The Monsters Of Rock festival debuted in 1980 live from Castle Donnington Park with heavy metal pioneers, Judas Priest, along with Scorpions, Saxon and many more. This first year kicked off a string of 15 plus years with such rock and roll giants including, AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Guns N Roses, Van Halen, Ozzy Osbourne, Def Leppard, Metallica and many more. Since the new millennium, Monsters Of Rock™  brand returned playing major international landmarks  including Como, Italy, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Santiago, Chile, and Sao Paolo, Brazil to name a few. These festivals were headlined by Judas Priest, Motorhead, Ozzy Osbourne, Slipknot, Korn, Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, Slayer and many more. As the audiences will attest, new waves of metal fans are indoctrinated each year by Monsters Of Rock™.

1980

August 16, 1980

Rainbow

Judas Priest

Scorpions

April Wine

Saxon

(released as the semi-official live album Donnington: The Live Tracks)

Riot

Touch

1981

August 22, 1981

AC/DC

Whitesnake

Blue Öyster Cult

Slade

Blackfoot

More

Tommy Vance (DJ)

1982

August 21, 1982

Status Quo

Gillan

Saxon

(the first band to appear twice)

Hawkwind

Uriah Heep

Anvil

Tommy Vance (DJ)

1983

August 20, 1983

Whitesnake

Meat Loaf

ZZ Top

Twisted Sister

Dio

Diamond Head

Tommy Vance (DJ)

1983 Germany Tour

Germany: September 2-4, 1983

Whitesnake

Blue Öyster Cult

Thin Lizzy

Saxon

Meat Loaf

Motörhead

Twisted Sister

1984

August 18, 1984

AC/DC

(first band to headline twice)

Van Halen

(David Lee Roth's final appearance with Van Halen in the UK)

Ozzy Osbourne

Dio

Gary Moore

Accept

Mötley Crüe

Tommy Vance (DJ)

1984 North European Tour

Sweden: August 25, 1984

AC/DC

Van Halen

Mötley Crüe

Germany: September 1-2, 1984

AC/DC

Van Halen

Gary Moore

Dio

Accept

Ozzy Osbourne

Mötley Crüe

1985

August 17, 1985

ZZ Top

Marillion

Bon Jovi

Metallica

Ratt

Magnum

Tommy Vance (DJ)

1986

August 16, 1986

Ozzy Osbourne

Scorpions

Def Leppard

Motorhead

Warlock

Bad News

Tommy Vance (DJ)

1986 North European

Sweden : August 23, 1986

Scorpions

Ozzy Osbourne

Def Leppard

Zero Nine

Germany: August 30-31, 1986

Scorpions

Ozzy Osbourne

M.S.G. (McAuley Schenker Group)

Def Leppard

Bon Jovi

Warlock

1987

August 22, 1987

Bon Jovi

Dio

Metallica

Anthrax

W.A.S.P.

Cinderella

1987 European Tour

Italy: August 26, 1987

Dio

Helloween

Skanners

Black Swan

Gow

Germany: August 29-30, 1987

Deep Purple

Dio

Metallica

Ratt

Helloween

Cinderella

Pretty Maids

1988

August 20, 1988

Iron Maiden

KISS

David Lee Roth

Megadeth

Guns N' Roses

Helloween

1988 USA & European Tour

USA: 23 May – 30 July

Kingdom Come

Metallica

Dokken

Scorpions

Van Halen

Germany: August 27-28, 1988

Iron Maiden

KISS

David Lee Roth

Anthrax

Testament

Great White

Treat

The Netherlands: September 4, 1988

Iron Maiden

David Lee Roth

KISS

Anthrax

Helloween

Great White

Italy: September 10, 1988

Iron Maiden

KISS

Anthrax

Helloween

Kings of the Sun

R.A.F.

