80's Rock Concerts

February 18th, 2007

Time Off From Posting

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As you can tell, I have taken some time off from posting. I’ll start posting again soon.

July 16th, 2006

The Joe Perry Project

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The Joe Perry Project

Band: The Joe Perry Project
Date: April 16th, 1983
Venue: Crown Lounge, 49th St. St Petersburg, FL
Ticket Price: $4.98

I’ve been looking forward to this post. cool I’m a huge Joe Perry fan. I grew up on a diet, loaded with Joe Perry guitar chops! The first time I heard the guitar lick on the song “Adams Apple” I knew this guy was going to be one of my favorites. He just has a great style. Eddie Van Halen once said that Eric Clapton can say in 3 notes what other guitar players need 100 notes to say. I feel the same way about Joe Perry. He doesn’t have to shred from one end of the guitar neck to the other. He can grab a handful of notes and impress you!

This concert was very cool. And I actually won the tickets on the radio. The DJ gave away tickets to the first person who could name the state in the US that only has one syllable. I called in and won. Anyone know the answer? Haha…I had a problem though. I wasn’t old enough to get into the club. So when the DJ asked me what my name and address was, I gave him my friends name who was old enough. Then, the night of the concert…Well, lets just say I got in. :-)

Joe rocked. I remember him starting to play the beginning lick to “Walk This Way” and then stopping and saying “No way in hell, kids.”

Great concert! Great guitarist! Joe Perry will always be one of my favorites!

June 13th, 2006

Tom Petty

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Band: Tom Petty
Date: February 11th, 1983
Venue: Bayfront Arena
Ticket Price: $10.10

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. What an awesome concert. I was a big fan. I still am. I just think Tom Petty has a very unique sound. And for the 80s, that’s unique. Haha…

Damn the Torpedoes“ was a fantastic album – Refuge, Here Comes My Girl, Even The Losers, Don’t Do Me Like That! I think these songs are still great today!

May 25th, 2006

KISS

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Cheap Trick

Band: KISS
Date: February 4th, 1983
Venue: Lakeland Civic Center
Ticket Price: $9.75

This was the first of many KISS shows for me. I must admit, I was a fan. A big fan. I loved the show, the songs, the makeup.

This concert was part of the Creatures of the Night tour. Vinnie Vincent and Eric Carr were in the band. I remember Eric’s drum riser looking like a big tank!

This was their last tour with makeup for 13 years. I wish I could have seen them back then with Peter and Ace (I did get to see both of them later). But the concert still rocked!

April 10th, 2006

Your Favorites?

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This is just a brief pause in our regulary scheduled postings to get some visitor feedback. I’ll resume normal posting shortly…

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE CONCERTS FROM THE 80s?

April 2nd, 2006

Billy Squier

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Billy Squier

Band: Billy Squier
Date: January 30, 1983
Venue: Bayfront Center Arena
Ticket Price: $10.25

If you listened to music in the 80s, you probably could not escape the songs by Billy Squier. I think I had two of his albums – In The Dark and Emotions In Motion. I remember songs like In the Dark, The Stroke, My Kinda Lover, Lonely is the Night, Don’t Say No, Everybody Wants You, Emotions In Motion, etc…I don’t remember too much about the concert though.

February 12th, 2006

Cheap Trick

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Cheap Trick

Band: Cheap Trick
Opening Act: 38 Speical
Date: December 27, 1982
Venue: Bayfront Center Arena
Ticket Price: $10.50

Hello there, ladies and gentlemen.
Hello there, ladies and gents, are you ready to rock?
Are you ready or not?

Okay, so it was a 38 Special concert and Cheap Trick was the opening act. But for me, it was just the opposite. I went to this concert to see Cheap Trick. Nothing against 38 Special. I just wasn’t a big fan. But I’ve always liked Cheap Trick. I think Robin Zander was one of the best vocalists during that time period.

