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Guns N’ Roses is about to make history in Iceland with their July 24 show in Reykjavik which is being billed as the largest concert to ever take place in the island nation.

Of course, there have been many concerts in music history that have taken place before absolutely massive crowds.  Here are seven of note.

U2 – 9/20/1997 – Reggio Emilia, Italy

This stop on U2’s PopMart tour attracted 150,000 ticketholders.

Oasis – 8/10/1996 & 8/11/1996 – Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England

Over the course of two night at Knebworth Park, Oasis played before 250,000 fans.

Paul McCartney – 4/21/1990 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sir Paul’s 1990 world tour played before a capacity crowd of 184,000 at Maracana Stadium.

Simon & Garfunkel – 9/19/1981 – New York City, NY

The Concert in Central Park, which saw the reunion of Simon & Garfunkel, is one of the most memorable shows to take place in New York City.  The free concert reportedly attracted 500,000 people.


Diana Ross – 7/21/1983 – New York City, NY

Diana Ross also gave a career-defining performance in Central Park battling the strong winds and heavy rains.  She attracted 450,000 ticketholders.  The show had to be cut short due to lightning, but Ms. Ross gave people their money’s worth and returned to Central Park the next day to perform the entire concert in full.

Endless Love - Diana Ross: Live In Central Park

Subscribe here: Diana Ross performs "Endless Love" live in Central Park on the 1st day of the event. Purchase the complete concert at: On July 21, 1983, the legendary Diana Ross took the stage in New York's Central Park before an audience of over 800,000.

The Rolling Stones – 7/12/2012 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Stones held a free concert in honor of their 50th anniversary on Copacabana Beach.  The reported attendance?  1.5 million!

The Rolling Stones - Jumping Jack Flash - Live On Copacabana Beach

The Rolling Stones played in front of 1.5million people, the biggest concert of all time, at Copacabana Beach, Rio De Janeiro, on the 18th February 2006. To celebrate the beginning of our 50th anniversary year, on 12th July 2012 we are letting our fans watch this historic concert in its entirety.

Rod Stewart – 12/31/1993 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

If you want to break records, go to Rio!  Rod Stewart played a free concert on Copacabana Beach on New Year’s Eve and reportedly attracted 4.2 million people per Guinness World Records! Take that with a grain of salt, however, because even Guinness notes the figure also included people who showed up on the beach to watch the fireworks display that signaled the New Year.  (Still, there was a ton of people there!)

Rod Stewart Sailing

Live at Rio De Janeiro 1994 to 3.5 million people. Part 13, final part.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights

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