03-09-1982 / San Bernardino, CA / Glen Helen Regional Park / USA
• Festival line-up: Gang Of Four, The Ramones, English Beat, Oingo Boingo, B-52's, Talking Heads, The Police.
• Attendance: 140,000.
The first edition of the Us Festival gave over 400,000 concertgoers thirty-four hours of music spread across three days (03, 04 and 05-09-1982) during Labor Day weekend, delivered over the best outdoor sound system (400,000 watts) ever constructed. The festival was organized and financed by Steven Wozniak, the founder of Apple Computer.
All the acts benefited from the two fifty-foot-high video screens that flanked the stage. "The only problem with these screens is that you can't pick your nose," said Sting as he did just that during the set.
Ranking Roger (of English Beat) joined The Police during One World.
During Can't Stand Losing You: "I think I can speak for all of the groups here tonight. You are the biggest audience we've ever played to at one time. That doesn't mean much, unless you act as one. Unless you have cohesion. 140,000 people doing something joyful. No, not that. I mean singing".
The Police took home about $350,000.