Viva La Dome! Check Out These Old Concert Tickets
Sir Paul was here at the Dome 20 years ago next month.
The close of RodeoHouston's season gives us all a respite from having to look at the adjacent Astrodome while we eat our third turkey leg and wait for our turn on the Ferris wheel. Truth be told, some of us can just stare at the Dome for hours without a problem, myself included.
According to a Fox 26 News report Tuesday afternoon, both the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the Houston Texans are recommending demolition.
While Tumbling the other night, I found a pocket of old Astrodome concert tickets from when the likes of Elvis, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Metallica and Guns N' Roses could pack the Dome on large-scale tours.
Of course, our friend Bruce Kessler at rockinhouston.com has some great shots from those tours and more on his site, and a nifty collection of ticket stubs to boot. Check out the staging for the 1984 Jacksons tour. Yeesh.
I posted some of them on the Rocks Off Facebook wall a few nights back and the response was ecstatic, with fans sharing their own stories of the shows. Not too bad for posting a few snapshots of concert tickets late in the evening.
I immediately went searching for more to gander at, which are presented here. Please tell us your Dome concert stories. I think my last Dome show was Bob Dylan's RodeoHouston gig in 2002.
The Who, post-Keith Moon, with "Stroke"-man Billy Squier.
An envelope and stub from Elvis Presley's 1970 HLSR appearance.
Metallica and Guns N' Roses at the Dome.
The Rolling Stones came to the Dome in 1981 on a tour sponsored by Jovan, the cologne your dad wore in the '80s.
Dig the Astros colors on this 1987 Pink Floyd ticket, the band's first tour sans Roger Waters. The prices on some of these are boggling the minds of some people not familiar with inflation and the whims of the touring industry.
Performers at this 1972 Astrodome Jazz festival included (deep breath) Roberta Flack, Lou Rawls, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Gerry Mulligan, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Ike & Tina Turner and B.B. King.
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