce to actually get the crowed to step back two steps. There’s a lot of thought put into this, it reflects the day well…. I was 16 and went with my older brother Nigel. Since they had been named fifth on the bill, however, Sweet Child of Mine had gone ballistic and they were suddenly looking as uncomfortably out of place as a famine survivor on Maria Carey’s Live 8 stage. I was there, 2 metres away from the mound of people piled high in the mud in front of me, someone, some bloke screamed for us to get back, I think his freiends were in the pile of bodies next to him. I can remember being told to take a couple of steps back regularly – being only 19 at my first festival I didn’t get too far forwards anyway. I was so excited as prior to that only seen Def Leppard at the NEC as my first gig. Vehicle Imagery licensed from EVOX Images, Lotus Teases New Sports Car To Replace Elise, Exige, And Evora, 2022 Kia Sportage Speculatively Rendered After Latest Spy Shots, 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Teased Undergoing All-Terrain Testing, Enter Now For Chance To Win This Rare Dodge Super Bee Plus $15,000 Cash, Audi RS7 Duels BMW M850i Gran Coupe In Drag And Rolling Races. I find in retrospect seeing all these comments who were there as a bit of therapy as I don’t think it hit me till much later on. They were pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. We had some really great Donnington days, but that particular year was most definitely a bitter sweet one. Kingston Poly Okay. All I remember about the day was trying to find somewhere for a piss when in the arena area and heading to the nearest fence. We got in front of the sound stage and then could get no further. There are pros and cons. Your description absolutely encapsulates that day for me; great descriptions that really bring back memories of our Donnington escapades. It says on the posters ‘gates open 11.00am’, but I swear we were running into the site at around 7.00am. Sounds frightening, and I bet that wait for your mate at the end must have seemed like forever. We saw Great White, Testament, Anthrax DLR, Kiss and Maiden. This release has been blocked from sale in the marketplace. Classic original line up, including Steven Adler – all shaggy blonde hair and smiles. To really get the most out of their roles, they played in front of 70,000 at Castle Donnington's Monsters of Rock festival and were promptly booed off the stage. Having seen The Cult in 1985 aged 13, Donington 88 was my next gig. Bottles and plastic cups flying everywhere. Watched Helloween from a safe distance to save energy for GnR. As for the description of your time there, as Jason has already commented: awesome. During GnR, I was a little further back but I front of me was a couple of people pushing the crowds in front of them, thinking they were being funny…. Izzy and Duff projected L.A. cool. Guns n Roses at Donington '88 - The Triumph and The Tragedy. There was a lot to be said for camping no matter how shabby the set up…, I was one of the people pulled out the crowd the barrier was pushed over … the crowd surged… was mad. Axl was imposing and did that weird snaking dance of his. (I stood well back after that). Funny how a lot of people had not heard of them at the time, shame they become so massive. Big thanks to our sponsor Neil ! It’s So Easy, Welcome To The Jungle. My first trip abroad (from Italy) by motorbike – a Ducati Indiana 650 – with a friend: England, Ireland, Scotland and – on the way back home – Castle Donington, of course under a black sky that had poured everything and more on the hill facing the stage, making it as slippery as if it were covered with oil. Losing my brother just before Helloween. She’d seen the news that night and was calling the emergency numbers, just couldn’t get through. Still so sad for the two who didn’t make it. Warped record? We stayed near the front till midway through Kiss’ set & it took an age to get out of the crowd. My friend stayed against the barrier all during Gn’R and didn’t see me get yanked out, but we met up at the Dunlop bridge after Gn’R and we revelled at how fucking great they were. To really get the most out of their roles, they played in front of 70,000 at Castle Donnington's Monsters of Rock festival and were promptly booed off the stage. Bad news continues to flow out of Donington Park, providing ammunition to the cynics who doubt the circuit can host the British grand prix from 2010. I later tried to find the car and I would have walked right past it had my mate Andy not opened the door for the light to come on and me see him. yep traffic was mental around m1 in Nottingham-shire but got there on time. Was a great start to the day … band were rocking guns and roses played …. The thing that annoyed me was that the deaths of the two boys were apparently announced around 5 that day, we werent made aware of it til much later that day, so many parents must have been worried sick that it was theres, but tragically for two families they had lost a loved one. So I was 22 and went up by train (from North London) and used the free bus service to the gig. Apparently this was a new concession to campers by the organisers: a reaction to people tearing down trees without permission the previous year. at 1.00am which