Spain: September 17-22, 1988

Iron Maiden

Metallica

Anthrax

Helloween

Manzano

France: September 24-25, 1988

Iron Maiden

Trust

Anthrax

Helloween

1990

1990 European Tour

Sweden: August 21, 1990

Whitesnake

Poison

The Quireboys

Germany: August 23, 1990

Whitesnake

Aerosmith

Poison

Germany: August 25, 1990

Whitesnake

Aerosmith

Dio

Poison

Vixen

The Front

The Netherlands: August 26, 1990

Whitesnake

Aerosmith

Poison

Quireboys

Italy: August 30, 1990

Whitesnake

Aerosmith

Poison

The Quireboys

Faith No More

Vixen

The Front

Germany: September 1, 1990

Whitesnake

Aerosmith

Dio

Poison

Vixen

The Front

France: September 3, 1990

Whitesnake

Aerosmith

Poison

The Front

Faith no more

Face to Face

Quireboys

1991

1991 European Tour

Poland: August 13, 1991

AC/DC

Metallica

Queensrÿche

Hungary: August 22, 1991

AC/DC

Metallica

Mötley Crüe

Queensrÿche

Germany: August 24, 1991

AC/DC

Metallica

Mötley Crüe

Queensrÿche

The Black Crowes

Belgium: August 30, 1991

AC/DC

Metallica

Mötley Crüe

Queensrÿche

The Netherlands: September 1, 1991

AC/DC

Metallica

Queensrÿche

The Black Crowes

Germany: September 7, 1991

AC/DC

Metallica

Mötley Crüe

Queensrÿche

The Black Crowes

Austria: September 11, 1991

AC/DC

Metallica

Queensrÿche

Italy: September 14, 1991 AC/DC

Metallica

Queensrÿche

The Black Crowes

Negazione

Soviet Union: September 28, 1991

AC/DC

Metallica

Pantera

The Black Crowes

E.S.T.

1992

1992 South European Tour

Italy: September 12, 1992

Iron Maiden

Black Sabbath

Megadeth

Pantera

Testament

Warrant

Pino Scotto

Spain: September 14-19 1992

Iron Maiden

Megadeth

Pantera

Gun

1994

June 4, 1994

This was the first year that two stages were used. Readers of Kerrang! magazine were invited to vote on bands to appear at the festival, and Extreme easily won the right to appear second on the bill.

Main stage:

Aerosmith

Extreme

Sepultura

Pantera

Therapy?

Pride & Glory

 

Second Stage:

The Wildhearts

Terrorvision

Skin

Biohazard

Cry of Love

Headswim

1994 South American Tour

Brazil: August 27, 1994

KISS

Black Sabbath (with Tony Martin on vocals)

Slayer

Suicidal Tendencies

Angra Viper

Raimundos

Dr. Sin

Chile: September 1, 1994

Kiss

Black Sabbath (with Tony Martin on vocals)

Slayer

Tumulto

Argentina: September 3-4, 1994

KISS

Black Sabbath (with Tony Martin on vocals)

Slayer

Hermética

Gatos

Sucios

1995

August 26, 1995

Metallica 

Therapy?

Skid Row

Slayer

Slash's Snakepit

White Zombie

Machine Head

Warrior Soul

Corrosion of Conformity

1995 South American Tour

Brazil: September 2-3, 1995

Alice Cooper

Megadeth

Clawfinger

Therapy

Ozzy Osbourne

Faith No More

Paradise Lost

Rata Blanca

Virna Lisi

Chile: September 8-9, 1995

Alice Cooper

Megadeth

Clawfinger

Therapy

Ozzy Osbourne

Faith No More

Paradise Lost

Argentina: September 9-10 1995

Alice Cooper

Megadeth

Clawfinger

Therapy

Rata Blanca

Ozzy Osbourne

Faith No More

Paradise Lost

Logos

Malón

1996

August 17, 1996

KISS

Ozzy Osbourne

Sepultura (performed as three piece due to death of Dana Cavalera)

Biohazard

Dog Eat Dog

Paradise Lost

Fear Factory

Kerrang!

