250,000 People saw me in Rio!

Charles loves to talk about his days in the Jazz scene playing with George Duke and AL Jarreau. He reminiscences about a concert in Rio De Janiero, Brazil where 250,000 attended. He even discusses the helicopter ride to the concert as if he was a VIP.

Rio Rio2

What Charles leaves out is that those 250,000 people were there for AL Jarreau, not him. he was just the guitar player and not the featured artist. This is just another example of Charles Johnson’s delusional self importance.

70 Comments on “250,000 People saw me in Rio!”

  1. WTFHappenedtoLGF says:

    Charles was basically one step above a roadie, and several steps below a groupie.

  2. trebob says:

    From the Rock in Rio website

    It was 1985 and Brazil was undergoing major changes. After a long period under a military dictatorship, the country began to take the first steps towards democracy. In this scenario, it was the first time a South American country, which lived similar times, would host a musical event of this type.

    And it was not born small. Conceived by the entrepreneur Roberto Medina, the first Rock in Rio took place in the Rio de Janeiro, the city that baptizes it, in the neighborhood of Jacarepaguá. Along with the dream comes the City of Rock, an area of 250 thousand square meters built especially for the festival, which would be donated to the municipality as a multi functional area for events.

    It brought together names such as AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, Queen and the Brazilians Gilberto Gil, Paralamas do Sucesso and Barão Vermelho.

    Altogether 28 bands – national and international – led the pages of history to a new reality: Brazil has a great festival.

    Guess old Al didn’t rate a mention. How does ’85 fit in with Charles’ employment timeline as we know it? This smells a little like ratfuckery to me. 🙂

  3. Because Milyo says:

    Oh fap.

  4. Doppelfapper. says:

    I’m not gonna bag on his geeeetar playin’ career. Hired musician or not, it’s still pretty cool to play in that gig.
    but oh how this loser has fallen!!
    Now he begs for memberships at his silly failblog , and sells LGF cookbooks ( or rather doesn’t sell them)

    Hit the fap jar!

    • Because Milyo says:

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  5. PeteP says:

    Al Jarreau was there but the 250,000 people that Charles is talking about was on the first night when Iron Maiden, Queen and Whitesnake played. Al Jarreau played 6 nights later with Yes being the headline act and two local other acts and he would have most likely played to a much smaller crowd. So most likely, Charles is lying.

    • Eclectic Infidel says:

      He was probably back-up which would explain the lack of mention. A friend of mine who can’t sing to save his life, but who is kick ass on the guitar, was back-up for U2 when he was younger – and according to him, although you do get paid (not much), no one makes mention of you because you are one of many.

    • Bunk X says:

      Heh. Not to diss Al Jarreau, but he wasn’t a headliner in a venue of that sort, any more than Sha Na Na was at Woodstock.

  6. trebob says:

    Here’s a little Charles in 1985 sans pony tail.

    • Octopus says:

      OMG, he looks like the world’s nerdiest guitar player! 😆

      The music is for shit, too. Good grief.

      • dwells38 says:

        Agreed. Lousy recording and the band was not locking in to a groove. Surprisingly Chunk’s the one trying to get a groove going but he’d do better by not jumping around so much and just locking in with the bass and drummer. I like the trumpeter’s sound but he horns weren’t paying any attention to dynamics.

  7. Octopus says:

    Let’s be honest, here: NOBODY was there to hear Chunky play. 😆

    It was a massive gathering of real rock bands, and Wiki has it well covered. Oddly, there are no footnotes about the Al Jarreau show, people rushing the stage, throwing their panties at the guitarist, or anything at all. I think they’re implying that this was the portion of the show where everyone left to hit the bathroom, or buy some drugs to try and make the shitty jazz-rock sound better.

