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ABBA, Queen and Pink Floyd: the history of legendary Wembley concerts

Wembley is a national treasure of England, the country's main stadium and the second in Europe in terms of the number of seats (90 thousand, Camp Nou in Barcelona - 99 thousand). Since its opening in 1923, Wembley's capacity has decreased and increased, but its importance to the sports world has always remained consistently high. The legendary Pele once even called the stadium the cathedral of football. But the London arena is also a mecca for musicians and their fans. To perform at Wembley means to stand on a par with such stars of the music industry as Pink Floyd, Queen, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Elton John, Eminem and Beyoncé.

The first concert at Wembley took place in 1969. The famous prog-rock group Yes performed in front of the London audience. Three years later, the stadium hosted the grandiose The London Rock and Roll Show, in which Joe Brown, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bill Haley & His Comets, MC5 and many others took the stage. At the end of the program - an enchanting performance by Chuck Berry. And in 1973, the premiere of The London Rock and Roll Show took place, in which you can see Mick Jagger, as well as the future manager of the cult punk rock group Sex Pistols Malcolm McLaren, selling T-shirts in one of the stalls.

9 November 1979, ABBA

One of their best performances, according to fans and critics, was at Wembley. In 1986, when ABBA's popularity had already faded, the band released ABBA Live, which consists almost entirely of recordings of a memorable London concert.

July 13, 1985, Live Aid

Live Aid is a music festival organized to raise funds for the hungry in Ethiopia. It was this festival that brought Wembley world musical fame. The event was attended by 82 thousand people, and the broadcast of the concert was watched by about 2 billion people in 150 countries. The festival was attended by Queen, David Bowie, U2, Sting, Dire Straits, The Who, Elton John, Paul McCartney and others. The most memorable moment to this day is the performance of Queen, which fans voted best on Live Aid. The creators of the film Bohemian Rhapsody, which tells about the history of the group, almost entirely recreated the legendary Queen's performance at Wembley.

July 16, 1988, Michael Jackson

Of course, the king of pop music could not stay in to the side of the other stars in the scene. In 1988, Jackson delighted his British fans and included Wembley on a world tour in support of his super-successful album Bad. Even the Queen of Hearts, Princess Diana, and Prince Charles came to watch Michael's performance in front of the 72,000-seat stadium. In this regard, Jackson decided to remove the hit Dirty Diana (dissolute Diana) from the set list of the London concert, so as not to offend the royal family. However, the princess herself asked Michael before the start of the concert if this song would sound, and when she heard a negative answer, was upset, as it was her favorite composition. There was too little time left before the start of the concert, so Jackson was unable to change the approved set list, and Dirty Diana never played at Wembley that evening.

August 5-6, 1988, Pink Floyd

The performance of the legendary rock band Pink Floyd as part of the A Momentary Lapse Of Reason Tour was remembered by everyone who came with an insane symbiosis of music and light, immersing them in a very special all-consuming psychedelic atmosphere. The Pink Floyd concert marks another milestone in Wembley history, further increasing the stadium's profile in music circles.

July 1, 2007, Concert for Diana

Concert for Diana - a concert organized by Prince William and Prince Harry in 2007 to honor his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, on her 46th birthday. That year marked the 10th anniversary of her tragic death. Such eminent musicians as Elton John, Pharrell Williams, Brian Ferry, Rod Stewar, Kanye West, P. Diddy and others have taken the stage of the renewed Wembley. One of the participants in the concert was David Beckham, who announced the entry on the stage of the British pop-rock band Take That.

July 16, 2007, Muse

Muse HAARP concert based on the results The FA of England poll was voted by the British as the most impressive event in Wembley history. Should I add anything else here? The performance was just magical, see for yourself.

June 1, 2019, BTS

The last concert Wembley hosted was on June 1-2. World famous Korean boy pop group BTS played two days in a row, both times with a full stadium. Tickets for both shows sold out in an hour and a half, and BTS became the first Korean group to assemble the UK's main arena.

Looking at a number of concerts held at the stadium, it becomes clear that Wembley has been one for half a century. of the most prestigious venues not only for football players, but also performers and their fans. Several generations have grown up recording Wembley concerts, and young musicians are still striving to conquer this legendary arena.

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