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Wings Stadium

Kalamazoo’s “Home of Rock and Roll”


It’s nearly impossible to have a conversation about the rock concert scene in West Michigan without mentioning Wings Stadium. During the latter half of the 1970s and continuing into the new millennium, Kalamazoo’s “home of Rock and Roll” hosted hundreds of pop and rock concerts by some of the biggest names in the business.

The Kinks
The Kinks at Wings Stadium, 17 September 1981. Photo by Keith Howard

Kalamazoo Ice Arena

By the 1970s, festival-style rock concerts had become a phenomenon, yet Kalamazoo lacked a suitable facility outside of WMU. The growing popularity of hockey saw the 1,800-seat Kalamazoo Ice Arena go up on South 11th Street in 1972. It was there that local promoters attempted a handful of shows by the likes of King Crimson, Billy Cobham, and Bachman Turner Overdrive, but poor parking and the construction of Lawson Arena at WMU brought an end to that facility. (The building now houses West Side Beer Distributing.)

“In October 1973, the Kalamazoo Wings were granted the franchise. Plans developed following two public announcements — first that a minor league hockey team to be associated with the Detroit Red Wings was coming to Kalamazoo, and second that a new ice arena would be constructed to house the hockey franchise.”

Keep the Quality Up, Martha Gilmore Parfet, 2014

Wings Stadium

In early 1974, entrepreneurs Ted and Martha Parfet brought professional hockey to town when they started the Kalamazoo Wings and built a new stadium home for the club on Vanrick Drive near I-94. Originally intended as a larger location for the Kalamazoo Boxing Academy, the resulting multi-use arena was designed to accommodate a variety of events, from hockey to circus and ice shows to rock concerts, for audiences up to 8,000. Kalamazoo architect Richard Schramm, was given the 1975 Honor Architectural and Engineering Award of Distinction for the building’s unique design.

This changed the local entertainment landscape considerably. In August, while the stadium was still under construction, management announced plans for “at least one or two shows every month.” Meanwhile, negotiations were already underway to bring such notables as John Denver, the Allman Brothers, the Jackson Five, and the Smothers Brothers to town. Some of those shows happened, others did not. Regardless, Wings Stadium was poised to become southwest Michigan’s leading concert venue. Just weeks after the Kalamazoo Wings’ home opener in October 1974, The Chambers Brothers, best known for their timely classic “Time Has Come Today,” kicked off a decades-long run of pop and rock concerts at the new venue.

“‘We hope to draw from all of southwestern Michigan,’ (stadium manager Mack) Long said. ‘This will be the best facility of its type in the entire area.’”

Kalamazoo Gazette, 11 August 1974

“The Time Has Come”

The time had come, it seems, for live music in Kalamazoo. By the end of 1974, shows by REO Speedwagon, The Doobie Brothers, and megastar Bob Hope had already drawn nearly 15,000 concertgoers to the new stadium, and things were just getting started. Admission to most shows was just $6.50.

Thanks to internationally known manufacturers like the Gibson guitar company and professional sound reinforcement experts like ProCo Sound (a local manufacturer of audio cables), most touring musicians were already well familiar with Kalamazoo. And while Kalamazoo was seen as a secondary market in entertainment business circles, the stadium’s proximity to I-94 made the stop midway between two major markets (Detroit and Chicago) a no-brainer.

The Doobie Brothers
The Doobie Brothers at Wings Stadium, 16 July 1977. Photo by Keith Howard

Leading Entertainers

Building on the success of those early shows, the years up until the late 1990s proved to be a heyday for concerts at Wings Stadium. From AC/DC to Zappa, pretty much everybody who was anybody in those days visited the place and sellouts of 7,000 or more were common. Many of the world’s leading entertainers performed there… Eric Clapton, Elvis Presley, Waylon Jennings, Eddie Murphy, Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Tool, Nirvana, Metallica, Elton John… the list goes on and on. And one would be remiss not to mention those legendary Wings Stadium audiences, which made Kalamazoo a place where entertainers sought to perform. Well-known artists began and concluded major concert tours at the stadium, some shows were recorded for radio broadcast or commercial release, and many performers returned for multiple engagements, largely due of the legions of adoring fans here.

“For the past two years Wings Stadium has been scheduling concerts that will draw the white population of Kalamazoo. If we go strictly by population percentage, one out of every 10 concerts should be aimed at drawing the black population of Kalamazoo, but this is yet to be seen.”

Kalamazoo Gazette, 4 January 1976

“Why No Black Music?”

Teddy Pendergrass
Teddy Pendergrass, June 1978. Photo by Keith Howard

As more and more shows were scheduled, community members began to call attention to the lack of diversity among the concert performances being held at Wings Stadium. After three years and nearly 80 such shows at the venue, including many sellout performances, there had yet to be a single concert that would draw a predominantly black audience. “Why should we have to go out of town?” one Gazette reader asked. Another called it outright discrimination. Certainly, the demand was there.

Finally, on August 23, 1977, the stadium hosted its first black music show featuring The O’Jays, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, The Whispers, Carrie Lucas, and Truth, all top-selling R&B performers on a 75-city 20th anniversary tour.

Not surprisingly, the show was a near sellout with more than 6,000 in attendance. According to a Gazette reviewer, “The audience was estatic(sic) with cheers and applause.” Slowly but surely the promoters got the message and began to book shows that would attract more diverse audiences. Many of the resulting performances, including the Jacksons, Rick James, and Prince, were among the stadium’s most successful.

Crowd Control

On December 3, 1979, tragedy struck in Cincinnati, Ohio, when eleven concertgoers were killed as the crowd rushed the entry doors at Riverfront Coliseum. Although Wings Stadium continued to book general admission shows, stadium management saw the Cincinnati event as a wakeup call and responded with necessary additional crowd control both inside and outside the stadium. And while reserved seating for all shows proved impractical, the configuration for the majority of concert events was changed to a combination of reserved and general admission seating to help control the rush for seats as the doors opened. A limited number of tickets typically provided general admission “festival” seating (without chairs) on the main floor, while permanent seats around the arena were reserved. This practice remains in place today.

Improvements

Over the years several significant changes were made at the stadium to improve the patron experience. A new air conditioning system was installed in 1986 to help keep things cool during warm weather events. The 130-foot by 260-foot Wings Stadium Annex (now known as the “Valley”) was added in 1989, along with a third rink called the “Cube” (now called “The Zoo”), both of which would provide space for additional events, including small concerts. Hallways, restrooms, and concessions inside the existing stadium were expanded, and in October 1993, the stadium seating area was designated smoke-free.

Muddy Waters
Muddy Waters at Wings Stadium, 13 June 1979. Photo by Keith Howard

End of an Era

The concert schedule at Wings Stadium dwindled to just two or three shows each year after 2000. Competition for local entertainment dollars had become significant by then, it seems. Many of the larger attractions migrated to the 12,000-plus-seat Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids (opened in 1996), while numerous smaller shows were filling Kalamazoo’s 1,800-seat State Theatre. Just 20 minutes to the east, the 6,200-seat multi-purpose Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek (opened in 1980) hosted a number of rock shows during the 1980s and 1990s. Many of the artists that should have been standard fare at Wings Stadium… Ozzy, Kiss, Metallica, Johnny Cash, et al… were filling seats in Battle Creek instead.

There was significant organizational upheaval going on, as well. The Kalamazoo Wings hockey team, nicknamed the K-Wings, was dissolved in April 2000, and the stadium’s special events coordinator, Scott Warren, resigned shortly thereafter. Warren was credited with keeping the Kalamazoo concert scene alive during his tenure in the face of growing adversity. His departure, along with uncertainty over stadium ownership, skyrocketing concert ticket prices, and the inherent draw of other concert venues had a stunning effect on the concert schedule at Wings Stadium. One could argue that the era of monthly (and at times weekly) rock shows at the stadium had come to an end.

Concert crowd at Wings Stadium c.1977
Concert crowd at Wings Stadium c.1977. Photo by Keith Howard

Wings Event Center

But that’s not to say that there haven’t been important performances at the stadium on Vanrick Drive since 2000. Appearances by Mötley Crüe, Rascal Flatts, Bob Dylan, comedian Larry the Cable Guy, Greta Van Fleet, Umphrey’s McGee, and Elton John have all drawn capacity crowds.

Wings Stadium became the Wings Event Center in 2015 “to better illustrate everything that can be held at the facility,” and while concert attractions have been few and far between as of late, it appears that more could be on the way. Veteran metal bands Judas Priest and Queensrÿche, contemporary Christian rockers We The Kingdom, and Michigan guitarist Billy Strings are all slated to appear at Wings Event Center during the fall of 2022. Who knows, the venerable old stadium might still be “the home of Rock and Roll” after all. Only time will tell.