And as a guitar player myself, I loved Rick Nielsen’s guitar collection. He had some sweet guitars!

One final note. Live At Budokan has to be included in the list of best live albums! In fact, I’m listening to it right now on iTunes as I write this. cool

February 4th, 2006

Van Halen

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Van Halen

Band: Van Halen
Date: December 7, 1982
Venue: Lakeland Civic Center
Ticket Price: $10.75

Ah yes…Van Halen was one of my favorites. That is until David Lee Roth left and Sammy Hagar joined up. Don’t get me wrong, I like Sammy. I liked him before he joined VH and I like him now that he’s no longer with them. But I just couldn’t get into the whole Van Hagar thing.

But this concert was with Dave. And Dave rocked the house. As did Eddie, Alex, and Michael.

“Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you a yacht big enough to pull up right alongside it”
- David Lee Roth

January 8th, 2006

Eddie Money

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Eddie Money

Band: Eddie Money
Date: December 4, 1982
Venue: Bayfront Center Arena
Ticket Price: $5.98

Remember “Two Tickets to Paradise,” “Take Me Home Tonight,” “Shakin,” and “Baby Hold On.” I don’t remember too much about this concert. I seem to recall that he was wearing some funky white boots that reminded me of the boots you’d see the fisherman wear at the marina. Haha…And when he introduced his band he said his drummer just got off of tour with Olivia Newton John. He commented on how difficult she was to work with compared to him. But that’s about all I remember.

November 22nd, 2005

The Who

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The Who

Band: The Who
Opening Act: Joan Jett & the B-52’s
Date: November 27, 1982
Venue: Tangerine Bowl, Orlando Florida
Ticket Price: $15.75

I grew up thinking there were three great classic rock bands – The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, & The Who (Note: The Beatles were in a class of their own). But of the three, I found The Who to be the band that I just couldn’t relate to. I like them. And I consider them to be legendary. But I definitely prefer the Stones and Zeppelin.

With that said, I have to admit that this was a great concert. Pete Townshend is a great performer. And John Entwistle is an unbelievably talented bass player.

The song that stands out in my memory from the concert was “We Won’t Get Fooled Again!” Definitely a great concert song!

November 12th, 2005

Chicago

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Chicago

Band: Chicago
Date: Nov 20, 1982
Venue: USF Sun Dome
Ticket Price: $11.25

Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care…

Saturday, in the park. I think it was the 4th of July…

November 4th, 2005

Jimmy Buffett

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Jimmy Buffett

Band: Jimmy Buffett
Date: Oct 31, 1982
Venue: USF Sun Dome
Ticket Price: $12.50

I grew up in Florida. And I have a great appreciation for sand, waves, boats, sun, flip-flops, accoustic guitars, shrimp, & margaritaville.

Some of my favs:

Haul the sheet in as we ride on the wind that our
Forefathers harnessed before us.
Hear the bells ring as the tide rigging sings.
It’s a son of a gun of a chorus.

Where it all ends I can’t fathom, my friends.
If I knew, I might toss out my anchor.
So I’ll cruise along always searchin’ for songs,
Not a lawyer, a thief or a banker.
………………………………
Yes, I am a pirate two hundred years too late.
The cannons don’t thunder there’s nothin’ to plunder
I’m an over forty victim of fate
Arriving too late, arriving too late.
………………………………
Headin’ up to San Francisco
for the Labor Day weekend show…
………………………………
Yeah, but now I’m gettin’ old, don’t wear underwear,
I don’t go to church, and I don’t cut my hair;
But I can go to movies and see it all there,
Just the way that it use to be.
………………………………
I want to go back to the island,
Where the shrimp boats tie up to the pilin’.
Give me oysters and beer for dinner ev’ry day of the year,
And I’ll feel fine, I’ll feel fine.

