Northwest Dance & Music Venues

Portland Memorial Coliseum
Exhibition Hall
1960 - Present
Portland, Oregon

Some of the bands that performed at this place during those great years of NW music were:

The Allman Brothers
The Association
Bad Company
Beach Boys
The Beatles
The Bee Gees
Billy Preston
Blue Oyster Cult
Bob Segar
Bruce Springsteen
Buffalo Springfield
Chambers Brothers
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
Dave Clark Five
The Doobie Brothers
The Doors
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Grand Funk Railroad
Grateful Dead
Herman's Hermits
Jethro Tull
Jimi Hendrix
Johnny Winter
Led Zepelin
Linda Ronstadt
Little River Band
The Marshall Tucker Band
The Monkees
Music Box
Neil Young
Paul Revere & The Raiders
Rare Earth
Robert Fleischman
Robert Palmer
Rolling Stones
The Seeds
Soft Machine
Spiral Staircase
The Standells

Three Dog Night
Ted Nugent
The Troggs

The Turtles
Vanilla Fudge
The Wayds

Others ??

Johnny Winter
Concert Tick Envelope - About 1973 - Courtesy of Ken Simpson

This is the ticket stub to the first concert I attended at Portland Memorial Coliseum.
June 17th 1972 - Touring in support of LZ IV - No opening act
Ken Simpson, June 2013

That ticket stub that Ken Simpson posted for Led Zeppelin playing at the Memorial Colesium in Portland on 6-17-72 was also my first concert.  Boy was it loud!

I was just starting to get a band together as a guitarist and Page was my hero.  I had just graduated from high school

I think a ticket was $6.50 or close to it.

Some of the other bands to that also played there that I saw were:  Grand Funk Railroad / Billy Preston, Rare Earth, The Doobie Brothers, Aerosmith, Bob Segar, Ted Nugent, Johnny Winter, Blue Oyster Cult, Little River Band and  Emerson, Lake, and Palmer

A lot of great bands, or soon to be great bands were playing over at the Paramount Theater (Arlene Schnitzer) in downtown Portland then.

Dan Schmidt, June 2014

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Last Update:  2 January 2018
Credits: Gregory Melle, Dale Turnbull, Tom Drechsler, Bob Claycamp, Bob Sutherlandm Jeff Levin, Dick Schalk, Ken Simpson, Dan Schmidt, Tom Williams