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Thunder perform at the 2006 Monsters of Rock festival The National Bowl is an entertainment venue in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England. The site was a former clay-pit (for brick-making), filled in and raised to form an amphitheatre using sub-soil excavated by the many new developments in the area and it has a current maximum capacity of 65,000 [1]. The venue opened in 1979 with gigs by Desmond Dekker and Geno Washington. In 1992, Sony/Pace bought the venue and re-branded it as The National Bowl, building a permanent massive sound stage. They pulled out in 1996 citing profitability reasons. English Partnerships bought the site in 2000. It is currently leased to a Gaming International/Live Nation UK consortium. Contents 1 Status Quo 2 Other artists 2.1 Recordings 3 2006 Development plans 3.1 Elfield Park 3.1.1 Milton Keynes Motor Auctions 4 See also 5 References 6 External links // Status Quo The National Bowl became famous worldwide as a music venue when Status Quo played the final concert from their (at that time) last tour, the "End of the Road" - tour in 1984. It was the last tour with their 1962-1985 bassist Alan Lancaster and 1982-1985 drummer Pete Kircher. Other artists Bands which have played at the National Bowl include : AC/DC (2001), Angel City & Alice Cooper (2006) Black Sabbath (2001), Blazin' Squad (1998), Blue, Blur (1995), Bon Jovi (1989, 1993, 1996, 2001 & 2006), The Bravery (supporting Linkin Park & Jay-Z) (2008), Bruce Springsteen (1993), Bryan Adams (1991) & Busted (2003) Charlotte Church (2005), Coal Chamber (1998) & The Cult (1986), Chase & Status (2010), (supporting The Prodigy & Pendulum) David Bowie (1983 & 1990), Deep Purple (2006), Desmond Dekker (1979), Diamond Head (1993) & Disturbed (2001) Eminem (2003), Enter Shikari (supporting Linkin Park & Jay-Z) (2008), (supporting The Prodigy & Pendulum) (2010), Erasure (1990), Europe (1989) Fear Factory & Foo Fighters (1998) Foo Fighters (2011) (Biffy Clyro, Jimmy Eat World & Death Cab for Cutie supporting Foo Fighters) Gary Glitter (1984), Genesis (reunion with Peter Gabriel & Steve Hackett) (1982), Geno Washington (1979), Green Day[2] (2005), Guns N' Roses (reunion with Izzy Stradlin') (1993) Hard-Fi (2005) Innerpartysystem (supporting Linkin Park & Jay-Z) (2008) & Ian Van Dahl Jamiroquai (1994), Javine, Jimmy Eat World (2005), Journey (2006), Jay-Z (2008) Linkin Park (2008) Marillion (1984 & 86), Marilyn Manson (1999), Mark Owen, McFly (2004, 2005), Megadeth (1993, 2001), Metallica (1993, 1999), Michael Jackson (1988), Ministry (1999) Monsters of Rock (2006) Muse (band) (2010) Natasha Bedingfield (2004), Nazareth (1984), Nickelback (2006), Nigel Kennedy (1999), N.E.R.D (supporting Linkin Park and Jay-Z) (2008) Oasis (2005), The Offspring (2001) & Ozzy Osbourne (1998) Pantera (1998), Papa Roach (2001), Phixx, Pitchshifter (1998, 1999 & 2001), Placebo (1999), The Police (1980), Pendulum (supporting Linkin Park & Jay-Z) (2008), (supporting The Prodigy) (2010), The Prodigy (2010) Queen (1982), Queens of the Stone Age (2001) & Queensrÿche (2006) Ramones (1985), Rachel Stevens (2005), Raging Speedhorn (2001), R.E.M. (1985, 1995), Robbie Williams (2001, 2006), Ronan Keating (2002, 2003), Squeeze (1980), Simple Minds (1986, 1991), Simply Red (2003), Slayer (1998), Sleeper (1995 supporting REM), Slipknot (2001), Soulfly (1998, 2001), Status Quo (1984), The Stranglers (1988) Take That (2006), Taking Back Sunday (2005) Ted Nugent (2006), Terrorvision (1999), The Almighty (1993), The Offspring (2001), Therapy? (1998), Thunder (2006), Thin Lizzy (1981), Three Days Grace (2008) UB40 (1980, 1994), U2 (1985) V, VS ZZ Top (1991) The 411, 50 Cent Jethro Tull (1986) For the list in date order, see the Bowl article on MKWEB. Recordings Queen have released a DVD and double CD of their 1982 appearance at the Bowl entitled Queen on Fire - Live at the Bowl. Status Quo had their End of the Road Concert filmed here