UPDATED: Memorable Houston Concerts of 1992

UPDATED: Memorable Houston Concerts of 1992

UPDATE (2:03 p.m.): Alice In Chains was advertised but dropped out, and was replaced with Australia's Baby Animals.

The year 1992 was an important one for me as far as Houston concerts are concerned: It's the first time I went to a concert within the Houston city limits, the "Outside Broadcast" leg of U2's Zoo TV tour at the Astrodome in October. The only other one had been Depeche Mode at the then-new Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in summer 1990.

Obviously, things were a little different back then. I remember absolutely horrible sound to the point where Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" was nearly inaudible, but but U2's giant video wall and Bono's "The Fly" outfit did make a big impression. (So did his falsetto.) It wasn't nearly as memorable as the time my brother and I went back to the Dome to see U2 on the PopMart tour in 1997, but that's a different story.

We posted a prompt on our Rocks Off Facebook page to see what people remembered, and then combed through the Houston Press archives to see what else we could dig up from what must have been a memorable year. (Just ask They Might Be Giants.) By the way, some of you remembered Peter Gabriel behind 1992's Us, but the "Secret World Live" tour didn't stop here until July 1993.

Following is a small, mostly random sampling of shows we found that did stop here in '92. Enjoy.

Posters by Frank Kozik
Posters by Frank Kozik

B-52's/Violent Femmes, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, October 16

Beastie Boys/Rollins Band/Cypress Hill, Sam Houston Coliseum, November 20

The Black Crowes, AstroArena, October 12

David Byrne, Tower Theatre, September 24

The Cult, Lenny Kravitz, The Summit, January 25

The Cure, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, June 9-10

Bo Diddley, Rockefeller's, February 1

Dinosaur Jr., The Vatican, February 7

Dire Straits, The Summit, February 13

Guns N' Roses/Metallica/Faith No More, Astrodome, September 4

Guns N' Roses/Soundgarden, The Summit, January 9-10

Ice Cube, The Unicorn, February 9

Jesus and Mary Chain/Curve/Spiritualized, The Vatican, November 13

Lollapalooza, Fort Bend County Fairgrounds, September 5

Lyle Lovett, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, October 11

Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch, Tower Theater, March 8

Metallica, The Summit, January 17

Morrissey, The Summit, November 6

Ozzy Osbourne/Alice In Chains/Motorhead, The Summit, September 23

Pantera, The Unicorn, November 24


Pearl Jam/Soundgarden, The Unicorn, April 30

Ramones/Social Distortion, The Unicorn, October 23

Rush/Primus, The Summit, February 18

Sugar/Boo Radleys, The Vatican, November 5

George Strait, The Summit, July 10

They Might Be Giants, The Vatican, July 23

U2/Public Enemy/B.A.D. II, Astrodome, October 14

U2/Pixies, The Summit, April 6

Van Halen/Alice In Chains Baby Animals, The Summit, January 31

Yo La Tengo, April 9, The Axiom


1992 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Entertainers

Alabama, Clint Black, Brooks & Dunn (first year), The Highwaymen, Mark Chesnutt, Color Me Badd, Billy Dean, Diamond Rio, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson (first year), Texas Tornadoes, Patti LaBelle, La Mafia (first year), Huey Lewis & the News, Reba McEntire, Neil McCoy, George Strait, Pam Tillis, Randy Travis, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Hank Williams Jr., Steve Wariner

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