Continuing Research

Like many of our Local History essays, this article and the list that follows is a work-in-progress. If you have new information, corrections, or items you’d like to share, please contact the author or the Local History Room.

Written by Keith Howard, Kalamazoo Public Library Staff, July 2022.

Kalamazoo Gazette ad, 21 May 1987
Kalamazoo Gazette, 21 May 1987. Kalamazoo Public Library

A List of Concerts at Wings Stadium

The following is a relatively comprehensive chronological list of concerts and musical events at Wings Stadium. Entries were compiled from local newspaper announcements, advertisements, post-concert reviews, ticket stubs, etc. Individual “scrapbook” pages with advertisements, post-concert reviews, etc., are being added for each show as time allows. Those are linked to the main list via the event date.

Wings Stadium seating charts
Typical Wings Stadium concert seating configurations

Seating: GA: general admission with main floor festival seating (without chairs). RES: reserved seating in the outer arena and in chairs on the main floor. GA/RES: Combination reserved seating in the arena and general “festival” seating on the main floor.
Attendance: Based on published attendance figures (if available)


1974

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
10/30/1974 Wings home opener first Wings home game
11/29/1974 The Chambers Brothers w/ Kracker $4.00 GA first Wings Stadium concert
12/6/1974 Bob Hope w/ Kaye Hart, and Bob Anderson $6.00/$8.00/$9.00/$10.00 RES 2,719
12/19/1974 The Doobie Brothers w/ T.F. Much $6.50/$7.50 GA 7,277 Unicorn canceled
12/30/1974 REO Speedwagon w/ Eric Burdon Band $5.50/$6.50 GA 4,372 Fancy canceled

1975

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
1/24/1975 Tom T. Hall, Bobby Bare, Jeannie C. Riley $4.50/$5.50/$6.50 RES 3,100 first Country & Western show
2/12/1975 Rod Stewart & Faces w/ Blue Öyster Cult $6.50/$7.50 GA 8,215
2/26/1975 War w/ Sugarloaf, and Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids $5.50/$6.50 GA 4,400
3/1/1975 Gordon Lightfoot w/ Brewer & Shipley $4.50/$5.50/$6.50 RES 5,000
3/13/1975 The Lettermen $4.00/$5.00 RES 2,653
3/21/1975 Alice Cooper w/ Heavy Metal Kids $6.50/$7.50 GA 8,596 sold out – opening night of the 65-city tour
3/28/1975 Donna Fargo Show (Webb Pierce & Bill Phillips) $4.50/$5.50/$6.50 RES 2,300 Asleep at the Wheel canceled
4/9/1975 ZZ Top w/ Kids $5.50/$6.50 GA 4,000 Originally scheduled for Friday, April 4. Michael Murphy canceled.
4/11/1975 Ship (Asleep at the Wheel canceled) $2.50 GA Kalamazoo Triple Cycle Show
4/12/1975 Bloodrock $2.50 GA Kalamazoo Triple Cycle Show
4/22/1975 Robin Trower w/ John Mayall, and Joe Vitale’s Madmen $5.50/$6.50 GA 5,800
4/25/1975 Charley Pride Show w/ Gary Stewart $4.00/$5.00/$6.00 RES 4,200
5/3/1975 The Guess Who w/ Wet Willie, and Blackfoot $6.50/$7.50 GA 7,000
5/23/1975 Aerosmith w/ Ted Nugent & Amboy Dukes $5.50/$6.50 GA 7,000 Kansas canceled
6/6/1975 Black Oak Arkansas w/ Montrose $6.50/$7.50 GA 6,000
7/12/1975 Eric Clapton w/ Heartsfield $6.50/$7.50 GA 8,596 Bonaroo canceled. Surprise guest: Carlos Santana
7/29/1975 Three Dog Night w/ Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show $6.50 RES/GA 7,000 sellout
8/22/1975 Beach Boys w/ Ambrosia $6.50 GA 8,000 first advance sellout concert
10/8/1975 Jethro Tull $6.50 RES 7,000 sellout
10/16/1975 Chicago $7.50/$8.50 RES 7,400 sellout
10/27/1975 Jefferson Starship w/ Spirit $6.50 GA
11/15/1975 Crosby & Nash $6.50 RES/GA 4,000 final night of the tour
11/16/1975 Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty w/ Mickey Gilley, and Kenny Starr $4.50/$5.50/$6.50 RES 6,500
12/6/1975 Waylon Jennings & Jessi Colter w/ Tompall (Glaser) & His Outlaw Band (w/ Mel Brown) $4.00/$5.00/$6.00 RES 2,500
12/12/1975 Dave Mason w/ Home $6.50 GA Ace canceled
12/22/1975 Battle of the Bands $1.50/$2.00 GA Ten local bands were featured on three stages: Maximus, Johnny Apollo and the Saturn Seven, Bad Axe, Royal Wolf, Flash and the Greasers, The Electric Gazebo Band, Full Tilt, Bogus Band, and Tesrerb.
12/27/1975 REO Speedwagon w/ Rush, and The Cate Brothers $6.50 GA

1976

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
2/8/1976 Bachman-Turner Overdrive w/ Trooper, and Fools $6.50 GA 7,200 sellout
2/21/1976 David Bowie $7.50 GA 8,500 advanced sellout – largest grossing show to date
3/9/1976 Electric Light Orchestra w/ Eric Carmen, and Pretty Things $6.50 GA 6,800 Journey and Little Feat canceled
3/27/1976 Merle Haggard & The Strangers: Ronnie Reno & Leona Williams, Tigar Bell, Bobby Smith w/ Freddie Hart $4.00/$5.00/$6.00 RES 5,000
4/1/1976 Peter Frampton w/ Steve Gibbons Band, and Montrose $6.50 GA 7,200 advanced sellout
4/22/1976 Bad Company w/ Kansas $6.50 GA 7,200 sellout
5/3/1976 Frank Sinatra w/ Pat Henry & Sam Butera, and The Witnesses $7.00/$10.00/$12.50 RES 7,529 advanced sellout – largest grossing show to date
5/9/1976 Helen Reddy $5.50/$6.50/$7.50 RES (canceled) 3pm Sunday (Mother’s Day) performance. Show canceled
5/19/1976 Foghat w/ Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band $6.50 GA UFO canceled. Bob Seger (opening act) played nearly 2 hours
5/21/1976 Home w/ Silver Bicycle 75₵ GA 8,000 (three day total) Big Brothers’ May Fest Concert
5/22/1976 Time Machine w/ Sing Out Kalamazoo and Johnny Apollo & The Saturn Seven 75¢ GA 8,000 (three day total) Big Brothers’ May Fest Concert
5/23/1976 Johnny Apollo & The Saturn Seven w/ Sing Out Kalamazoo and Time Machine 75¢ GA 8,000 (three day total) Big Brothers’ May Fest Concert
6/21/1976 Yes w/ Pousette-Dart Band $6.50 GA mistakenly announced as Kiss
7/2/1976 Blue Öyster Cult w/ Mott, and Mahogany Rush $6.50 GA 4,700 long show (three-acts) ended at 1am
7/5/1976 The Band w/ Firefall (canceled) rumored but never happened
7/9/1976 Johnny Rodriguez w/ Doug Kershaw, and Mike Yeager $4.00/$5.00/$6.00 RES “tiny” audience
7/31/1976 The Doobie Brothers w/ Firefall $6.50 GA 7,500 sellout
8/1/1976 Relive Rock & Roll w/ Teen Angel, and Wedsel’s Edsels $5.00 GA 100 Howard Wolpe for Congress event
8/4/1976 The Carpenters w/ George Goble $5.00/$6.00/$7.00 RES 7,500 sellout
8/21/1976 Chicago $7.50 GA 7,000 sellout
8/30/1976 George Carlin $5.50/$6.50 RES less than 3,000 seating limited to 3,000. Did not sell out.
9/12/1976 Three Dog Night w/ England Dan & John Ford Coley $6.50 GA 3,100 final night of the tour
9/17/1976 Black Oak Arkansas & Ruby Starr w/ Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show $6.50 GA
10/6/1976 Neil Sedaka $5.00/$6.00/$7.00 RES 6,500
10/14/1976 United States Armed Forces Bicentennial Band & Chorus Free concert 7,200
10/18/1976 Ted Nugent w/ Montrose, and Jay Ferguson $6.50 GA 7,100
10/21/1976 Elvis Presley $12.75/$10.25 RES 7,381 sold out within two hours – largest grossing show to date.
10/23/1976 Johnny Cash w/ The Cash-Carter Family: June Carter, Tommy Cash, Carter Family, Rosey Nix, Tennessee Three $5.00/$6.00/$7.00 RES 5,968
10/24/1976 Gordon Lightfoot w/ Leona Boyd $5.50/$6.50/$7.50 RES 7,000
11/18/1976 Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn $4.50/$5.50/$6.50 RES
11/19/1976 J. Geils Band w/ James Gang $6.50 GA “empty seats”
11/30/1976 Black Sabbath w/ Climax Blues Band, and Mother’s Finest $6.50 GA
12/12/1976 Boston w/ Starcastle $6.50 GA 6,000
12/31/1976 Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band $6.50 GA

