Lead singer Vince Neil exhorts the crowd during Motley Crue’s November 1985 concert in the Duluth Arena. (Bob King / News-Tribune)
Following up on the previous post, and the continued discussion at Perfect Duluth Day, here is a list of specifics for some of the other big 1980s and early 1990s-era rock concerts mentioned on the PDD comment thread:
Loverboy w/opening act Quarterflash, February 15, 1982 (sellout crowd of almost 8,000)
Loverboy w/opening act Quiet Riot, July 27, 1983 (attendance 7,250)
Bryan Adams performing at the Duluth Arena in July 1985. (John Rott / News-Tribune)
Bryan Adams w/opening act Kim Mitchell, July 19, 1985 (sellout crowd of almost 8,000)
Motley Crue w/opening act Autograph, November 5, 1985 (attendance 6,000)
Loverboy w/opening act the Hooters, March 30, 1986 (sellout crowd of almost 8,000)
David Lee Roth w/opening act Tesla, February 7, 1987 ("near-capacity" crowd)
Bryan Adams w/opening act the Hooters, July 26, 1987 (no attendance figure listed)
Poison, 1988: (left to right) drummer Rikki Rockett, lead vocalist Bret Michaels, guitarist C.C. DeVille and bassist Bobby Dall. (Capitol Records publicity photo)
Poison w/opening act Britny Fox, November 6, 1988 (sellout crowd of almost 8,000)
Motley Crue w/opening act Faster Pussycat, March 11, 1990 (attendance 8,100)
Tesla w/opening act Firehouse, August 11, 1992 ("half-full" DECC Arena)
Motley Crue apparently also played a Duluth concert in November 1998, w/opening act Nobody; I only found a preview article – no post-concert review.
I cannot find the "KISS" file, so, alas, no info on that concert at this time.
Added concerts based on comments:
Ozzy Osbourne w/opening act Starfighters, January 17, 1982 (attendance 4,000)
Ozzy Osbourne w/opening act Ratt, April 22, 1984 (attendance about 3,150)
Sorry, I couldn’t find a Van Halen file.
Unless noted, for every concert listed above there is a review in the archives. There is also a Q and A from 1982 with Loverboy bassist Scott Smith, and one from 1985 with Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx. And there are publicity photos for everyone. But that is a LOT of typing and scanning. So, if I get at least a few E-MAIL (firstname.lastname@example.org) requests for any given review and/or Q and A and/or publicity photo, I’ll type/scan in and post the requested item.
Interested in seeing stuff from another concert of this era that I missed? Post a comment or send an e-mail with the band’s name, and I’ll see if I can find it in the archives.