September 25, 1998 –  like the birthday of MTV Russia!

On this day,  was the first official broadcast of famous music channel for the audience in Russia where the TV hosts of programs began to speak on russian!

Almost a year later – August 14, 1999 on Red Square (Vasilyevsky Spusk) in Moscow was the first great show of channel – MTV Party’ya.

The many hours concert was held to joy and delight of several hundred thousand of happy fans MTV and Red Hot Chili Peppers. During the event performed some Russian popular bands, including – Gorky Park, IFK and  Zdob si Zdub from Moldavia. And of course on stage were heroes of MTV – Beavis and Butt-Head.

In the finals of the Party’я headliners RHCP gave crazy show as part of his world tour – Californication. All day the weather was good, and in the evening it started to rain. Anthony Kiedis came on stage and sang the first line of a popular song from soviet times- “Let The Sun Will Always (Пусть Всегда Будет Солнце)!!! And the powerful energy was transferred to the huge crowd of fans as of band, so of MTV – as source of good popular music. The concert brought together more than 300 000 people under the wall of the Kremlin. The exact number is not known, since the event was free. It is known that people were everywhere, where they could at least something to see or hear including the bridge over the Moscow River and promenade on both of its sides.

JSA Stage Company has installed the main big stage, towers and other accessory constructions, crowd barriers, tents on backstage area for artists and for producion team and the grandstand with a roof for the VIP guests.

© All photos are copyright by JSA Stage Company.

*Unfortunately, in 2013 MTV Russia was closed (forced to cease to exist). On the night of May 30–31, 2013 MTV Russia ceased broadcasting. But on October 1, 2013, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), the copyright holder of the MTV brand, launched the “updated” satellite television channel MTV Russia, a paid version. Details here –

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