1977

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
1/22/1977 Queen w/ Thin Lizzy $6.50 GA 9,000
2/13/1977 Genesis $7.50 GA 7,000
2/20/1977 Harry Chapin $5.50/$6.50/$7.50 RES
3/11/1977 Engelbert Humperdinck w/ comedian Dick Capri $6.50/$7.50/$8.50 RES 6,000
3/14/1977 Santana w/ Rick Derringer, and Law $6.50 GA 3,500
4/13/1977 ZZ Top w/ Rush $6.50 GA 7,200
4/26/1977 Elvis Presley $15.25/$12.75 RES 7,300
5/8/1977 REO Speedwagon w/ Angel, and Point Blank $6.50 GA 2,500 final night of the tour
5/15/1977 Charley Pride & the Pridesmen w/ Dave & Sugar $5.00/$6.00/$7.00 RES 4,000 “large and enthusiastic audience”
6/3/1977 Bad Company w/ Dave Edmunds’ Rockpile $6.50 GA 7,000
6/8/1977 Hall and Oates w/ Chilliwack $6.50 GA 3,000
7/1/1977 America w/ Poco $7.50 RES 6,000
7/16/1977 The Doobie Brothers w/ Charlie $6.50 GA 7,000 sellout
8/6/1977 Seals & Crofts w/ Murphy and Henderson, and Walter Heath $6.50 GA 3,500 surprise show announced just one week in advance
8/9/1977 Peter Frampton w/ Rick Derringer $7.50 GA 7,500 sellout
8/18/1977 Yes w/ Donovan $7.50 GA 6,500
8/23/1977 O’Jays w/ Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson, The Whispers, Carrie Lucas, and Truth $7.00 GA 6,000 first all black show at the stadium
8/27/1977 Mac Davis and orchestra $5.50/$6.50/$7.50 RES 7,500 advance sellout
10/1/1977 Robin Trower w/ Styx $6.50 GA 7,500
10/8/1977 Grenadier Guards w/ Scots Guards bagpipers $5.50/$6.50 RES 2,500
10/14/1977 Emerson, Lake & Palmer $8.50 GA 4,000
10/16/1977 Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons $5.50/$6.50/$7.50 RES (canceled)
10/19/1977 Commodores w/ Emotions $7.50/$8.50 RES 7,000
10/27/1977 Tom Jones w/ 32 piece orchestra, comedian Freddie Roman, and The Blossoms $7.50/$8.50/$9.50 RES 7,000 sellout
10/29/1977 Lynyrd Skynyrd (canceled) w/ Pure Prairie League, and Ozark Mountain Daredevils $6.50 GA 4,000 Lynyrd Skynyrd (headliner) canceled due to band’s plane crash. Refunds offered but show was held anyway
10/31/1977 Andre Crouch w/ The Disciples $4.00/$5.00 RES 3,000
11/5/1977 Merle Haggard & The Strangers $4.00/$5.00/$6.00 RES 4,000
11/19/1977 Nazareth, Edgar Winter’s White Trash, and Rex $6.50 GA
11/25/1977 Bootsy Collins & Bootsy’s Rubber Band w/ The Floaters $6.50 GA
12/7/1977 Kansas w/ Chilliwack $6.50 GA
12/19/1977 Rush w/ Legs Diamond $6.50 GA
12/29/1977 Ted Nugent w/ Golden Earring $6.50 GA 7,500 sellout – “biggest crowd to date”

1978

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
1/18/1978 Marshall Tucker Band w/ Wet Willie $7.00 GA
2/1/1978 Willie Nelson w/ Jerry Jeff Walker, and Katy Moffatt $6.50/$7.50 RES (canceled) canceled due to major blizzard
2/16/1978 Sha Na Na w/ The Street Corner Band $6.50 GA
3/8/1978 Foghat w/ Starz $7.00 GA 8,000 sellout – “at least 1,000 turned away at the door”
3/22/1978 Parliament Funkadelic w/ Bar Kays $6.50 GA
4/4/1978 Genesis $7.50 GA 7,000 “packed house”
4/14/1978 Rufus w/ Heatwave, and Stargard $6.50 GA 5,573
5/9/1978 Alice Cooper w/ Fotomaker $7.50 GA 7,500 sellout
6/8/1978 Isley Brothers w/ Teddy Pendergrass, and Brainstorm $6.50 GA 4,697
6/9/1978 Foreigner w/ Morningstar $7.50 GA
6/16/1978 Frank Sinatra w/ Jackie Gayle (Marlene Ricci canceled) $7.00/$10.00/$12.50 RES 7,200 advance sellout
6/24/1978 George Benson w/ Larry Coryell $6.50/$7.50 RES
7/7/1978 Waylon Jennings w/ Jessie Colter, and Asleep at the Wheel $6.50/$7.50 RES 4,500
7/20/1978 The Doobie Brothers w/ Toby Beau $6.50/$7.50 RES 7,500
8/4/1978 Stars of the Lawrence Welk Show w/ Myron Floren et al $6.50/$7.50 RES 3,500
8/7/1978 Bruce Springsteen $6.50/$7.50 RES 3,000 seating limited to 6,000
8/9/1978 O’Jays w/ Con-Funk-Shun, and Evelyn “Champagne” King $6.50 GA 4,300
8/30/1978 REO Speedwagon w/ Thin Lizzy $7.50 GA
9/2/1978 Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge w/ Billy Swan $6.50/$7.50/$8.50 RES 6,000
9/10/1978 Blue Öyster Cult w/ UFO $7.50 GA
9/25/1978 Frank Zappa $6.50/$7.50 RES 3,000
10/8/1978 Aerosmith w/ Exile $8.50 GA
10/27/1978 Bob Dylan $7.00/$8.50/$10.00 RES 7,434 advance sellout
10/28/1978 Jethro Tull w/ Uriah Heep $6.50/$7.50 RES
11/8/1978 John Denver $5.00/$7.50/$10.00 RES 7,200 advance sellout, second event added. First ever two-night stand (center stage in the round)
11/9/1978 John Denver $5.00/$7.50/$10.00 RES 7,200 sold out in eight hours (center stage in the round)
11/11/1978 Queen $8.50 GA tickets misprinted with Nov 14 date
11/16/1978 Mountainfest Toga Party: Kevin Borich Express w/ Stage One, Lady Grace, and  Black Rose $2.00 GA 800
11/18/1978 Jesse Colon Young $6.50 RES (canceled) canceled due to slow ticket sales
12/1/1978 Ted Nugent w/ Golden Earring $8.50 GA 7,200

1979

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
2/18/1979 Heart $7.50 GA
3/5/1979 Alice Cooper w/ The Babys $8.50 GA 8,000
3/22/1979 Nazareth w/ Thin Lizzy $7.50 GA
3/27/1979 Boston w/ Sammy Hagar $8.50 GA 7,200 sellout “packed-like-sardines capacity crowd”
3/28/1979 Kenny Rogers & Dottie West w/ Oak Ridge Boys $7.50/$8.50 RES 6,200 including 1,200 obstructed view behind the stage
4/7/1979 Parliament Funkadelic w/ Brides of Funkenstein $7.50 GA
4/9/1979 Yes $7.50/$8.50 RES opening night of the tour (center stage in the round)
4/21/1979 The Johnny Cash Show w/ June Carter and the Carter Family, Jan Howard, the Tennessee Three $6.50/$7.50/$8.50 RES
5/3/1979 Van Halen w/ Robert Fleischman Band $7.50 GA 7,200 advance sellout
5/16/1979 The Charlie Daniels Band w/ Henry Paul Band $7.50 GA 4,000
6/13/1979 Eric Clapton w/ Muddy Waters $8.00/$9.00 RES 5,400
6/22/1979 The Allman Brothers Band w/ Blackfoot $8.50 GA 3,000
6/30/1979 Rick James & Stone City Band w/ Shotgun $6.50 GA 5,000
7/25/1979 Kansas w/ Night $8.50 GA
8/7/1979 REO Speedwagon w/ Rockets (Molly Hatchet canceled) $7.75 GA originally scheduled for  August 6
8/19/1979 The Doobie Brothers w/ Michael Stanley Band $8.75 GA
9/1/1979 Styx w/ New England (postponed until Oct 6) $8.75 GA 7,200 advance sellout
9/20/1979 Cheap Trick w/ Pezband (Straight Jacket canceled) $8.75 GA 6,000
9/28/1979 Tower of Power w/ Mongo Santamaría, and Mark Colby $6.50/$7.50 RES (canceled) canceled due to slow ticket sales (149 tickets sold)
10/6/1979 Styx w/ Morningstar (rescheduled from Sept w/ different opener) $8.75 GA 7,200 advance sellout
10/16/1979 Blue Öyster Cult (Rainbow canceled) $7.75 GA
11/1/1979 The Jacksons w/ LTD $8.75 GA 7,200 sellout
11/30/1979 ZZ Top w/ Point Blank $7.75 GA

