Concerts

Here is the list of concerts and festivals I have attended during my long years of Heavy Metal faith.

I’m sure I’ve missed some, especially in the early days, but it’s still quite a comprehensive list.

If it’s not specified, the gig took place in my hometown (Milano, Italy) or in little towns nearby.

Every question or comment is welcome!

Concerts

  1. Gods of Metal 1997 (Manowar, Angra, Rage, Grave Digger, Moonspell…) – 7 June 1997
  2. Iron Maiden + Helloween – 5 May 1998
  3. Gods of Metal 1998 (Black Sabbath, Pantera, Stratovarius, Helloween, Gamma Ray, Blind Guardian, Iced Earth…) – 6 June 1998
  4. Blind Guardian – 5 November 1998
  5. Angra – 19 February 1999
  6. Gamma Ray – 26 April 1999
  7. Gods of Metal 1999 (Manowar, Motörhead, Angra, Hammerfall, Iron Savior…) – 6 June 1999
  8. Children of Bodom + In Flames – 5 October 1999
  9. UDO – 21 February 2000
  10. Grave Digger – 25 March 2000
  11. Rhapsody + Stratovarius – 28 April 2000
  12. DIO – 20 May 2000
  13. Gods of Metal 2000 (Iron Maiden, Demons and Wizards, Dark Tranquillity, Edguy…) – 10 June 2000
  14. Halford – 23 November 2000
  15. Hammerfall + Virgin Steele – 28 January 2001
  16. Iron Savior – 25 April 2001
  17. Gods of Metal 2001 (Judas Priest, Megadeth, Savatage, Motörhead, Gamma Ray, W.a.s.p.…) – 9 June 2001
  18. Gods of Metal 2002 (Manowar, Blind Guardian, Running Wild, Virgin Steele, Doro, Metalium, Blaze…) – 9 June 2002 – Monza (MB), Italy
  19. Manowar – August 2002 – Köln, Germany
  20. DIO – 20 September 2002
  21. Primal Fear – 3 October 2002
  22. Gamma Ray – 29 October 2002
  23. Manowar – 8 November 2002 – Brescia, Italy
  24. Manowar – 9 November 2002 – Faenza, Italy
  25. Manowar – 8 December 2002 – Freiburg, Germany
  26. Gods of Metal 2003 (Whitesnake, Queensryche, Motörhead, Saxon, Grave Digger, Angra…) – 8 June 2003
  27. Valpolicella Metal Fest (White Skull, Arthemis…Grave Digger cancelled because of rain) -27 July 2003 – Domegliara (VR), Italy
  28. Grave Digger – 20 January 2004
  29. Gods of Metal 2004 (Judas Priest, Rage, Alice Cooper, Testament, Motörhead, Twisted Sister, W.a.s.p., Stratovarius, Quireboys…) – 5, 6 June 2004 – Bologna, Italy
  30. Wacken 2004 (DIO, Doro & Warlock, Amon Amarth, Grave Digger, Feinstein & Joey de Maio of Manowar, The Rods, Quireboys…) – 6 August 2004
  31. Saxon – 4 November 2004
  32. Sebastian Bach – 18 December 2004
  33. Judas Priest – 10 April 2005
  34. Tradate Iron Fest (DIO, Saxon, Jon Oliva’s Pain, Riot, Axel Rudi Pell, Pink Cream 69, Rage, Brainstorm, Anvil, Exciter…) – 3,4,5 June 2005 – Tradate (VA), Italy
  35. Gods of Metal 2005 (Mötley Crüe, Accept, Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Hammerfall, Black Label Society…) – 12 June 2005 – Bologna, Italy
  36. Earthshaker Fest 2005 (Manowar, Children of Bodom, Primal Fear, Bludgeon, Holy Hell & Eric Adams of Manowar…) + Manowar Fan Convention – 21,22,23 July 2005 – Geiselwind, Germany
  37. Metalway Festival (Manowar, Accept, Saxon, Running Wild, W.a.s.p., Primal Fear…) – 12,13,14 August 2005 – Guernica, Spain
  38. Gamma Ray – 3 October 2005
  39. Anvil – 1 November 2005
  40. Hammerfall – 27 November 2005
  41. Rosae Crucis – 21 January 2006
  42. Deep Purple – 2 March 2006
  43. Keep it True VI (Exciter, Riot, Ross the Boss, Grim Reaper, Wotan…) – 8 April 2006 – Lauda-Königshofen, Germany
