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Old 07-02-18, 01:13 PM
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Blossom at 50: Readers share favorite memories, from Janis Joplin to MSB

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Blossom at 50: Readers share their favorite concert memories, from Janis Joplin to Michael Stanley

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The first pop concert at Blossom Music Center had a loud echo … across decades of the Cleveland music scene.

From the moment Judy Collins and Arlo Guthrie stepped on that stage on July 23, 1968, the Cleveland concert scene was transformed.

“There’s no doubt it has had a huge effect on our music scene … it was one of the first outdoor music sites in the country (that wasn’t used for festivals),” says David Spero, a local music industry insider and artist manager.
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Old 07-03-18, 03:27 AM
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Went to the 2nd Lollapalooza in July ’92 at Blossom, back when the performers travelled across the U.S., and it was set up as a single-day event. Remember Pearl Jam, Ice Cube, Soundgarden, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Ministry, and Red Hot Chili Peppers playing, along with a bunch of side-stage bands/acts like Rage Against The Machine, Stone Temple Pilots, House of Pain, The Jim Rose Circus Sideshow, Porno for Pyros, Ice T, Cypress Hill, and several other performers whom I can’t recall now.

What stood out most was that it rained for a short period, but that turned the whole place into a mud bath, à la Woodstock. People started sliding down the hill (the photo’s of Chris Cornell, of Soundgarden, joining in the fun) and found out later that my sister (who I didn’t even know was there, until I saw her, at home, in the concert t-shirt) was involved.



During Ministry’s set, the natives became restless and broke through the barriers to bum-rush the stage (some alt kid behind me kept yelling, “Bless me, Father Al!” at the band’s lead singer, Al Jourgensen, before trampling several people to get to the stage). Turns out the band was pretty impressed with the brief riot and gave props to the crowd.

By the end of the night, the bathrooms were flooded with raw sewage and the hill was littered with muddy debris. As we were walking through a mostly vacant parking lot to get to our vehicle, we saw Anthony Kiedis (singer for the RHCP) sitting on a stretcher in the back of an ambulance, with the doors wide open. So, we just walked up and said, “Hey, Anthony,” and asked what happened. Apparently, he hurt his leg when the band closed the show (wearing flaming helmets).

Good times, for sure.
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Old 07-03-18, 07:39 AM
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Saw many concerts there over the years and the most last memories were meeting folks near the tree on the left side of the lawn, the Cleveland "moo" while crossing that tiny pedestrian bridge while exiting, and the incredibly stupid civil engineering job the guy did when he set up the parking lot system which has lead to some very late nights while waiting to leave that place. I have been to many amphitheaters around the country and the only one that has a better setting is Red Rocks outside of Denver, most have very limited space around the venue with a wall pressed up against a man made hill that usually doesn't work in the space. The natural setting at Blossom is great for a summer evening, especially when attending a performance by the Cleveland Orchestra.

Best show I saw was probably Peter Gabriel in '87. Most fun was the parking lot for the various Grateful Dead shows, because of the remote location the vending scene was fantastic with basically anything available for purchase from the folks lining the path to the amphitheater.

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Saw Chicago there in 71 or 72, when Terry Kath played fantastic lead and they were still a rock band. Great venue, great people, great time.
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Tomorrow at Blossom - maybe some new memories

https://www.clevelandorchestra.com/1...8-07-08-tommy/

I wonder if the old man can still belt it out ?

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/m...future-630021/

http://livemusicnewsandreview.com/tommy-roger-daltrey/

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“Fiddle About” into “Pinball Wizard” obviously riled up the crowd and Roger’s voice was really good, especially given his struggles with his earpieces throughout the night. (At the end he quipped “It’s not my voice which will drive me from the stage, it’s the damned hearing.”) What Daltrey, The Who Band, and the Boston Pops did after Pinball Wizard is what made the show special. There are 11 songs following it on Tommy. They were played with the same intensity and musicianship established by the mid-marker. “Tommy Can You Hear Me?,” “I’m Free,” and “Welcome,” were all really tight and the closer “We’re Not Gonna Take It” was a vibrant closure to the set.

The encores were solid. Roger Daltrey got to go gravelly on “Who are You?” engaging the audience to sing along, and “Baba O’Reilly” was rather special, as the normally stoic violinist from the Boston Pops occasionally head-banged until ripping into the fiddle solo to end the piece..........

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Saw many concerts there over the years and the most last memories were meeting folks near the tree on the left side of the lawn, the Cleveland "moo" while crossing that tiny pedestrian bridge while exiting, and the incredibly stupid civil engineering job the guy did when he set up the parking lot system which has lead to some very late nights while waiting to leave that place. I have been to many amphitheaters around the country and the only one that has a better setting is Red Rocks outside of Denver, most have very limited space around the venue with a wall pressed up against a man made hill that usually doesn't work in the space. The natural setting at Blossom is great for a summer evening, especially when attending a performance by the Cleveland Orchestra.

Best show I saw was probably Peter Gabriel in '87. Most fun was the parking lot for the various Grateful Dead shows, because of the remote location the vending scene was fantastic with basically anything available for purchase from the folks lining the path to the amphitheater.

The campground at Dover Lake Park on the Brandywine Ski site during the Dead-at-Blossom era was epic for years. Eventually, some old jackazz from the top of the valley rim living on Highland Rd led the charge for the Fire Marshall to shut it all down. They ended up getting the Board of Health involved for all the TP left behind at the edges of the woods.

A buddy and I would go tour the campground with a pick-up truck full of seasoned firewood, kindling from my woodshop, some newspaper, and a cooler of beer. Make an afternoon of it. Barter is great. I'd come away with no firewood and the means to be stoned several different ways for the forseeable future......and in between marriages, smelling like Patchouli a couple times


Nelson Ledges attracted quite a few Deadheads, too, but nowhere near the numbers that Brandywine's proximity to Blossom generated.

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The natural setting at Blossom is great for a summer evening, especially when attending a performance by the Cleveland Orchestra.
In September 2016, went to Blossom to see The Cleveland Orchestra accompany the showing of the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. Really enjoyed the performance.



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Most fun was the parking lot for the various Grateful Dead shows, because of the remote location the vending scene was fantastic with basically anything available for purchase from the folks lining the path to the amphitheater.

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Barter is great. I'd come away with no firewood and the means to be stoned several different ways for the forseeable future......and in between marriages, smelling like Patchouli a couple times
Back in the day, could have just stopped by my Kent apartment and pinched from our jar (background), if you were really jonesin’.



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Nelson Ledges attracted quite a few Deadheads, too, but nowhere near the numbers that Brandywine's proximity to Blossom generated.
Went to Nelson Ledges a few years back, but all I saw were Millennials.

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