Sampling of Rock Bands That Have Played The Convention Center

led zeppelin accOn the lighter side of things, I found this post on a website devoted to the Go-Go’s, listing rock bands (and other entertainers) that played at the Anaheim Convention Center between 1967 and 1979:

1967
The Doors, Jefferson Airplane – JULY 15
The Righteous Brothers – DECEMBER 9

1968
The Bee Gees, Vanilla Fudge & Spanky and Our Gang – JANUARY 27
Tonly Bennett, Duke Ellington – APRIL 19
Cream – MAY 17
Steppenwolf, Three Dog Night – DECEMBER 13

1969
Steve Miller Band, Three Dog Night, Buffalo Springfield – JANUARY 17
The Rascals, Bonnie & Delaney – FEBRUARY 7
Diana Ross & the Supremes – FEBRUARY 22
Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, June Carter – MARCH 1
The Cream – MARCH 22
Creedence Clearwater Revival, Grass Roots, Jeff Beck – APRIL 19
Fats Domino – JUNE 14
Joan Baez – JUNE 28
Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull – AUGUST 9
Donovan – NOVEMBER 7
Blood, Sweat and Tears – NOVEMBER 22
Joe Cocker, Grand Funk Railroad – DECEMBER 12
Ray Charles – DECEMBER 28

1970
Three Dog Night, Hoyt Axton, The Byrds – JANUARY 18
Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna – FEBRUARY 7
Lee Michaels, Ike and Tina Turner – APRIL 24
Guess Who – MAY 9
Bill Cosby – AUGUST 29
Neil Diamond, Linda Rondstadt – SEPTEMBER 26
Blood Sweat & Tears, John Denver – OCTOBER 8
Bill Cosby – OCTOBER 10
Grand Funk Railroad – OCTOBER 31
Charley Pride, Sonny James – NOVEMBER 8
Burt Bacharach – NOVEMBER 20
Delaney & Bonnie – NOVEMBER 28
Leon Russell, Elton John – DECEMBER 4

1971
Englebert Humperdinck – JANUARY 17
Merle Haggard – MARCH 20
James Taylor – MARCH 21
Three Dog Night – APRIL 10
Judy Collins – APRIL 23
Elton John – MAY 14
Sammy Davis Jr., Friends of Distinction – MAY 30
Three Dog Night – MAY 22
Deep Purple – JUNE 6
Jethro Tull – JUNE 19
Traffic – OCTOBER 30
Donovan – DECEMBER 11
Blood Sweat & Tears, Charlie Starr – DECEMBER 31

1972
Carpenters – JANUARY 22
Rare Earth, Badfinger, War – FEBRUARY 26
Deep Purple – APRIL 15
Guess Who – MAY 26
Deep Purple, Malo – JUNE 6
Leon Russell – AUGUST 26
Rare Earth – JULY 21
Jerry Lee Lewis – OCTOBER 7
Elton John – OCTOBER 22

1973
Johnny Cash – FEBRUARY 9
The Carpenters – FEBRUARY 11
Neil Young – MARCH 27
Englebert Humperdinck – APRIL 6
Bread, Steely Dan – APRIL 21
Three Dog Night – MAY 22
Rare Earth – JULY 22
The Guess Who – AUGUST 11
Dr. Hook – SEPTEMBER 14
Rod Stewart – OCTOBER 16 & 17
Crosby & Nash – DECEMBER 8
Beach Boys – NOVEMBER 16

1974
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – FEBRUARY 1, 2
Joni Mitchell – MARCH 5
Neil Young – MARCH 26
Bert Bacharach – MAY 17
George Jones, Tammy Wynette – JUNE 9
America – AUGUST 17
Johnny Cash, June Carter, Carl Perkins – SEPTEMBER 21
David Bowie – SEPTEMBER 16
Charley Pride – NOVEMBER 10
Mac Davis, Anne Murray – NOVEMBER 15
Van Morrison – NOVEMBER 16
Guess Who, Areosmith – DECEMBER 13

1975
The Osmond Brothers – JANUARY 11
Chicago, Beach Boys – MAY 24
Robert Goulet and Carol Lawrence – JUNE 14
Seals & Crofts – JUNE 21
Three Dog Night, Neil Sedaka – OCTOBER 5
Tammy Wynette – OCTOBER 9
Rick Wakeman – NOVEMBER 11
David Crosby and Graham Nash – NOVEMBER 26
Tony Orlando, Captain & Tennille, Cher, Mac Davis Freddie Fender, Donny and Marie Osmond, Freddie Prinze, Henlen Reddy – DECEMBER 20

1976
Merle Haggard – JANUARY 31
Righteous Brothers – FEBRUARY 6
Electric Light Orchestra – FEBRUARY 16, 17
Olivia Newton John – MARCH 23
Peter Frampton – APRIL 21
Chicago – MAY 24
Helen Reddy – JUNE 19
Helen Reddy, David Steinberg – SEPTEMBER 3
Vikki Carr – OCTOBER 2
Elvis Presley – NOVEMBER 30
Jackson Browne – NOVEMBER 24
Gordon Lightfoot – NOVEMBER 27
Barry Manilow – DECEMBER 5

1977
Mac Davis, Dolly Parton – FEBRUARY 27
Bread – MARCH 30
Jethro Tull – APRIL 6, 7
Englebert Humperdinck – APRIL 21
Tammy Wynette, Ronnie Milsap, Statler Brothers – APRIL 22
Bay City Rollers – JUNE 3

1978
Red Skelton – JANUARY 26
Johnny Cash, June Carter, Carter Family – MARCH 11
America, Michael Murphey – APRIL 8
Statler Brothers, Barbara Mandrel – MAY 26
Rosemary Cloony, Rose Marie, Helen O’Connell, Margaret Whiting – JUNE 16
Boston summer – SEPTEMBER 24
Waylon Jennings – NOVEMBER 24
Kenny Loggins/Firefall – DECEMBER 16

1979
Santana, Sad Cafe – FEBRUARY 7
Willie Nelson and Family, Jerry Jeff Walker – FEBRUARY 12
Tower of Power – FEBRUARY 24
Jimmy Buffet – MARCH 10
Styx – MARCH 30
Kenny Rogers, Oak Ridge Boys – APRIL 6
ABBA – SEPTEMBER 21
Little River Band – NOVEMBER 5

3 comments

  1. Thank you for listing the past concerts performed at the Anaheim Convention Center. I was there when Aerosmith, virtually unknown at the time but on the brink of fame, opened for The Guess Who. I was looking for the date of the concert and I found it on your website. Thanks!

  2. This is great! I also went looking for concert dates based on my fuzzy memories. My dad took me to my very first concert at the Anaheim Convention Center when I was a young girl and I remember it was so loud and crazy, with people jumping and screaming. I was so scared. I remember hunching over in my chair with my hands over my ears! LOL. My dad is gone now, so I can’t ask him who it was, but since I was still a kid in 1969, I’m going to say it was Led Zeppelin and Jethro Tulll! My claim to fame. I returned many times throughout the next 10 years. My favorite concert being Jethro Tull in 1977. I was so close that I touched Ian Anderson’s boot! Thank you for posting!

  3. I was at Johnny Cash / June Carter / Carter Family
    I was 8 years old! Pretty sure that was my 1st concert.
    I also saw Charley Pride there .. right around that same time.

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