Rock In Rio II Festival

Maracanã Stadium, City and State of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 20271-130

Saturday January 19, 1991 / Thursday January 24, 1991

About the Shows

Music

Photos

About the Shows

The Venue

Santana Dates: October 20, 1973 (Maracanãzinho) - January 19, 1991 - January 24, 1991 - July 13, 2014

The Maracanã Stadium (Estádio do Maracanã), officially named Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, is an association football stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The stadium is part of a complex that includes an arena known by the name of Maracanãzinho, which means "The Little Maracanã" in Portuguese. Owned by the Rio de Janeiro state government, the stadium is now managed by the clubs Flamengo and Fluminense. It is located at the Maracanã neighborhood, named after the Rio Maracanã, a now canalized river in Rio de Janeiro.

Rock in Rio is a recurring music festival originating in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It later branched into other locations such as Lisbon, Madrid and Las Vegas.

Eight incarnations of the festival have been held in Rio de Janeiro, in 1985, 1991, 2001, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019, nine in Lisbon, in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2022, three in Madrid in 2008, 2010 and 2012 and one in Las Vegas, in 2015. Brazilian entrepreneur and advertiser Roberto Medina was responsible for the inception and organization of the festival, as well as moving the 2004 edition to Lisbon, while controversially keeping the brand "Rock in Rio". In 2011, Rock in Rio returned to its original location, Rio de Janeiro, with a new line-up of singers and groups.

Rock in Rio is one of the largest music festivals in the world, with 1.5 million people attending the first event, 700,000 attending the second and fourth, about 1.2 million attending the third, and about 350,000 people attending each of the three Lisbon events.

Rock in Rio II, was held from January 18–27, 1991 at the Maracanã stadium. Headliners were Guns N' Roses, Prince and George Michael, each being top billed for two of the event's nine nights. INXS, New Kids on the Block and A-ha also had top billing, for one night each. Guns N' Roses took more than 100.000 people to the stadium on their Sunday performance, while a-ha took no less than 198.000 people.

The last Santana show played in Brazil was on October 21, 1973. On January 24, 1991, Santana was replacing Robert Plant who had a severe case of the flu. Santana also played at the Rock in Rio-Lisboa II Festival on June 2, 2006.

The Maracanã Stadium & the Maracanãzinho 2013 © Daniel Basil
Rock In Rio II Festival. Maracanã Stadium January 1991

Memorabilia

Poster
Ticket
Rock In Rio II Festival Schedule
Postage Stamps Booklet
Crew T-shirt

Music

The Band: Santana #43

Carlos Santana (guitar/percussion/vocals), Benny Rietveld (bass), Walfredo De Los Reyes (drums), Raul Rekow (percussion/vocals), Chester Thompson (keyboard/vocals), Alex Ligertwood (guitar/vocals)

Saturday January 19, 1991

Incomplete Set List: Soul Sacrifice/A Love Supreme/Aranjuez - Somewhere In Heaven - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Oye Como Va * - Samba Pa Ti - Jingo/Band Introduction

Guest: Jorge Santana

Note: Broadcast live on Brazilian TV Globo.

Thursday January 24, 1991

Incomplete Set List: Soul Sacrifice/A Love Supreme - Somewhere In Heaven - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Oye Como Va ** - Europa - She’s Not There - Savor/Walfredo De Los Reyes/Raul Rekow - Stephen’s Kingdom (1) - Oceano (1) - Peace On Earth (2) - Jingo/Band Introduction - Spirits Dancing In The Flesh - Exodus (3)

Guests: Jorge Santana, Djavan (1), Pat Metheny (2), Gilberto Gil (3)

Note: Broadcast live on Brazilian TV Globo.

Release

* or ** "Internacional. Rock In Rio II" in 1991 on LP (Som Livre Brazil 406.0103), on CD (Som Livre Brazil 401.0135)

1991 LP -CD Front Cover
1991 LP Back Cover
1991 LP Side 1 Label
1991 LP Side 2 Label
1991 CD Back Cover
1991 CD Label

Photos

Saturday January 19, 1991 Photos by Various Authors

© Neal Preston
© Mick Huston
© Neal Preston
© Mick Hutson
© Mick Hutson
© Mick Hutson
© John Atashian

Thursday January 24, 1991 Photos by Various Authors

© Mick Hutson
© Mick Hutson
© Antonio Ribeiro
© Antonio Ribeiro
© Antonio Ribeiro
© John Atashian