  44. Jon Oliva’s Pain – 21 April 2006
  45. UDO – 20 May 2006 – Cremona, Italy
  46. Gods of Metal 2006 (Strana Officina, Firetrails, Whitesnake, Def Leppard, Motörhead, Helloween, Gamma Ray…) – 2,3 June 2006
  47. Guns’n’Roses + Sebastian Bach – 29 July 2006 – London, UK
  48. Bud Tribe – 8 December 2006
  49. Hammerfall + Krokus – 13 February 2007
  50. Manowar – 24 March 2007 – Frankfurt, Germany
  51. Manowar – 27 March 2007 – Dortmund, Germany
  52. Manowar – 28 March 2007 – Hamburg, Germany
  53. Manowar – 30 March 2007 – Nürnberg, Germany
  54. Manowar – 31 March 2007 – Stuttgart, Germany
  55. Saxon – 15 April 2007
  56. Ross the Boss – 12 May 2007 – Gualtieri (RE), Italy
  57. Magic Circle Festival I (Manowar & friends: Gamma Ray, David Shankle Group, Heavenly, Stormwarrior…) – 7 July 2007 – Bad Arolsen, Germany
  58. Bud Tribe + Rain – 29 September 2007
  59. Dokken + Kingdom Come – 8 October 2007
  60. Wotan + Doomsword – 27 October 2007
  61. Wotan – 25 January 2008
  62. Magic Circle Festival II (Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, Michael Shenker Group…) – 10 July 2008 – Bad Arolsen, Germany
  63. Magic Circle Festival II (Manowar “first 3 albums in their entirety” & friends: Gotthard, W.a.s.p., Doro, Jack Starr, Stormwarrior…)- 11 July 2008 – Bad Arolsen, Germany
  64. Magic Circle Festival II (Manowar “following 3 albums in their entirety” & friends: Majesty, Holy Hell, Mob Rules…) – 12 July 2008 – Bad Arolsen, Germany
  65. Wotan – 31 October 2008
  66. Longobardeath – 13 December 2008
  67. Wotan – 8 May 2009
  68. Strana Officina + Holy Martyr – 20 June 2009
  69. Manowar – 5 July 2009 – Bucharest, Romania
  70. Norway Rock Festival (Manowar, W.a.s.p., Testament, Satyricon…) – 10 July 2009 – Kvinesdal, Norway
  71. Magic Circle Festival III (Manowar & friends: Kingdom Come, Jack Starr, Wizard…) – 18 July 2009 – Loreley, Germany
  72. Play it Loud Revenge (Grim Reaper, Praying Mantis, Rain, Asgard…) – 26 September 2009 – Bologna, Italy
  73. Rosae Crucis – 3 October 2009 – Roma, Italy
  74. Wotan – 23 October 2009
  75. Wotan – 6 November 2009
  76. Tigertailz (Glam Fest) – 7 November 2009 – Bologna, Italy
  77. Amon Amarth – 17 November 2009
  78. a.s.p. – 24 November 2009
  79. Deep Purple – 15 December 2009
  80. Manowar – 18 January 2010 – Fürth, Germany
  81. Manowar – 19 January 2010 – Berlin, Germany
  82. Manowar – 21 January 2010 – Ludwigshafen, Germany
  83. Manowar – 22 January 2010 – Ludwigsburg, Germany
  84. Manowar – 23 January 2010 – Offenbach, Germany
  85. Gamma Ray – 16 February 2010
  86. Virgin Steel*acoustic show – 26 February 2010
  87. Saxon – 15 March 2010
  88. Italian Gods of Metal (Strana Officina, Skanners, Sadist, Bulldozer, Trick or Treat, Pino Scotto…) – 21 March 2010
  89. Omen + Savage Grace – 6 April 2010
  90. Heathen – 8 May 2010
  91. Manowar – 25 June 2010 – Bucharest, Romania
  92. Skanners – 3 July 2010
  93. Magic Circle Festival IV (Manowar & friends: Arch Enemy, Virgin Steele…) – 11 July 2010 – Tolmin, Slovenia
  94. Strana Officina – 24 July 2010
  95. Manowar – 11 September 2010 – Madrid, Spain
  96. Rock Hard Festival (Sodom, Grave Digger, Exciter, Tygers of Pan Tang, Strana Officina, Gama Bomb, Rain…) – 19 September 2010 – Bologna, Italy
  97. British Steel Fest (Angel Witch, Crying Steel, Demon, Girlschool, Grim Reaper, Diamond Head…) – 7 November 2010 – Bologna, Italy
