WATCH: Earth Day 1990 Concert Highlights

Watch R.E.M., The B-52’s, John Denver and others perform in Manhattan and Washington DC 30 years ago today

This year commemorates the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day gathering in New York City.

But on this day in 1990, two massive rallies were held in Central Park in Manhattan and Washington DC’s Merriweather Post Pavilion to raise awareness of the day’s crucial importance against the pushback of Corporate America. It’s a fight that sadly, 30 years later, has gotten no less easier to fight.

However, let these clips featuring rare performances from the likes of Michael Stip . Billy Bragg, 10,000 Maniacs, The Indigo Girls, The Roches and The B-52’s show you how serious this generation was and continues to be as we still battle the power men and the Money-Go-Round for an ecologically sound planet. The concert in Central Park, which also featured acts like Hall and Oates, Edie Brickell and Ben E. King, drew an estimated crowd of 750,000 people to the park.

“It’s a sad state of affairs when it’s up to the entertainment industry to bring these issues to the forefront,” Stipe said in a press conference aired at the time by MTV News. “Our political leaders and the legislation they are passing is where this should be addressed.”


VIDEO: MTV News Earth Day coverage 1990



VIDEO: The Roches perform “Yakety Yak” in Central Park on Earth Day 1990


VIDEO: The B-52’s perform “Roam” in Central Park on Earth Day 1990


VIDEO: Michael Stipe, The Indigo Girls and Natalie Merchant at the DC Rally, 4/22/1990


VIDEO: Michael Stipe and Billy Bragg perform “Disturbance at the Heron House” in Washington DC , Earth Day 1990


VIDEO: The B-52’s perform “Roam” in Central Park on Earth Day 1990


VIDEO: Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick introduce 10,000 Maniacs in DC, Earth Day 1990


VIDEO: John Denver interviewed on NBC ahead of his appearance at the Earth Day Central Park concert, 1990

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Ron Hart

Ron Hart is the Editor-in-Chief of Rock and Roll Globe. Reach him on Twitter @MisterTribune.

One thought on “WATCH: Earth Day 1990 Concert Highlights

  • November 29, 2021 at 10:53 am

    It’s cool to watch these videos, I was living in NJ when this event happened. It was great to watch The-B52´s at the Central Park. Thanks!!!!


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