Korn

Type O Negative

Everclear

3 Colours Red

Honeycrack

Cecil

1996 Brazil

Brazil: August 24, 1996

Iron Maiden

Motörhead

Skid Row

Mercyful Fate

King Diamond

Helloween

Raimundos

Biohazard

Héroes del Silencio

1997

1997 Argentina

Argentina: December 13, 1997

Whitesnake

Megadeth

Queensrÿche

Riff

Halógena

1998

1998 South American Tour

Brazil: September 26, 1998

Slayer

Megadeth

Saxon

Dream Theater

Savatage

Manowar

Glenn Hughes

Korzus

Dorsal

Atlântica

Chile: September 10, 1998

Slayer

Anthrax

Helloween

Criminal

Panzer

Argentina: December 12, 1998 

Iron Maiden

Slayer

Soulfly

Helloween

Angra 'Connor

1999

1999 Argentina

Argentina: May 14, 1999

Metallica

Sepultura

Catupecu Machu

Almafuerte

2004

2004 Italy

Italy: July 13, 2004

Deep Purple

Status Quo

Cheap Trick

Settevite

2005

2005 South American Tour

Argentina: September 11, 2005

Judas Priest

Whitesnake

Rata Blanca

Tristemente

Celebres

Lörihen

Chile: September 13, 2005

Whitesnake

Judas Priest

Rata Blanca

Dorso

Fiskales Ad-Hok

2006

June 3, 2006

Deep Purple

Alice Cooper

Thunder

Queensrÿche

Journey

Ted Nugent

Roadstar

2006 Spain

Spain: June 18, 2006

Primal Fear

Saxon

Apocalyptica

W.A.S.P.

Whitesnake

Scorpions

2007

2007 Spain

Spain: June 22-23 2007

Ozzy Osbourne

Children of Bodom

Megadeth

Mägo de Oz

Black Label Society

Brujeria

Motörhead

Slayer

Dream Theater

Blind Guardian

Pretty Maids

Kamelot

Mastodon

Riverside

2008

2008 Chile & Spain

Chile: April 1, 2008

Ozzy Osbourne

Korn

Black Label Society

Spain: July 11, 2008

Thin Lizzy

Ted Nugent

Pretty Maids

Candlemass

Rage

2012

Monsters of Rock Cruise 2012

 Tesla

Cinderella

Kix

Stryper

Firehouse

Y & T

Black 'n Blue

Keel

Eric Martin

John Corabi

Faster Pussycat

Bang Tango

XYZ

2013

2013 Brazil

Brazil: October 19-20, 2013

Slipknot

Korn

Limp Bizkit

Killswitch Engage

Hatebreed

Gojira

Project46

Aerosmith

Whitesnake

Ratt

Geoff Tate's Queensrÿche

Buckcherry

Dokken

Monsters of Rock Cruise 2013 

Cinderella

Tesla

L.A. Guns

Faster Pussycat

Quireboys

Lita Ford

Great White

Queensrÿche

Enuff Z'Nuff

Y & T

Kix

Stryper

Saxon

Lynch Mob

John Corabi

Keel

Helix

Loudness

Nelson

Dangerous Toys

Bang Tango

TNT

Black 'n Blue

Arcade

Vixen

Rhino Bucket

Alcatrazz

XYZ

Femme Fatale

Ted Poley

Heavy Mellow

Atomic Punks

Motley Inc.

Jailhouse

2014

Monsters of Rock Cruise 2014

 Tesla

Cinderella

Quiet Riot

Great White

Firehouse

L.A. Guns

Ratt

Winger

Slaughter

Faster Pussycat

Autograph

Kix

Y & T

Charm City Devils

Doro

Vixen

Richie Kotzen

The Winery Dogs

Dangerous Toys

Loudness

The Iron Maidens

Tyketto

John Corabi

Tuff

Femme Fatale

Carl Palmer

Red Dragon Cartel

Mike Tramp

Rough Cutt

Killer Dwarfs

Dio Disciples

The London Quireboys

Ted Poley

Ron Keel

Joel Hoekstra

Dj Will

Red Dragon Cartel

Gabbie Rae

Heavy Mellow

Rough Cut

Cheap Thrill

The Moby Dicks

Richi Kotzen

Aj's Bravehearts

2015

2015 Brazil

Brazil: April 25-26, 2015

Ozzy Osbourne

Judas Priest

Motörhead

Black Veil Brides

Rival Sons

Coal Chamber

Primal Fear

Kiss

Judas Priest

Manowar

Accept

Unisonic

Yngwie Malmsteen

Steel Panther

Brazil: April 28, 2015

Ozzy Osbourne

Judas Priest

Motörhead

Brazil: April 30, 2015

Ozzy Osbourne

Judas Priest

Motörhead

Zerodoze

 

