Add to Collection Add to Wantlist Remove from Wantlist. Someone said we had balls but we explained what had happened in England the week before. Presumably with their teeth. The traffic was always a nightmare. I was 16 and went with my older brother Nigel. 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. Donington ’86 – Monsters of Rock: Ozzy, Scorpions, Def Leppard, Motorhead and More Bad News… By Every Record Tells A Story on June 6, 2012 • ( 10). I was there and posted on this thread some time ago now and have been follwing updates ever since. Two people tragically lost their lives and many injured….. A massive crowd watched an amazing show ending with only the best… IRON MAIDEN…. How To Mend A Record That Skips And Jumps...With A Toothpick, How To Deep Clean Your Vinyl Records With Wood Glue... And Ten Things That You Shouldn't Use To Clean Your LPs. There are pros and cons. It’s a great feeling knowing you’re already at a festival the night before it starts. The band (GnR) stopped playing temporarily and called for calm in a scene reminiscent of the Stones at Altamont  in the film Gimme Shelter, but by the time security had fished out the injured people, two bodies (Alan Dick, 18 and Landon Siggers, 20) were found laying down in four inches of mud and were almost covered over. There was a lot to be said for camping no matter how shabby the set up…, I was one of the people pulled out the crowd the barrier was pushed over … the crowd surged… was mad. Izzy and Duff projected L.A. cool. David Lee Roth, with a line-up from Heaven, was this far from causing an apocalypse by keeping up inciting the crowd. Good article. No three hour drive there and back, anxiously checking the clock to see if you’re going to miss the first band. I was right on the verge of a bunch of fellow metalheads who had slipped in the mud in the hundreds and I kept leaning back so I wouldn’t fall into it myself. hitchcockm00 23rd April 2009, 21:24. The reason why I ask because I was at that gig and I remember nearly suffocating, I could hardly breath and later on I felt someone underneath me. The mud in that area caused by several days heavy rain prior to the event made things worse. I’d been every year since ’81 & was amazed by how many people were there that year. 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. There’s a lot of thought put into this, it reflects the day well…. RIP I can’t believe I’m chatting to people about this after all these years. Learn how your comment data is processed. I watch Maidens first few songs from a distance but really got into it so slowly nudged my way to the front. Bad News Tour + More Bad News DVD (NTSC Region 0). ( Log Out /  They all rated them as lower than pond scum. Got to my moms at lunchtime and she just embraced us and burst into tears. People forget or are unaware that the carnage was caused before GnR started playing. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. At the weekend it was reported that former chief Lee Gill is suing the circuit's operating company, which is crippled amid millions in debt according to the publicly available 2007 accounts. Don't eat it. Axle and the boys tried to mellow us all out by playing ‘patience’. VIM, DEN, COLIN and … Donington Park motor racing circuit was the first permanent park circuit in England and is a favourite venue for all sorts of events including the Monsters of Rock-Festival and the Download-Festival. I'll turn Run. Was slightly pissed off as I’d caught every tour at the Hammersmith Odeon since Beast and was now going to have to stand in a field in the rain and wind. there was an inquire hence no festival the next year. Wow..that’s terrible. My first ever gig a day I will never forget …..30 Years later I am off to see Maiden again in August. During Megadeth’s set I started (oblivious to what had transpired) heading down to the stage: it was absolute mayhem and I lost my friend in the crowd. At the end of the set Axle says ‘ cheers, don’t f’ing kill yourselves’. Hey – thanks for sharing your story – amazing to hear from other people who were there so many years later. Maiden announced a tour of smaller venues after, and got to see the set properly from the front row at the Hammy O. I didn’t go to a festival or outside gig again for a decade. “Lemmy was a gentleman,” remembers Nigel. There was no such thing as a “camping ticket” that you bought for a hundred and fifty quid six months in advance. Love and hugs karen Funnily enough, I don’t remember ANY rain at all during the day. 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 ). Your description absolutely encapsulates that day for me; great descriptions that really bring back memories of our Donnington escapades. 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 …. 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. I was unaware of what happened to those 2 lads until I got home the next morning, there being no mobile phones in those days. Critics album of the year behind Aerosmith, Whitesnake and Anthrax. 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