Top 10 Most Iconic Rock Tours Of The 90's (2023)

  1. Nirvana “In Utero” Tour

Following the international success of their sophomore effort Nevermind, Nirvana found themselves going from small clubs to arenas across the globe in the matter of a year as they set off in support of what would be their final album, In Utero. The tour kicked off in Phoenix, where Cobain and co. participated in an MTV News interview that depicted the band as being in a happier place than they were two years prior, with Cobain remarking “…I was completely fed up with the whole thing. I didn’t want to be a rock star at all. It was just freaking me out, you know. But I’ve had two years to recuperate.” The highlight of the tour is undoubtedly the MTV Unplugged performance that took place on November 18, 1993. Sadly, this would be the band’s final tour.

  1. Pink Floyd “The Division Bell” Tour

After rehearsing in an airplane hangar in California, Pink Floyd kicked off the Division Bell tour to a sold out Miami crowd in 1994. From there the band would embark on what would become the highest grossing tour ever, bringing in approximately $250 million. While this would be quickly surpassed by The Rolling Stones, it still remains one of the most successful tours of all time. This also ended up being the final Pink Floyd tour.

  1. U2 “PopMart” Tour

While it is the band’s “Zoo TV” tour from the earlier part of the decade that most music critics revere as U2’s high point in both performance and spectacle, 1997’s “PopMart” Tour was designed to be an even more advanced technical production than its predecessor, and it succeeded. After studying some examples of new technology that had begun to break through in the mid 90’s, U2 decided to design arguably the most over the top stage setup up in music history up to that point, going with a theme that mocked consumerism. Some of the backdrops included an LED screen bigger than all of the screens used on the “Zoo TV” tour combined, a giant golden arch which held the PA speakers, and a very necessary giant lemon. It didn’t hurt that the group was touring in support of Pop, by far the group’s most underrated work. The tour featured a wide variety of opening acts, hosting everyone from Oasis to Smash Mouth.

  1. R.E.M. “Monster” Tour

The 1980’s were a busy decade for R.E.M., with a new album and coinciding tour nearly every year. After spending these years making their way up the ranks, they finally became an arena band during 1989’s “Green World Tour.” By the end of the tour they were exhausted and sick of playing for not entirely full arenas, so sick of it that they did not tour behind their next two records at all, save for a few acoustic shows to support 1991’s Out Of Time. In 1995, the band embarked on their first real tour in six years in support of 1994’s Monster, and it would prove to be another difficult excursion. Three of the four band members suffered some type of ailment, with drummer Bill Berry’s being the most serious, suffering a brain aneurysm on stage in Switzerland. Despite these major setbacks, the tour was still more successful than the previous “Green” tour and many positives came out of the journey. R.E.M. wrote most of Monster’s follow up, New Adventures In Hi-Fi on the road, and Radiohead opened for R.E.M. on many U.S. dates, introducing them to a wider audience and furthering paving the way for their eventual legacy.

  1. The Rolling Stones “Voodoo Lounge Tour”

Another band that is no stranger to extravagant, mammoth stage productions, The Stones set out to support their 1994 release Voodoo Lounge with two sold out shows at Washington D.C.’s RFK Stadium. While it was the group’s Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle tour in 1989/1990 that cemented the band’s place as a worldwide stadium touring act, the band reached unprecedented commercial heights on the “Voodoo Lounge” tour, and it went on to become the highest grossing tour of the 90’s. To this day it is still the 9th highest grossing tour of all time. Opening acts included Blind Melon, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Stone Temple Pilots.