1980

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
2/24/1980 Beach Boys $10.50 RES 6,000
2/28/1980 The Whispers w/ Lakeside, Shalamar, and Dynasty $6.50/$7.50 GEN/RES
4/10/1980 Parliament Funkadelic, Bar-Kays, and Brides of Funkenstein $7.75 GA (canceled) show canceled “no reason given”
4/19/1980 Ted Nugent w/ Roadmaster $8.75 GA 7,200
4/23/1980 Rush w/ .38 Special $8.75 GA 6881
5/4/1980 John Denver $8.50/$10.00/$12.50 RES 7,200 advance sellout (center stage in the round)
5/21/1980 Tom Jones $8.50/$9.50/$10.50 RES 7,955 sellout (center stage in the round)
5/26/1980 Nazareth w/ Blackfoot, and Marseille $8.75 GA/RES
7/5/1980 Foghat w/ Head East $8.75 GA/RES
7/10/1980 Van Halen w/ Cats $10.00 GA/RES 7,200 sellout
7/12/1980 Heart w/ Joe Perry Project $9.00 GA/RES 6,785
7/23/1980 Judas Priest w/ Scorpions, and Def Leppard $9.00 GA/RES 3,500
7/30/1980 Alice Cooper w/ Billy Squier $9.00 GA/RES
8/8/1980 Kenny Rogers & Dottie West  (8:30pm show) $12.75/$15.25 RES 7,500 advance sellout (center stage in the round)
8/8/1980 Kenny Rogers & Dottie West  (5:30pm show) $12.75/$15.25 RES 6,000 early show added after 8:30pm show sold out (center stage in the round)
8/16/1980 Black Sabbath w/ Sammy Hagar (Riot canceled) $9.00 GA/RES 4,000
8/29/1980 Cameo w/ BT Express, and Al Hudson $7.75 GA/RES
9/26/1980 AC/DC w/ Gamma (Ronnie Montrose) $9.00 GA/RES
10/3/1980 Teddy Pendergrass w/ Taste of Honey $8.25 GA 4,000
10/7/1980 Blue Öyster Cult w/ Saxon $9.00 GA 5,000
10/23/1980 Jethro Tull w/ Whitesnake $9.00 GA
11/23/1980 Molly Hatchet w/ Michael Schenker Group, and Johnny Van Zant $9.00 GA
12/29/1980 Beatlemania $10.75/$11.75 RES

1981

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
2/10/1981 Cheap Trick w/ UFO, and New England $9.00 GA 5,500
2/20/1981 Rush w/ Max Webster $10.00 GA opening night of the tour w/ 5 days of rehearsal beforehand
3/12/1981 Ted Nugent w/ Humble Pie $9.00 GA/RES
1981 REO Speedwagon (probably March 1981 – exact date unknown) (canceled) “no specific reason”
5/24/1981 Van Halen w/ The Fools $10.00 GA/RES 6,800 advance sellout
6/18/1981 Waylon Jennings w/ Jessie Colter, The Crickets, and Tony Joe White $8.75/$9.75 RES 6,000
6/26/1981 The Gap Band w/ Yarbrough & Peoples $8.00 GA (canceled) entire tour canceled
8/4/1981 John Denver $8.75/$10.25/$12.75 RES 7,600 advance sellout (center stage in the round)
8/19/1981 Foghat w/ Danny Joe Brown $9.00 GA/RES 3,500
9/17/1981 The Kinks w/ Red Rider $9.00 GA/RES 3,500
9/28/1981 Rick James & The Stone City Band w/ Teena Marie (Carl Carlton was a no show) $9.00 GA 6,000
10/20/1981 Nazareth w/ The Joe Perry Project, and Vic Vergeat $9.00 GA 3,000
11/3/1981 Kenny Rogers & Dottie West and (comedian) Gallagher $12.75/$15.25 RES 7,200 advance sellout (center stage in the round)
11/23/1981 Genesis $11.00 GA

1982

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
2/9/1982 Ozzy Osbourne w/ Starfighters $10.00 GA 5,300
3/13/1982 Hall & Oates w/ Donnie Iris, and The Cruisers $10.00 RES 7,000
4/25/1982 Loverboy w/ Prism $10.00 GA/RES 7,200 sellout – show recorded for King Biscuit Flower Hour radio broadcast
5/8/1982 Gordon Lightfoot $9.00/$10.00 RES 4,000
5/15/1982 Rainbow w/ .38 Special, and Iron Maiden $10.00 GA/RES
6/30/1982 Scorpions w/ Girlschool $10.00 GA/RES
7/11/1982 Cheap Trick w/ Aldo Nova, and Saxon $10.00 GA/RES 6,000
8/5/1982 The Temptations Reunion w/ (comedian) Woody Henderson $10.00 RES 2,500
8/12/1982 John Denver $10.25/$12.75/$15.25 RES 6,000
8/17/1982 April Wine $10.00 GA/RES (postponed) rescheduled for October 3rd
8/19/1982 Ted Nugent $10.00 GA/RES 5,632
9/4/1982 Heart w/ John Cougar $10.00 GA/RES
9/15/1982 Kansas w/ Alliance $10.00 GA/RES (canceled) canceled due to slow sales (1,100 tickets sold)
9/26/1982 Judas Priest w/ Iron Maiden (Axe canceled) $10.00 GA/RES 7,000 sellout
10/3/1982 April Wine w/ The Rockets (Eddie Money canceled) $10.00 GA/RES 6,000 rescheduled from Aug 17
11/11/1982 Rush w/ Rory Gallagher $11.00 GA/RES 8,023 sellout
11/22/1982 Peter Gabiel w/ Electric Guitars $11.00 RES 3,617 sellout
11/27/1982 Pat Benatar w/ Saga $11.00 GA/RES 8,000 sellout

1983

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
2/4/1983 Phil Collins with The Fabulous Jacuzzis & The One Neat Guy $11.00 RES
2/8/1983 Aerosmith w/ Pat Travers $11.00 GA/RES 5,197
2/16/1983 Hall and Oates w/ Steel Breeze $11.00 RES
2/27/1983 Mickey Gilley w/ David Frizzell, and Shelly West $8.75/$9.75 RES 5,174
3/5/1983 The Romantics $4.00 GA Auto show – “a few hundred” attended
3/6/1983 The Booze Brothers (Blues Brothers impersonators) $4.00 GA Auto show
3/13/1983 Prince w/ Time, and Vanity 6 $10.75 GA 7,000
3/16/1983 Triumph w/ Foghat $11.00 GA/RES
3/27/1983 REO Speedwagon w/ Duke Jupiter $12.25 GA/RES 8,023 sellout
4/8/1983 Kenny Rogers w/ Crystal Gayle $12.75/$15.75 RES (canceled) originally scheduled April 17, then canceled due to “contract restrictions”
5/8/1983 Sammy Hagar w/ Molly Hatchet $11.00 GA/RES 8,000 advance sellout
5/13/1983 Hank Williams, Jr. w/ The Bama Band $9.75/$10.75 RES 5,105
7/10/1983 Rick Springfield w/ Sparks $12.50 GA/RES 5,100
7/14/1983 Eric Clapton w/ The Blasters $11.00 GA/RES 4,624
8/10/1983 Iron Maiden w/ Fastway, and Coney Hatch $11.00 GA/RES 2,400
8/11/1983 Diana Ross $13.75/$15.75 RES 7,443 advance sellout (center stage in the round)
8/27/1983 Robert Plant $12.75 GA/RES 6,000 opening night of the tour w/ Phil Collins
9/9/1983 Kenny Rogers w/ Helen Reddy, and (comedian) Lonnie Shorr $12.75/$15.75 RES 7,500 advance sellout
9/14/1983 Loverboy w/ Zebra $12.75 GA/RES 8,000 sellout
10/20/1983 The Tubes w/ The Romantics $11.00 GA/RES 6,000

