True – and how GnR were fifth behind Megadeth. But then DLR solo was different to seeing Van Halen. I regularly think of those boys and the parents – heartbreaking. I went for Thunder but Aerosmith were amazing, however Whitesnake I thought were lacklustre…. then there was a small space and people were dragged and thrown over the barrier I wanted to be close for Maiden so we decided to start in during Kiss. I remember that night/day well, there was hardly anyone in the field when I got there about midnight so I just wandered around people’s fires to see what was going on, and then slept in my car. It says on the posters ‘gates open 11.00am’, but I swear we were running into the site at around 7.00am. Never realised just how early on the organisers might have known. Was (and still am) a massive Maiden fan. It’s terribly sad when things like that happen. Bad News: 2-1 – Motörhead: Intro: 2-2 ... Live at Donington Park, UK Saturday 16th August 1986. It’s So Easy, Welcome To The Jungle. The mud in that area caused by several days heavy rain prior to the event made things worse. Nothing. My first Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donington (that’s Download for the youngsters) was headlined by … Marketplace . So, so tragic. Reviews Add Review [r8503545] Release. As we trudged our weary but happy way back to the tent there was a Police announcement over the p.a: Two kids had died in the crush during Guns n Roses set. Edit Release New Submission . 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. Really enjoyed their set. Watched Helloween from a safe distance to save energy for GnR. I can’t believe I’m chatting to people about this after all these years. As I remember it the sound was not very good during G’n’R – due to the wind? We were staying at a local b&b and didn’t know about the deaths until the next morning at breakfast the owner came in announcing to the room there was a frantic call for me from my mum. “Lemmy was a gentleman,” remembers Nigel. For information on today's festivals see eFestivals.co.uk. There are pros and cons. Don't eat it. I'll turn Run. They were pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. Going for a nap in the tunnel during Helloween using a bottle of cider as a pillow…. The whole crowd surged to the left, people went down on the floor and then the whole crowd surged back to the right. It’s a great feeling knowing you’re already at a festival the night before it starts. Those headbangers were pretty ferocious looking…, We grabbed firewood, pitched our tents by a clearing in the woods and lit a fire. 31 years later the memories are still very vivid…. 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. My first ever gig a day I will never forget …..30 Years later I am off to see Maiden again in August. there was an inquire hence no festival the next year. There was no such thing as a “camping ticket” that you bought for a hundred and fifty quid six months in advance. Prior to that every band had asked but the crowd kept pushing forward. At the end, they had a huge Iron Maiden logo that was a sort of fire/firework burning thing – I remember seeing that underneath the stage when I was down the front. I’m glad you’re okay and thank you for sharing your experience. I remember the day very vividly. We got to the festival without problem and had a great time. The Bad News set was filmed for the "More Bad News" episode of The Comic Strip Presents, which means that there are a lot of stills online that we can present , both from the Bad News set, but also from backstage , as the members of most of the bands were quizzed about their reaction ot Bd nNews being part of the show. Your description absolutely encapsulates that day for me; great descriptions that really bring back memories of our Donnington escapades. Luckily I was picked up and I picked others up. Good story. Home › Hard Rock › Guns n Roses at Donington ’88 – The Triumph and The Tragedy, By Every Record Tells A Story on June 5, 2012 • ( 55 ). What happened was G’N’R stopped because it was getting dangerous (p.s. It was only some burly bloke putting his arms around me and walking me around the edge of the mixing desk away from the worst of it, that got me out of a very frightening situation. We just marvelled at the lineup (virtually everybody we loved) and were so jealous because we were only 15 years old, and in Canada! 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. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! 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. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. they asked a few times for people to move back xx then there was a almighty surge forward …. It then had its its trouble from 1990 – 1996 when finance/reputation etc ended it. To this day, and especially now being a mum of two boys myself, I cannot imagine the heartache for their family and the questions. The whole event should have been cancelled immediately they realised, not just out of respect but to prevent other possible fatalities. Unfortunately, it was the first time I drove to the event and made the mistake of exiting the M1 at J23. As a result, I got caught in a huge traffic queue and arrived three hours late. Hey Ian – thanks for sharing this. (I stood well back after that). When Gn’R came on, it all seemed to go mental. It is also claimed that alleged unpaid fees have led to security firm McKenzie Arnold pulling workers from the site. I played my imported copy of Aerosmith’s Night In The Ruts on a boom-box. All the other bands had to play knowing that people had died. Reading rock festival 1980, setlists, reviews, articles, memorabilia,photos, links . There I was in my stonewash demin and def Leppard t shirt. Kingston Poly Okay. 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. “What’s this?” asked an older lad…”it’s pretty good”…. R.I.P. I had to literally punch other fans around me (nearly got battered as a consequence) to get their attention to help me lift up the girl who was collapsed at my feet. Street cred gone!! Despite the two tragic losses, I have fond memories of that day and everything that went with it. 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. It was my 1st time down the front & it was mayhem. I was there. Got train back to Stourbridge on Sunday and remember people all looking at us, covered in shit, mud and piss. “Here for camping? Took the girlfriend at the time and she was not keen on getting into the crowd. Change ). No-one had heard it before. Gerry cans of beer and piss I the air, hit on the head now and again, getting tighter as we got forward past the mixing stage, Guns n roses… Mayhem. I also drove my ex wife crazy by constantly saying “I bet if it was trendies going to a Madonna concert the road would be clear.” VIM, DEN, COLIN and … I was maybe forty yards from the stage, in front of the sound tower, but even around me we were packed like sardines against each other. 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. The main thing that REALLY puzzles me is what the 1989 line could have looked like. Classic original line up, including Steven Adler – all shaggy blonde hair and smiles. He looked at me and said ‘thanks’. 