  1. Pearl Jam “Vitalogy” Tour

Pearl Jam have become known as one of the best live bands on the planet, for good reason. In 1995 though, the future was looking a bit questionable. It was the band’s first tour with new drummer Jack Irons, perhaps the only real positive from the tour (along with the powerful performances, of course). Most of the short excursion was marred by the band’s inability to work around the Ticketmaster fiasco, and the their flat out refusal to play any Ticketmaster venue. This made finding venues very difficult and the band was shocked that there were not any other artists as passionate about the issue as them. The issues culminated at a San Francisco stop where an ill Eddie Vedder was only able to get through seven songs before having to exit the stage. Neil Young took his place for the rest of the set, but the following dates had to be rescheduled. Since then the band has admitted their stubbornness on this tour, with bassist Jeff Ament commenting that “…it pretty much killed us, killed our career.”

  1. Oasis “(What’s The Story) Morning Glory? Tour”

This tour will goes down as one of the most important of all time from a cultural perspective. It represented the rise of the brit-pop phenomenon at a rapid pace, only to essentially end as quickly as it began with the tour’s finale. In between the beginning and the end of the tour there were many tabloid issues that made up a large chunk of music headlines, especially in Europe. Whether it be Liam Gallagher completely skipping out on a U.S. leg, Liam bailing out on Oasis’ MTV Unplugged performance minutes before they went on due to a “sore throat” or the band breaking up briefly in 1996, there was no shortage of drama from the Gallagher’s. The lows were low, but the highs were frankly unbelievable. At the beginning of the tour in the U.S. the band was performing at venues like New York City’s Roseland Ballroom and Los Angeles’ Viper Room, while less than a year later they were playing venues such as Jones Beach Amphitheater and Rosemont Horizon. Of course there were a few big European shows as well. Nearly 3 million people applied for tickets to the band’s Knebworth shows, and they played for 250,000 there over two nights. They also drew enormous crowds at stadiums such as Main Road in Manchester and Loch Lomond in Scotland.

  1. Guns N’ Roses “Use Your Illusion Tour”

Like Oasis on their “Morning Glory” tour, Guns N’ Roses found themselves playing the world’s largest stages despite being a relatively new band still. It would be this infamous tour that would cement the band’s legacy among live acts. It would also be the tour that ultimately tore the band apart. Even without the many memorable incidents that plagued the tour, the massive length it alone makes it noteworthy, performing 194 shows in 27 different countries. Some of the many incidents include riots generated by Axl Rose storming off the stage in St. Louis and Montreal, multiple altercations with fans, and heavy drug use by the entire band. However, say what you will about Guns N’ Roses and this tour in particular, one thing is for sure: we won’t ever see a true rock and roll tour like this ever again. The “Use Your Illusion Tour” was the epitome of rock and roll.

  1. Lollapalooza 1992

The fact is that every Lollapalooza in the 90’s had something interesting to offer, but I had to give 1992 the nod as number one. The lineup pretty much captures the peak of the 90’s alternative music scene all on one ticket. Main stage performers included Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ice Cube, Soundgarden, and Pearl Jam, while a wide array of side stage acts were a part of the bill, including Porno For Pyros and Stone Temple Pilots. The festival began a year prior, but the 1992 tour really set it into motion and led it to become the legendary festival it’s known as today.

  1. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” Tour

This was a groundbreaking tour on many levels. It took RHCP to new heights of fame – which didn’t come without consequence, as it was one of the main reasons for guitarist John Frusciante’s resignation from the band. Despite this setback, the tour served as an opening for the alternative rock/grunge movement to breakthrough in the early part of the decade, with RHCP featuring opening acts such as Pearl Jam and The Smashing Pumpkins. This was a bit of a preview of the Lollapalooza tour to come, and RHCP did in fact incorporate a leg of the “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” tour into Lollapalooza 1992. While this might not be the technically “best” tour of the decade, it gets the number one spot because it essentially served as a launching pad for multiple groups that would skyrocket to fame either during or shortly after this tour.


What was the biggest concert in the 90s? ›

1. Rod Stewart at Copacabana Beach (1994) – 4.2 million attendees.

What is the greatest concert tour of all time? ›

In 2023, with 278 reported dates, the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour by Elton John became the highest-grossing concert tour of all time, unadjusted for inflation.