1984

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
2/26/1984 Black Sabbath w/ Night Ranger $11.75 GA/RES 5,000
3/11/1984 Adam Ant w/ The Romantics $11.50 GA/RES 4,200
4/7/1984 Judas Priest w/ Great White $11.00 GA/RES 8,000 advanced sellout
5/24/1984 Scorpions w/ Bon Jovi $11.00 GA/RES 6,500
6/1/1984 John Denver $13.25/$15.25 RES 7,426 center stage in the round
8/25/1984 Jefferson Starship w/ Billy Satellite $11.50 GA/RES 4,160
10/20/1984 Sammy Hagar w/ Krokus $12.75 GA/RES 8,000 advanced sellout
10/21/1984 Sammy Hagar w/ Krokus, (special guest Ted Nugent) $12.75 GA/RES 8,000 sellout – WLAV live radio broadcast
11/1/1984 Crosby, Stills & Nash $15.25 RES 5,300

1985

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
1/6/1985 Triumph w/ Molly Hatchet $12.75 GA/RES 5,817
4/10/1985 Hall and Oates w/ ‘Til Tuesday (Big Country canceled) $15.25 GA/RES 7,000 originally scheduled for April 1st
4/23/1985 The Tubes w/ Todd Rundgren & Utopia $12.75 GA/RES 3,500
5/4/1985 Red Skelton w/ 20 Piece Orchestra $12.50 GA/RES
6/4/1985 Petra w/ Randy Stonehill $10.25 GA/RES 2,300
6/27/1985 New York City Fresh Festival II w/ Run D.M.C., Whodini, The Fat Boys, Grandmaster Flash, ShabbaDoo, and Turbo $11.25 GA 6,200
9/4/1985 Tina Turner w/ Nicholas Tremulis (John Parr and Glen Frey canceled) $15.25 GA/RES 6,039
9/6/1985 Bryan Adams w/ Cock Robin $14.00 GA 6,600
9/17/1985 Heart w/ Go West $12.75 GA/RES 3,500
9/18/1985 Legends of Liberty Tour w/ The Four Tops, The Association, Tommy James, Mark Lindsay, Spirit, David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks $13.75 RES 3,000
9/21/1985 Kenny Rogers w/ Sawyer Brown $15.75 RES 7,000
10/4/1985 Supertramp w/ The Motels $15.25 RES 5,700 sellout
10/18/1985 Ronnie James Dio w/ Rough Cutt $13.50 GA/RES 5,402
11/5/1985 Starship w/ Night Ranger, and (comedian) Dr. Gonzo $14.00 GA/RES 7,000
11/14/1985 John Cougar Mellencamp $14.75 GA/RES 6,600

1986

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
3/18/1986 Black Sabbath w/ W.A.S.P., and Anthrax $13.50 GA/RES (canceled)
4/27/1986 The Firm w/ Mason Ruffner (Virginia Wolf canceled ) $15.00 GA/RES 5,000
5/19/1986 Aerosmith w/ Ted Nugent $16.00 GA/RES 7,200
5/27/1986 Judas Priest w/ Armored Saint $15.00 GA/RES 7,000
8/20/1986 Blue Öyster Cult w/ Yngwie Malmsteen, and Cinderella $13.50 GA/RES (canceled)
9/1/1986 AC/DC w/ Queensrÿche $15.00 GA/RES 8,023 sellout
9/10/1986 Kenny Rogers w/ Glen Campbell, and T. Graham Brown $16.75 RES 6,000
9/19/1986 Triumph w/ Yngwie Malmsteen $15.00 GA/RES
11/2/1986 Alice Cooper w/ Vinnie Vincent Invasion $15.00 GA/RES 5,000 Originally scheduled for October 30
11/15/1986 The Monkees 20th Anniversary Tour w/ Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, and Herman’s Hermits $16.00 RES 5,600

1987

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
1/6/1987 Ratt w/ Poison $15.00 GA/RES 6,500
3/18/1987 The Beastie Boys w/ Fishbone, and Murphy’s Law $15.00 GA/RES 2,970
3/21/1987 REO Speedwagon w/ Georgia Satellites $16.00 GA/RES 7,987 advance sellout – opening night of the tour
5/7/1987 Deep Purple w/ Bad Company $16.00 GA/RES 4,200
5/16/1987 Shirley Jones Cabaret Pops Concert w/ KSO $15.00/$20.00/$25.00 RES
5/27/1987 Chicago $16.00 GA/RES 7,000
6/19/1987 Diana Ross w/ 15-piece orchestra $17.50 RES (canceled) canceled due to health reasons (center stage in the round)
9/25/1987 Eddie Murphy w/ Paul Mooney, and Christopher $17.50 RES 6,200 sellout
10/20/1987 INXS w/ The Brandos $16.00 GA/RES 2,332
10/29/1987 Alice Cooper w/ Ace Frehley’s Comet, and Faster Pussycat $16.00 GA/RES 3,375
12/1/1987 Barry Manilow (originally scheduled November 24) $17.50 RES 4,900
12/11/1987 John Denver $17.50 RES 5,500

1988

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
2/1/1988 Yes $17.50 RES (canceled)
2/11/1988 Dio w/ Megadeth, and Savatage $16.50 GA/RES
2/16/1988 Kenny Rogers w/ The Forester Sisters $17.00 RES 5,241
4/7/1988 Anne Murray $17.00 RES 3,000
5/6/1988 Ted Nugent w/ Lita Ford $15.50 GA/RES
5/26/1988 Robert Plant w/ Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble $17.50 GA/RES 5,400
9/24/1988 Flash Cadillac “50’s and 60’s Party” $5.00 GA
11/15/1988 Poison w/ Britny Fox $16.50 GA/RES 6,902

1989

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
1/10/1989 Cheap Trick w/ House of Lords $17.50 GA/RES 2,500
2/16/1989 New Edition w/ Bobby Brown (Al B. Sure was a no show) $17.50 GA/RES 8,023
3/7/1989 Sam Kinison & the Outlaws of Comedy $17.50 GA/RES 2,800
3/21/1989 Chicago w/ PM $17.50 GA/RES
4/9/1989 Bill Cosby $18.50 RES 7,800 advance sellout (center stage in the round)
4/18/1989 Salt ‘n Pepa w/ Kid ‘n Play, E.U., K-9 Posse, 7A3, and Kwame $16.00 GA/RES 1,600
5/10/1989 Bobby Brown w/ Levert, and Karyn White $17.50 GA/RES 5,400
9/30/1989 Danny and the Juniors w/ Rory Mack “50’s/60’s Party” $5.00 GA
11/2/1989 Kenny Rogers w/ Eddie Rabbitt $17.50 RES center stage in the round

1990

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
4/1/1990 Wayne Newton $18.50/$22.50 RES
7/5/1990 Aerosmith w/ The Black Crowes $21.00 GA/RES 8,100
7/8/1990 M.C. Hammer w/ After 7, Michel’le, and Oaktown 3ˑ5ˑ7 $18.25 GA/RES 8,100 advance sellout
9/9/1990 Billy Idol w/ Faith No More $19.50 GA/RES 4,500
10/15/1990 KISS w/ Winger, and Slaughter $19.50 GA/RES 7,041
10/17/1990 Kenny Rogers w/ Travis Tritt, and Sweethearts of the Rodeo $17.50 RES
10/30/1990 M.C. Hammer w/ En Vogue (Vanilla Ice did not appear) (originally scheduled Oct 31 then Nov 1) $19.00 GA/RES
11/11/1990 Ratt w/ Vixen (Rumored but did not happen)
12/28/1990 Ted Nugent’s Whiplash bash $18.50 GA/RES 8,200 “oversold” “packed floor to the rafters”

