Geek Trivia: The Largest Free Live performance In Historical past, Based mostly On Attendance, Was A Efficiency By?

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Reply: Rod Stewart

If nothing else, let it's identified that Sir Rod Stewart, chart-topping British songwriter and singer, is aware of the way to throw a celebration. Energetic for over half a century, Stewart could be hard-pressed to prime the blowout social gathering/efficiency he threw in 1994.

In 1994, Rod Stewart was inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame, then later that yr he threw a free rock live performance to have fun his achievements (and the incoming yr) on New Yr’s Eve on Copacabana Seaside in Rio de Janeiro. If it had been a comfortable affair, properly, we wouldn’t be speaking about it on this context. Excessive, enjoyable, and packed wall to wall, actually, however undoubtedly not cozy. Round three.5 million folks packed the gorgeous tropical seaside and surrounding areas to listen to Stewart play and ring within the new yr.

Not solely was it the one largest free live performance ever attended, however relying on who you ask, it would simply be the biggest live performance ever—the one performer who even comes near rivaling Stewart’s jam-packed viewers is the French performer Jean-Michel Jarrer who, three years later in Moscow, carried out for an estimated three.5 million folks. Given how neck and neck the tallying on each the live shows is, nonetheless, and the way getting a pair million folks to indicate as much as social gathering with you isn't any small feat, we’re blissful to declare Stewart the king of the free live shows and Jarre the king of the paid ones.