October 21st, 2005

The Go-Go’s

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Go-Go's

Band: The Go-Go’s
Opening Act: A Flock of Seagulls
Date: Sept 21, 1982
Venue: Bayfront Center Arena
Ticket Price: $10.50

The Go-Go’s? Zoinks! Please don’t throw anything at me. Haha…I admit it. I was a concert junkie. I love music. All types. And yes, I enjoyed this concert. The funniest thing is I had to go to this show by myself. None of my friends would go with me. :-)

Hey, at least I can say that I saw “A Flock of Seagulls” in concert (opening act). How many people can boast about that? How many people want to boast about that? Haha…Remember their song “I Ran (So Far Away)”…I’m suddenly getting an early 80’s MTV flashback!

October 9th, 2005

Rod Stewart

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rodstewart

Band: Rod Stewart
Date: 1982
Venue: Bayfront Center Arena
Ticket Price: $12.50

This one goes in my top ten all time greatest concerts! Some of you may only know the pop songs by Rod Stewart like – Maggie May, You Wear it Well, Do Ya Think I’m Sexy, Hot Legs, etc…But Rod Stewart is so much more than those songs. He started out in the 60’s singing for bands like “The Jeff Beck Group” and “The Faces” with Ron Wood. Then he began his solo career and the rest is history.

This concert was absolutely awesome! Rod Stewart performed like the rock -n- roll legend that he is.

Bar none, he’s the best singer I’ve heard in rock’n’ roll. – Elton John

October 6th, 2005

Nazareth

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nazareth

Band: Nazareth
Date: September 10, 1982
Venue: Lakeland Civic Center Arena
Ticket Price: $9.00

I don’t remember this concert at all. My guess is that I went because I wanted to see the opening band. But I don’t even remember who opened. And I don’t even know much about Nazareth. I can only think of two of their songs – Love Hurts (remake), & Hair of the Dog (now you’ree messin’ with a…).

October 1st, 2005

Molly Hatchet

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molly hatchet

Band: Molly Hatchet
Date: May 2, 1982
Venue: Bayfront Center Arena
Ticket Price: $8.50

Hmmm…Not exactly a big fan. But it looks like I went to the concert. So I’m posting it!

Do you realize these guys are still recording? I checked out the Wiki – Molly Hatchet site and was a bit surprised to see that they’ve released 10 CD’s since 1990. Whodathunkit?

Since this post is in the southern rock category, are there any Lynyrd Skynyrd fans out there? For me, there is only one southern rock band. And it’s Skynryd! Unfortunately, I never had the chance to see them live.

September 19th, 2005

Randy Rhoads 1956 – 1982

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ozzyosbourne

Band: Ozzy Osbourne
Other Bands: Foreigner, Bryan Adams, UFO, & Pat Travers
Date: March 20, 1982
Venue: Tangerine Bowl, Orlando FL
Ticket Price: $15.00

Although Foreigner is listed as the head-liner, this concert will always be about Ozzy. And here’s why…

On March 19, 1982, Ozzy was heading to Rock Super Bowl XIV in Orlando FL when they stopped at the tour bus drivers house in Lessburg, FL. The bus driver was also a pilot and Randy Rhoads & the bands hair dresser, Rachel Youngblood, went for a ride in his plane. Apparently the pilot tried to make a mock divebomb at the bus but the plane clipped the bus and went flying into a house. Randy Rhoads, just 25 years of age, was killed instantly.

Randy was the reason I was going to that show. His guitar work was brilliant. His sound was perfect. And his polka-dot Flying-V was pretty cool too. The rock world lost a great guitarist.

I decided to go to the concert anyway. And seeing all the banners that said things like “We’ll miss you Randy“ confirmed that he was already a legend.

September 10th, 2005

The Police

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Police

Band: The Police
Opening Act: Joan Jett
Date: March 14, 1982
Venue: Lakeland Civic Center
Ticket Price: $10.50

Definitely a cool show. I’ve always been a huge fan of Stewart Copeland. I think he’s one of the greatest drummers. And I remember someone threw a cup of water (or something) at Sting. The crowd started booing the person who threw it but Sting calmed them down. Then he said something like, “Want to know what this guy’s problem is? He doesn’t get enough sex!” Haha…not sure why I remember that. But I do.