Who was the iconic rock band from the 90's? ›

1. Nirvana. It's impossible to look back at '90s rock music without spotlighting Nirvana. With more than 50 million albums sold worldwide in the decade - including more than 10 million copies of 'Nevermind' sold in the U.S. - the band emerged from Seattle to become one of the biggest in music.

Who was the biggest rock band of the 90s? ›

15 Of The Greatest And Most Famous Rock Bands Of The 1990s
  • Nirvana.
  • Pearl Jam.
  • Soundgarden.
  • Metallica.
  • Radiohead.
  • Weezer.
  • Alice In Chains.
  • Guns N' Roses.
Jan 18, 2023

What is the largest rock concert of all time? ›

The Love Parade, an annual celebration of music and fun, drew more than 1.6 million visitors to Dortmund in 2008. Rod Stewart holds the current world record for the largest concert performance. He performed on Copacabana Beach on New Year's Eve in 1994 for 3.5 million people.

What was the biggest selling hit of the 90s? ›

The Official Top 10 biggest singles of the 1990s
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Nov 11, 2022

Who is the best live performer of all time? ›

Any list of the greatest live performers in music today rightfully begins with the legends — the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, U2, Neil Young, and my vote for the greatest live performer of all time, Bruce Springsteen.

What is the deadliest concert of all time? ›

Here is a quick list of the worst:
  • 165 dead: Beverly Hills Supper Club, 1977. ...
  • 100 dead: The Station, 2003. ...
  • 11 dead: The WHO, 1979. ...
  • 10 dead: AstroWorld, 2021. ...
  • 4 dead: AltamonT Free concert, 1969. ...
  • 1 dead: Phish, 2021.
Nov 10, 2021

Who is the longest touring band of all time? ›

Yes, Billy Gibbons made the first ZZ Top single with two different guys, but the Gibbons/Hill/Beard trio has been in place since 1970. That's enough to make ZZ Top the longest-running group with an unchanged line-up in the entire history of popular music.

Who was most popular in the 90s? ›

21 Of The Most Famous Singers Of The 1990s
  • Michael Jackson.
  • Elton John.
  • Prince.
  • Madonna.
  • Whitney Houston.
  • Tupac Shakur.
  • Shania Twain.
  • Mariah Carey.
Sep 27, 2022

What rock song was number one in 1990? ›

Number ones of the 1990s
Issue dateSongArtist(s)
January 27"Bad Love"Eric Clapton
February 17"Black Velvet"Alannah Myles
February 24"What It Takes"Aerosmith
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Who were the 4 most successful boy bands of the 1990's? ›

In this list of the best boy bands of the 90s, we highlight just a few of the acts that made the decade so special.
  • New Kids On The Block. ...
  • Backstreet Boys. ...
  • NSYNC. ...
  • Boyz II Men. ...
  • Westlife. ...
  • 5ive / Five. ...
  • Dream Street. ...
  • Take That.

What's Up the greatest rock hits of the 90's? ›

The Best 90s Rock Songs: 10 Hits That Defined The Decade
  • “ALIVE” – PEARL JAM. ...
  • “JUST A GIRL” – NO DOUBT. ...
Apr 2, 2022

Who sold the most records in the 90s? ›

  1. 1 Celine Dion. With over 200 million album sales to her name, Celine Dion got her breakthrough in the 90s as her albums Falling into You and Let's Talk About Love are among the best-selling albums of all time.
  2. 2 Mariah Carey. ...
  3. 3 Garth Brooks. ...
  4. 4 Whitney Houston. ...
  5. 5 Nirvana. ...
  6. 6 Michael Jackson. ...
  7. 7 Metallica. ...
  8. 8 Backstreet Boys. ...
Mar 17, 2022

