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These are all of my concert ticket stubs from 1980-2015 that I managed to hang on to – I decided to inventory them by year(s). Enjoy the trip back in time to 1980-1981 below…
1980 – Van Halen was my first concert ;o)
Van Halen with Talas (Billy Sheehan’s band – I did not learn this until 2020 when I posed the question on Facebook and asked if anyone knew who “Talice” was) on 8-12-1980 at the Bayfront Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. Cost $8.50. I was 16 years old and I was enamored with concerts from that day on.
1981 – A great concert year…REO Speedwagon, Billy Squier, Foghat, Rossington-Collins, Alice Cooper, Van Halen, Blue Oyster Cult, the Kinks, Journey, Loverboy, the Rolling Stones, Jefferson Starship, and the Moody Blues.
REO Speedwagon with the Rockets 2-6-1981 at the Lakeland Civic Center Arena in Lakeland, Florida. Cost $8.50. One of my three favorite high school bands (REO, Journey, Rush).
Tampa Rock Fest on 5-17-1981 at the Golden Gate Speedway in Tampa, Florida . Cost $7.00. I remember the event but not the bands.
Rock Super Bowl XI on 7-4-1981 at the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Florida. Cost $15.00. REO Speedwagon, Billy Squire, Foghat, Rossington Collins.
Alice Cooper with Spyder on 7-25-1981 at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida.
Van Halen with G-Force on 8-19-1981 at the Lakeland Civic Center Arena in Lakeland, Florida. Cost $9.50. Sorry to say that what I remember most about this show is starting to be disappointed in DLR’s live vocal abilities – I wanted to hear the songs I know and loved. It was still awesome though.
Foghat and Blue Oyster Cult on 10-10-1981 with Whitford-St. Holmes at the Lakeland Civic Center Arena in Lakeland, Florida. Cost $10.00.
The Kinks with Danny Jo Brown on 10-11-1981 at the Lakeland Civic Center Arena in Lakeland, Florida. Cost $8. I think we got there late and that’s why the stub isn’t torn.
Journey with Loverboy on 10-22-1981 at the Lakeland Civic Center Arena in Lakeland, Florida. Cost $9.95. I clearly remember this was my first full-blown super concert high amazingness – that somethin’-somethin’ extraordinaire you get at certain shows – and that I left with no voice ;o) How I still love the Infinity, Evolution, and Departure albums.
The Rolling Stones with Van Halen on 10-24 and 10-25-1981 at the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Florida. Cost $15.60. We went to both shows, sleeping as needed in the car in the party in the parking lot. I was 17. Good times, good times. I actually took my 110-camera to this show…
Rolling Stones Orlando 1981 – photo taken with my 110 camera with a disposable pop-on 4-way flash.
This photo clip of the Rolling Stones show at the Tangerine Bowl from the local St. Petersburg Times was in my scrapbook. I went to this same stadium 33 years later to see . Guns N’ Roses – check out the different view from my review post
Jefferson Starship with Red Rider on 11-20-1981 at the Lakeland Civic Center Arena in Lakeland, Florida. Cost $10.
The Moody Blues on 12-6-1981 at the Lakeland Civic Center Arena in Lakeland, Florida. Cost $10.
Beatlemania on an unknown date in 1981 at the Bayfront Theater in St. Petersburg, Florida. My bff was a huge Beatles fan. Cost $12.
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