1991

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
1/3/1991 Tony! Toni! Tone! w/ Salt-n-Pepa, and Hi-Five $16.50 GA/RES 2,500
1/17/1991 Judas Priest w/ Megadeth (Testament did not appear) $19.50 GA/RES 4,500
3/5/1991 Michael W. Smith w/ DC Talk $12.50/$16.50 GA/RES 5,000
4/9/1991 Scorpions w/ Trixter $18.50 GA/RES 7,000
4/12/1991 New Kids on the Block (Rumored but did not happen)
5/3/1991 Yes $15.00/$21.00/$35.00 RES 6,000 center stage in the round
5/10/1991 Jane’s Addiction w/ Rollins Band $17.50 GA/RES 6,000
5/31/1991 Queensrÿche w/ Suicidal Tendencies $19.50 GA/RES 7,000
8/31/1991 Hank Williams, Jr. w/ Tom Ellis, and Whirlwind $19.50 RES “large crowd”
10/16/1991 Amy Grant w/ Kim Hill, and Wes King $16.50/$18.50/$35.00 RES 5,400
11/20/1991 Red Hot Chili Peppers w/ Pearl Jam, and Smashing Pumpkins $18.50 GA/RES (canceled) show moved to State Theatre due to slow ticket sales
12/5/1991 Michael Bolton w/ Francesca Beghe $21.50/$40.00 RES
12/28/1991 Ted Nugent’s Whiplash Bash VI w/ Jackyl $18.50 GA/RES 7,600 sellout

1992

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
2/11/1992 Ozzy Osbourne w/ Prong $18.50 GA/RES 7,351
3/2/1992 Van Halen w/ Baby Animals (originally scheduled Feb 19) $22.50 GA 8,000 advance sellout – rescheduled due to illness
4/19/1992 Steve Miller $21.00/$36.00 RES 3,500
5/6/1992 Skid Row w/ Pantera $18.50 GA/RES 4,700 made national news… audience member threw a firecracker injuring 11 – person later found and convicted
7/29/1992 M.C. Hammer w/ TLC, and Boyz II Men $23.50 GA/RES 4,200
10/6/1992 Chicago w/ The Moody Blues $22.50/$32.50 RES
10/24/1992 Kenny Rogers w/ Pirates of the Mississippi, and Michelle Wright center stage in the round
10/30/1992 The Beastie Boys w/ The Rollins Band, and Da Lench Mob $18.50 GA/RES
11/17/1992 Kiss w/ Trixter, and Great White $20.00 GA/RES 5,000
12/3/1992 Bad Company w/ Soul Syndicate $16.50 GA/RES poor attendance
12/28/1992 Ted Nugent’s Whiplash Bash VII w/ Damn Yankees, Slaughter, and Jackyl $20.00 GA 8,000 advance sellout

1993

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
1/22/1993 Metallica (originally scheduled 28 Sept 1992) $20.00 GA 8,100 advance sellout “in a matter of hours”
2/3/1993 Bobby Brown w/ TLC (Mary J. Blige and Shabba Ranks were no-shows) $21.50/$22.50/$23.50 GA/RES 7,800
3/1/1993 Bon Jovi w/ The Jeff Healey Band $21.50/$22.50 GA/RES 5,100
3/10/1993 Michael W. Smith w/ DC Talk $17.50/$35.00 RES 5,300 advance sellout
4/10/1993 Kenny G $22.50/$40.00 RES 5,600 advance sellout
9/19/1993 Lenny Kravitz w/ Raging Slab $22.50 GA 3,500
10/15/1993 Duran Duran w/ The Cranberries $21.50/$39.00 RES (canceled)
10/27/1993 Nirvana w/ The Meat Puppets, and The Boredoms $18.50 GA 4,431
10/29/1993 Barry Manilow $24.50/$45.00 RES 3,100
11/6/1993 Lynyrd Skynyrd w/ Bad Company, and Brother Cane $18.50 GA 7,000 “packed house”
12/30/1993 Ted Nugent’s Whiplash Bash VIII w/ General Cluster Funk $20.00 GA 5,000 advance sellout

1994

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
1/28/1994 Lorrie Morgan w/ Billy Dean $18.50/$35.00 RES 5,100
1/31/1994 White Zombie w/ Prong $17.50 GA 6,000
3/5/1994 Moody Blues w/ 55-piece symphony orchestra (33 KSO members) $24.50/$45.00 RES 5,000 “packed house”
3/18/1994 Doug Stone w/ Dave Caley, and Twister Alley $15.00/$27.50 RES
4/15/1994 Mark Chesnutt w/ Faith Hill $18.50 GA 2,700
4/23/1994 Smashing Pumpkins w/ Red Red Meat $15.00 GA 8,113 advance sellout
6/27/1994 Meat Loaf w/ Fury in the Slaughterhouse (Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies canceled) $26.00/$41.00 RES 5,000 sellout
6/28/1994 Soundgarden w/ Tad, and Eleven $18.00 GA 4,100
8/16/1994 Pantera w/ Prong (Sepultura canceled) $21.50 GA
10/31/1994 Candlebox w/ The Flaming Lips, and Mother Tongue $17.50 GA
11/2/1994 James Taylor $24.50/$37.50 RES 5,330
11/13/1994 Steven Curtis Chapman $15.00/$27.50 RES 5,400 sellout
12/1/1994 Travis Tritt w/ Joe Diffie, and Lee Roy Parnell $21.50/$37.50 RES 6,000 advance sellout “packed house”
12/30/1994 Ted Nugent’s Whiplash Bash IX w/ Gary Hoey (solo) (Pride & Glory canceled) $20.00 GA 6,000 “packed to the rafters and shoulder-to-shoulder on the floor”

1995

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
1/12/1995 Nine Inch Nails w/ Pop Will Eat Itself, and The Jim Rose Traveling Circus $23.50 GA 8,000 sellout
1/25/1995 Steve Perry w/ David Broza (Sass Jordan canceled) $21.50/$35.00 RES 2,900
2/8/1995 Slayer  w/ Type O Negative $23.00 GA show moved to State Theatre due to slow ticket sales
3/8/1995 Big Head Todd and the Monsters w/ Dave Matthews Band $20.50 GA show moved to State Theatre due to slow ticket sales
3/12/1995 Amy Grant w/ Gary Chapman $19.50/$45.00 RES 5,600 sellout
3/23/1995 Live w/ Sponge, and Love Spit Love (originally scheduled March 21) $17.50 GA 7,200 sellout
3/26/1995 Mary Chapin Carpenter w/ The Mavericks $21.50/$35.00 RES 5,000 “packed house”
4/14/1995 Queensrÿche w/ Type O Negative $25.00 GA opening night of the tour
4/19/1995 Danzig w/ KoЯn, and Marilyn Manson $17.50 GA
4/26/1995 The Cranberries w/ Grant Lee Buffalo $19.50 GA 5,500
5/4/1995 Lynyrd Skynyrd w/ Tesla $21.50 GA 6,000 “nearly sold out”
5/13/1995 Skid Row w/ Souls At Zero $18.50 GA 3,000 “less than half-filled”
5/20/1995 White Zombie w/ Reverend Horton Heat, and The Melvins $19.50 GA 4,700
7/23/1995 Megadeth w/ KoЯn, Fear Factory, and Flotsam & Jetsam $18.50 GA
8/6/1995 Boston $25.00/$40.00 RES  (canceled) show moved to Pine Knob
8/11/1995 Hootie & the Blowfish w/ Don Dixon $16.00 GA 7,000 sellout
9/11/1995 The Newsboys $15.00/$19.00 RES (canceled) show moved to Grand Rapids
10/27/1995 Phish $20.00 GA 8,000 advance sellout
11/8/1995 Candlebox w/ Sponge, and Our Lady Peace $18.50 GA 4,800
11/14/1995 Primus w/ The Meat Puppets $19.50 GA 2,296
12/30/1995 Ted Nugent’s Whiplash Bash X w/ Brother Cane $20.00 GA 8,000 “more-than-capacity crowd”

1996

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
2/7/1996 Ozzy Osbourne w/ KoЯn, and Deftones $22.50 GA 7,000 advance sellout
2/29/1996 Bush w/ No Doubt, and Goo Goo Dolls $18.50 GA 7,000 advance sellout
3/6/1996 Alanis Morissette w/ Loud Lucy $20.50 GA 8,113 show recorded for official release
3/12/1996 DC Talk w/ Audio Adrenaline $18.50/$20.50 RES 3,532
4/14/1996 Michael W. Smith w/ Jars of Clay, and Three Crosses $20.00/$35.00 RES 5,000 advance sellout
6/26/1996 Def Leppard w/ Tripping Daisy $25.00 GA 3,910 opening night of the tour
8/12/1996 White Zombie w/ Pantera, and The Deftones $22.50 GA 8,000
9/25/1996 Dave Matthews Band (rescheduled Dec 3) $23.50 GA rescheduled due to death of a bandmember
10/15/1996 Melissa Etheridge $35.00 GA 3,204
11/7/1996 Blackhawk w/ Terri Clark $21.50 RES 2,388
11/19/1996 Bob Dylan w/ Kenny Wayne Shepherd $22.50/$28.50 RES 2,500
12/3/1996 Dave Matthews Band w/ Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise (rescheduled from Sep 25) $23.50 GA 7,000 advance sellout
12/13/1996 Collin Raye w/ Martina McBride $20.00 RES
12/27/1996 Ted Nugent’s Whiplash Bash XI w/ Daddy Stitch $20.00 GA 6,500

