Wednesday, March 16, 2016


JJ actually found the Holy Grail of Jackson videos on Youtube this morning:

This might get played several times today. 


Anonymous said...

Great memories! That was my first concert.

Anonymous said...

What a flash back to when Jackson was a legit concert venue. When a big ticket artist would not only play to a small crowd of 6000 in a red and yellow striped tuna can with horrible sound, but would also record that show professionally and use it to promote themselves.
I reckon all that changed with one toss of a beer bottle to Bon Jovi's head.
But hey, we got a copper roof and Alan Jackson now!

Anonymous said...

Back then concert promoters were ok with making less money on a few shows in a tour--the band was paid the same for the show in jackson or atlanta...

but bands don't want to tour like they did in the 90's--less concerts on a tour are more normal now--so why should we sell a show at the ms coliseum when we could sell out smoothie king center and make more money..

pjm said...

wow, was at this show! right in front of kirk studying every note. one of the best shows i've ever seen at the coliseum. i too was at the bon jovi concert when he got hit by the bottle. we had to sign a damn petition to even get them here and that's how we thanked them for coming. they played maybe 40 minutes and left.

Anonymous said...

What was the opening band for this concert?

Anonymous said...

JX // RX

Jackson rocks!!!

pjm said...

seeing how White Lion opened for every band for a few years there you'd think they opened for Metallica. however, i honestly think there wasn't an opening act for that show.

Anonymous said...

ardenland is doing a great job bring in bands to Jackson. We definitely hit a dry spell for a while before them.

Anonymous said...

9:37, I don't remember there being an opening act for this one, just close to 3 full hours of Metallica

Anonymous said...

I've heard someone say that the end of the great concerts in Jackson was something about Jackson having an extremely high entertainment tax. Does anyone know if there is any truth to that or not?

Kingfish said...

Don't forget someone spit on Steven Tyler when Aerosmith came.

There was a fight or stabbing at one of the concerts.

The Jackson rednecks would get drunk and act a damn fool at the shows.

Country Bob said...

On the other side of the coin, however, let's not forget Vince Gill's last appearance here, the Coliseum, about ten years ago. During that visit, as he was leaving, he proclaimed, "Mississippi Sucks!"

For days the on air personalities at 102.9 tried to claim Gill had apologized and should be forgiven. But, no apology was ever aired that we heard of. Just chatter from the radio station that was affiliated with the concert that night. Vince Gill has not been back since. Good riddance.

That to say this: It's not just the 'fans' who behave poorly and cause hard feelings. Some of the performers are also assholes.

And how many of you, along with me, walked out of Dylan's performance after he followed Merle, at the Coliseum a few years back?

I wouldn't roll down the window to hear Metallica if they were across the street.

Anonymous said...

The Cult opened for Metallica that night.

Fire Woman

pjm said...

@1:58 yessss! I believe they did, I recalled seeing The Cult as an opening act but couldn't remember for who. that's back when we had 2 or even 3 concerts a month, sometimes who opened for who gets cloudy. have to find my box of ticket stubs. First i was thinking Cult opened for the BonJovi show but I think that was Jetboy a truly craptastic band.

Messick said...

Who opened for Motley Crue in January '90? I want to say Warrant...

Anonymous said...

I never understood why TSO quit coming here. They seemed to have 6000+ people at the shows when they did.

Anonymous said...

I saw Jetboy open for Styper in Feb. '89. Stryper's sound rig blew out a few songs in and the show had around an hour delay.

Good show, though.

Look at some old tour date lists from the late 70s through the early 90s. Bands played every decent-sized city and multiple dates in larger cities. Virtually every major rock act would spend a full week of the tour in our area and play Jackson, Memphis, Biloxi, NOLA & Baton Rouge. Bon Jovi played everywhere BUT JXN on their "Slippery When Wet" tour including: Memphis, LR, Birmingham, Mobile, Biloxi, Monroe, NOLA, BR, Lake Charles, Shreveport, Lafayette, and Starkville TWICE.

Now, big acts will do 30 city tours and only hit ATL, Nashville & NOLA in these parts. Birmingham & Memphis don't even get all the shows anymore.

Speaking of Bon Jovi, was the bottle incident during the 1985 or 1989 show? I though the '89 show went off well?

Anonymous said...

