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From the Photo Archive | Metallica in Duluth, 1989

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Metallica played its first Duluth show twenty years ago at the DECC. It was the …And Justice For All tour, and I must say it totally rocked.

I don’t know the exact date, because they weren’t careful about tearing tickets in those days, but I know it was in the early part of 1989. I was 16 years old.

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Also 16 at the time, pictured above rocking hard, is one of PDD’s founders. God bless him.

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This was back when the DECC still did shows with “festival seating,” which meant there would be no actual sitting on the main floor, but rather a free-for-all mosh pit.

Metallica returned to Duluth on Nov. 9, 1991. I went to that show, but it was totally boring. Metallica’s music wasn’t interesting anymore, and the DECC was heavily enforcing a sit-in-your-assigned-seat-and-don’t-touch-anyone policy.

I think there might have been another Metallica show after that, but there wasn’t much reason to care at that point. Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Jane’s Addiction, et. al. were much more interesting by then.

43 Comments

Barrett

about 11 years ago

This was mid-summer, because I remember going to the Mighty Thomas Carnival afterward. We walked around with the carnies barking at us, but I couldn't hear anything but ringing.

The Cult totally sucked, by the way.

zra

about 11 years ago

The Cult never did put on a good show. Meh.

AJFA was the last real Metallica album IMHO.

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

Yes, Barrett is correct. The show must have been around June. The Mighty Thomas Carnival was indeed happening.

And yes, I believe that is a young Rod Blagojevich, Zra!

zra

about 11 years ago

Wait ... is that Rod Blagojevich in the foreground of the first picture? (Bottom right, underneath the ticket stub.)

Jim Myers

about 11 years ago

I caught Billy Duffy's guitar pick at this show!  Hard to believe this was 20 years ago.

Bret Thiele

about 11 years ago

And apparantly future Illionois Governor Rod Blagojevich was there.

purple

about 11 years ago

I was there. I went to see The Cult. I did not think they sucked, at the time.

Swan

about 11 years ago

I remember showing up late after slamming Newcastles at Sir Benedict's with some girl whose name alludes me at the moment. We walked up to the DECC ticket booth and realized there was nobody at the main entrance so we proceeded to walk straight in for free! The Cult was in its transition to hard rock phase and were not that good. I saw them a couple years earlier at First Avenue and the show was much better. Metallica rocked and the crowd was straight out of the documentary  Heavy Metal Parking Lot


$15.50.  I wonder what arena shows are now?

mrashley

about 11 years ago

One of the best shows I have ever seen.  I think the show was on the same night as graduation for some of the high schools.  I remember a few kids skipping the ceremony and going to the show instead.

mevdev

about 11 years ago

This is awesome, now PDD has become a place of remembrance for the *wonderful* 1980s.


Everyone get your boxes of pictures, check out everyone's mullet and start remembering. "Oooh, you all were so much more geeky. I had no idea you refined yourselves somewhat."

Danny. Yes...THAT Danny.

about 11 years ago

I was a little young for this show, but I did see Metallica at the DECC the next time they were in town a few years later.  I totally nerded out at that show and bought one of the special "taper" tickets.  There was a special section on the floor at the far end of the arena where a few of us were allowed to record the whole show.

Michael Sweet

about 11 years ago

Howdy Duluthians. According to a site w/all the old Metallica tour dates, your concert was June 8th. I saw them on the same tour w/Queensryche opening in Ft. Myers, Fl. on 2/14/89. B.T.W., I've never lived in Duluth, but visited my grandmother there from about '76-'87. She lived in Cody, two blocks past Switzer's grocery if that rings a bell. I sure love your fair city and miss it (and my late Grandma) terribly. Oh, I also have other kin that live there, last name "Buscko". All in the western part. Stay warm! Mike.

zra.

about 11 years ago

Queensryche...oh god.

Yeah, try being in Seattle around that time and NOT running into some Malmsteen/Satriani/Sanborn rock geek who wasn't sporting an Operation Mindcrime t-shirt.

Chris

about 11 years ago

Mr Ashley was right on.  I personally ran into two seniors from Denfeld that night that skipped their graduation ceremony.  I was a junior and very happy I didn't have to make the choice.  Metallica completely blew me away.  My previous concert experience was Poison/Britney Fox and Loverboy/the Hooters, so this was a slight upgrade. Lady Justice blowing apart at the end was very cool.  Hard to believe the DECC would actually have bands like Metallica(twice), looking at their feeble booking attempts these days.

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

I'm pretty sure the Hooters came to Duluth with Bryan Adams. But they may have came another time with Loverboy, and/or I could be remembering wrong.

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

Oh, and here's a link to the post about the Kiss concert in 1990.

http://archive.perfectduluthday.com/2007/06/from_the_photo_archive_may_27.html

Barrett

about 11 years ago

Was Faster Pussycat part of that Poison/Britny Fox show? I remember a triple-header involving Faster Pussycat.

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

I think the Kiss openers were Faster Pussycat and Slaughter.

Barrett

about 11 years ago

Ah. That sounds right.

mrashley

about 11 years ago

I think Faster Pussycat came with Motley Crue on the Feelgood tour.

Cory

about 11 years ago

Didn't Tesla open for M. Crue?

kokesie

about 11 years ago

Hey, thanks for posting this!  I just checked my stub (they gave me the other half) and this show was on June 8th. 1989.  My first concert and two days before my birthday.  I remember getting crushed against the fence down in front of the stage.  I thought I was toast!

Andrew

about 11 years ago

If anyone is interested, the News Tribune's review of the 1989 concert is now posted in the News Tribune Attic.

