The Guinness World Records reports that Rod Stewart's show in Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janerio, remains the highest attended the free concert, with an estimated 3.5 million in the audience. The people in attendance stretched over the parking lot went for miles, with people listening to the music from a distance.
Vasco Rossi held it. Frank Sinatra, Tina Turner, and Paul McCartney all broke the standing record in Maracana stadium. There was an impressive audience of over 184,000 people in 1990. McCartney held the record for 27 years with the concert that was a celebration of his 40 years in the music business.
Music legend Rod Stewart currently carries that victory. In 1994, he performed on Copacabana Beach in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil to a staggering 3.5 million people celebrating New Year's Eve. It was the largest free concert ever. It was a gift to the many poor people of Rio. He performed his greatest hits.
People were gathered together under the stars. They hung out in marquees, and they danced the night away as the music played. The sound traveled further past the beach to the onlookers. The concert made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for staging the biggest free concert attendance in history.