International Celebrities Who Took The Stage At The Pyramids of Giza

The Pyramids of Giza emanate an atmosphere of grandeur, captivating visitors with their majestic presence. These enormous structures, known as the timeless wonders of our world, continue to astound us with their immense scale and intricate architectural brilliance.

Moreover, the Pyramids of Giza have transcended their historical importance to become an enchanting stage for renowned musicians, infusing this iconic setting with melodious harmonies and performances. Over the years, numerous bands and singers have graced this hallowed ground, mesmerizing audiences with a diverse range of musical genres, from soulful jazz melodies that soothe the soul to pulsating rock anthems that ignite passion within.

With each passing decade, the Pyramids of Giza continue to thrive as a vibrant hub where the echoes of history intertwine with the rhythms of music, creating an immersive and unforgettable experience.

Frank Sinatra (1979)

Sinatra performed a classic set on September 27, 1979, which included “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” and “Strangers in the Night.” The US press sent some journalists to document the event, and it was reported that Sinatra was his usual charming self on stage, even cracking a few jokes. According to The Washington Post, during the performance, Sinatra expressed his amazement about the Pyramids behind him and made a quip about his Italian heritage.

The Grateful Dead (1978)

In 1978, The Grateful Dead played at the majestic site after their manager Richard Loren was inspired by an Egyptian holiday. They performed back-to-back concerts and the show was later released as a DVD and double CD titled “Rocking the Cradle: Egypt 1978” in 1998.

Julio Iglesias (1980 & 2010)

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The Spanish singer-songwriter Julio Iglesias performed at the Pyramids twice, first in the 1980s and then 30 years later in 2010, with both concerts drawing large crowds. During his 2010 concert, Iglesias played his greatest hits, including “To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before” and “Hey.” 

Jean-Michel Jarre (1999)

As a Unesco ambassador, Jarre gave a spectacular New Year’s Eve concert in December 1999 to welcome the new millennium. With over 1,000 performers and artists, the concert had visual elements from Egyptian mythology and was televised live. It was later released on DVD as “12 Dreams of the Sun.”

Sting (2001)

Sting’s solo concert was reportedly billed as the region’s first “mega” concert, and it included a guest appearance by Algerian Rai singer Cheb Mami. The 19-song set featured their global hit “Desert Rose,” as well as “Fields of Gold,” “Englishman in New York,” and The Police’s classic “Every Breath You Take.”

Shakira (2007)

During her Oral Fixation Tour in Egypt in 2007, Shakira delivered an electrifying performance that left the audience spellbound. The show started with some erotic sounds, then she greeted the crowd with the words “Hello Egypt masa’el kheir, tonight I’m all yours!” However, the highlight of the night was when she transformed into a stunning belly dancing outfit, showcasing her exceptional dancing skills.

Mariah Carey (2010)

Being one of the early Western female pop stars to perform at the pyramids, Mariah Carey singer of “Honey” delivered an impressive concert showcasing all aspects of her career. Carey performed a range of songs, from “Dream Lover” and “Emotions” to the epic ballad “Hero,” and lived up to the occasion.

Andrea Bocelli (2010)

After his initial performance at the pyramids during the 2003 Cairo International Song Festival, the Italian tenor returned for a sold-out show in 2010. The concert took place on a crisp September evening, and the audience enjoyed a night of arias and Bocelli’s signature ballad “Time to Say Goodbye.”

Armin van Buuren (2017)

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In 2017, the Pyramids of Giza saw the advent of electronic dance music with a performance by a renowned Dutch DJ. The show featured a stunning light and laser display and is considered a landmark event for the genre.

Red Hot Chili Peppers (2019)

In 2019, the US funk rock band toured without an album to promote. Their live-streamed concert reflected their chill attitude, featuring classic hits, deep album cuts, and extended jam sessions. The concert included highlights such as “Dani California,” “Californication,” and “Under the Bridge,” and also paid tribute to their surroundings with a cover of Radiohead’s “Pyramid Song.”

Black Eyed Peas (2021)

During the concert held after the pandemic, the Black Eyed Peas brought joy with their enthusiastic blend of hip-hop and pop. They kicked off the show with “Let’s Get It Started” and performed a range of hits, including “Boom Boom Pow,” “Pump It,” and the epic finale “Where is the Love?”

Maroon 5 (2022)

According to Maroon 5 keyboardist PJ Morton, performing in front of the Pyramids was a superior experience to headlining the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show. The pop group played a 19-song concert, starting with “Moves Like Jagger” and “This Love,” and keeping the sold-out crowd engaged with hits like “Harder to Breathe” and “Memories.” The concert ended with “She Will Be Loved” and “Sugar.”

The Pyramids have witnessed legendary performances by some of the biggest names in music, infusing this historic site with the rhythms of music and creating unforgettable experiences that continue to captivate audiences to this day.

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