    The first edition of the festival was held from January 11–20, 1985. Queen, George Benson, Rod Stewart, AC/DC and Yes were the headliners, each occupying top spot for two nights (Benson, however, ceded it to James Taylor for their second night in the same bill, due to the huge delay Taylor’s extended performance had caused to his concert two days before). About 1.4 million people attended the 10-day-long festival.
    Rock in Rio in numbers
    The “Cidade do Rock” (City of Rock), the place where the event was held (which was built for the festival), covered an area of 250,000 m² (around 2.7 million square feet)
    1,600,000 liters of beverages were served, using 4 million plastic cups.
    900,000 hamburgers.
    500,000 pizza slices.
    McDonald’s sold 58,000 hamburgers in a single day, which was a Guinness World Record until the fourth edition in 2011, where 79,000 hamburgers were sold by Bob’s.[1]
    The full list of artists who performed at Rock in Rio:
    11/01 Friday
    Iron Maiden
    Baby Consuelo e Pepeu Gomes
    Erasmo Carlos
    Ney Matogrosso
    12/01 Saturday
    George Benson
    James Taylor
    Gilberto Gil
    Elba Ramalho
    Ivan Lins
    13/01 Sunday
    Rod Stewart
    The Go-Go’s
    Nina Hagen
    Lulu Santos
    Os Paralamas do Sucesso
    14/01 Monday
    James Taylor
    George Benson
    Alceu Valença
    Moraes Moreira
    15/01 Tuesday
    Barão Vermelho
    Eduardo Dusek
    Kid Abelha e os Abóboras Selvagens
    16/01 Wednesday
    Rod Stewart
    Ozzy Osbourne
    Rita Lee
    Moraes Moreira
    Os Paralamas do Sucesso
    17/01 Thursday
    Al Jarreau
    Elba Ramalho
    Alceu Valença
    18/01 Friday
    The Go-Go’s
    The B-52’s
    Lulu Santos
    Eduardo Dusek
    Kid Abelha e os Abóboras Selvagens
    19/01 Saturday
    Ozzy Osbourne
    Baby Consuelo e Pepeu Gomes
    20/01 Sunday
    The B-52’s
    Nina Hagen
    Gilberto Gil
    Barão Vermelho
    Erasmo Carlos
    Both Queen shows were filmed (on January 11 and January 18) and broadcast throughout Brazil by Globo. Each show was watched by nearly 200 million people in over 60 countries and in front of 350,000 people for each night setting a world record for the biggest paying audience ever at the time. It was later broadcast in the United States on MTV as “Queen: Live in Rio”.[2]
    Iron Maiden was the only non-Brazilian act to play just one concert at the festival (on its opening night, headlined by Queen), due to other bookings, while every other international act performed twice. During the song “Revelations”, lead singer Bruce Dickinson ran into guitarist Dave Murray and cut his face on Murray’s guitar. Dickinson continued to sing in spite of heavy bleeding.[3] They performed in front of a crowd of 250,000 people.
    The Go-Go’s broke up after their two Rock in Rio performances, though they would later reunite in the 1990s. The two Rock in Rio shows were the debut and swansong for short-tenured Go-Go’s member Paula Jean Brown, who had replaced Jane Wiedlin. (Wiedlin would return to the reunited 1990s lineup.)
    Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, at the time Talking Heads drummer and bass player, respectively, took part at the B-52’s concert. They joined the band from the third song on and played along with them for the remainder of the performance.
    The January 20 appearance of the B-52’s would turn out to be their last with guitarist Ricky Wilson, who died from AIDS in October of that year as the band was finishing their next album.
    Nina Hagen was paid nothing for her two performances, since she had approached Roberto Medina, the festival’s mentor herself, requesting a place in its bill. Queen were the highest-paid act, commanding US$600,000 for its two headlining performances, on January 11 and 18.
    Initially, Def Leppard was scheduled to play at the festival. However, they dropped out about two months before the event, due to delays on the recording process of the album Hysteria. They were replaced by Whitesnake. Eleven days before the date Def Leppard would have played at the festival, drummer Rick Allen suffered an accident that cost him his left arm.
    Some Brazilian acts had a bad reception by audiences: on the opening day, Erasmo Carlos was pelted with water cups and mud, and stones were thrown at Kid Abelha’s stage – something that prompted Os Paralamas do Sucesso lead singer Herbert Vianna to advise the crowd to attend only to the performances of the artists they enjoy and “pick up instruments to get on the stage for the next edition”. At the time, Kid Abelha’s lead singer Paula Toller was Vianna’s love interest.
    In 1985, before the beginning of the festival, there a Nostradamus prophecy, that a disaster would happen in a gathering of young people in South America, the prophecy failed to materialize, one who remembers well, the power of the rumor is the actor Kadu Moliterno, master of ceremonies of the Rock in Rio I. “There was this rumor, which was very strong. I remember I was watching Rita Lee’s show when some of bulbs began to sprout in the ceiling of the stage, short-circuit. I went into a paranoia that the world was ending. I got out of there running I took my motorcycle and I left home” he said laughing.

  8. PeteP says:

    Actually, Al Jarreau played two shows during the festival. The first show was with George Benson and James Taylor so maybe he did get quite a crowd.

    • Octopus says:

      That would have been with Benson on guitar, and Taylor on heroin. 😉

    • dwells38 says:

      That must’ve been a treat for Al playing with the excellent Benson after having Jumpy Jumperton in his Miami Vice getup to his left all the time.

