Rock in Rio. The nostalgia of the Xutos and the rain that did not silence the Muse

“Veverything will be fine, I know.” The verses belong to a 1997 theme, but they fit like a glove on the first day of Rock in Rio, after a four-year interregnum, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Xutos & Pontapés took to the stage unceremoniously – the band performed in all editions of the festival – opening the Mundo stage while hundreds of people were still queuing at the Bela Vista metro station to enter the hall .

“We have to end war and destruction,” said Tim, from the Portuguese group. “It still takes time to get well.”

As the audience swelled, entire generations applauded to the rhythm of Portuguese rock and parents and children sang the group’s greatest hits: from “Fim de Semana” to “Ai se ele cair”.

“It’s almost over. We have more concerts to give, let’s take a van to the north”, was how the singer introduced ‘Para ti Maria’, in the home stretch of the concert which stirred the crowd and ended with a chorus: “Like saudades I’ve had before”. And how we have already missed a festival.

Kicks and Kicks© Rita Chanfre/Global Images Liam Gallagher was the second name to take to the main stage, in a concert where he brought not only solo songs but also from Oasis, a band he led with his brother for 18 years.

It was the latter that had the audience singing at the top of their lungs: “Hello” and “Wonderwall” took fans back to the 90s.

At 8:45 p.m., on the Mundo stage, Simone de Oliveira, The Black Mamba, Vítor Sobral, Moulinex and several other familiar faces gathered to observe a minute of silence for peace.

“Finally together,” said Simone de Oliveira before the initiative. “There have been over 1,400 days and nights without being able to feel this energy, this vibration.”

The National took the stage at 9 p.m. sharp. And only after singing ‘Don’t Swallow the Cap’ and ‘Mistaken for Strangers’, Matt Berninger scratched the first word in Portuguese: “Obrigada, thank you. I missed you too”, said the singer, before continue with ‘Bloodbuzz Ohio’. ‘ as night fell over Bela Vista Park.

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The debut of the North Americans in the City of Rock was however far from needing to prove anything: the group has already passed through Portugal several times.

“Our last concert before the pandemic was in Lisbon, so it’s very special to come back,” said the singer.

All are waiting for the Muse

During the rock day par excellence, the headliners performed in front of an already composed audience. The other attractions in the hall were practically empty and many fans were already installed, with Muse t-shirts, when, at 11:08 p.m., ‘Will of people’ began to sound.

Greetings came later. “Lisbon! How are you, guys?” Matthew Bellamy asked before the opening hits of ‘Hysteria’, which launched a sea of ​​coordinated weapons into the air according to the chords.

The long-awaited guitar solo took place in the rain. And, while serving up hits like “Madness,” “Supermassive Black Hole,” or “Time is Running Out,” Muse always treated fans to streamers, confetti, and fireworks.

The Brits took more than 70,000 spectators to death and even the rain that fell for most of the concert made them gasp. On the contrary: Matthew Bellamy and company seemed to gain more and more momentum as the stage (and the audience) became soaked.

But the British trio’s relationship with Portuguese audiences – and Rock in Rio in particular – is old. The group has performed four times at the festival (the same concert sold out during the 2008 edition) and has already toured the main halls of the country.

Muse performed at Rock in Rio replacing the Foo Fighters, who canceled their presence at the festival following the drummer death Tayler Hawkins last March.

Black Eyed Peas, Ellie Goulding, Bárbara Tinoco, Bruno Pernadas and Deejay Kamala are among the bands and artists performing this Sunday at 9th Rock in Rio Lisboa, taking place at Parque da Bela Vista.

Today, David Carreira, Ivete Sangalo, Ellie Goulding and the Black Eyed Peas perform on the Mundo stage, the festival’s largest. Across Music Valley, Funk Orquestra, Edu Monteiro, Miss Caffeina, Bárbara Tinoco, Iza and Deejay Kamala perform.

On the remaining stages, artists and groups like Toy perform, in an interactive concert, the Esperança project, which brings together Paulo Flores and Prodígio, Bruno Pernadas, 9 Miller and Electric Bang.

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