Metallica live in Moscow, 1991

Metallica on the “Monsters of Rock” tour 1991–Metallica, Black Crowes, Pantera, AC/DC all came from Europe to Moscow in the wake of the coup that (eventually) led to the USSR’s collapse. It was an intense experience–free concert, half a million people, Soviet helicopters buzzing overhead, tens of thousands of soldiers. (All that and my homemade SF Bay Guardian press pass still got me backstage.)

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