2015 Argentina

Argentina: May 2, 2015

Ozzy Osbourne

Judas Priest

 Motörhead

 Carajo Malón

 Plan 4

 El Buen Salvaje

 Heavysaurios

Monsters of Rock Cruise 2015

Europe

Extreme

Queensrÿche

Night Ranger

Tesla

Lita Ford

Faster Pussycat

Kix

Krokus

Stryper

Y & T

Honeymoon Suite

The Winery Dogs

Zebra

Bang Tango

Rhino Bucket

Kip Winger

Black 'n Blue

Black Star Riders

Tyketto

Keel

John Corabi

Cherie Currie

Tom Keifer

Lillian Axe

Babylon A.D.

Michael Sweet

Mike Tramp

Leatherwolf

Heavens Edge

Ron Keel

Atomic Punks

Joel Hoekstra

Gabbie Rae

Derek St. Holmes

 

 2016

Monsters of Rock Cruise - East Coast 2016 

Line-up

Extreme

Queensrÿche

Tesla

Steve Vai

Great White

Helloween

Winger

Faster Pussycat

D-A-D

Y & T

Sebastian Bach

Hardcore Superstar

Anvil

Gotthard

Metal Church

Kingdom Come

Doro

Vixen

Lynch Mob

Saigon Kick

Dangerous Toys

Helix

Armored Saint

Michael Monroe

Xyz

Vinnie Moore

Michael Angelo Batio

Tyketto

Jeff Scott Soto

Lillian Axe

Uli Jon Roth

Gus G

Killer Dwarfs

Dio Disciples

Soto

Hellion

Joel Hoekstra

Terry Ilous

Heavy Mellow

Akira Takasaki

Brandon Gibbs

Paradise Kitty

Madam X (US)

 

Monsters Of Rock Cruise - West Coast 2016 

Warrant

Quiet Riot

Mr. Big

Great White

Firehouse

L.A. Guns

Slaughter

Faster Pussycat

Autograph

Kix

Steelheart

Vixen

Quireboys

The Winery Dogs

Lynch Mob

Britny Fox

Pretty Maids

Bang Tango

Loudness

Rhino Bucket

Black 'n Blue

John Corabi

Vain

Tuff

Babylon A.D.

Femme Fatale

Adler

Mike Tramp

Rough Cutt

Ted Poley

Lies, Deciet & Treachery

 

2017

Monsters of Rock Cruise - East Coast 2017

Queensrÿche

Night Ranger

Saxon

Slaughter

The Answer

D-A-D

Stryper

Y & T

Vince Neil

Danger Danger

Lynch Mob

Kip Winger

Tora Tora

John Corabi

Tom Keifer

Dave Meniketti

Heavens Edge

Soto

Joel Hoekstra

Inglorious

Beasto Blanco

2018

Monsters of Rock Cruise 2018

Queensrÿche

Tesla

Steve Harris

British Lion

Great White

L.A. Guns

Firehouse

Lita Ford

Winger

Thunder

Autograph

Y & T

Kix

Faster Pussycat

Doro

The London Quireboys

Vixen

Beasto Blanco

Lynch Mob

Pretty Maids

Dangerous Toys

The Iron Maidens

Raven

Loudness

Rhino Bucket

Junkyard

Tyketto

Keel

Michael Sweet

Lillian Axe

Rough Cutt

Jared James Nichols

Mitch Malloy

Atomic Punks

Joel Hoekstra

John Corabi

Madame X

Kickin' Valentina

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