Chris

about 11 years ago

The Hooters were definitely with Loverboy the time I saw them.  You never forget your first concert, no matter how lame it was.

Grant

about 11 years ago

Tesla opened for David Lee Roth in 1987.

mrashley

about 11 years ago

Exactly right about Tesla, that was a couple of weeks before their first release, although MTV was already playing Modern Day Cowboy.

Andrew

about 11 years ago

I've looked up the bands listed in previous comments and have posted concert dates, opening acts, etc. in the News Tribune Attic - www.areavoices.com/attic

From what I found, you all have pretty good memories.

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

Thanks for the synergy, Andrew.

I have one more concert date to add. It's not a rock concert, but I think it qualifies as a hair band.

The Oak Ridge Boys, with special guest Lacy J. Dalton, played the Duluth Arena on July 17, 1983.

Foline

about 11 years ago

Hey that show was great!!!!! I was so into th Cult when I was a teen. I thought they kicked ass, and they had Mat Sorum on drums before he joined GnR.

Tim L.

about 11 years ago

The Hoooters did indeed come to Duluth with Bryan Adams.  July 26, 1987 - my 17th birthday.  I was there with some friends and it was one of the best concerts I ever saw.

Tim L.

about 11 years ago

It's too bad they don't get those good concerts at the Arena anymore.  I also remember seeing George Thorogood (twice) in the late '80s.  Cheap Trick too.  They were great shows.  You could make your way down to the stage pretty much.  I remember being about 20 feet away from Bryan Adams and Thorogood too.

I wasn't much into metal in those days, so I didn't go to any of those concerts.  But my mom worked at the Arena and I did manage to have her sneak me into both the Sammy Hagar and RATT shows, probably in about '85.

I regret that I didn't go to the INXS concert there in '88.  

And one other note: In about '82 or '83, some older friends of mine went to see Men Without Hats when they played at (I think) Mr. Pete's, downtown.  I didn't think much of it.  But then like a week later, they were on MTV with the Safety Dance, and we all thought that was pretty cool.  Since fame is so fleeting, I imagine Men Without Hats would welcome a gig at Mr. Pete's these days.  I don't think they're too busy now.  Ha!

Dan

about 11 years ago

KISS played the DECC twice to my knowledge.  I have film of their late 70's performance at the DECC.  They also played the DECC Arena in the summer of 1990.  They had two opening bands...one of which was Jackyl.

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

As mentioned above, Faster Pussycat and Slaughter opened for Kiss in 1990.

I think Jackyl opened for Damn Yankees in 1992. (Not to be confused with the 1991 Damn Yankees show with Bad Company.)

Dan

about 11 years ago

Paul,

You are right.  I saw so many rock shows at that time that the openers are all a blur.

Also, one of my friends at work said they saw a Whitesnake show at the DECC at some point in the 80's.

And who could forget the cancellation of Iron Maiden's scheduled show at the DECC...forget the year though.  I remember a whole lot of bummed out fans though.

Cory

about 11 years ago

Don't Forget Huey Lewis and the News mid 80's. They Rocked the Duluth Arena! I have no idea who opened that show? Maybe the Stray Catz?

TravisR

about 11 years ago

Crushed on the fence at that show.  Probably on e of the most euphoric moments of my youth. heheh

Watched Suicidal Tendencies play at the DECC... I think they opened for Queensryche.  ST kicked ass!

Chris

about 11 years ago

Yes, Suicidal opened for Queensryche.  That was one of those shows where plenty of people showed up strictly for the opener, and it was easy to pick out who those people were.  Mosh pits were kind of new for Duluth at that time.  I remember there was quite a bit of discussion with my friends about what it was going to be like and if we would get in there.  Out of the 5 or 6 of us, only one jumped in the circle.  I showed up strictly for Queensryche.  Empire was huge then, and I also had discovered Operation MindCrime after Empire.  And on that tour they were playing Mindcrime from "I Remember Now" to "Eyes of a Stranger".  Very cool.

angel

about 10 years ago

That must have been fucken tight.

Big al

about 10 years ago

Well little Duluthyins, I used to play with the Mighty Thomas Show in late 79 to 85.

girlfromnorthcountry

about 10 years ago

Thanks to Big Al for resurrecting this thread, thought I'd pipe up and add that the opening act for Huey Lewis and the News was a standup comedian.  No idea who he was, I was in 6th grade and it was my first concert.  And my first case of tinnitus.

INXS rocked, everybody went to that show.  Steel Pulse opened.  I also saw both Damn Yankees shows, both Jackyl and Bad Co., and since then I think I've seen Ted open for Kiss a couple times as well.  Too much Ted.

Anyone remember who Slaughter opened for?  it would have been not long after Def Leppard in the early 90's, same summer.  I'm racking my brain and cannot recall.  Def Leppard played on a rotating stage and they rocked, even tho it was a fully seated concert with way too much security.  Boo.

Paul Lundgren

about 10 years ago

As mentioned in another comment on this thread, Slaughter and Faster Pussycat opened for Kiss on May 27, 1990.

And here's a link to a different post about that concert.

girlfromnorthcountry

about 10 years ago

Paul, thanks for your help, but it definitely was not Kiss in '90.  A friend of mine bought us tix for Def Leppard, and I reciprocated with the tix for this concert; the only memorable thing about it was that Slaughter was SO BAD.

Paul Lundgren

about 10 years ago

I don't remember Slaughter coming back, but I wouldn't be surprised.

Here's Def Leppard performing "Tear it Down" at the Duluth Arena on Nov. 14, 1992.



And here's an interview with bassist Rick Savage from before the show.

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