The Central Library will temporarily close to the public beginning Sunday, Jan. 22 for approximately two weeks. Holds will be available at the Curbside and Holds Pick Up Window. More information.

You are here

Comments

Hey thanks Brian: Thanks for sharing the story and your memories with us! Mine go back too, I worked for an engineering firm in 1999 a couple of blocks west of the old site. It was sad to walk to lunch, or the old K-mart and see the old sign with the 'ol Rainbow on top giving way to a Walgreens of all things, how many more do we really need!! Anyway, GREAT memories, my first show was Jeff Lorber Fusion opening up for Stanley Clark, " F#@&ing AWESOME MAN!!! First time third row center, knees almost up against the second row in front of us, the people in the first row were leaning on the stage! We were so close I remember my friend/roommate at the time saying "Check out those Crowns" referring to the stack of power amps on the stage! That's how close we were!! Anyway boys and girls, saw some great ones, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock on two grand pianos(forth row), and for those who were there how can you forget the late great 'Dizzy Galespie"(sorry maybe misspelled) heckling them from the left back, and coming up to the stage to applause from the crowd, WOW!! Also saw Blackfoot, and The Clark-Duke Project, Bad-ass show just like the album!!! Have all of my tickets taped on the albums these groups toured with at that time! Thanks for sharing guys, and bringing back some really great memories!!! Will never forget!!!!!

It really was a special place, Jon - and what a thrill it was to be pressed up against the stage hearing those great artists at work.

I waited in line for 6 days to get tickets for The Who in 82. I was the 12th person in line.
I was interviewed by Channel Nine, Channel Four, why I would do such a thing to get tickets for myself and twelve other of my friends. What a stupid question? I have been to so many concerts there is really is hard to remember them all. The Guess Who to the Bees, which only had 35 people there because is was freezing cold. Someone with money should build another Rainbow Music Hall, just like the old!

I waited in line for 6 days to get tickets for The Who in 82. I was the 12th person in line.
I was interviewed by Channel Nine, Channel Four, why I would do such a thing to get tickets for myself and twelve other of my friends. What a stupid question? I have been to so many concerts there is really is hard to remember them all. The Guess Who to the Bees, which only had 35 people there because is was freezing cold. Someone with money should build another Rainbow Music Hall, just like the old!

Kevin - That's one of the better ideas we've run across. A recreated Rainbow would be a big hit...just so long as they kept those same, reasonable service charges. 

Thanks for sharing this fun bit of history. It started our family history. Barry Manilow was getting ready to play Las Vegas. He decided to rehearse once more before hitting The Strip. It was announced on a Saturday night on the radio that he would be playing the next night at 8:00. Tickets would go on sale at 3:00. I had a friend who LOVED Barry Manilow. She had a workaholic husband and was stuck home all the time. I told her I was taking her. My future husband was dating a girl who thought this would be a great first concert for her 12yr old niece. We both were in line from about 10 - 4:00. 36 yrs of good times. We saw Barry Manilow a couple of weeks ago for old times. This time we were able to sit together.

What a great story, Rita! All that time sitting in front of the Rainbow was extremely productive!

 

I saw few good shows there such as the Ramones, Jeff beck and BB King. I had Barry Fey sign a copy of his book a year or so before he passed and mentioned to him how I used to sneak backstage at Mc Nichols Arena during his rock concerts and he said I was lucky to be alive? I guess his goons didn't get me. He was a great guy!

Hi Shawn - You are lucky to be alive! You are also lucky to have attended that Ramones show. I wanted desperately to go but my parents weren't keen on going and no one let 8th graders attend Ramones shows without a chaperone.

Great article Brian. I remember sitting outside all day waiting for shows like the Cure. I met a lot of friends in that parking lot and have great memories of the shows at The Rainbow. I even went to a concert the night of my high school graduation. I believ it was The Church. So long ago...

Pages