Reminiscing About Venerable Entertainment Venues

Sometimes it is a good exercise to reflect on shows you have seen at legendary venues. I was just reminiscing on some of the theaters I was fortunate to catch concerts in over the years and these were the ones that jumped to mind first.

  1. Shea’s Theater in 1991 in Buffalo, New York (Vanilla Ice, I know, dreadful, but that was high school)
  2. The Tivoli Theater in 1994 in Dublin, Ireland (small club, about 1,500 for Beastie Boys “Sabotage”/”Ill Communication” tour)
  3. Maple Leaf Garden in 1995 in Toronto, Canada (tail end of Beasites’ world tour for “Saborage”/”Ill Communication”)
  4. Molson Ampitheater in 1996 in Toronto, Canada (The Cranberries; Dolores danced around stage with her leg in a cast)
  5. Double Door in 1997 in Bucktown/Wicker Park in Chicago (no big names for me, but I recall Pearl Jam was there in summer of 1997 for the Miller Mystery Performer promotion)
  6. House of Blues, downtown loop in Chicago, 1998 (Denis Leary; great stuff from a brilliant, brash Irish-American!)
  7. The United Center in 1997 in Chicago (Bone Thugs ‘N Harmony; Pearl Jam)
  8. The Aragon in 1997 in Chicago (Sinead O’Connor; such a privilege to see her sing live)
  9. The Showbox in 2003 in Seattle (The Presidents of the United States of America)
  10. The Paramount Theater in Seattle (don’t remember specific shows, but a classic theater)
  11. KeyArena at Seattle Center in 2004 (Prince, REM, Beastie Boys)
  12. The Cricket Pavilion in 2005 in Phoenix (Coldplay; first show in Arizona for me)
  13. The Celebrity Theater in 2009 in Phoenix (The Shins)

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