Guns n Roses opened for Motley Crue in Jackson one time (believe it or not) but I recall that being in 1988

Anonymous said...

"And how many of you, along with me, walked out of Dylan's performance after he followed Merle, at the Coliseum a few years back?"

That was mind-boggling to see so many people walk out after a short set by the opening act and leave before the headliner even started. It was promoted heavily by the C&W radio stations in town as a Merle Haggard show.

Capt Wm said...

If we are going to bring back memories...........I was a BIG fan of the Animals. They played the Coliseum about 1966 with the Gants as their opening act. When the Animals came on stage, redneck dumbasses in front started pelting them with wadded up paper cups and all kinds of crap. I was appalled. Eric Burdon threw the mike to the floor and they all walked off the stage. They did come back and finished the show after the promoter got the audience to act more civilized. By the way, Sid Herring and the Gants were fabulous!!!

I was also a big James Brown fan. My date and I went to his concert at the Coliseum about 1967 with two other couples (one of the guys was Charlie Meyers - remember all the Crown Vics in the 'hood with "Charlie Meyers Insurance" stickers??). We were the only white faces there. The two other couples got drunk and were the only people standing up in the audience and were dancing the Boogaloo during the song "Cold Sweat". Of course they stood out which evidently offended some blacks on the other side of the Coliseum. I could tell trouble was brewing when I saw a mob of hostile looking young dudes working their way towards us. My date and I got up and left. On the way down a cop told us to get the Hell outta there as there was going to be a riot. It didn't happen thanks to some cooler blacks that got in between the mob and our friends.

Jesse Dixon said... wasn't mind boggling at all. And Dylan was not the headliner. Merle was. Merle put on a fabulous 'opening act'. Dylan followed with a mind-numbing show of mediocre lights and rackety keyboards. Either he was stoned out of his gourd or the electrics were ajar.

I also remember when The Bill Gaither show packed the venue every other year. But now they won't come here at all except to bring an entourage of five to a church.

Could it possibly have anything to do with the killings/shootings in the immediate vicinity. Surely not. Concert goers are numb to that reality.

Anonymous said...

No opener, this was the Black Album tour. The Cult opened for them on the ...And Justice for All tour a few years prior.

Unknown said...

I was 12 at my first Merallica show backstage with my dad! I was in heaven! This show kicked ass! Jason Newsted and Kirk hammet took the time to talk to me after show and lars tossed me his shirt. Too bad Metallica doesn't sound like this anymore! Stood next to Wayne Harrison & my dad the entire show!

Thee Hour Cure Show Was Better said...

@ 7:37,
I was at that show. Bought the tix to see The Cult, didn't care for Metallica. Ian put on a thirty minute slurred word fest (don't know if he was just drunk or what) and when they left the stage, my future former wife and I left the building.

Shakes Forkin' Head said...

Metallica; backstage at age twelve with dad, in Heaven, kickin' ass. You're dad should have had you on the baseball field. Then you wouldn't be looking for an apartment in Fondren and driving a '76 Volvo.

Anonymous said...

Jackson's shithole status is well known in the industry. Build a new 12-18000 seating facility on one of the interstates in Madison or Rankin county and the metro will be back in the game.

Anonymous said...

I remember The Cult opening with "The Phoenix", bringing out Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), and generally kicking ass. Ian said "Tell it to Metallica baby" as they left the stage after their criminally short set.
Those were the good ol' days....

DWF said...
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Anonymous said...

Whites gonna white

Anonymous said...

Challenging 6:50, or anybody else, to reveal how an 'author' can 'remove' a post.

Anonymous said...

The Cult was really hot at that time, but they started the tour before Sonic Temple got big. By the time they got to Jackson, they were every bit as popular as Metallica, and probably more. I went solely to see the Cult, and didn't like Metallica. But Metallica didn't want to be upstaged, so they cut the Cult's set to like 30 minutes, and it sounded like they made them use speakers they found at a garage sale. Hence, the comment from Ian to the crowd to "Tell it to Metallica" as they left the stage with everyone screaming for more. I remember lots of people leaving after the Cult played. I stuck around and, with all the speakers turned on and probably an actual engineer on duty, Metallica sounded AMAZING. Still not a fan after that, though, because I thought it was pretty classless what they did to the Cult.

The Cult was scheduled to come back and play a show at Hal & Mal's around 95, but Ian overdosed a few days before. He did that a lot.

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