September 1st, 2005

Jefferson Starship

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Jefferson Starship

Band: Jefferson Starship
Opening Act: Red Rider
Date: November 20, 1981
Venue: Lakeland Civic Center
Ticket Price: $10.00

The colest thing about this concert was the guitar work of Craig Chaquico! I have some of his solo jazz cds. Good stuff.

August 27th, 2005

Journey

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Journey

Band: Journey
Opening Act: Loverboy
Date: October 23, 1981
Ticket Price: $9.95

I think this was the Escape tour. I bet everyone remembers tunes like Who’s Crying Now, Open Arms, Stone in Love, & Don’t Stop Believin’. I saw them several times in concert. And I always enjoyed watching Neal Schon play the guitar. I have to admit that I usually change the radio station these days when I hear them. But back in the early 80’s they were a class act!

August 10th, 2005

Pat Benatar

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Pat Benatar

Band: Pat Benatar
Opening Act: David Johansen
Date: September 24, 1981
Ticket Price: $8.95

I think this was sort of the make-up/redo concert from last year when she passed out. I might have the dates switched around. But who cares, right? I remember looking forward to the concert because I wanted to see Neil “Spyder James” Giraldo (Pat’s Husband). I liked his guitar style.

August 2nd, 2005

Pat Benatar

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PatBenatar

Band: Pat Benatar
Opening Act: Copter
Date: November 16, 1980
Ticket Price: $6.98

This was their Crimes of Passion tour. Remember “Hit me with your best shot” & “Hell is for children?” I’ve seen Pat Benatar a few time and I think this was the show where she passed out on stage a few times. They finally took her to the hospital and the show was over. They said it was exhaustion.

July 26th, 2005

Rush

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Rush

Band: Rush
Opening Act: Saxon
Date: September 20, 1980
Venue: Lakeland Civic Center

This was their Permanent Waves tour. Spirit of the Radio was the big hit. One thing I remember is that they played a new song that wasn’t released yet called “Tom Sawyer.” I remember thinking it was a great song. Then the following year they released “Moving Pictures“ and that song got a lot of airplay.

July 5th, 2005

Aerosmith

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Aerosmith

Band: Aerosmith
Opening Act: Mother’s Finest
Date: February 3, 1980
Venue: Lakeland Civic Center
Ticket Price: $7.50

The first of several Aerosmith shows for me. This was during the Tyler/Perry conflict and Jimmy Crespo was filling in for Joe. Bummer…

June 22nd, 2005

Supertramp

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Supertramp

Band: Supertramp
Date: 1979
Venue: Bayfront Center Arena
Ticket Price: $8.50

Wow…my first concert! Okay, so this wasn’t in the 80’s. But hey, close enough!

This was Supertramp’s Breakfast in America tour. And for a 1st concert it was unbelievable! Two things stuck in my memory about this concert. One, the people sitting to the left of me were smoking up the entire show. And two, I just remember waiting for them to play “Give A Little Bit.” And sure enough, they played it. Great concert!

Cheers…

June 14th, 2005

Florida World Music Festival

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FloridaWorldMusicFestival

Band: Multiple Bands
Date: April 14, 1979
Venue: Tangerine Bowl, Orlando FL
Ticket Price: $12.50

This would have been my first concert. But we couldn’t get a ride. Bummer…

June 9th, 2005

Why?

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Why create a site called 80’s Rock Concerts? I really don’t know. I guess I was just a concert junkie back in the 80’s. I collected most of my concert ticket stubs. And when I found them recently, I decided to create this site.From time to time I will post an image of a concert ticket, and then some highlights of the concert. I think I have close to 50 ticket stubs, so this will be an ongoing project.

I hope a few of you out there will appreciate some of the memories…