1997

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
3/4/1997 Tool w/ Melvins $17.50 GA 7,000 sellout
3/16/1997 Counting Crows w/ Engine 88 $20.00 GA 4,600
4/10/1997 Aaron Tippin w/ Sammy Kershaw $20.00 GA 3,500
4/30/1997 Marilyn Manson w/ Rasputina, and Helmet $19.50 GA 4,739 (5,000 seat cap) huge public protests over show content
5/1/1997 John Tesh $25.00/$32.00 RES “much less than capacity crowd”
8/15/1997 311 w/ Spearhead $20.50 GA 1,900
9/18/1997 Pantera w/ Machine Head, and Coal Chamber $21.00 GA
10/5/1997 Bill Cosby $23.50/$32.50 RES (canceled) show canceled due to slow sales (2,200 tickets sold)
10/23/1997 Lil’ Kim w/ Junior M.A.F.I.A., Lox, and Scarface $25.00 GA/RES voted “worst concert of 1997” by Scott Warren, Wings Stadium director of special events
11/7/1997 Sammy Hagar $20.00 GA/RES 4,182

1998

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
5/5/1998 Audio Adrenaline w/ The Supertones, and Jennifer Knapp $16.50 GA/RES 2,600
6/3/1998 Matchbox 20 w/ Rebekah $22.00 GA/RES 7,000
6/30/1998 Iron Maiden w/ Dio, and Dirty Deeds (W.A.S.P. canceled) $20.00 GA/RES 2,000
7/15/1998 Tool w/ The Melvins $22.50 GA/RES 7,500 sellout
10/13/1998 Michael Flatley’s “Lord of the Dance” $36.24/$46.25 RES (canceled)
10/14/1998 Michael Flatley’s “Lord of the Dance” $36.24/$46.26 RES (canceled)
10/26/1998 “Family Values Tour” w/ KoЯn, Rammstein, Limp Bizkit, Incubus, and Orgy $29.50 GA/RES 7,500 sellout
11/27/1998 Collin Raye’s Holiday Concert w/ KSO $22.00 RES 5,000 “near sold-out”
12/2/1998 ’N Sync w/ Britney Spears (Often rumored at Wings Stadium. Show actually took place at the State Theatre)

1999

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
3/2/1999 “Sno-Core Tour” w/ Everclear, Soul Coughing, DJ Spooky, and Black-Eyed Peas (rapper Redman canceled) $27.00 GA/RES
5/25/1999 Offspring w/ The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and The Living End $25.00 GA/RES 3,000
6/29/1999 Poison w/ Ratt, Great White, and L.A. Guns $22.50 GA/RES 5,000
7/17/1999 Faith Hill w/ The Warren Brothers $25.00 GA/RES
8/12/1999 Insane Clown Posse w/ Krayzie Bone, Biohazard, Twiztid, and Mindless Self Indulgence $24.00 GA/RES 2,500
9/5/1999 Sammy Hagar & the Waboritas $23.00 GA/RES 2,700
10/20/1999 Kid Rock w/ DDT, and Powerman 5000 $21.00 GA/RES 7,200 sellout – opening night of the tour
10/22/1999 The Scorpions w/ Ronnie Montrose $24.50 GA/RES (canceled) show canceled due to health reasons
11/4/1999 Bryan White w/ Jessica Andrews, and Susan Ashton $22.50 GA/RES (canceled) show canceled due to slow ticket sales
12/9/1999 Sawyer Brown Christmas Concert $22.00 GA/RES 1,300

2000

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
2/4/2000 The Moody Blues $29.50/$39.50 RES 3,000
2/23/2000 ZZ Top w/ Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Laidlaw $35.00 GA 5,000
2/25/2000 B.E.T. Comic View Allstars Comedy Jam Part 2000 $12.00/$15.00/$18.00 RES 1,344
3/22/2000 311 w/ Jimmie’s Chicken Shack $22.50 GA
3/23/2000 Third Day w/ Jennifer Knapp $12.00/$13.00/$15.00 RES 3,700
4/3/2000 Creed w/ Sevendust, and 3 Doors Down $27.50 GA 7,200 sellout
4/12/2000 Bush w/ Moby $23.50 GA 5,000 “two-thirds-capacity”
5/28/2000 Counting Crows w/ Cracker $25.00 GA 4,500
6/3/2000 Trisha Yearwood w/ Kim Richey $20.00/$25.00 RES 2,000
12/18/2000 Collin Raye’s Holiday Concert w/ KSO $25.00 RES 2,000

2001

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
4/9/2001 Godsmack w/ Staind, Cold, and Systematic $27.50 GA “packed stadium”
12/6/2001 Weezer w/ Tenacious D, and Jimmy Eat World $26.00 GA 7,200 sellout

2002

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
10/18/2002 Tool w/ Meshuggah $36.00 GA

2003

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
5/16/2003 Godsmack w/ (həd) p.e., and Breaking Benjamin $29.75 GA “large audience”
9/25/2003 Good Charlotte w/ Something Corporate, and Mest $26.00 GA 4,000

2004

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
1/22/2004 Rascal Flatts w/ Cledus T. Judd, and Brian McComas (Chris Cagle canceled) $33.75 GA 6,000 “capacity crowd” opening night of the tour
10/3/2004 John Mellencamp w/ Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds “Vote for Change” $46.50 GA (canceled) show moved to State Theatre
10/29/2004 Reliant K w/ Ace Troubleshooter $21.00 GA 3,000 Wings Stadium Annex – sellout

2005

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
8/4/2005 “Rock Never Stops Tour” w/ Cinderella, Ratt, Quiet Riot, and Firehouse $32.00 GA 2,000
9/29/2005 Judas Priest w/ Anthrax $36.50 GA 2,000
10/21/2005 Ludacris w/ Ciara $36.00 GA (canceled) canceled due to slow ticket sales
10/25/2005 Audio Adrenaline w/ Kids in the Way, Sanctus Real, Superchic(k), and Pillar $16.00/$21.00 GA

2006

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
2/25/2006 Mötley Crüe $46.00/$76.00 RES 7,000 “nearly sold-out”
10/12/2006 Third Day w/ David Crowder Band, and Hyper Static Union $28.00/$39.00 RES 3,000

2007

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
2/18/2007 Newsboys w/ Kutless, and Stellar Kart $26.00 GA 2,000
8/18/2007 The Marshall Tucker Band w/ Atlanta Rhythm Section $24.00/$33.00 RES Pretty Lake Burn Camp benefit
11/7/2007 Kidz Bop World Tour $20.00/$35.00 RES (canceled) show moved to Grand Rapids

2008

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
3/7/2008 Larry the Cable Guy w/ Josh Wolf $41.75 RES 5,000 sellout (center stage in the round)
3/29/2008 Skillet w/ Thousand Foot Krutch, and Decyfer Down $16.50 GA Wings Stadium Annex
10/19/2008 “Creation Fest: The Tour” w/ Christian, Worth Dying For, Fireflight, et al $22.00/$28.00 RES
11/8/2008 Bob Dylan $39.50/$49.50 RES 5,000

2009

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
3/26/2009 “American Stars in Concert: Spring Break Tour” (American Idol contestants) w/ Melinda Doolittle, Phil Stacey, Chikezie Eze, and Gina Glocksen $28.50/$38.50 RES (canceled) “no reason given”

2010

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
4/10/2010 Miranda Lambert w/ Randy Houser $29.75 RES
10/13/2010 Jeff Dunham $44.50/$53.50 RES

2012

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
2/10/2012 “DayGlow Concert” w/ Dirty South $28.00/$62.00 GA/RES “The World’s Largest Paint Party”
3/21/2012 Elton John $39.00/$79.00/$139.00 RES 8,000 sold out in 20 minutes
4/5/2012 “Macadelic Tour” w/Mac Miller, The Cool Kids, and The Come Up $22.00/$28.00 GA/RES

2013

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
4/20/2013 Bob Dylan w/ Dawes $35.00/$60.00 RES 2,467
8/18/2013 Ratt w/ Dokken, Sebastian Bach, and Lita Ford $31.00/$41.00 GA/RES
8/31/2013 Audiotree Music Festival 2013 $30.00 GA 1,500 Two stages outdoors, 14-15 bands, including Blues Traveler, Dr. Dog, Greensky Bluegrass, Brother Ali, Valent Thorr, The Soil & the Sun, Into it. Over it., Showmine, Chancellor Warhol, Desert Noises, The Balconies, Kellen and Me, Hostage Calm, Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers, Flint Eastwood
9/21/2013 Joe Satriani w/ The Steve Morse Band $35.00/$50.00/$85.00 RES
9/29/2013 Paul Revere & the Raiders w/ Mary Wilson, The Association, and Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels $27.00/$32.00/$52.00 RES

