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The Sha Na Na thing surprised me too, although they had the TV show which kept them in the public eye and appealed to kids who brought their parents.
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One interesting thing is not only which have and will be listed, but also those that have and will not be listed.

- The Rolling Stones played Met Center in 1972, but never returned to the venue. They played the St. Paul Civic Center a few times in the 1970s before moving on to the Metrodome.

- David Bowie played the St. Paul Civic Center when he played the Twin Cities at all. In the mid 1970s Bowie did a concert at the Civic Center just as he was switching from his Ziggy Stardust/Glam Rock image to his Philadelphia Blue Eyed Soul period. The local fans didn't know what to make of this and responded very negatively, including some boos and catcalls. Bowie supposedly took it personally and, whatever the case, has played this market far less often than other markets of similar size.

- Pink Floyd never came this way during their 1970s heyday.

- The Eagles are skipped The Met Center while touring in support of "Hotel California" and instead went next door to Metropolitan Stadium, then home of the Twins and Vikings. The show featured The Eagles as headliners with The Steve Miller Band and Pablo Cruise and drew something like 50,000 plus fans all told.

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quote:
Originally posted by tamalie from MN:
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Originally posted by weaselsuit from MN:
The Lou Nanne book is the single greatest hockey book that I've ever seen.

This really is a great book. Even a non North Stars fan or non hockey fan would find something to like about it. I only wish it had a higher budget that would have allowed more color photos. Either way, it's an absolute winner.

I also vividly remember seeing my first ever Crockett NWA show there. It was the debut show, September of 1986 I believe. I remember being blown away by how hard the guys worked and that there were something like 12 guys who bled that night, including JJ Dillon who bled in the second match of the night against Baron Von Raschke.

I also attended the show and it drew a small, but intense crowd. There were local hardcore fans, including the early smart fans who read the Observer and other sheets of the day. There were average fans who watched JCP on TV and wanted to see it. Then there was a significant biker crowd who came to see the Road Warriors. The heels were almost exclusively cheered all night, with Magnum TA and the Rock n Roll Express letting it get to them. The only heels who didn't get cheered were the Russians and Shaska Whatley who seemed to get racially abused by the biker element. To his credit, Ric Flair got a big babyface pop early, but just through his work managed to turn himself heel by the end against Dusty Rhodes.

Verne ran several times at the Met Center thru the years. I believe that he may have lost the belt to Dr. X at The Met Center in 1968 shortly after the building opened.

He did indeed. This Dr. X was Dick Beyer.

I'm still not over the whole Minnesota North Stars debacle which led to the implosion of the Met.

I want to get into the Wild, but just have never totally warmed up to them. The North Stars will always be my hockey team, especially the late 1970s and 1980s version of the team with Smith, Dino, Plett, McAdam, Beaupre, Hartsburg, Bellows, McCarthy, and so forth. I can remember the playoff win over the Canadiens in 1980 vividly.


I cannot seem to warm up to the Wild either. 've been to six or seven games already this season (just by luck, my buddy the season ticket holder split with his woman so there's a ticket often available) but I just have trouble getting overly excited about the team. Something about Lemaire's style of hockey just seems gutless and boring to me. When I watch a power play and see them "cycle the puck" for forty seconds without taking a single shot on goal, I want to stick my head in an oven.
Also the lack of ANY hitting by the team turns me off. Hockey in general has been so sissyfied in the last 15 years it's ridiculous. There's NO fighting anymore at all either. Fighting is exciting, and the lack of it makes the game dull.

I also HATE the whole NBA feel at the arena in the presentation of the game. Everytime they play some stupid movie clip to get the fans pumped up I want to vomit. It's so cheesy. The commercial timeouts where they stop the game for two minutes and the guys come out and sweep out the slot is the worst momentum killer that I can possibly think of.

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quote:
Originally posted by tamalie from MN:
One interesting thing is not only which have and will be listed, but also those that have and will not be listed.

- The Rolling Stones played Met Center in 1972, but never returned to the venue. They played the St. Paul Civic Center a few times in the 1970s before moving on to the Metrodome.

- David Bowie played the St. Paul Civic Center when he played the Twin Cities at all. In the mid 1970s Bowie did a concert at the Civic Center just as he was switching from his Ziggy Stardust/Glam Rock image to his Philadelphia Blue Eyed Soul period. The local fans didn't know what to make of this and responded very negatively, including some boos and catcalls. Bowie supposedly took it personally and, whatever the case, has played this market far less often than other markets of similar size.

- Pink Floyd never came this way during their 1970s heyday.

- The Eagles are skipped The Met Center while touring in support of "Hotel California" and instead went next door to Metropolitan Stadium, then home of the Twins and Vikings. The show featured The Eagles as headliners with The Steve Miller Band and Pablo Cruise and drew something like 50,000 plus fans all told.

Well, have you HEARD the "David Live" record?! I think that I'd boo too!

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quote:
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Originally posted by tamalie from MN:
I'm still not over the whole Minnesota North Stars debacle which led to the implosion of the Met.

