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Rio de Janeiro Rock music

Origins of Brazilian Rock

Brazilian Rock band Titas

Brazilian pop has it undisputed king, Roberto Carlos, head of the Jovem Guarda (Young Guard) in the 60s and 70s.
In the 70s, the referent for rock in Brazil was Raul Seixas, an anarchist Baian musician.

During the 1980s, a new generation of rockers influenced by punk, post-punk and new wave, threw themselves against the then dominant MPB (Brazilian Popular Music). This initial antagonism turned to mixture when MPB musicians (such as Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso and Ney Matogrosso) recorded songs composed by new bands, and these experimented with Rock, Forró, Samba, Reggae and Bossa nova fusions.
Brazilian rock developed mainly in Sao Paulo and other cities, like Brasilia, Recife and Minas Gerais, but Rio has some famous bands such as O Rappa and Planet Hemp and the Rock in Rio festivals held in Rio de Janeiro.

The Rock in Rio Festivals

The three first Rock in Rio festivals were in Rio de Janeiro, in 1985, 1991 and 2001, following three in Lisbon, in 2004, 2006 and 2008 and one in Madrid (Spain) in 2008.

Rock in Rio has been the largest rock festival in the world (1.5 million people in the first edition, 700 thousand in the second, about 1.2 million in the third, and about 350 thousand people in each of the 3 Lisbon editions.

International Artists for Rock in Rio included AC/DC, Al Jarreau, The B-52´s, George Benson, Iron Maiden, James Taylor, Nina Hagen, Ozzy Osbourne, Queen, Rod Stewart, Scorpions, Whitesnake, Guns N´ Roses, Prince, George Michael, INXS, New Kids on the Block, a-ha, Faith No More, Happy Mondays, Jimmy Cliff, Judas Priest, Megadeth, Prince, Santana, Beck, Britney Spears, Dave Matthews Band, Foo Fighters, Neil Young, ?N Sync, Oasis, Queens of the Stone Age, Red Hot Chili Peppers, R.E.M., Sting and Yes, among many others.

Watch Oasis performance in Rock in Rio:

Brazilian Artists included Alceu Valença, Baby Consuelo & Pepeu Gomes, Barão Vermelho, Blitz, Eduardo Dusek, Elba Ramalho, Erasmo Carlos, Gilberto Gil, Ivan Lins, Kid Abelha, Lulu Santos, Moraes Moreira, Ney Matogrosso, Paralamas do Sucesso and Rita Lee, just to name a few.

Rio rocks, you should definitively check Rio de Janeiro Rock music!

Some of the international rock artists that will perform in Rio in 2010 include Coldplay, Metallica, Cranberries, Dream Theater, Alpha Blondy and the Wailers.

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