Top 10 Rock Concerts Of All Time At Wings Stadium
To many of us it always be called Wings Stadium. It was home to so many concerts and events that rocked our lives. So trying to narrow down the top 10 concerts at Wings Stadium of all time was a chore and not at all easy to do. But eventually you have to just bite the bullet and choose the ten you feel really rocked our lives.
Now we narrowed this round of concerts to strictly single show or single artist shows - if we went down the festival/combo packaged shows, well that will have to be an article coming later down the road. So with that said...
Here are out Top 10 Concerts of All Time at Wings Stadium:
10) Alice Cooper - Welcome To My Nightmare Tour: March 21st 1975
Who could forget this tour - to me Alice at his best!
9) Motley Crue - Carnival Of Sins: Feb 25th 2006
Crue is older and wiser here but more importantly sober. So maybe it was that combination and of course Tommy Lees carnival-like drum set rides for listeners that made this show stand out.
8) Ted Nugent - Whiplash Bash: Pick a year
Uncle Ted helped us bring to an end a lot of good years in true wang dang concert style
7) Queen - Jazz Tour: Nov 11th 1978
This was the second leg of the News of The World Tour and exposed Kalamazoo to a more eclectic side that the band was heading in but keeping true to News Of The World hits. Truly an amazing Show.
6) AC/DC - Back In Black Tour: Sept 26th 1980
This tour was an eye-opener because lets face it, after the death of Bon Scott, many of us thought AC/DC were done. After this show, that thought was put to rest...forever.
5) Beastie Boys - Licensed To ILL: March 18th 1987
The Beasties combination of mad guitars mixed with mad mic skills made this cartoonish like presentation an evening of pure damn fun.
4) Ozzy Osbourne - Diary Of A Madman Tour: Feb 9th 1982
Ozzy surprised everyone by going the polar opposite of Black Sabbath's dark and brooding sound to a powerful guitar driven mad frenzy of loudness led by the debut of a soon to be guitar legend Randy Rhodes, who would die in a plane crash just 6 weeks after this show.
3) Metallica - Where ever we may roam: Jan 22nd 1993
This tour was the sixth by the band and would go an incredible 3 years. By the time they here in Kalamazoo, the band was tight and right. Best damn show I had seen and heard in a long time.
2) Nirvana - In Utero: Oct 27th 1993
To me Kurt Cobain seemed a little robotic with his stage presence at times but the band sounded so damn good that a little less showmanship for musicianship could be easily forgiven. Sadly, in less than 6 months from our awesome show, Kurt would be dead from suicide.
1) Tool - A/enima Tour: July 15th 1998
Its not often you get to see a Grammy winning band for Best Metal Performance in 1998 tear up a stage....we did. Still one of my favorite concerts of all time.