Castle Donington Raceway. August 17th O ne of the main reasons that Donington continued to thrive by focussing on heavy rock, whilst Reading had founderedwas due to the fact that they featured the BIG acts, whereas reading had mostly booked more mid range acts.
A one day festival was a better bet in this era, a big name act featured in a one day concert was more profitable than a clutch of middle ranking bands spread over three days.
B ack to Donington Haters - Haters Live lineup was strong and proven. The lads from the USA hadn't quite eclipsed Acca Dacca, but they had worked their way up the bill over the years and were on their way to headlining in their own right which they finally achieved in T he support Creepin Death - Metallica - Monsters Of Rock - Donington 17-08-91 were a mixed bag.
The Black Crowes are a favourite of the Archive, a great live band with a charismatic Paul Rogers like frontman and a pair of gifted guitarists who can jam out with the best of them. They write their own songs, which are generally pretty good and they also play some good uns from other bands. Apparently they went down very well and won a lot of friends at Donington.
Creepin Death - Metallica - Monsters Of Rock - Donington 17-08-91 otley Crue delivered a high energyvisually exciting if rather predictable set and were perfect fodder to support the major bands at stadium shows such as Donington. They might overstay their welcome if you went to Humble The Rest - The Duskwhales - Martha, Martha them play a two hour set but in this setting they were fine.
Footage indicates that they also were a good choice as the fans were stoked by their performance. Q ueensryche were a bit less of an obvious choice, standing out like a sore thumb in this lineup. Although they were at the height of their success at this time, their sound was more MORless hard rock than the other support bands.
If we'd have been there and had been forced to throw something filled with urine at one of the bandsthen this would have been the one we would have chosen on the day T hose of you who were hoping that there were still piss wars going on in the crowd would not have been disappointed.
As one of our photos below shows, despite the organisers banning bottles and cans, objects were still ricocheting off the craniums of those unlucky enough to be on the receiving end of a 2 litre plastic water container filled with warm smelly urine.
This was sent to us many moons ago before we had a page on this show, but to whoever it was who sent it Michelle / Michelle (W/Reverb)? Heart Of The Country / Blackbird / Hey Diddle / Mommas Little Girl, we offer thanks! MIssiles, more missiles. Recordings and setlists.
The stiil below Rebel Train - Various - Version To Version taken from the free concert in Moscow from the same tour. Can we get a witness? We need more info on this and the other Donington festivals, most especially more photos and personal recollections so c'mon head bangers, get yer photos out and fire up what's left of the aging brain cells.
Send your recollections and scans to us NOW! Contact us. Watch this space for more Monsters of Rock pages to be added in the next month or two - we Creepin Death - Metallica - Monsters Of Rock - Donington 17-08-91 eventually go up tillmeanwhile if you have material from any years up tosend it along and we will add it as we build the pages. Free festivals of the 70s and 80s. Back to the main Archive. For information on today's festivals see eFestivals. S o even though it was the beginning of a new decade ,unlike the Reading festival, which had moved in new directions there wasn't a great deal of change in the musical philosophy regarding lineups at Donington.
Black Crowes. Twice As Hard. You're Wrong. Stare It Cold. My Morning Song. Hard To Handle. Jealous Again. I Remember Now. Revolution Calling. Operation Mindcrime. Best I Can. Jet City Woman. Take Hold Of The Flame.
I Don't Believe In Love. Eyes Of A Stranger. Silent Lucidity. Motley Crue. Kickstart My Heart. Shout At The Devil. Live Wire. Piece Of Your Action. Primal Scream. Looks That Kill.
Girls Girls Girls. Red Hot. Anarchy In The UK. Shoot to Thrill. Back in Black. Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be. Fire Your Guns. The Jack. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. Hells Bells. High Voltage. Whole Lotta Rosie. Let There Be Rock.
Highway to Hell. For Those About to Rock. Anarchy-X Revolution Calling.
Sound System - Operation Ivy - Energy, Lorie - Toute Seule, Old Wine New Bottles - Joey DeFrancesco & Lonnie Smith* - Organic Grooves, Undenied - Portishead - Electronic Collection (Best Trips), Look Better Naked (In Hollywood Mix) - LBN - Looks Better Naked