It started as a casual conversation about local rock concerts and ended up as the book 9 Years Of Rock: The Story Of The Concerts At The Erie County Fieldhouse.
From 1974 to 1983, a nondescript multipurpose arena in Erie, PA, dubbed the Erie County Fieldhouse, hosted many of classic rock's royalty before they were superstars -- bands such as AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Boston, Van Halen, BTO, Santana, Doobie Brothers, Styx, Foreigner, Blue Oyster Cult, Nazareth, KISS, Alice Cooper, and Judas Priest. The facility's unique location -- about two hours from Buffalo, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh -- afforded many acts the opportunity to play one additional show while traveling between the larger markets. Since the facility had inexpensive fees and was accessible almost immediately off of Interstate 90, it was a no-brainer for managers to agree to these shows, especially considering the money they could make from one of these concerts could often pay many of the expenses for a tour.
Author Dan Schell chronicles the interesting backstory of how the building came to be built as well as a year-by-year description of each of the rock concerts that occurred. Interspersed among the entertaining personal anecdotes of the promoters, employees, and concertgoers Schell interviewed are over 200 images of everything from actual performances to concert posters and advertisements.
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