What rock band sold the most albums in the 90s? ›

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  • Metallica – Metallica.
  • The Bodyguard – Whitney Houston. ...
  • Falling into You – Celine Dion. ...
  • Cracked Rear View – Hootie & The Blowfish. ...
  • Titanic Soundtrack. ...
  • Millennium – Backstreet Boys. Sales: 9.4 million. ...
  • Ropin' the Wind – Garth Brooks. Sales: 9.3 million. ...
  • Backstreet Boys – Backstreet Boys. Sales: 9.2 million. ...
May 22, 2017

What is the loudest rock concert? ›

Deep Purple Concert – 117 dB

At one point, it was recognized as the loudest band of all time by the Guinness Book of World Records after playing a famously noisy show at the Rainbow Theater in London.

Who is the biggest selling rock group of all time? ›

Perhaps unsurprisingly, British rock band The Beatles are top of the list for best-selling artists worldwide, with 183 million units certified sales.

What concert was bigger than Woodstock? ›

Bigger Than Woodstock: Remembering Summer Jam At Watkins Glen. History has tended to overlook the festival that was bigger than Woodstock, Monterey or the Isle of Wight. Rock folklore remembers landmark festivals such as Woodstock, Monterey and the Isle of Wight as legendary occasions.

What was the number 1 song 90? ›

The three longest running number-one singles of 1990 are "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinéad O'Connor, "Vision of Love" by Mariah Carey, and "Because I Love You (The Postman Song)" by Stevie B, which each attained four weeks at the top of the chart.

Who had the most #1 hits in the 90s? ›

By far, the artist with the most #1 hits from the 1990s is R&B-pop singer Mariah Carey.

Who is the best male singer ever lived? ›

There have been countless amazing male artists across the decades, but only a handful of them can claim to be truly gifted vocalists.
The 20 best male singers of all time, ranked in order of pure...
  • Al Green. ...
  • Sam Cooke. ...
  • Otis Redding. ...
  • Frank Sinatra. ...
  • Nat King Cole. ...
  • Michael Jackson. ...
  • George Michael. ...
  • Freddie Mercury.
Jan 3, 2023

Who is the best rocker of all time? ›

1. Elvis Presley. Known as the king of rock'n'roll, Elvis Presley is the second best-selling solo artist of all time and has sold over 146.5 million units to date.

Who is the greatest male performer of all time? ›

Check out this list of ten of the greatest male vocalists of our time!
  • David Bowie. ...
  • John Lennon. ...
  • Freddie Mercury. ...
  • Prince. ...
  • Axl Rose. ...
  • Frank Sinatra. ...
  • Marvin Gaye. ...
  • Elvis Presley. Sometimes being cited as one of the world's first famous rock artists, Elvis was no stranger to exploring different genres.
Feb 4, 2016

What was America's worst rock concert? ›

On February 20th, 2003, the deadliest rock concert in U.S. history took place at a roadhouse called The Station in West Warwick, Rhode Island. That night, in the few minutes it takes to play a hard-rock standard, the fate of many of the unsuspecting nightclub patrons was determined with awful certainty.

What was the worst rock concert tragedy? ›

The Who concert disaster was a crowd disaster that occurred on December 3, 1979, when English rock band The Who performed at Riverfront Coliseum (now known as Heritage Bank Center) in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, and a rush of concert-goers outside the Coliseum's entry doors resulted in the deaths of 11 people.

What concert had a fire and 100 people died? ›

The toxic smoke, heat, and resulting human rush toward the main exit killed 100; 230 were injured and another 132 escaped uninjured. Many of the survivors developed post-traumatic stress disorder after the event.
The Station nightclub fire.
DateFebruary 20, 2003
Non-fatal injuries230
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What band has done the most tours? ›

According to a new study, Metallica is the “world's largest touring band” for the time being. The band recently performed two 'S&M2' shows in San Francisco during their WorldWired Tour.

What was the biggest trend in the 90s? ›

Slip dresses, bomber jackets, scrunchies and plaid flannel shirts were all the rage during the '90s — and many of these fashion trends are working their way back into vogue (although some of these pieces may have never left your closet).

