It's not the best venue, but Coliseum...

It's not the best venue, but Coliseum full of fond memories

There are 7 comments on the El Paso Times story from Aug 4, 2008, titled It's not the best venue, but Coliseum full of fond memories. In it, El Paso Times reports that:

Like a lot of kids around here, I grew up in the Coliseum. It was the only place to see a relatively big-name artist in the '70s. It's where I saw my first rodeo, my first circus and my first Ice Capades ...

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el Simon

San Antonio, TX

#1 Aug 5, 2008
I wonder if that pack of wild cats still live under the coliseum during concerts I would see them hanging out
Jane loves Simon

United States

#2 Aug 5, 2008
I can't wait to see Simon at Judas Priest at the coliseum, flinging his jacket while doing air guitar!
Rock It

Brownsville, TX

#3 Aug 5, 2008
Def Leppard in early 80s (right before they "insulted" EP). Dee Snyder raising the lights and calling it a "shithole." Eddie of Maiden menacing audience. Marilyn Manson before he became too weird. Ah, memories....
Marlo Roe

United States

#4 Aug 6, 2008
Great article and a long awaited one. My first concert at the Coliseum was actually Grand Funk Railroad. An unforgettable event that my older brother took me to. I think you might have forgotten some great artists who also performed at the Coliseum: Kiss, BB King, Edgar Winter and Heart that I can remember. I also agree that the acoustics are terrible not to mention the nose bleed section seats which are so outdated. Nevertheless, fond memories of my 70's concert days and forever in my mind. Thank you for the trip to memory lane.
FERNIE

Los Angeles, CA

#5 Aug 6, 2008
I REMEMBER SITTING WAY UP BY THE AIR CONDITIONERS/HEATERS WHERE THE PIDGEONS WERE SLEEPING. THE HERBS WE WERE SMOKING WOULD GIVE THEM A BUZZ BACK IN 1973.
A Hillbilly

Van Buren, AR

#6 Aug 7, 2008
I figured they would have torn that place down by now. I lived in El Paso in the '80s and went to several circus performances at the Coliseum. The only concert I attended there was Conway Twitty.
YUTEP Alum

Tijuana, Mexico

#7 Aug 7, 2008
Ah, yes, "The Barn", as we called it. My concert years in EP, 76 thru 85. At 13 years of age, the 1st one being KISS Destroyer Tour, where Bob Seger aTSBB as announced warm up were a no show. Other memorable shows: Aerosmith, Rocks Tour (before they sucked), Rush, Farewell to Kings Tour, with UFO as opener and original line-up, Blizzard of Ozz w/ R. Rhoads just months prior to his passing, Judas Priest w/ Def Leppard (before the "Greasy-gate"), Thin Lizzy, Jethro Tull, where several raging bon fires were lit INSIDE while the show was goin' on (those crazy El Pasoans) and many more.
Sneaking in flasks + other stuff was 'de rigueur' and the only place to be was upfront. Mosh pit? Certainly not, there was NO room for that, just head banging, raised horns and that thick cloud overhead. Unlike Bill, we DID inhale.
Sure did see Simon get threatened with violence more than a few times cuz besides the stinky flyin' jacket, he used to hurl spit to the performers..crazy guy, but oh so wrong. Glad to have caught this article, it brought back an era long gone. Thanks for writting it.\m/

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