I want to get into the Wild, but just have never totally warmed up to them. The North Stars will always be my hockey team, especially the late 1970s and 1980s version of the team with Smith, Dino, Plett, McAdam, Beaupre, Hartsburg, Bellows, McCarthy, and so forth. I can remember the playoff win over the Canadiens in 1980 vividly.

I cannot seem to warm up to the Wild either. 've been to six or seven games already this season (just by luck, my buddy the season ticket holder split with his woman so there's a ticket often available) but I just have trouble getting overly excited about the team. Something about Lemaire's style of hockey just seems gutless and boring to me. When I watch a power play and see them "cycle the puck" for forty seconds without taking a single shot on goal, I want to stick my head in an oven.
Also the lack of ANY hitting by the team turns me off. Hockey in general has been so sissyfied in the last 15 years it's ridiculous. There's NO fighting anymore at all either. Fighting is exciting, and the lack of it makes the game dull.

I also HATE the whole NBA feel at the arena in the presentation of the game. Everytime they play some stupid movie clip to get the fans pumped up I want to vomit. It's so cheesy. The commercial timeouts where they stop the game for two minutes and the guys come out and sweep out the slot is the worst momentum killer that I can possibly think of.

I can handle the game presentation stuff with the music and the video clips on the basis that it isn't really an NBA thing anymore, it's a sports thing and is universal at all games.

The antiseptic style of play is part of what eats at me. The Wild don't shoot nearly enough. I love hard checking, physical hockey. The Wild do not play like that. The puck goes into the corner and the Wild players barely make contact with the opposition players and the boards while going after it. This drives me nuts. I also love hockey fights unapologetically and really miss them. I'll admit that condoning on ice fight between players is pretty ridiculous, but it's a part of hockey's culture. The NHL has legislated it out of the game in pursuit of fans, sponsors, and TV networks that haven't responded while turning off the hardcores. The early 1980s NHL had just the right balance of finesse and rough stuff. It has gone too far the wrong way now.

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Time for more concert dates.

1985

1/13/85, REO Speedwagon, 13,040

1/27/85, Dio, 5,256

2/15/85, Deep Purple, 12,409

4/26/85, Kenny Rogers, 13,288

4/27/85, Kenny Rogers, 13,468

5/11/85, Petra, 4,703

9/17/85, Foreigner, 12,559

9/29/85, AC/DC, 12,078

10/16/85, Dio, 6,921

10/26/85, Marlboro Country Music Tour, 9,015

11/12/85, Ratt, 8,653

11/24/85, Thompson Twins, 3,375

12/2/85, Anne Murray, 5,514

1986

2/3/86, Twisted Sister, 4,386

4/11/86, Heart, 13,826

4/19/86, Amy Grant, 14,379

4/25/86, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, 17,922

5/5/86, The Firm, 8,082

5/9/86, Aerosmith, 16,566

6/29/86, Eddie Murphy, 13,507

7/2/86, Dio, 3,955

7/9/86, Ozzy Osbourne, 7,554

8/3/86, The Pointer Sisters, 6,547

8/29/86, AC/DC, 13,247

9/2/86, David Lee Roth, 6,842

9/7/86, Hank Williams Jr., 7,157

9/18/86, Sandi Patti, 11,833

9/25/86, Journey, 14,022

10/11/86, Bill Cosby, 18,143

10/12/86, 38 Special, 11,849

10/15/86, Triumph, 3,728

10/17/86, Neil Young, 10,970

11/5/86, Steve Winwood, 6,927

12/8/86, Cyndi Lauper, 5,987

12/15/86, Bob Seger, 11,711

12/16/86, Bob Seger, 12,574

12/28/86, Ratt, 8,862

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I couple of more posts til we get to the Rush concert I saw!

Regarding Bowie, What is it with Minnesota and acts refusing to come back? The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Dylan in Duluth, does stuff like that happen everywhere?

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The Stones didn't refuse to return to the Twin Cities. They just didn't go to Met Center after 1972. On all their subsequent U.S. tours during the 1970s and 1980s, the Stones went to the St. Paul Civic Center instead. From 1989 onwards they've gone to the Metrodome three times and have also played Target Center and the Xcel Energy Center once apiece. The Stones have skipped the Twin Cities just once on tour since the early 1970s.
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1987

4/17/87, Iron Maiden, 10,043

4/22/87, Kenny Rogers, 11,514

4/28/87, Luciano Pavarotti, 14,433

6/6/87, Bon Jovi, 16,825

6/7/87, Bon Jovi, 16,894

6/9/87, Stevie Ray Vaughan, 4,248

6/16/87, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, 7,048

7/11-13/87, Neil Diamond, averaged 17,533 for four shows over three days, 70,133 total

7/14/87, Motley Crue, 13,307

7/15/87, Motley Crue, 13,670

7/21/87, REO Speedwagon, 6,019

7/27/87, The Cure, 6,901

8/7/87, Huey Lewis and The News, 14,158

9/10/87. Roger Waters, 7,141

10/11/87, Boston, 16,190

11/15/87, Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty, 6,047

1988

2/12/88, John Cougar Mellencamp, 15,201

2/25/87, Dio, 6,443

3/22/87, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Liza Minelli, 13,406

