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.”
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.
The 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.”
Prior 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.
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.
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
Grand Funk Railroad
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, 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
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.