Paul McCartney’s concert at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracanã Stadium in 1990 was the highest-attended single-artist’s ticketed concert ever until Vasco Rossi beat him, with a celebration of his 40 years of career.
The oldest 100,000-crowd concert reported to Billboard Boxscore is Grateful Dead‘s gig at the Raceway Park, Englishtown, New Jersey on September 3, 1977, with 107,019 people; it remains the largest ticketed concert in the United States to date.
Frank Sinatra, Tina Turner, and Paul McCartney broke the record, all of them in Brazil’s Maracanã Stadium. With an audience of over 184,000 people on April 21, 1990, McCartney held the record for 27 years. The Italian singer surpassed it with his solo concert on July 1, 2017, with approximately 220,000 attendees.
Several concerts have been reported to have a million attendees or more, although the attendance numbers of free concerts could be exaggerated. According to the Guinness World Records, Rod Stewart’s show in Copacabana Beach remains the highest-attended free concert with an estimated 3.5 million audience.