Mötley plays the huge 3 day US Festival on the outskirts of Los Angeles in San Bernardino, enduring scorching spring heat. Mötley arrives at the festival by way of their first helicopter ride. Day 2 is Heavy Metal Day and Mötley play second on the 435 foot wide stage at 12:30 after Quiet Riot, in front of 300,000 people. They see it as a great chance to test some of the new material they had just begun recording, and they get a huge response from the crowd. After leaving the stage, they head back to their dressing room trailer and Mick's girlfriend punches him in the face for no apparent reason, without saying a word. Vince then makes out with Tom Zutaut's date, much to Nikki's disapproval. Ozzy, Judas Priest, Triumph, Scorpions and Van Halen follow Mötley's set on stage. The festival attracts 130 arrests and one murder over a drug deal. Acts like The Clash, Men At Work, David Bowie and The Pretenders play on the other two days. In time, Mötley's performance at this festival goes down as one of their most important and influential of their career.
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