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srossi wrote: Interesting stuff. Thanks for posting. Those Deep Purple numbers really jumped out at me too.
After two strong attendance showings in 1972, the 1974 had a big drop off. By that 1974 show Ian Gillan and Roger Glover were gone. Ritchie Blackmore, John Lord, and Ian Paice had been joined by David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes. By the time of the successful 1985 concert, the classic early 1970s lineup was back together.

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Okay, how did this happen?
 
5/15/79, Journey, 2,881

7/30/80, Journey, 14,279

 
I'm thinking the '79 show actually drew 12,881.  There's no way their audience increased that much in a year.  They released Departure in the meantime, and sure, "Any Way You Want It" was kind of a hit, but not to that extent.  Furthermore, REO Speedwagon, a comparable band, drew almost 13,000 in 1979.  Not only that, but on 5/19/79, four days later, The Charlie Daniels Band drew over 12,000?  It doesn't make sense.
 
 



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I am trying to see what information exists in the form of a concert review or stats from trade magazines for more information. It seems odd that Journey would draw so poorly, but there could have been some extenuating circumstances if not a misprint.

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WongLee wrote:
Four soldout nights in a row for Neil Diamond? I didn't think there were that many jews in Minneapolis.


10 shows from '84 to '89 and they all sold out!  Neil Diamond put asses in seats.  Between the tours and the songwriting his net worth is pegged at $175 million. 



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KGB wrote: WongLee wrote:
Four soldout nights in a row for Neil Diamond? I didn't think there were that many jews in Minneapolis.


10 shows from '84 to '89 and they all sold out!  Neil Diamond put asses in seats.  Between the tours and the songwriting his net worth is pegged at $175 million.
Neil's a beast. In the 80's and 90's he was doing Zeppelinesque numbers at the Garden. I believe he once did a 7 night stand. If he wasn't so old now I think he could have done what Joel Billy has been doing and established a monthly residence at the Garden to go on ad infinitum.



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I think Jimi Hendrix performed there in 1970. would be interesting to see what numbers Jimi was pulling in at the arenas at the time.

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This is from 1968.

This is from 1970.



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The 1968 Jimi Hendrix show received an almost comically scathing review in the Minneapolis Tribune from a writer who was clearly on the square side, making derisive comments about Jimi's lack of talent and the hippy crowd at the show. Given that he didn't harp on about lousy attendance and mentioned concert goers in the balcony, I'd bet it drew pretty well. The capacity was in the 10,000 to 11,000 range. The 1970 concert was at the St. Paul Auditorium within the St. Paul Civic Center complex and probably drew in the 8,000 to 9,000 range which was capacity. That show's review had no attendance numbers, but did give Jimi a lot of compliments for a good show from a different and clearly more plugged in reviewer than the one that wrote about the 1968 concert.

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That small Journey crowd from 1979 looks legit. Billboard Magazine would run a weekly round up of the top grossing concert from a particular week. Nothing for the Journey show is listed. For the 2,881 to have been 12,881, it would have made the rankings.

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Rush had a date there in 1986 I did not see listed, on their Power Windows tour.

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WongLee wrote:
When Rush headlined in January of 1978 they were only capable of playing loaded shows at the 3,500 seat Palladium in New York.
Rush always drew well in the Twin Cities from about that point onward, right up until the end. Venue on each tour depended on what was available to fit into their schedule I would guess.

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The Rush concert from 3/25/86 was at the St. Paul Civic Center. British rockers Merillon opened. The concert drew 8,917 in a set up for 15,406, grossing $133,755.

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tamalie wrote: The Rush concert from 3/25/86 was at the St. Paul Civic Center. British rockers Merillon opened. The concert drew 8,917 in a set up for 15,406, grossing $133,755.Ah ok! Thanks. A buddy of mine who said he went to the show told me it was at the Met Center. He went to a lot of shows so easy mistake to make i suppose.

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tamalie wrote: I am trying to see what information exists in the form of a concert review or stats from trade magazines for more information. It seems odd that Journey would draw so poorly, but there could have been some extenuating circumstances if not a misprint.
According to Journey websites they didn't play on the 15th at the Met Center.  They played on the 14th, and it was at the St. Paul Theater.  So perhaps the attendance is correct, but the date and venue aren't?



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I went to the archives of the Minneapolis Tribune and Minneapolis Star for the week or two ahead of the 5/15/79 Journey concert and found an explanation for the surprisingly low attendance mark.

The show was definitely at Met Center with Blackfoot opening. However, the newspaper ads for the concert refer to it as "Met Center - Concert Bowl Section (approx. size of Northrop)." In this case Northrup means Northrup Auditorium which is a large theater venue at the heart of the University of Minnesota. At the time, the capacity of that venue was about 4,800. Subsequent renovations and reductions in size to meet safety and fire codes have cut the capacity to about 2,700.

A lot of big acts have played the venue; Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead, Bob Marley, Elton John, Prince, and Bruce Springsteen among others. During a 1990 B-52s's show fans in the balcony were jumping and dancing so much that plaster started falling from the ceiling below it onto fans on the main level, leading the band to good naturedly ask the people upstairs to cool it so the show could continue because they were literally bringing the house down.

It's now very common for large arenas to have different set ups with cut down capacities in order to book acts not capable of filling a 16,000 plus capacity venue and that need a different supply and demand set up. However, I never knew Met Center had such a thing as far back as the late 1970s and think that may have gone by the wayside later, possibly because even if the capacity was reduced, fans still knew how big the arena was for the NHL and major concerts which meant the reset supply/demand factor couldn't take hold. The 2,881 attendance didn't fill the house, but looks better due to the smaller set up. The 4,775 for Nazareth was effectively a sellout given the set up.

As an aside, the 6/20/79 show headlined by The Village People with Gloria Gaynor as the opening touted that all seats were reserved, but that the main floor would be open as a large disco dance floor that apparently all could access. That seems like a potential invitation for trouble, but at any rate, it makes me wonder if the 6,459 attendance for that concert was not using a full set up since if people were allowed on the floor, that's where everyone was going to go. Even in the wild 1970s concert era, you couldn't open the floor to everyone and set up for 16,000 in a safe manner.

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