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Video Archive: Metallica 1991 Duluth Show

On this date 26 years ago, Nov. 9, 1991, Metallica returned to Duluth for its second concert at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center Arena. Above is the TV promo for the show, which mistakenly refers to the DECC as “the DECK.” Below are performance videos of five songs from the show — “Enter Sandman,” “Harvester of Sorrow,” “The Four Horsemen,” “Whiplash” and “Master of Puppets.”

When principals tried to run Mötley Crüe out of Duluth

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Left: Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe performing at the Duluth Arena on Nov. 5, 1985; photo by Bob King for the Duluth News-Tribune & Herald. Right: Clipping from Nov. 22, 1985.

Oh, the profanity! Mötley Crüe got Duluth-area principals’ undies in a bunch back in 1985. Attempts to ban the Los Angeles-based glam metal band went nowhere. Mötley Crüe returned to Duluth for two more concerts, one in 1990 and another in 1998.

Longtime DECC director Russell to retire in August

Dan Russell DNT Steve KucheraThe Duluth News Tribune reports Dan Russell will retire Aug. 31 after 27 years as executive director of the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, which includes Amsoil Arena, the City Side Convention Center, the Harborside Convention Center, a movie theater complex and two parking ramps. The DECC also manages Bayfront Festival Park and operates the retired William A. Irvin ship as a floating attraction.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working for 27 years at a place that makes people smile, because they’re coming here for concerts, sporting events, boat shows and all kinds of other fun events,” Russell said in a news release issued today. “It’s also where I get to interact with 500 great employees who work very hard to make everything the DECC does look easy. It’s been an honor to work here.”

Video Archive: Ted Nugent 1991 Backstage Interview in Duluth

damnyankeesPrior to the Feb. 27, 1991, Damn Yankees concert at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center Arena, KBJR-TV had a quick chat with Ted Nugent, Jack Blades and Tommy Shaw. In the clip, the “Motor City Madman” discusses his band’s mission to boost the morale of U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia.

James Taylor, John Mellencamp to play Duluth shows

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Adult contemporary music stars John Mellencamp and James Taylor will perform separate concerts at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center this spring. The DECC announced today Mellencamp will perform in Symphony Hall on April 7, with tickets going on sale on Friday, Jan. 29, at 10 a.m. via mellencamp.com and axs.com. Ticket prices range from $39.50 to $115. The opening act will be Carlene Carter, daughter of country music legends June Carter and Carl Smith, and stepdaughter of Johnny Cash.

James Taylor and his All-Star Band will perform on June 1 in Amsoil Arena. Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 5, at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster. Ticket prices range from $65 to $85.

Video Archive: Megadeth in the DECC Auditorium, June 21, 1998

Here it is, an hour and a half of grainy video of Megadeth in Duluth, shot by Ronaldo Rodrigues Paravani.

Video Archive: The Moody Blues in Duluth

On March 9, 1994, the Moody Blues played the DECC Arena with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra. The front end of this video is an interview conducted by Barbara Reyelts for KBJR-TV; the piece concludes with some concert footage. (The interview clip was posted on PDD a few years ago, but had since been removed from YouTube.)

Related post: Major Concerts at the DECC: 1966 to 2010

DECC Casino?

On the agenda for next week’s Duluth City Council meeting is a resolution requesting the state legislature “amend state gambling laws to provide for the operation of a for-profit casino at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center or other location within Duluth.” (Update: Councilor Howie Hanson has told the Duluth News Tribune his proposal will likely be tabled and later taken up at a committee-of-the-whole meeting.)

Here’s the document text:

Purchasing and Licensing Committee
14-0365R

Resolution requesting the state legislature amend state gambling laws to provide for the operation of a for-profit casino at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.

Video Archive: Mötley Crüe at the DECC in 1998

This post originally featured nearly an hour’s worth of amateur video from Nov. 25, 1998, when Mötley Crüe played the DECC Auditorium on its Greatest Hits Tour. Unfortunately, the video has been removed from YouTube.

Local metal band Nobody opened the concert. It was the Crüe’s third performance in Duluth — the band played a sold-out Duluth Arena show in 1985, before the DECC was the DECC, and returned in 1990 to play for over 8,000. By 1998, things were on the downswing for the band. Tommy Lee had been out of jail for two months when this show came to town. His sex tape with Pamela Anderson hit the Internet about a year earlier.

Major Concerts at the DECC: 1966 to 2010

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This feature is an ongoing attempt to list all the major concerts at the DECC Arena and Symphony Hall from 1966 to 2010, which of course includes the era when they were known as the Duluth Arena and Duluth Auditorium. (Update: The images above were created by Duluth artist Don Esse in 2016 for the DECC’s 50th anniversary, commissioned for a gallery of memorable concerts on the concourse walls of DECC Arena.)

Recommend additions to this list in the comments, or point out if you have missing dates or opening acts.

The Beach Boys — August 13, 1966
The Supremes — 1967
Paul Revere and the Raiders — 1967
Three Dog Night
Linda Ronstadt
Grand Funk Railroad
Rare Earth
Chicago
Lawrence Welk
Shawn Phillips
Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat and Black Oak Arkansas
Sonny & Cher

Buck Owens, Don Rich and the Buckaroos, etc. — June 19, 1971
Creedence Clearwater Revival — May 7, 1972
Johnny Cash with the Carter Family, Tennessee Three and Carl Perkins — May 21, 1972

Charley Pride Duluth Concert

Charley Pride, The Pridesmen, Johnny Russell, Alex Houston and Elmer — April 29, 1973
Deep Purple with Fleetwood Mac and Rory Gallagher — May 8, 1973
Dr. John, Kiss and Raspberries — Nov. 3, 1974
Blue Oyster Cult, Rush and Ozone Grater & the Moon Rock Band — May 23, 1976
ZZ Top — July 21, 1976
Elvis Presley — Oct. 16, 1976
Hall & Oates and Funky Kings — Nov. 2, 1976

Duluth Battle of the Bands 2011!

The Junior Achievement Battle of the Bands competition was held a few weeks back, and although I’ve been busy with other projects, I wanted to share this video I created of the event. The song is “Stay Put or Carry On” by Ultra Day, who won the competition this year.

Roller Derby Saturday Night!

Saturday, Sept. 18, 6pm
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, Pioneer Hall

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.