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. Aerosmith really kicked ass. All these years later and it’s fascinating to read everyone’s memories of the day. hitchcockm00 23rd April 2009, 21:24. 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. Next day we were one man short and there radio was reporting deaths at Donington. 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. ( Log Out /  What a bittersweet memory. We arrived on the day on a bus. Last.fm concert page for Monsters Of Rock at Donington Park (Castle Donington) on Aug. 16, 1986. Two people tragically lost their lives and many injured….. A massive crowd watched an amazing show ending with only the best… IRON MAIDEN…. There was a bloke at the gate. Sod it. Rise to stardom since the bill was announced. No event is worth that. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. We had some really great Donnington days, but that particular year was most definitely a bitter sweet one. He forced a reluctant arm to do a vague sweeping gesture in the general direction of a small area of tents and cars. The newspaper said the legal action relates to "alleged unpaid rent". Donate to them, It's just unbelievable and it's essentially the heavy metal universe and that music in there. Being on the wrong continent is sometimes quite inconvenient. Guns n Roses at Donington '88 - The Triumph and The Tragedy. This release has been blocked from sale in the marketplace. 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. we were moved out the back area to join the concert crowd once we had got the all clear … was scary one guy was still being worked on by us …. Axle and the boys tried to mellow us all out by playing ‘patience’. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Critics album of the year behind Aerosmith, Whitesnake and Anthrax. Having seen The Cult in 1985 aged 13, Donington 88 was my next gig. Let’s face it, you wouldn’t get that at V Fest would you? I was one of the 50 that were on the floor. I remember it clearly, that massive surge, and thank god i was near that sound desk as I’ve never been so scared in my life; I literally couldn’t breath from the growing crush of the crowd. 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! Updated Nov 2013. view at 1280 X 1024 res for best results. ANyone got any ideas?? Available in a range of colours and styles for men, women, and everyone. We’d never seen anyone do that before. We saw Great White, Testament, Anthrax DLR, Kiss and Maiden. The report/review in that week’s Kerrang! Often credited as Castle Donington or Donington Castle. The biggest gig we played so far is 80 - seven. Families of children with disabilities or special needs are “reaching breaking point” during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report. I clearly remember walking back to the campsite afterwards (much fun was had there the night before – as you say, none of this fortunes-for-a-ticket ‘glamping’ nonsense back then. But we started making outpr way forward. I remember the police message at the end and the atmosphere., we staggered in the dark and somehow found our bus to Leicester in early hours. 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. 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. Debuting on TV in 1983 with Bad News Tour, the low-key comedy exercise became a reality-straddling metal phenomenon when the four bewigged comedians played Donington Monsters Of Rock in 1986. I was there and posted on this thread some time ago now and have been follwing updates ever since. People forget or are unaware that the carnage was caused before GnR started playing. Warped record? I got in and fell asleep. The Donington festival was cancelled for a year whilst an inquest took place. OK – that’ll be five quid. What a week. Funny how a lot of people had not heard of them at the time, shame they become so massive. Once again I’m pretty jealous that you got to see classic GnR. 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. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. But that’s another story…. I went again in ’90, but it was a totally different experience. 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. The band were pissing about onstage while the roadies set up and the DJs decided to play some Slayer. When Helloween finally arrived on stage, the crowd down there was quite wild, but for a just 16-year-old newbie, I thought it was OK – I certainly wasn’t scared. It was found that a “crowd collapse” involving 50 people took place fifteen yards from the front of the stage. 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. 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…. Bottles and plastic cups flying everywhere. Little did we realise the tragedy that was unfolding as we all struggled to stay on our feet with all the mud underneath us. 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. We just drove up, having heard that you might be able to pitch a tent. Due to the popularity of the first film, the Comic Strip team took the unusual step of filming a sequel. I can’t really believe that the event was allowed to just continue after that happened. I remember my friend down the street bought the Maiden single for “The Evil That Men Do”, and the cover folded out into a ginormous poster for this concert. I watch Maidens first few songs from a distance but really got into it so slowly nudged my way to the front. “Want any Black?” he asked, holding what looked like a large roll of plasticine. Told them to push me as my feet weren’t on the ground. 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. Got to my moms at lunchtime and she just embraced us and burst into tears. with Appearances by: Ozzy Osbourne, Joe Elliot & Phil Collen (Def Leppard), Lemmy Kilmster & Phil Philthy Animal Taylor (Motorhead),and Rudy Schenker (Scorpions) – but Maiden had a great sound and light show…. 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 agree it’s definitely a kind of therapy seeing the comments, which I have carried on reading ever since I read the original blog piece a long time ago. Izzy and Duff projected L.A. cool. 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. Therefore, I missed Helloween, Guns & Roses and some of Megadeth. Bad News Tour + More Bad News DVD (NTSC Region 0). 43 comments on “More bad news from Donington” jochenrindt 23rd April 2009, 21:13. 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. We are the four horsemen of the Rock Apocalypse, leaders and saviours of the wild ride to oblivion and ecstacy. Love and hugs karen The Daily Telegraph added to the grim mood on Wednesday, claiming that owner Tom Wheatcroft - who has leased the circuit long term to current operator Donington Ventures Leisure - is also suing chief executive Simon Gillett. Awesome post. If I remember right tickets were 15 quid. 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. 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