Thursday, May 5, 2011

Osama, peace, and that song yet again

If you've been reading my music posts over the last several years, it's probably no surprise to you that a particular song has stuck in my head since the announcement of Osama bin Laden's death. If you haven't read my old posts, let me refer you to one of them - a February 2005 post entitled Cowboy in Pakistan:

Estephania points to BigBrainBoy, whose friend James saw the following text on CNN:

Hunt for bin Laden
Experts agree: Al Qaeda
leader is dead or alive

In an effort to satisfy my regenerated earworm, I found this performance of the song in question.

First, I have to say that the introduction to the song is outstanding.

Second, I have to say that the venue also sounds interesting. It was recorded at the Moscow Music Peace Festival in 1989, and Wikipedia has a lot to say about it:

The Moscow Music Peace Festival was a one-time gathering of high-profile hard rock acts for a performance in Moscow, Soviet Union on 12 and 13 August 1989 to promote world peace and establish international cooperation in fighting the drug war in Russia. It was part of an era of momentous change in the Soviet Union, in which capitalism was on the march and communism was collapsing. In 1991, the Soviet Union was officially dissolved.

The concert exposed the Soviet Union to western culture and specifically rock music. The concert was also a pinnacle moment in glam metal and the peak in hard rock music's popularity.

Oh, and...

The concert was put together by the Make a Difference Foundation, rock producer Doc McGhee, Stas Namin and other major players in the Soviet Union and the United States. McGhee agreed to bring his artists to Moscow after becoming involved in a drug scandal himself and wishing to avoid a jail sentence.

Mötley Crüe have been on record stating they were upset with McGhee at this point in time. McGhee let Bon Jovi close the show, and use pyro, something Mötley Crüe was told they could not do. Bon Jovi fired McGhee after this show, as did Mötley Crüe.

Oh, and...

Don't Blame Me: The Tales of Ozzy Osbourne states that after the event, Osbourne was given multiple bottles of Russian vodka. Ozzy drank all of them and became "beyond drunk". It was then that Osbourne attempted to kill his manager–wife Sharon Osbourne.

For some more context on my discussions about Bon Jovi, turn the page to this earlier Empoprise-MU post.
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