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The Black Crowes

Castle Donington Raceway.

Derbyshire .UK.
August 17th 1991.


   So even though it was the beginning of a new decade ,unlike the Reading festival, which had moved in new directions there wasn't a great deal of change in the musical philosophy regarding lineups at Donington.

   One of the main reasons that Donington continued to thrive by focussing on heavy rock, whilst Reading had foundered , was due to the fact that they featured the BIG acts, whereas reading had mostly booked more mid range acts . AC/DC vs Alice Cooper , Hawkwind vs Aerosmith etc. A one day festival was a better bet in this era, a big name act featured in a one day concert was more profitable than a clutch of middle ranking bands spread over three days.

   Back to Donington 1991 .This lineup was strong and proven . It was third time round for both AC/DC and Metallica. The lads from the USA hadn't quite eclipsed Acca Dacca, but they had worked their way up the bill over the years and were on their way to headlining in their own right ( which they finally achieved in 1995 ).

   The support bands were a mixed bag. The Black Crowes are a favourite of the Archive, a great live band with a charismatic Paul Rogers like frontman and a pair of gifted guitarists who can jam out with the best of them. They write their own songs, which are generally pretty good and they also play some good uns from other bands. Apparently they went down very well and won a lot of friends at Donington.

    Motley Crue delivered a high energy , visually exciting if rather predictable set and were perfect fodder to support the major bands at stadium shows such as Donington. They might overstay their welcome if you went to see them play a two hour set but in this setting they were fine. Footage indicates that they also were a good choice as the fans were stoked by their performance.

    Queensryche were a bit less of an obvious choice, standing out like a sore thumb in this lineup. Although they were at the height of their success at this time, their sound was more MOR , less hard rock than the other support bands . If we'd have been there and had been forced to throw something filled with urine at one of the bands , then this would have been the one we would have chosen on the day.........

    Those of you who were hoping that there were still piss wars going on in the crowd would not have been disappointed. As one of our photos below shows, despite the organisers banning bottles and cans, objects were still ricocheting off the craniums of those unlucky enough to be on the receiving end of a 2 litre plastic water container filled with warm smelly urine.

This was sent to us many moons ago before we had a page on this show, but to whoever it was who sent it , we offer thanks !


© Eddie Edwards

MIssiles, more missiles. © Eddie Edwards

© Eddie Edwards

Recordings and setlists.

The whole show was probably pro recorded but only AC/DC's set was released officially, audience recordings , either video or audio exist of all the sets, (no less than five separate sources for Metallica for instance ) but we have yet to come across the Black Crowes on video . The stiil below is taken from the free concert in Moscow from the same tour.


Black Crowes
  • Twice As Hard
  • Thick N´Thin
  • You're Wrong
  • Stare It Cold
  • My Morning Song
  • Hard To Handle
  • Shake 'Em On Down / Get Back / Thank You / Walk With Jesus
  • Jealous Again



  • I Remember Now.
  • Anarchy-X
  • Revolution Calling.
  • Operation Mindcrime.
  • Speak.
  • Best I Can.
  • Empire.
  • Jet City Woman.
  • Take Hold Of The Flame.
  • I Don't Believe In Love.
  • Eyes Of A Stranger
  • Silent Lucidity.

Motley Crue
  • Kickstart My Heart
  • Wildside
  • Shout At The Devil
  • Live Wire
  • Piece Of Your Action
  • Primal Scream
  • Looks That Kill
  • Girls Girls Girls
  • Red Hot
  • Dr. Feelgood
  • Anarchy In The UK



  • Ecstacy of Gold
  • Enter Sandman
  • Creeping Death
  • Harvester Of Sorrow
  • Fade To Black
  • Sad But True
  • Master Of Puppets
  • Seek & Destroy
  • For Whom The Bell Tolls
  • One
  • Whiplash


  • Back in Black (jam)
  • Last Caress
  • Am I Evil?
  • Battery

  • Thunderstruck
  • Shoot to Thrill
  • Back in Black
  • Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be
  • Heatseeker
  • Fire Your Guns
  • Jailbreak
  • The Jack
  • Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
  • Moneytalks
  • Hells Bells
  • High Voltage
  • Whole Lotta Rosie
  • You Shook Me All Night Long
  • TNT
  • Let There Be Rock
  • Highway to Hell
  • For Those About to Rock


Can we get a witness ?

We need more info on this and the other Donington festivals, most especially more photos and personal recollections so c'mon head bangers, get yer photos out and fire up what's left of the aging brain cells .Send your recollections and scans to us NOW ! !! Contact us


Watch this space for more Monsters of Rock pages to be added in the next month or two - we will eventually go up till 1996, meanwhile if you have material from any years up to 1996 , send it along and we will add it as we build the pages.

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