2014

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
3/14/2014 Justin Moore w/ Randy Houser, and Josh Thompson $28.75/$43.75 RES
7/19/2014 3rd Annual Old School Music Funk Fest w/ Al Hudson & One Way $15 GA Wings Stadium Annex
10/17/2014 Life in Color w/ The Chainsmokers, Protohype, and Milk N Cookies GA Wings Stadium Annex

2015

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
4/18/2015 The Avett Brothers $32.50/$42.50 RES final stop on the tour
12/9/2015 CMT on Tour: Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett – Suits & Boots w/ Danielle Bradberry

2016

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
1/30/2016 Umphrey’s McGee w/ TAUK $27.50/$32.50 GA/RES
2/12/2016 Life in Color “World’s Largest Paint Party” GA
4/8/2016 Lee Brice w/ Maddie & Tae, and Dylan Scott $39.75/$49.75 RES
5/26/2016 “I Love The 90’s” Tour: Salt-N-Pepa, Color Me Badd, All-4-One, Coolio, Tone Loc, Adam Emil $25.00 GA
7/27/2016 Summerland Tour: Sugar Ray w/ Everclear, Lit, and Sponge $10.49/ $29.50/$39.50 RES
8/6/2016 Alice Cooper 39.50/$49.50/$59.50/$74.50 RES
9/9/2016 “Back to the 90’s” Tour w/ Naughty by Nature, Sir Mix-a-Lot, Rob Base, Lisa Lisa, Whodini, and Debbie Deb $25.00 GA (canceled) show canceled
9/11/2016 Make America Rock Again: Trapt, Saliva, Saving Abel, Alien Ant Farm, Crazytown, 12 Stones, and Tantric $25.00/$65.00 GA/RES
10/5/2016 Amy Schumer $39.00/$109.00 RES
10/6/2016 Kip Moore w/ Jon Pardi $30.00/$35.00 RES
10/28/2016 Haunted Fest Kalamazoo 2016: Krane, Pierce Fulton, Marshmello, NGHTMRE held in The Valley (Annex)
12/9/2016 Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular LIVE w/ Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

2017

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
2/24/2017 “American Made Tour” w/ Lee Brice, and Justin Moore $30.00/$60.00 RES sold out
6/16/2017 The Avett Brothers $38.00/$50.00 RES limited seating
7/14/2017 Kalamazoo Blues Fest: Women in Blues w/Big Trouble, Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hell Raisers, Dana Fuchs, Joe Louis Walker, Supersonic Blues Machine / wsg: Robben Ford $17.00/$200.00 GA
7/15/2017 Kalamazoo Blues Fest: Hunt N Gator, Crossroads Resurrection, Martila Sanders & Gee-Q, The Ries Brothers, Shawn Holt & The Teardrops, Carolyn Wonderland, Sugaray Rayford Band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds /w Kim Wilson $17.00/$200.00 GA
7/16/2017 Kalamazoo Blues Fest: Out of Favor Boys, Kevin Nichols & Blue Tuesday, Toronzo Cannon, Alexis P. Suter Band, Bobby Rush $17.00/$200.00 GA
9/27/2017 In This Moment w/ Of Mice & Men, and Avatar $27.50/$32.50 RES
10/5/2017 Tiësto w/ Slushii $25.00/$33.00/$60.00 GA/RES
10/13/2017 Big Church Night Out 2017: Newsboys, Sidewalk Prophets, 7eventh Time Down, Blanca Callahan, Derek Minor, Adam Agee

2018

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
2/2/2018 Umphrey’s McGee w/ The Marcus King Band $35.50/$40.50 GA/RES
2/3/2018 Umphrey’s McGee w/ The Marcus King Band $35.50/$40.50 GA/RES close out the first leg of the tour
2/9/2018 Kevin Hart $59.00 RES 5,081 near sellout
3/15/2018 Cole Swindell w/ Chris Janson, and Lauren Alaina GA/RES
4/28/2018 Gabriel ‘Fluffy’ Iglesias
8/4/2018 Rock & Roll Express Tour: 3 Doors Down w/ Collective Soul, and Soul Asylum $25.00/$76.50 GA/RES
9/25/2018 Modest Mouse w/  Termination Dust GA/RES

2019

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
2/9/2019 Justin Moore w/ Cody Johnson
10/30/2019 ZZ Top w/ Ghost Hounds $36.60/$122.00 RES

2020

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
3/12/2020 Gabriel ‘Fluffy’ Iglesias $35.00 and up RES sold out – final show of ‘Beyond the Fluffy World Tour’ before Covid-19 shutdown
6/26/2020 Sugar Ray unconfirmed – likely canceled

2022

Date Concert Ticket Price Seating Attendance Notes
2/4/2022 Cody Johnson w/ Easton Corbin, and Ian Munsick GA/RES sold out
3/10/2022 Greta Van Fleet w/ Rival Sons and The Velveteers $49.50 GA/RES 7,200 advance sellout – first Michigan Concert since 2018
3/17/2022 Tracy Lawrence & Clay Walker w/ Randall King RES
6/17/2022 Jelly Roll w/ Struggle Jennings GA

Sources

Books

Keep the Quality Up: Vol. II
A Legacy of Love: Martha Gilmore & Ray Theodore Parfet, Jr.

Parfet, Martha Gilmore, Mary B. Corcoran. 2014
Call Number: 929.2 P229
ISBN: 978-0-692-29555-7
Kalamazoo, MI [Place of manufacturing not identified]


Articles

“Entertainment Capital”

Kalamazoo Gazette. 11 August 1974, p.D-1.

“Red Carpet Time At Wings Stadium”

Kalamazoo Gazette. 27 October 1974, p.C-3.

“Bob Hope Here Dec. 6”

Kalamazoo Gazette. 23 November 1974, p.A-9.

“Here Friday – The Chambers Brothers”

Kalamazoo Gazette. 27 November 1974, p.A-9.

“Bob Hope Displays His Timing With Words And Wit Here”

Kalamazoo Gazette. 7 December 1974, p.A-5.

“Doobie Brothers Here Tonight”

Kalamazoo Gazette. 19 December 1974, p.C-2.

“More Rock – R.E.O. Speedwagon”

Kalamazoo Gazette. 22 December 1974, p.B-9.

“Designer Of Wings Stadium Wins Award”

Kalamazoo Gazette. 10 August 1975, p.C-12.

“Concerts ‘Discriminate’”

Kalamazoo Gazette. 4 January 1976, p.A-6.

“Sinatra Schedules Date Here”

Kalamazoo Gazette. 2 March 1976, p.A-1.

“Youthful Country Music Show”

Kalamazoo Gazette. 4 July 1976, p.B-11.

“Why No Black Music?”

Kalamazoo Gazette. 11 August 1976, p.A-5.

“Long Wait, Lines For Elvis Tickets”

Kalamazoo Gazette. 24 September 1976, p.A-1.

“Stadium’s First All Black Show Draws Over 6,000”

Kalamazoo Gazette. 24 August 1977, p.C-2.

“Summers’s swan song ushers in another arts season”

Kalamazoo Gazette. 14 September 1986, p.E-2.

“Wings Stadium smoke-free”

Kalamazoo Gazette. 21 September 1993, p.D-1.

“K-Wings’ future in doubt”

Kalamazoo Gazette. 17 April 2000, p.A-1.

“Bookings director leaving Wings”

Kalamazoo Gazette. 23 May 2000, p.D-4.

“Wings Stadium changes name to Wings Event Center”

Kalamazoo Gazette. 26 March 2015, p.A-2.


Local History Room Files

History Room Subject File: Wings Stadium.


Websites

The Concert Database “Wings Event Center”
Site documents concerts that have occurred in Michigan (note some inaccurate entries)

selist.fm (setlist wiki) “Wings Stadium” (1974-2015)
selist.fm (setlist wiki) “Wings Event Center” (2015-2022)
setlist.fm is a free wiki-like service to collect and share (performance) setlists. (note several inaccurate entries)

Wings Event Center History
Wings Event Center is a full entertainment venue offering concerts, professional hockey, family shows and trade shows.

Wings Event Center (Wikipedia)
Wings Event Center (formerly Wings Stadium) is a 5,113-seat multi-purpose arena located in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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