That time Zakk Wylde, Mick Mars, Snake Sabo and more joined forces to cover Led Zeppelin's Rock and Roll – in the Soviet Union

(from left) Zakk Wylde, Mick Mars and Snake Sabo perform onstage with their bands at the Moscow Music Peace Festival in August 1989 at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, USSR
(Image credit: Koh Hasebe/Shinko Music/Getty Images)

For a number of reasons, the 1989 Moscow Music Peace Festival was unlike any other rock festival that had come before it – or, really, any that has been held since.

Envisioned as a "Russian Woodstock" that would, in theory, raise global awareness of drug and alcohol abuse, the festival gathered the biggest (not to mention craziest) acts in hard rock – Cinderella, Scorpions, Skid Row, Mötley Crüe, Ozzy Osbourne and Bon Jovi – behind the Iron Curtain, at a time when the Soviet Union had only just begun to open itself up officially to American and Western European popular music.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.