Metallica, Robert Trujillo and James Hetfield (from left to right)

The “Rock in Rio”, in its sixth edition, started on Friday, Sept 18 and celebrated 30 years after the first edition of the festival, and end on Sunday Sept 27, but besides the huge commercial success, the festival did not bring the “new” and known old presented the most uninteresting line-up of its history. If founder and producer Roberto Medina himself included Brazil in the circuit of international rock and pop concerts in 1985, his merit now is to turn the festival into a sort of Disneyland for adults.

The seven-day show sold out and the huge amount of almost 600,000 tickets sold or used in promotions is explained by the feature of the event, which is an attraction in itself: the audience wants to go to the ‘City of Rock’ and buy a t-shirt “Rock in Rio: I went”. But music critics in Brazil said that the line-up was poor and have featured bands without releasing a record for seven years, as Metallica.

The American heavy metal band makes its third recurring appearance in “Rock in Rio”. The line-up this year completely followed this concept. For the first time in the festival’s history, all headliners have played in previous editions: Queen (1985), Metallica (2011 and 2013), Rod Stewart (1985), System of a Down (2011), Slipknot (2011), Rihanna (2011) and Katy Perry (2011).

Many of the 2015 attractions have not released a new album in a long time, including the already mentioned Metallica, System of a Down (ten years), Mötley Crüe (seven) and A-Ha (six). The Rio and original version of the festival, this year 2015 had an undeniable commercial success, but does not thrill those who want a better, diversity and new music scenario.

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