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Monsters of Rock

Spokane, Washington — Wednesday, July 20th, 1988. Shouts out to John E. for the ancient newspaper chunks.

Monsters of Rock - Joe Albi Stadium
30,000 headbangers converge on Joe Albi Stadium…
Monsters of Rock - Head Banging Fanz
Nothing beats skipping school to see Metallica, et al…

Update!

Due to high demand, we have scanned, edited, uploaded, and posted the entire "Monsters of Rock" article and all associated pictures. The contents of this article originally appeared in the Spokesman Review on Thursday, July 21st, 1988. Way back when newspapers cost a whole quarter.

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14 responses to “Monsters of Rock”

  1. I WAS THERE!!!! Where can i get this article??This RULED!!!!

  2. Jeff Starr

    Eventually, I will post this article in its entirety. If you included a valid email address when posting your comment, I will shoot you an email notice when the article is online.

  3. I was there also. 16 @ the time, Metallica nut! Absolutely one of the best shows and all around days in my life! What a great memory. I would love to find more pics or articles.

  4. Jeff Starr
    Perishable 2007/01/14 3:59 pm

    No way dude! – I totally remember seeing you there! – Just kidding :) ..but I do remember Metallica cold rocking the planet for like an hour and a half.. I barely remember anything else though :) Anyway, I will try to get a few more article chunks posted here soon. A friend from work was there also and somehow managed to save a copy of the next day’s newspaper which featured a three-page review of the concert, photos, etc. – Stay tuned..

  5. Jeff Starr
    Perishable 2007/02/12 6:51 pm

    – Okay!
    The entire contents of the "Monsters of Rock" article have been carefully prepared and posted. So stop headbanging for a few minutes and enjoy the flashbacks!
    – Rock on!

  6. I was there, we were part of a 3 bus tour from Alberta, Canada. I threw my metalhead jean jacket up on the stage during fade to black. Right at Kirk Hammet. I remember also a lot of things being thrown at Dokken. It was very hot that day, people getting pulled from the croud. I was on the floor general admission, being so squished and hose down by the security.
    Good times

  7. Jeff Starr

    @Andy: Ahh yeh – it was damn hot there on the floor. I started the day in the bleachers with some friends. After the hallucinogens began to kick in, we could see Metallica behind the MOR set, leaving their trailer and walking toward the stage. High as a kite, we ran to the floor and fought our way close to the front. Metallica played a devastating set — I nearly broke my neck. Thank God for those hoses.

  8. I went to this concert in Kansas City. Probably the most memorable concert I’ve ever gone to. Mid July, hot as hell, and some of my favorite bands ever. Good times. Great memories.

  9. Jeff Starr
    Jeff Starr 2009/07/19 9:10 pm

    @Jason: “Hot as hell” pretty much says it all. One of the best concerts I have ever experienced, despite the heat. Great memories indeed :)

  10. i was there to got sunburned and metallica kicked major ass and anybody remember with sammy hagar climbed up the side of stage and p.s. anybody ever get a bootleg video because i live in spokane and i was there would love to have video and we should have reunion concert at joe albi stadium but old people said it was to loud but fuck who cares it bring spokane some money yo all dont let rockinroll die

  11. Jeff Starr

    Update: The original article clippings have been claimed! :)

  12. Yes thank God for those hoses. It was way hot and I ended up in the medical tent for oxygen. Of course being young and crazy, I ran back to the front for Metallica…

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