Did You Know That These Artists Performed in the Cedar Valley?
How many times have you uttered the phrase; “I didn’t know they played here?” For example: Did you know that in 1974 The Eagles performed on the UNI Baseball Field for the price of $4.50? The Winter Dance Party came to Waterloo just a week after the plane crash in Clear Lake? Ray Charles performed at the Hippodrome in the 1960s? The Beach Boys performed a 'Teen Dance' for $1.75 in the summer of 1963?
I sifted through the internet to come up with a “not even close to being complete” list of bands and artists that you may have had no idea that they once (or nearly a dozen times for Willie Nelson) put on a concert in the Cedar Valley.
I was able to even find a few ticket stubs from these past concerts, as well as set lists, video, audio, concert posters and more.
Note: All of the below concerts occurred prior to the year 2002
3/24/2001: Destiny’s Child at McElroy Auditorium.
9/15/1995: BOC at Riverfront Stadium
7/3/1995: Kansas at Riverfront
9/17/1993: Billy Ray Cyrus at McElroy at National Cattle Congress Fair.
9/18/1992: Garth Brooks at McElroy Auditorium
9/24/1988: Joan Jett at McElroy Auditorium
12/01/1979: Fleetwood Mac at UNI-Dome
3/21/1979: Thin Lizzy & Nazareth - Ticket and Poster HERE
Alice Cooper 2/25/1979
2/5/1978 – Grateful Dead at UNI-Dome
*It was a frigid -18* that night and this concert was featured on "Dick's Picks Volume 18" -- a three disc live album.
10/2/1977 Charlie Pride at National Cattle Congress
September, 1977: An Aerosmith concert was canceled because the UNI-Dome could not hold the weight of the group's lights.
5/13/1977: Rush & Ted Nugent / The Michael Stanley Band
2/10/1977: KISS (7800 in attendance at McElroy Auditorium - Tickets were $7
*Head East did NOT perform as scheduled.
9/10/1976: ZZ Top at McElroy Auditorium
8/20/1976: Rush & Blue Oyster Cult at McElroy Auditorium
6/19/1976: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at UNI-Dome
4/30/1976: Rush & Aerosmith at McElroy Auditorium
11/10/1975: Rush & Ted Nugent at McElroy Auditorium
5/11/1975: Charlie Daniels Band / Foghat / Styx / Leslie West Band at O.R. Latham Stadium at UNI.
*$4.50 for students, $5 public, tickets at the gate were $6.50
11/8/1974: Johnny Cash at McElroy Auditorium
5/26/1972: Johnny Cash at McElroy Auditorium
11/28/1969: Jerry Lee Lewis, Conway Twitty, and Sonny James at McElroy Auditorium
7/10/1968: Beach Boys
4/21/1967: Johnny Cash at McElroy Auditorium
4/22/1964: Ray Charles @ Waterloo Auditorium (Hippodrome)
8/6/1963: Beach Boys at Electric Park Ballroom
*Teen Dance, Tickets were $1.75
3/21/1962: Johnny Cash at Electric Park Ballroom
1/9/1960: Johnny Cash Hippodrome
2/9/1959: The Crickets at Hippodrome (Winter Dance Party – Dion and the Belmonts, Fabian, Frankie Avalon, Jimmy Clanton)
**a week after the plane crash in Clear lake
7/8/1958: Buddy Holly and The Crickets at Electric Park Ballroom
3/20/1958: Johnny Cash at Hippodrome
4/22/1958: The Crickets, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, at Hippodrome (Alan Freed’s Big Beat Show)
3/23/1955: Roy Acuff at Hippodrome
Some of Willie Nelson's appearances in Waterloo:
9/20/1989: Willie Nelson at McElroy
9/26/1987: Willie Nelson
9/19/1986: Willie Nelson
9/21/1985: Willie Nelson
9/25/1982: Willie Nelson
1/26/1978: Willie Nelson
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