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.
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
Alice In Chains Baby Animals, The Summit, January 31
Yo La Tengo, April 9, The Axiom
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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