What was iconic in the 90s? ›

The 1990s was a decade where pop culture took flight, we all made some Friends, dance moves were born and fast-food got even bigger. Although they ended more than 20 years ago, some of these American icons remain just as relevant today. Iconic shows such as Rugrats (1991), Doug (1991), Hey Arnold!

What was the biggest fad of the 90s? ›

  • Grunge.
  • Tattoos and Piercings.
  • The Macarena.
  • The Waif Look.
  • Gangsta Rap.
  • Hip Hop Fashion.
  • Hypercolor T-shirts.
  • Teen Television.

What was the #1 rock song in 1995? ›

"Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio (pictured) was the number one song on the Year-End chart after spending 12 weeks in the top-two of the Hot 100, three of which were spent at number one.

What is the #1 rock song of all time? ›

The Greatest EVER Rock Song
  • LED ZEPPELIN - STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN. Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page in concert. ...
Nov 11, 2019

What songs topped the charts in the 90s? ›

  • HOLD ON by Wilson Phillips.
  • IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE by Roxette.
  • POISON by Bell Biv DeVoe.
  • NOTHING COMPARES 2 U by Sinéad O'Connor.
  • VISION OF LOVE by Mariah Carey.
  • VOGUE by Madonna.
  • DO ME! by Bell Biv DeVoe.
  • HOLD ON by En Vogue.

Who was the best girl group in the 90s? ›

The Spice Girls are inarguably the biggest girl band of all time. They were formed in 1994. Posh, Baby, Scary, Ginger, and Sporty Spice — or Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, Mel B., Geri Halliwell, and Mel C., as you might know them now — essentially took over the world in the '90s with their 1996 smash hit "Wannabe."

Who is the most loved boy band? ›

Best-selling boy bands
NameNationalityClaimed sales
Backstreet BoysUnited States130 million
The Jackson 5United States100 million
The OsmondsUnited States77 million
New Kids on the BlockUnited States70 million
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What singer was the biggest selling artist of the 1990's? ›

Mariah Carey amassed the most number-one hits (14 songs) and had the longest cumulative run atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart (60 weeks) during the 1990s. Carey is also the only artist to spend at least one week at the summit of the chart in each year of the decade.

What was the #1 rock song in 1999? ›

Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Scar Tissue"

Red Hot Chili Peppers' 'Californication' became one of the band's defining releases, led by the incredibly vulnerable yet catchy first single “Scar Tissue.” The song spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock chart, crossed over to hit No.

What are the 10 most played songs? ›

Top 10 Most Streamed Songs on Spotify
  1. 1. “ Blinding Lights” - The Weeknd. ...
  2. 2. “ Shape of You” - Ed Sheeran. ...
  3. 3. “ Dance Monkey” - Tones and I. ...
  4. 4. “ Someone You Loved” - Lewis Capaldi. ...
  5. 5. “ Rockstar” - Post Malone featuring 21 Savage. ...
  6. 6. “ Sunflower” - Post Malone and Swae Lee. ...
  7. 7. “ ...
  8. 8. “
Jan 9, 2023

What was the biggest selling album of 1990? ›

Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 was the best performing and best-selling album of 1990 despite not reaching number-one at any point during the year.

Who was the best selling female artist in the 1990s? ›

Garnering multiple Grammys and a Golden Globe throughout the decade, Madonna proved she was right up there with the best 90s female singers when she became the biggest-selling female artist in the world in 1998. Unsurprisingly, Her Madgesty remains a pop fixture to this day.

Who was the best selling rock group of the 90s? ›

The decade included chart-topping hits from R&B heavyweights Boyz II Men and En Vogue, grunge rock bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam, and pop legends such as the Backstreet Boys and Spice Girls.

