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 1983 below…
1983 – The Psychedelic Furs, Adam Ant, Scandal, Billy Squire, REO Speedwagon, Neil Young, Stray Cats, Rush, Journey, Aerosmith, Sammy Hagar, Bryan Adams, B-52s, Rick Springfield, Styx, Loverboy, Zebra, Iron Maiden, Quiet Riot, The Police, Cheap Trick, Kiss, and Pat Traverse
The Psychedelic Furs with Our Daughter’s Wedding on 1-14-1983 at the Bayfront Center Theatre in St. Petersburg, Florida. Cost $4.95. One of my new-wave bff’s favorite bands – still is to this day.
Adam Ant with Scandal on 1-27-1983 at the Tampa Jai Alai Fronton in Tampa, Florida. Cost $9.75. I’ll simply admit I had a crush on Adam Ant. It appears to be one of the few concerts I actually brought a camera to back in the ’80s…
Upfront Adam Ant photos taken with my 110 camera.
Billy Squier with Saga on 1-30-1983 at the Bayfront Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. Cost $10.25.
REO Speedwagon with Red Rider on 2-2-1983 at the Lakeland Civic Center Arena in Lakeland, Florida. Cost $11.50.
Neil Young on 2-4-1983 at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida. Cost $12.50. No idea why it says void. (Thanks to Sam for the date correction!)
Stray Cats with the BusBoys on 2-28-1983 at Curtis Hixon Hall in Tampa, Florida. Cost $9.50. Honorable mention – the guitar player for the BusBoys, Vic Johnson, is Sammy Hagar’s long-time post-VH guitarist. I love seeing the Waboritas (something for a future post).
Rush with John Butcher Axis on 3-21-1983 at the Lakeland Civic Center Arena in Lakeland, Florida. Cost $11.50.
Rock Superbowl XVII on 4-23-1983 at the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Florida. Cost $15.75. Journey, Aerosmith, Sammy Hagar, and Bryan Adams.
The B-52s with Doc on 7-10-1983 at the Tampa Jai Alai Fronton in Tampa, Florida. Coast $10.25.
Rick Springfield with Quarterflash on 8-7-1983 at Bayfront Center Arena in St. Petersburg, Florida. Cost $12.50. I remember that we decided to go downtown at the last minute to see if anyone was selling any tickets for cheap. Cost $12.50 but I don’t remember what we paid.
Styx on 9-1-1983 at the Bayfront Center Arena in St. Petersburg, Florida. This was the Mr. Roboto tour so it was a cool experience, but I decided that I wasn’t really into musicals. Cost $15.00.
Loverboy with Zebra on 10-9-1983 at the Bayfront Center Arena in St. Petersburg, Florida. Cost $12.50.
Iron Maiden with Quiet Riot on 10-16-1983 at the Lakeland Civic Center Arena in Lakeland, Florida. This was a memorable concert because I met some lifelong bffs – our pals that night recognized each other from middle school and we all started hanging out together in the rock bars, although I was still two months away from being legal drinking age (which was 19 at the time) and I couldn’t yet get into many of the rock clubs yet.
The Police with The Fixx and the Animals on 10-29-1983 at the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Florida. Cost $15.75.
Cheap Trick with Lefty on 12-4-1983 at the Tampa Jai Alai Fronton in Tampa, Florida. Lefty was a very popular local band we used to go see in the clubs a lot – it featured Johnny Lee Middleton, later of Savatage and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Cost $9.95.
Kiss with Pat Traverse and Axe on 12-29-1983 at the Lakeland Civic Center Arena in Lakeland, Florida. Cost $11.50.
I graduated from high school in 1983 and was 18 for most of the year – as mentioned, I did not turn 19, the legal drinking age, until December and I couldn’t get into many of the rock bars. So for most of 1982-1983 I hung out in the local new wave bars because my friend’s older sister always got us in. There were some fun new wave bands in the Tampa Bay area during that time – The Fanatics, A New Personality, and Marcel Nouveau, among others. Many, many great memories over the years from Club Detroit (nka Ringside Cafe) next to Jannus Landing (nka Jannus Live) in downtown St. Petersburg.