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|Tour by Van Halen and Metallica|
|Start date||May 23, 1988|
|End date||July 30, 1988|
|No. of shows||30|
|Van Halen and Metallica concert chronology|
The Monsters of Rock Tour 1988 was a festival tour headlined by hard rock band Van Halen as part of their promotion for their OU812 album. The Scorpions were a co-headliner. Opening bands included Metallica, Dokken, and Kingdom Come. It formed the first section of the OU812 Tour, the main part of which followed immediately after Monsters of Rock 1988. As one of the many well-known Monsters of Rock tours, the tour featured an impressive line-up, especially for a single-day event, and proved very popular.
Being a large-scale event with multiple acts, there was a long gap between many dates when the bands' gear was transported and set up.
The opening night of the tour in Alpine Valley was not without incident. The band Dokken had terrible sound and was subsequently booed for a lengthy amount of their set. The amphitheater at Alpine Valley had been recently sodded and before the Scorpions took the stage, fans had become impatient and started hurling chunks of the freshly laid sod into the air. Attendants came out and threatened to close down the venue. The scene calmed down and the show finished to thunderous applause.
In San Francisco's Candlestick Park a stadium-wide food fight took place aimed solely at the upper deck. Unfortunately each band played only five minutes longer than the band before them. Kingdom Come played for only 15 minutes, and the show closed with Van Halen playing only 35 minutes. This was after Van Halen held a press conference at Universal Studios, while seated in front of a giant robotic King Kong – Eddie Van Halen stated “Five bands will be playing full sets”.
In Tampa, a stadium-wide food fight took place. The show was general admission and the food fight took place between the concertgoers in the stadium stands and those on the field. Police around the perimeter of the field were being hit with bottles and garbage and eventually had to leave the stadium. The front field was so jammed with people they were starting to pass out and had to be passed to the front of the crowd and pushed over the rails to safety. They also had to spray the crowd in the front of the stage with firehoses to cool them down. Dokken also had issues with their PA system, it was broadcasting on the same frequency as Tampa International Airport's tower.
In Memphis, another food fight occurred between the audience in the stands and those on the field. Van Halen cut their set extremely short after Sammy Hagar's equipment malfunctioned. He called out to his guitar tech during the final song, "My axe be cutting out on me, Zeke." The concert was introduced by hostess Martha Quinn of MTV.
In Kansas City, the food fight continued between the lower and upper levels of Arrowhead stadium.
The Maine show was plagued by late afternoon moderate-to-severe thunderstorms & a near riot during a lengthy delay. The severe storm forced Dokken to play toward the rear of the stage to escape the torrential downpour / lightning. The storms caused a long delay post-Dokken's set, at which the crowd started chanting "Rain or Shine, Rain or Shine". As the crowd was getting more agitated, they were finally apprised of the situation (by a roadie or tour manager). However, the information was delivered in a very ill-advised way; arrogant, condescending, & taunting in nature to the point of the official saying "what?, do you think you're going to get your money back?" At this point the crowd started heaving chunks of the broken asphalt (which the people were standing on) at the tour official, as well as the equipment on stage & the situation nearly devolved into a full-blown riot.
In New Jersey, a toilet was ripped from the wall causing a small flood on one side of the stadium. Between Dokken and the Scorpions, members of the crowd stole a case of frozen hot dogs from the back of the on-field concession stand and threw them into the audience. There was also a large food fight due to people getting fed up with the extremely long wait between the Scorpions and Van Halen. People from the upper decks threw food, drink and trash over the railing. At the same time, about one hundred or so people jumped the wall and rushed onto the main field which led to cheers erupting through the stadium.
In Los Angeles, the power was shut off during Metallica's set because fans were aggressively rushing the stage. The members of Metallica sat on the drum riser and watched. After a short break, they resumed their set. Fifteen people were arrested.
Metallica's following act Dokken would come over severe ridicule from the thrash metalheads in the crowd for not matching Metallica's intensity.
In Dallas, Van Halen's set was cut short by vocalist Sammy Hagar's voice problems. He promised Van Halen would return to Dallas and play a free show. The band made good on the promise three years later on December 4, 1991 with a free concert at Dallas Alley, a gentrified area on the northwest side of downtown Dallas where free concerts were often hosted to boost traffic for restaurants and stores in the adjacent collection of shops. This show also had a water/cup fight between the field and the stands at either end of a concession stand that was along the sidelines on the west side of the stadium.
The Houston show also had a trash/food/water fight between the field and the stands. There was also a venue issue where a barrier broke and at least one person fell to a lower level of stands landing on lower seats. EMS was forced to eject several people. The show continued as scheduled.
In Seattle the Scorpions' singer Klaus Meine was hit in the throat by a camera thrown out of the audience. He ranted about having respect for the bands on stage for about 5 minutes, then they did one more song and left the stage. This was about 3/4 into their full set.
At Alpine Valley a lighting rig fell during the Scorpions' set, and Sammy Hagar fell off the stage.
Typical Van Halen Setlist
Typical Scorpions Setlist
Typical Dokken Setlist
Typical Metallica Setlist
|May 27, 1988||East Troy, Wisconsin||United States||Alpine Valley Music Theatre|
|May 28, 1988|
|May 29, 1988|
|June 4, 1988||Miami, Florida||Orange Bowl|
|June 5, 1988||Tampa, Florida||Tampa Stadium|
|June 10, 1988||Washington, D.C.||RFK Stadium|
|June 11, 1988||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||John F. Kennedy Stadium|
|June 12, 1988||Foxborough, Massachusetts||Sullivan Stadium|
|June 15, 1988||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||Three Rivers Stadium|
|June 17, 1988||Pontiac, Michigan||Pontiac Silverdome|
|June 18, 1988|
|June 19, 1988||Orchard Park, New York||Rich Stadium|
|June 22, 1988||Akron, Ohio||Rubber Bowl|
|June 23, 1988|
|June 25, 1988||Oxford, Maine||Oxford Plains Speedway|
|June 26, 1988||East Rutherford, New Jersey||Giants Stadium|
|June 27, 1988|
|July 2, 1988||Houston, Texas||Rice Stadium|
|July 3, 1988||Dallas, Texas||Cotton Bowl|
|July 6, 1988||Indianapolis, Indiana||Hoosier Dome|
|July 9, 1988||Memphis, Tennessee||Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium|
|July 10, 1988||Kansas City, Missouri||Arrowhead Stadium|
|July 13, 1988||Minneapolis, Minnesota||Metrodome|
|July 17, 1988||San Francisco, California||Candlestick Park|
|July 20, 1988||Spokane, Washington||Joe Albi Stadium|
|July 24, 1988||Los Angeles, California||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum|
|July 27, 1988||Seattle, Washington||Kingdome|
|July 30, 1988||Denver, Colorado||Mile High Stadium|