got us to Donington at some crazy early hour. No event is worth that. At the end of the set Axle says ‘ cheers, don’t f’ing kill yourselves’. The newspaper said the legal action relates to "alleged unpaid rent". The mud in that area caused by several days heavy rain prior to the event made things worse. I was lifted and placed on the floor at the side of the front run of the stage .. we were checked over and given water … a few people were not breathing but were being worked on …. Bad News Tour + More Bad News DVD (NTSC Region 0). with Appearances by: Ozzy Osbourne, Joe Elliot & Phil Collen (Def Leppard), Lemmy Kilmster & Phil Philthy Animal Taylor (Motorhead),and Rudy Schenker (Scorpions) Guns n Roses’ debut album had come fourth in the 1987 Kerrang! Here’s how to get it fixed! This was mainly due to Guns n Roses’ Axle and the boys tried to mellow us all out by playing ‘patience’. The Archive. they asked a few times for people to move back xx then there was a almighty surge forward …. Families of children with disabilities or special needs are “reaching breaking point” during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report. It wasn’t like festivals are now. Replica tour programme, A3 poster, replica Donnington laminate, Alan Metcalfe business card, plus a set of six postcards. The team renewed their friendship with Lemmy, who shared his wisdom with the nervous comedians. There was no riot. Then got stuck in for welcome to the jungle, the crowd was mental and I quickly discarded my 2 liter bottle of beer to have both hands free to save myself in what I can only describe as the nearest thing imaginable to a medieval pitched battle. Insane. I think my brother looking after me said we are staying back now, and I was happy with that, watched Kiss from afar then finally Maiden. Curious to see Kiss playing before Maiden (when the situation was reversed 8 years earlier), which of course blew up the stage, and not with the fireworks at the end. Being on the wrong continent is sometimes quite inconvenient. More Bad News (1988) Five years later after a less than amicable break-up, the band reunites after being offered a record deal and a gig at the prestigious Castle Donnington Festival. As I remember it the sound was not very good during G’n’R – due to the wind? Of course Maiden was the biggie for me, I remember buying Can I play with madness single and it had ‘only Uk appearance on it’ so it was a must for me. We were like in a sea moving around at least 20 foot without feet touching the floor. Don't eat it. Hey Ian – thanks for sharing this. We just drove up, having heard that you might be able to pitch a tent. G’n’R I don’t even remember because I couldn’t stand them and went to grab a bite, just as the two boys’ tragedy was consumed. Once again I’m pretty jealous that you got to see classic GnR. From Exeter, we got the Concert Travel Club coach (remember them?!) we were penned together like sardines in a tin could not move once more slash shouted get back the set was stopped the security were trying to pull people out but we were stuck in the mud and the tangle of arms and legs … people even scrambled over the top of us …. This year’s bill was the best yet: Iron Maiden, KISS, David Lee Roth, Megadeth, Guns n Roses and Helloween. Hi Karen, I understand from your post that you were not the person I helped up because you said you were taken to the front, whereas the girl I helped, we carried her by her arms and legs to the top of the field, beyond the sound-desk. I’ve been to everyone since/including 1988 and seen how its changed. It’s terribly sad when things like that happen. We had called her next morning once we found a phone box. Street cred gone!! At the weekend it was reported that former chief Lee Gill is suing the circuit's operating company, which is crippled amid millions in debt according to the publicly available 2007 accounts. A bouncer gave me a cup of water and asked if I was alright. You can pitch your tent wherever…”. Ridiculous. Last.fm concert page for Monsters Of Rock at Donington Park (Castle Donington) on Aug. 16, 1986. Wow..that’s terrible. I even had a lay down in the tunnel during Helloween, with a bottle of cider as a pillow! The whole event should have been cancelled immediately they realised, not just out of respect but to prevent other possible fatalities. It then had its its trouble from 1990 – 1996 when finance/reputation etc ended it. Regrettably they jumped the shark very quickly with the ludicrously titled “Pink Bubbles Go Ape” which is as bad as it sounds – but their first three records, from Wall of Jericho onwards – are very good indeed. Bad news continues to flow out of Donington Park, providing ammunition to the cynics who doubt the circuit can host the British grand prix from 2010. Thanks for sharing your memories – it is amazing how outside festivals have changed compared to back then…. The thought of their terrible demise, being trampled in that mud is so very distressing (especially as I’m now a mother of two teenage boys, with all the fears you have for their safety). Hey – thanks for sharing your story – amazing to hear from other people who were there so many years later. Never realised just how early on the organisers might have known. VIM, DEN, COLIN and … But