  98. Sodom – 10 February 2011
  99. Tygers of Pan Tang – 19 February 2011
  100. Overkill + Destruction + Heathen – 9 March 2011
  101. Manowar – 25 March 2011 – Basel, Switzerland
  102. Grave Digger + Grand Magus – 4 April 2011
  103. Manowar – 10 April 2011 – Madrid, Spain
  104. Gods of Metal 2011 (Judas Priest, Whitesnake, Europe, Mr. Big…) – 22 June 2011
  105. Diversamente Rock (Girlschool, Ruler…) – 10 July 2011
  106. Judas Priest + Motörhead + Saxon – 30 July 2011 – Madrid, Spain
  107. Helstar + Ruler – 5 September 2011
  108. Rock Hard Festival (Coroner, Onslaught, Master…) – 17 September 2011
  109. Alice Cooper – 14 October 2011
  110. Sacred Steel – 21 October 2011
  111. Steel Fest (Virgin Steele, Praying Mantis, Angel Witch, Picture, Skanners…) – 5 November 2011 – Bologna, Italy
  112. Rhino – 16 March 2012 – Curno (BG), Italy
  113. Judas Priest – 11 May 2012 – Mantova, Italy
  114. Rhino*singing with an Italian band – 12 May 2012
  115. Exodus + Heathen + Suicidal Angels – 14 June 2012 – Retorbido (PV), Italy
  116. Gods of Metal 2012 (Manowar, Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Unisonic, Cannibal Corpse…) – 21 June 2012
  117. Jon Oliva’s Pain – 10 July 2012
  118. Wacken Open Air 2012 (Scorpions, Amon Amarth, Machine Head, Hammerfall, Saxon, Axel Rudi Pell, Gamma Ray, Overkill, Sanctuary, Saor Patrol, Sepultura, UDO, Testament…) – 2,3,4 August 2012 – Wacken, Germany
  119. Overkill – 10 October 2012
  120. Kreator + Morbid Angel – 13 November 2012
  121. Grand Magus + Angel Witch + Enforcer – 13 February 2013
  122. Helloween + Gamma Ray – 5 March 2013
  123. Keep it True XVI (Warlord, Medieval Steel, Holocaust, Jack Starr, Angel Witch, Liege Lord, October 31…) – 19, 20 April 2013 – Lauda-Königshofen, Germany
  124. Iron Maiden – 8 June 2013
  125. Amon Amarth + Carcass – 24 November 2013
  126. Amorphis – 26 November 2013
  127. Trans-Siberian Orchestra – 25 January 2014 – Berlin, Germany
  128. Gamma Ray – 1 April 2014
  129. Keep it True XVII (Jag Panzer, Metal Church, Sinner, Atlantean Kodex, Persian Risk, Lethal, Battleaxe…) – 25, 26 April 2014 – Lauda-Königshofen, Germany
  130. Bang your Head festival 2014 (Axel Rudi Pell, Twisted Sister, Exodus, Kissin’ Dynamite, Michael Shenker, Rob Rock, Warlord, Riot, Sebastian Bach, Stryper, Europe, Atlantean Kodex, …) – 11, 12 July 2014 – Balingen, Germany
  131. Wacken Open Air 2014 (Kreator, Hammerfall, Amon Amarth, King Diamond, Saxon, Skid Row, W.a.sp. …) – 31 July, 1,2 August 2014 – Wacken, Germany
  132. Overkill – 4 November 2014
  133. Rosae Crucis + Skanners – 22 November 2014
  134. Keep it True XVIII (Exciter, Riot V, Uli Jon Roth, Titan Force, M-Pire of Evil, Leatherwolf, Shok Paris, Fist, Jutta Weinhold Band…) – 24,25 April 2015 – Lauda-Königshofen, Germany
  135. Gamma Ray – 18 July 2015 – Cenate Sotto (BG), Italy
  136. Wacken Open Air 2015 (Savatage + Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Judas Priest, Running Wild, Amorphis, Rock Meets Classic/Dee Snider, UDO, Annihilator, Death Angel, Stratovarius, Sabaton, Powerwolf…) – 30, 31 July, 1 August 2015
  137. Machine Head – 2 October 2015
  138. Grim Reaper – 7 November 2015
  139. Grave Digger – 29 January 2016 – Cremona, Italy
  140. UDO + Anvil – 9 April 2016
  141. Amorphis – 10 April 2016
  142. Fire & Steel Fest (Manilla Road, Ironsword, Rosae Crucis, Battle Ram, Axevyper…) – 7 May 2016
