The third day of the Rock in Rio music festival is ready to get under way in Rio’s Barra da Tijuca, with performances expected by John Legend, Elton John, and Rod Stewart, among several other names.
The music will start tonight with Alice Caymmi and Eumir Deodato at 6 p.m. ET, followed by Baby Do Brasil and Pepeu Gomes at 6:30. Magic will then hit the stage in Rio at 7, followed by Paralamas Do Sucesso at 7:30.
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At 8 p.m. John Legend will take the stage. Seal is ready to perform at 9, followed by Elton John at 10. Rod Stewart will close out the first weekend of Rock in Rio, starting his performance at 11:30.
Queen + Adam Lambert took the stage on Friday in front of what appeared to be a packed house. Adam Lambert rose to stardom with American Idol in 2009 when he first met rock musician Brian May from Queen. Queen’s long-time lead singer Freddie Mercury succumbed to AIDS in 1991.
“Well, you know anything is possible,” Brian May stated when asked about recording new material with Adam Lambert, reports Ultimate Classic Rock. The music site suggested that releasing old Mercury material separate from new Lambert material might be the least risky move for Lambert and the rock band.
Hard rock giants Metallica played hits like “Enter Sandman” and “Nothing Else Matters” for a receptive audience on Saturday.
The 2015 Rock in Rio music festival spans two weekends, running from Friday, September 18, to Sunday, September 26.
Acts scheduled for the second weekend include: System of a Down and Queens of the Stone Age on Thursday, Slipknot and Faith No More on Friday, Rihanna and Sam Smith on Saturday, and Katy Perry and A-ha on Sunday.
The Rock in Rio festival was first conceived by Roberto Medina and held in 1985, as reported by the Rio Times. The first Rock in Rio was host to a number of huge acts including Queen featuring their original lineup, Iron Maiden, The Go Go’s, The B-52s, George Benson, James Taylor, AC/DC, the Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne, and Yes, among many others. The original Rock in Rio marked the last time the all-woman rock band the Go Go’s performed before breaking up.
“After we got back from a concert in Rio, I decided I didn’t have to party and carry on and do what rock stars are supposed to do anymore,” Go Go’s guitarist Charlotte Caffe was quoted by People with regard to the band’s break-up after the inaugural Rock in Rio.
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