that’s another story…. I remember finally when it all kicked off with the Baily Bros playing their tunes and their constant shout-outs (“Anyone here from ….?”). Again, during all this going on, I never felt scared, but it did get too much in the end and I signalled to a security guard that I wanted out. Those were very long minutes with the knowledge that ending up in there could have been potentially lethal, until one of the security folks – a black fella as big as a wardrobe – made a decision with which he saved I don’t know how many lives: he jumped over the barriers and started literally throwing behind the barriers anyone he could pull up from the mud and limbs tangle, so that the other security and the Red Cross volunteers could them away to rescue them. , Hi Karen – thank you for sharing your memories of the day – sounds really frightening. Was (and still am) a massive Maiden fan. Fireworks at the end and hearing the sad news about the guys who died during Guns n’ Roses, then holding on for dear life for a good 3 hours as we travelled back to Maidstone on my brother GPZ 750 and then being unable to sleep as my ears were still ringing! My heart absolutely goes out to their parents; such an awful waste of life. No-one had heard it before. It is also claimed that alleged unpaid fees have led to security firm McKenzie Arnold pulling workers from the site. Change ). I found myself at one point standing on the side of a bus pushing back, as the crowd surged to get on, trying to protect the girlfriend. Thankfully these things are few and far between…and it hasn’t put me off outdoor festivals. I remember these two groups of bikers started fighting during the Testament set so me and Bob wadded in, declared we were English and that they should keep there fighting until afterwards. If I remember right tickets were 15 quid. I regularly think of those boys and the parents – heartbreaking. It didn’t seem the time or place to make stop-motion animation features. After the cheers had faded for Helloween, onstage came Guns n Roses. All the other bands had to play knowing that people had died. “Cannabis resin” said a more knowledgeable member of the party. I had a copy of ‘live like a suicide’ which became the live side of ‘lies’. Really enjoyed their set. 107,000 people were to attend, according to magazine reports of the time. We then went right across the other side again to watch Maiden. People forget or are unaware that the carnage was caused before GnR started playing. Home › Heavy Metal › Donington ’86 – Monsters of Rock: Ozzy, Scorpions, Def Leppard, Motorhead and More Bad News…. The whole crowd surged to the left, people went down on the floor and then the whole crowd surged back to the right. I was one of the 50 that were on the floor. Helloween on first when we got there, I didn’t know anything about them. I’ve never been to a big music festival and I’m not sure if I’d like it or not. Contents are: Bad News LIVE 2xCD + previously unreleased Live at Hammersmith and Castle Donnington Monsters of Rock 1986. So, so tragic. Helloween were made target of plastic bottles filled with mud and/or piss. Contents in special limited edition leopardskin (effect) lined box . I was at the 88 gig and was trapped in the surge when Guns n roses came on. Now known as The Download Festival, the annual pilgrimage of UK Heavy Metal fans to a field outside Nottingham (Castle Donington) is as essential a rite de passage for every wearer of denim and leather and dodger of soap as is an Eton Education to a future King or posting photos of themselves shoplifting on Facebook is to a British teenager. Being able to have a drink during the day…. Megadeth were excellent, David Lee Roth dug out all his old jokes and one-liners over Steve Vai’s twin necked guitar licks and KISS ran through a strong greatest hits set before the sun went down and fireworks exploded over Iron Maiden’s Seventh Son tour. Donington ’86 – Monsters of Rock: Ozzy, Scorpions, Def Leppard, Motorhead and More Bad News… Categories: Hard Rock , Live Reviews Tags: Axl Rose , Castle Donington , David Lee Roth , Donington , Download Festival , Guns N' Roses , guns'n'roses , Helloween , Iron Maiden , Monsters of Rock , Slash , Steven Adler Muddy and wet. High-quality cotton, available in a range of colors and size XS to XXL. All these years later and it’s fascinating to read everyone’s memories of the day. We turned up, got our ticket and then somehow bumped into a guy we knew from Maidstone to my brother annoyance as this guy was now dating his ex but would soon to be my brothers first wife. We knew it would be a mental gig so got some moshing training in on the run up by seeing Def Lep, Motor head and Ozzy. I was lifted from the ground, my arms were pinned to my side’s and I was carried with the surging crowd but couldn’t put my feet on the ground. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! We got to the festival without problem and had a great time. Luckily I was picked up and I picked others up. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. He forced a reluctant arm to do a vague sweeping gesture in the general direction of a small area of tents and cars. Funny how Dave Lee Roth was third on the bill. 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