  9. Octopus says:

    RT @heatherr_parker: Also, @RepVirginiaFoxx, Roe did not usher in an era of elective abortions. It just put an end to women dying from them… 50 minutes ago

    Gosnell. You think he’s the only shitty abortionist? Get a clue.

    The risk of death associated with abortion increases with the length of pregnancy, from one death for every one million abortions at or before eight weeks to one per 29,000 at 16-20 weeks-and one per 11,000 at 21 or more weeks.


    Those are CDC numbers, which do not include the nation’s capital state of abortions, which is California. Cali doesn’t even keep track of how many abortions they perform, so they would have no idea about how many near-mommies were killed by the procedure. They like the late-termers there, so more than their share, it would follow.

  10. Octopus says:

    Some real music…

  11. Robert says:

    Chuckie is still whining about Greenwald blocking him on Twitter.

    “Charles Johnson ‏@Green_Footballs 48m
    @bobcesca_go @kurteichenwald @TheReidReport Of course not. He only blocks lesser beings.”
    “Charles Johnson ‏@Green_Footballs 48m
    @bobcesca_go @kurteichenwald @TheReidReport Of course, _everyone’s_ a lesser being than Glenn. But some are lesser than others.”

    Chuckie wishes he could participate in the Twitter arguments Greenwald is having with others. But Chuckie was blocked for being an annoying stalker. He’s left exchanging Tweets with other Obama Loyalists about how mean Greenwald is. But he’s hoping and praying he finds some way to make his blog a “player” in this scandal.

  12. Octopus says:

    So far, he has found zero traction in the Twitter Warrior Realm, just as his blog has devolved into a home for mental cases and societal rejects, numbering 11.

    But who knows, maybe he’ll get lucky one of these days, and invent a crazypopular new meme. It’s not masturbatingfetus, sadly enough. Had such promise, eh Fatass? Such a nice ring to it, you had to retweet it a dozen times in a row last night, and still nothing in response. 😥

    Hey, maybe you should try bringing back those Dead Baby Jokes, from the 70’s. You love dead babies, and dead babies are hilarious, so it’s a natural for you.


  13. Octopus says:

    Yes, Rep. Burgess (R-TX) really said fetuses can fap, and that’s why abortion should be illegal lgf.bz/16cD3vh #MasturbatingFetuses 52 minutes ago

    Actually, Mr. No-Can-Read, what he said was that fetuses can clearly feel sensation, as their playing with themselves (well-documented, thanks to advanced ultrasound) illustrates. Therefore, it stands to reason they can also feel pain, as when they are rudely ripped from the womb, killed in various ways, and tossed in the trash, often still breathing. Isn’t that hilarious, what the funny Republican said? Is it funnier than a dead baby in a clown suit?

    • ISpeakJive says:

      Those babies could start signing in ASL ” help me!” on the ultra-sound and Chunky would be all for getting rid of them.

  14. snowcrash says:

    Greenwald blocking Johnson on twitter is the funniest thing to happen in this whole Snowden thing. Can you say frenzy?

  15. trebob says:

    Regarding the masturbating fetus thingy, Charles needs to stay with guitars and planked salmon, because he knows dick about human development.

    A little research leads you to Giorgi, Giorgio, and Siccardi, Marco (1996). “Ultrasonographic observation of a female fetus’ sexual behavior in utero,” American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 175, 3(1, part 1), 753.

    The money blurb:

    “We recently observed a female fetus at 32 weeks’ gestation touching the vulva with the fingers of the right hand. The caressing movements were centered primarily on the region of the clitoris. Movements stopped after 30 to 40 seconds and started again after a few minutes. Furthermore, these slight touches were repeated and were associated with short, rapid movements of pelvis and legs. After another break, in addition to this behavior, the fetus contracted the muscles of the trunk and limbs, and then clonicotonic movements of the whole body followed. Finally, she relaxed and rested.
    We observed this behavior for about 20 minutes. The mother was an active and interested witness, conversing with observers about her child’s experience.
    Evidence of male fetuses’ excitement reflex in utero, such as erection or ″masturbation” movements, has been previously reported.
    The current observation seems to show not only that the excitement reflex can be evoked in female fetuses at the third trimester of gestation but also that the orgasmic reflex can be elicited during intrauterine life. This would agree with the physiologic features of female sexuality: The female sexual response is separate from reproductive functions and doesn’t need a full sexual maturity to be explicit.”

    So, Gary/Ocky is right and we need to say it very slowly so Charles can try and process this (to most of us) simple concept.