4/4/88, Rush, 9,008

4/26/88, David Lee Roth, 10,073

5/4/88, Michael Jackson, 17,170

5/5/88, Michael Jackson, 17,402

5/6/88, Michael Jackson, 17,405

5/9/88, Bruce Springsteen, 17,396

5/10/88, Bruce Springsteen, 17,399

5/14/88, Bill Cosby, 15,082

5/20/88, The Oak Ridge Boys, 5,588

5/31/88, Robert Plant, 8,103

6/15/88, Lynard Skynard, 7,275

6/16/88, INXS, 14,492

6/17/88, The Grateful Dead, 14,869

6/18/88, Hank Williams Jr., 8,366

6/21/88, Iron Maiden, 10,990

7/6/88, Whitesnake, 10,341

7/7/88, George Strait, 4,389

7/8/88, Def Leppard, 17,383

7/9/88, Def Leppard, 17,385

7/10/88, Def Leppard, 17,387

8/27/88, Judas Priest, 18,026

9/14/88, Prince, 14,682

9/15/88, Prince, 16,221

9/17/88, Sandi Patti, 10,446

10/2/88, The Scorpions, 6,397

10/4/88, Eric Clapton, 13,459

10/16/88, Jimmy Page, 4,715

10/27/88, Rod Stewart, 8,823

10/28/88, Amy Grant, 12,896

11/4/88, Poison, 12,523

11/6/88, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, 12,301

11/10/88, Living Legends, 5,218

12/12/88, Jackie Mason, 2,457

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1989

2/10/89, Ratt, 8,439

2/17/89, New Edition, 15,296

3/8/89, REM, 12,621

4/4/89, Bon Jovi, 16,450

4/7/89, Chicago, 10,470

4/17/89, The Grateful Dead, 15,405

4/19/89, Salt-N-Pepa, 2,895

4/21/89, Metallica, 13,889

5/14/89, Bobby Brown, 11,247

5/23/89, Poison, 12,878

6/10/89, Metallica, 13,478

6/14/89, The Doobie Brothers, 6,936

7/11/89, Cinderella, 7,414

7/15/89, Neil Diamond, 17,262

7/16/89, Neil Diamond, 17,265

7/17/89, Neil Diamond, 17,361

7/23/89, Eazy-E, 4,083

8/1/89, Bon Jovi, 16,604

8/9/89, LL Cool J, 4,249

8/11/89, Hank Williams Jr., 6,969

11/19/89, Country Explosion '89, 3,546

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There it is Rush 4/4/88!

God, it's approaching 20 years later, and I am STILL upset that they didn't play Freewill.

Erik! Get over it!

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One more post to wrap this up. The amount of concerts steeply declined in the early 1990s when Target Center opened for business. The acoustics at Target Center are awful, but it has a higher capacity and more luxury boxes than Met Center did. It also had the lure of being the new arena.

1990

1/16/90, New Kids On The Block, 16,727

1/30/90, New Kids On The Block, 16,757

2/20/90, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, 12,757

3/6/90, Motley Crue, 14,651

3/8/90, Motley Crue, 14,023

3/9/90, The Highwaymen (Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson,, and Willie Nelson), 10,724

4/5/90, Janet Jackson, 16,331

4/6/90, Janet Jackson, 14,465

4/27/90, Whitesnake, 10,451

6/1/90, The Steve Miller Band, 12,653

6/4/90, Cher, 9,653

6/19/90, Rush, 10,725

7/15/90, The B-52's. 6,987

7/19/90, Milli Vanilli, 8,390

7/22/90, Don Henley, 8,390

9/2/90, Billy Idol, 7,384

9/23/90, MC Hammer, 12,390

9/25/90, James Taylor, 8,303

9/29/90, Robert Plant, 6,170

11/30/90, AC/DC, 15,187

1991

3/19/91, INXS, 8,528

4/3/91, The Scorpions, 7,062

6/27/91, AC/DC, 13,111

9/4/91, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, 8,158

10/1/91, Kenny Rogers, 5,230

1992

1/24/92, Frank Sinatra, 13,352

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There's a concert missing from the 1983 list. I attended a show on March 7, 1983. I still have the ticket stub, but only the date and seat location remain. The name of the artist is missing. Anybody have any idea who played there that night?

My first show at the Met Center was Elton John in 1973. Over the years saw dozens of great shows there. Supertamp, Jethro Tull, Ten Years After, J.Geils, Springsteen, Joe Walsh and many others. Great venue.

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Great thread! 3 thinks that stand out.

1-No Bob Dylan shows?

2-13,000 plus for Eddie Murphy? Was that a stand up show?

3-Last concert was Sinatra...not a bad way for a building to go out.

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I remember the 1979 Sha Na NA show. Not because I(or my family) went. We ran into some people from our hometown who went to that show. My folks and I went to the Twins game that night(It was a Friday) as they were playing the A's in a twi-night doubleheader. First game started about 5:00 PM and the 2nd game didn't end until about 12:50 AM Saturday morning. We got home about 3:00 AM. Very long day for my 7 year old self. [Big Grin]
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