What is considered the best album of the 90s? ›

Top Albums of the 90s
  • Nevermind – Nirvana (1991)
  • Ten – Pearl Jam (1991)
  • Ok Computer – Radiohead (1997)
  • The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill – Lauryn Hill (1998)
  • Automatic For The People – R.E.M. (1992)
  • Achtung Baby – U2 (1991)
  • The Chronic – Dr. Dre (1992)
  • Metallica (a.k.a. The Black Album) – Metallica (1991)

Which concert has the biggest crowd in the world? ›

Copacabana New Year's Eve Concert 1994/1995

British rock singer Rod Stewart proved that better than anyone else on New Year's Eve 1994/1995. His free New Year's Eve concert attracted a bit more than 3.5 million people that year, making it the biggest concert of all time.

How many people attended Woodstock 99? ›

Tickets purchased at the gate cost $180. There were about 400,000 attendees. A total of 186,983 tickets were sold according to reports shortly after the festival, which "translates into a gross take of $28,864,748" at the time. Ticket sales were advertised as being capped at 250,000, the capacity of the venue.

How many people were at the 1991 Metallica concert? ›

Known as one of the biggest concerts to ever take place, with a huge 1.6 million attendees, it marked the most momentous of performances for the heavy metal band Metallica.

Who turned down Woodstock 99? ›

John Paul Jones, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Bonham 0f Led Zeppelin. Led Zeppelin was asked to play Woodstock, but the band's manager, Peter Grant, turned it down.

Who was the most famous performer at Woodstock? ›

Arguably the most iconic moment of the entire Woodstock festival was when psychedelic guitar rocker Jimi Hendrix's played his legendary rendition of the United States National Anthem. Hendrix's performance was one of the last songs on stage at Woodstock.

Who was the biggest headliner at Woodstock? ›

Jimi Hendrix was Woodstock's headliner. But because of delays, he didn't end up playing until the morning of the final day of the festival, to a crowd that had dwindled down to somewhere around 25,000.

What is the highest grossing single concert of all time? ›

Ed Sheeran's Divide Tour: $775.6 Million

Ed Sheeran holds the record for the highest-grossing concert tour of all time.

What was the largest free concert? ›

In 1994, Rod Stewart performed a free concert on Copacabana Beach in Rio. The show attracted 3.5-4.2 million people, and set a Guinness World Record for Largest Free Rock Concert Attendance.

Which singer has most fans in concert? ›

Popularity rankingArtistTour dates
01Drake5 concerts
02Rihanna1 concert
03Coldplay52 concerts
04Eminem0 concerts
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Did Woodstock 99 make any money? ›

How much were tickets worth? Tickets were sold for about $150 plus service charges, per The Washington Post. With more than 400,000 attendees, that is well over $60 million that the festival raked in with ticket sales alone.

How old was the youngest person at Woodstock? ›

Woodstock's youngest performer will be at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland tonight to discuss the iconic weekend festival. Henry Gross was just 18 and a member of Sha Na Na when the retro band played at Yasgur's Farm in August 1969.

Who was the last performer at Woodstock 99? ›

The final act at Woodstock '99 was the Red Hot Chili Peppers. During the band's closing set, the festival organizers handed out 100,000 candles to the crowd for a staged vigil mourning the victims of the Columbine school shooting, which took place a few months prior.

Who played at Monsters of Rock Moscow 1991? ›

For Those About to Rock: Monsters in Moscow is a 1992 film featuring live performances by rock and heavy metal bands AC/DC, Metallica, The Black Crowes, Pantera, and E.S.T. in the Tushino Airfield in Moscow, during the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Who was the biggest band in 1991? ›

As 1991 arrived, there was no bigger band on the planet than Guns N' Roses and the group took things to grandiose heights with two full records under the title Use Your Illusion.

Who headlined Monsters of Rock 1991? ›

On September 28th, 1991, Pantera played one of the most legendary performances of their legendary career: the groove-metal juggernaut's iconic set at Moscow's Monsters of Rock, the first outdoor rock festival ever held in the former Soviet Union.


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