    Charles, if a child in the womb can feel his/her face, his/her torso and yes, his/her naughty bits, then they can feel it when their arms/legs or other bits are torn off, their flesh ripped or the choking suffocating death some feel because abortions, all because someone was too careless or selfish to keep their wick dry or spend three minutes getting some form of pregnancy prevention.

    • rightymouse says:

      The mocking from leftists like Charles regarding this subject is appalling. They should be ashamed of themselves. Instead, they’re high-fiving on Twitter and making juvenile jokes. A-holes.

    • dwells38 says:

      Looks like settled science to me and Chunky’s just a denier.

    • Pakimon says:

      “Pish posh” says the fat ponytailed blogger with a wave of his Cheetos dust covered hand.

      “Just more sensationalist hooey from creationist neo-con libertarians on the payroll of Glenn Greenwald and the Koch Brothers.”

  16. rightymouse says:

    Charlie’s the only one on the net who is allowed to do this, dammit!!!!!!!!!! Greenwald is cramping his style!!!!!!!

    • Octopus says:

      Not much of a one for grasping irony, is our Fatass? 😆

    • Pakimon says:

      Well, Charles is…er…uh…different…yeah, that’s it…DIFFERENT!

      And in a good way. Not in the way the mean ol’ stalkers keep laughing about!

      How is he different, you ask?

      Weeeeeell…he…uh…er…uh…has a jazzy ponytail!

      You don’t see Greenwald sporting a jazzy ponytail, do you?…DO YOU?!

      /sycophant 😆

      • rightymouse says:

        My first reaction was: “the moron can’t be serious”. My second reaction: was “the moron is deadly serious”. 😯

    • doppel milyo says:

      The dumbest man on the internet, Dim Hoft, and the shrieking harpy Pamela Geller could not be reached for comment regarding the asshattery of this comment

    • snowcrash says:

      OMG he is still going after the messenger! How many days does it take for him to purge his silly personal grudge? I’d block him too.

  17. The Osprey says:

    I hope he wasn’t wearing what the Aussies call “budgie smugglers” on the Copacabana.

  18. rightymouse says:

    Octopus :
    Not much of a one for grasping irony, is our Fatass?

    He’s totally oblivious. Most folk have at least some awareness of their own behavior traits & try to steer clear of hypocrisy. Not Charlie. And that’s really scary. Anyone near him should run in the opposite direction.

  19. Voltaire's Crack says:

    Greenwald is going to be on Piers Morgan tonight along with Daniel Ellsberg tonight.

    Chuck will be at home all a-twitter.

    Say, isn’t Chuck a big fan of Daniel Ellsberg?

    Har har har-dee har har.

    • rightymouse says:

      This is very ROTFLMAO!!! 😆 😆
      Charlie’s going to have to tweet a passive/aggressive masterpiece. POPCORN!!!
      😆 😆

      • Voltaire's Crack says:

        If Ellsberg and Greenwald have a good rapport, that’s going to be it.

        There will be a loud explosion in Culver City and the police will walk into the Johnson dungeon only to find the room empty and the walls covered in thick orange Cheetoh dust.

      • Abu penis penis penis lol says:

        Thanks for the intel. I can suffer Piers if it makes Chunky’s head explode. Popcorn, indeed!
        penis penis penis lol

  20. Because Ancient Unix says:

  21. ISTE says:

    If ever Charles Johnson needs someone to take him in a helecopter to a concert then he should contact these guys.

    They will probably take one look at him and say “You need a trucking company….”


  22. doppel milyo says:

    fuldkommen fap!

  23. Because Mouse-Ka-Mania says:

    He just ain’t gonna let go…

  24. Because Mouse-Ka-Mania says:

    Never mind. There’s a veritable smorgasbord of stupid in the twitterwarrior theater. All flavors of stupid.

  25. Doppel milyo says:


  26. Abu penis penis penis lol says:

    I was going to post a George Benson video but saw this. One of the best fitting guitar solos to its song, evah. The late Coleman Mellett on his Gibson ES-175.

  27. Abu Still My penis penis penis lol Gently Weeps says:

    On topic: I tried with no success to have Charles open up about guitars and equipment. Even sent him an email or two coaxing for him to open up. For a guy who’s blog started out all things bisexualcycling I thought it odd he didn’t want to open up about “tone”, the quest for all guitarists.

    His playing is what it is, but it seems he wasn’t geekish about guitar stuff at LGF, which is odd, and ghay.

  28. Macker says:

    Rio in 1985? Plenty of young Brazilian poontang for selrahC to tap!

  29. St. Pancake says:

    Mooch Johnson didn’t mention how George Duke had to bail him out
    “Charles Johnson had left the band (after I gave him money to help buy a Volkswagen I might add)”