January 11 - 20, 1985Rock in Rio Festival
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Go-Go's played at the Rock in Rio Festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The festival was held January 11 through 20th 1985. The Go-Go's played on two days (January 13th & 18th, 1985).
The rock festival was organized by entrepreneur Roberto Medina and was the largest rock festival in the world. Headliners each occupied top spots for two nights. About 1.4 million people attended the 10-day long festival.
The shows were broadcast throughout South America by Globo. Each show was watched by nearly 200 million people in 60 countries. It was later broadcasted in the United States on MTV as Queen: Rock in Rio.
photo: Living library.org
The whole festival was recorded for broadcast throughout South America. Queen was the only band to obtain rights to release their performance on video - released in May 1985.
Headliners for the music festival included Queen, George Benson, James Taylor, Rod Stewart AC/DC and Yes. The festival was heavy in showcasing heavy metal and hair bands such as Iron Maiden, Whitesnake and Scorpions.
Queen was the highest paid act, getting $600,000 for its two headlining performances.
About 1.4 million people attended the 10 day long festival.
The Go-Go's played two nights -
- Sunday, January 13, 1985
- Friday, January 18 1985
The Gazette, Montreal, Que
January 10, 1985
Rio Rock Festival Expected to Draw 1.5 million
Excerpt from article:
Some 1.5 million fans from Latin America, Asia, Europe and the United States are expected to attend what is being touted as the biggest rock festival the music world has ever seen.With comparisons to the 1969 Woodstock festival and ads proclaiming 'peace and love', the event is a highly organized business venture designed to attract foreign investment.The acts are a mix of musical styles, ranging from heavy metal rockers as Ozzy Obourne and Iron Maiden to jazz stylist Al Jarreau and George Benson to New Wave groups such as the Go-Go's and the B-52's.The $11 million project was completed in 4 1/2 months. The City of rock has 32 stores selling everything from jeans to spaghetti, two beer gardens, 420 toilets, an emergency hospital and fountains for fans to cool off. There also are outdoor parking lots for 33,000 cars.
While in Rio, things continued to unravel for the GoGo's.
Rio turned into 10 days of partying and all- round destructive behavior. Drug addiction was taking it's toll on the band. For years Charlotte struggled with heroin. Somehow she managed to get kicked out of Ozzy Osborne's dressing room. Belinda was also on a dangerous downward spiral of substance abuse.
All in the band were on edge. It wouldn't be long 'til all would go tumbling down.
Personal conflicts and egos continued to tear band members apart. At the end of the day ... the band-mates did not like or speak to one another. It was clear their hearts were just not into it anymore.
Schedule of Performers - Rock in Rio (1985)
11 January, 1985
150 million viewers
Ney MatogrossoErasmo CarlosBaby consuelo e Pepeu GomesWhitesnakeIron MaidenQueen
12 January 1985
250 million viewers
Ivan LinsElba RamalhoGilberto GilAl JarreauJames TaylorGeorge Benson
13 January 1985
90 million viewers
Os Paralamas do SucessoLulu SantosBlitzNina Hagenthe Go-Go'sRod Stewart
14 January 1985
30 million viewers
Moraes MoreiraAlceu ValencaGeorge BensonJames Taylor
15 January 1985
50 million viewers
Kid Abelha & Os AboborasSelvagensEduardo DiselBarao VermelhoScorpionsAC/DC
16 January 1985
40 million viewers
Os Paralamas do SucessoMoraes MoreiraRita LeeOzzy OsbourneRod Stewart
17 January 1985
20 million viewers
Alceu ValencaElba RamalhoAl JarreauYes
18 January 1985
250 million viewers
Kid Abelha & Os AboborasSelvagensEduardo DusekLulu Santosthe B-52'sthe Go-Go'sQueen
19 January 1985
250 million viewers
Baby Consuelo e Pepeu GomesWhitesnakeOzzy OsbourneScorpionsAC/DC
20 January 1985
200 million viewers
Erasmo CarlosBarao VermelhoGilbert GilBlitzNina Hagenthe B-52'sYes