in 1984, it was released on 2 VHS tapes, End of the Road, and More from End of the Road, the concert marked their end as a touring band, but later revived in 1985 for the live aid Concert. Green Day's album Bullet in a Bible, and the accompanying DVD, were recorded at the National Bowl in the summer of 2005. The band's two-night stand was supported by Jimmy Eat World, Taking Back Sunday and Hard-Fi. The bowl also appears in Green Day: Rock Band as one of the playable venues. Linkin Park released a CD/DVD combo entitled Road to Revolution: Live at Milton Keynes from their first ever UK Projekt Revolution show that they recorded back in June 2008, Also headlining the show was Jay-Z with supporting acts Pendulum, N.E.R.D, Enter Shikari, The Bravery & Innerpartysystem. This show turned out to be the biggest capacity Projekt Revolution to date. This was the first time the tour was held outside of North America. Three Days Grace will be doing another gig at the Bowl. It has been stated that they will record the gig for their future live album. 2006 Development plans On 23 January 2006, Gaming International/Live Nation won a further lease in a competitive tender. According to a development summary leaflet on the National Bowl website (see "Backstage"), the consortium plans for the Bowl capacity to be increased from 65,000 to 75,000 to become the fourth largest arena in the UK. a new arch stage, taller than the existing trees. a pavilion for 2,000 people for indoor events all year round, permanent (covered) skateboarding park[3]— aimed at providing displays and possibly heats for the 2012 Olympics. The plans declare that it will be "complementary" to SK8MK near Milton Keynes Central railway station). a new Milton Keynes Greyhound Stadium with restaurant and bars for 3,500. The planning application proposes a substantial casino element. This stadium will be in the northern corner of the site (currently used for parking) and not at Elfield Park as previously announced. Used car auctions will resume. a "significant" improvement to the redway/Sustrans cycle route 51 and the wildlife 'corridor' through the park, a children's playground and amenities, such as cafes and permanent toilets, a four- or five-star, 120 bedroom, hotel and leisure complex, a small sports pavilion for local organisations such as MK Cycling Club (who use the ring-road for time-trials etc.). These proposals are subject to obtaining planning permission. As of mid 2009, none of these projects appeared to have begun. Elfield Park Gaming International already owns Elfield Park, a narrow strip of land on the other side of the A5 from the Bowl, between the A5 and the West Coast Main Line. They cleared a site for the new greyhound stadium there, having recently (2005) purchased it from English Partnerships, and evicted the speedway track and motocross club that had used it for 20 years. Greyhound racing in Milton Keynes was previously at Ashland (since 1966): Gaming International owned that too, but sold it to English Partnerships as a brownfield site for a 350 house development. (The sale of the latter funded the purchase of the former or vice versa). A section of the Elfield park site is designated[4] as an educational nature reserve. Milton Keynes Motor Auctions Milton Keynes Stadium Car Auctions is housed on the strip of land. It previously was at Ashland next to the greyhound stadium. Car auctions are held there on Wednesday and Friday. See also List of contemporary amphitheatres Hollywood Bowl References ^ ^ BBC photos of Green Day ^ the concept drawing ^ Parks Trust - Elfield Nature Park - The Parks Trust External links National Bowl official website National Bowl web site on MKWEB for FAQ, current events, history, pictures, access and parking info Event pictures tagged "Milton Keynes Bowl" at Flickr (many) Event pictures tagged "National Bowl" at Flickr (few) Hi-res (1:1000) Aerial view from MKWEB Coordinates: 52°01′07″N 0°45′38″W / 52.018606°N 0.760589°W / 52.018606; -0.760589