  143. Riot V – 13 May 2016
  144. Graspop Metal Meeting 2016 (Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Twisted Sister, Saxon, Loudness, UDO, Amon Amarth, Virgin Steele, Grand Magus, Overkill, Satyricon, Anthrax, Sacred Reich…) – 16, 17,18,19 June 2016 – Dessel, Belgium
  145. Axel Rudi Pell – 17 September 2016
  146. Harder Than Steel Festival (Ross the Boss, Tokyo Blade, Sacred Steel, Steelover…) – 1 October 2016 – Dittigheim, Germany
  147. Suicidal Angels + Skull Fist + Evil Invaders + Crisix – 16 October 2016
  148. Overkill – 3 November 2016
  149. Burn This Town Festival (Sacred Steel, Rosae Crucis, Hammer King, Battle Ram e Graal) – 12 November 2016 – Roma
  150. Amon Amarth + Testament + Grand Magus – 21 November 2016
  151. UDO (Metalitalia contest: meet and greet) – 13 December 2016
  152. Saxon – 14 December 2016
  153. Kreator + Sepultura – 21 February 2017
  154. Ross the Boss – 24 March 2017
  155. Keep it True XX (Cirith Ungol, Fifth Angel, Manilla Road, Omen, Medieval Steel, Q5, Demolition Hammer, Eternal Champion, Night Demon, Atlantean Kodex…) – 28, 29 April 2017 – Lauda-Königshofen, Germany
  156. Barcelona Rock Fest 2017 (Aerosmith, Running Wild, Deep Purple, Krokus, Saxon, Alice Cooper, Exciter, Abbath, Metal Church, Angelus Apatrida, Carcass, Sodom, Udo, Hammerfall, Airbourne, Europe…) – 30 June, 1, 2 July 2017- Barcelona, Spain
  157. Colony Open Air Festival (Kreator, Exciter, Demolition Hammer, Death Angel, Loudness…) – 22 July 2017
  158. Helloween (reunion) – 18 November 2017
  159. Ram + Portrait + Trial – 18 February 2018 – Mantova, Italy
  160. Angel Witch + Angel Martyr – 24 February 2018
  161. Ross the Boss – 22 April 2018
  162. Keep it True XXI (Heavy Load, Demon, Flotsam&Jetsam, Raven, Grim Reaper, Hittman, Blaspheme, Gatekeeper…) – 27, 28 April 2018 – Lauda-Königshofen, Germany
  163. Barcelona Rock Fest 2018 (Judas Priest, Helloween, Kiss, Ozzy, Dee Snider, Ross the Boss, Tygers of Pan Tang…) – 5, 6, 7 July 2018 – Barcelona, Spain
  164. Metalitalia Festival (Hammerfall, Grave Digger, Rosae Crucis, Asgard…) – 15 September 2018
  165. Primal Fear + Riot V – 3 October 2018
  166. Saxon + FM – 5 October 2018
  167. Overkill + Destruction + Flotsam and Jetsam – 9 March 2019
  168. Manowar – 5 April 2019 – Stuttgart, Germany
  169. Vicious Rumors + Air Raid – 8 April 2019
  170. Keep it True XXII (Sortilege, Satan, Aria, Agent Steel, Vicious Rumors, Anthem, Midnight, Sacred Rite, Witherfall, Idle Hands, Sabire…) – 26, 27 April 2019 – Lauda-Königshofen, Germany
  171. Luppolo in Rock (Metal Church, Armored Saint, Flotsam & Jetsam) – 12 July 2019 – Cremona, Italy
  172. Grave Digger (Ambria Metal Festival) – 20 July 2019 – Ambria di Zogno (BG)
  173. Ram + Vulture + Indian Nightmare – 20 September 2019
  174. Machine Head – 25 October 2019
  175. Amon Amarth + Arch Enemy + Hypocrisy – 20 November 2019
  176. Exciter + Asomvel – 4 December 2019
  177. Municipal Waste + Toxic Holocaust + Enforcer + Skeletal Remains – 11 December 2019
  178. Hammerfall – 9 February 2020

  PANDEMIC MADNESS  

  1. Abracadabra Metal Fest (Vanexa, Il Segno del Comando, Septem, Winternius) – 10 July 2021 – Villa Serra, Genova
  2. No Survivors Italian Metal Fest (Strana Officina, Sabotage) – 13 August 2021 – Brescia, Italy

Heavy Metal concerts always wanted…work in progress!