Northwest Dance & Music Venues
Photos courtesy of Doug Rice
Spokane Coliseum
Spokane, Washington

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

Alice Cooper
The Animals
Bachman Turner Overdrive (BTO)
The Bards
Billy and the Kids
The Beach Boys
Black Sabbath
The Box Tops
Brownsville Station
Beau Brummels
The Bulldogs
The Byrds
Glenn Campbell
The Capers
The Cascades
Ray Charles
Joe Cocker
Neil Diamond
The Dixie Cups
Don and The Goodtimes
The Dynamics
The Eagles
Electric Prunes
Fat Chance
The Fifth Dimension
Five Americans
The Frantics
The Guess Who
Richie Havens
Jimi Hendrix
The Kinks
The Kurks
Jerry Lee Lewis
Liverpool 5
Ian Matthews
The Mark V
James McKinley and Us
Jefferson Airplane
Marshall Tucker Band
The Monkees
Notary Sojac
Paul Revere & The Raiders
Peppermint Trolley
Perpetual Sounds
Gene Pitney
The Playboys (Seattle)
Rare Earth
The Reflections
The Roosters
Savoy Brown
Clayton Watson & the Silhouettes
Sir Douglas Quintet
Sir Raleigh & The Coupons
The Squires
Sleepy John
Steve Miller Band
The Surprise Package
Suzu Quatro
The Swinging Medallions
Three Dog Night
Jethro Tull
Ike and Tina Turner
The Turtles
Vanilla Fudge
The Viceroys
The Wailers
Joe Walsh
Ian Whitcomb
Johnnie Winter
Frank Zappa

Others ???

Postcard - Courtesy of Christin P.

The caption on the back reads: "The Coliseum, Spokane, Washington - This new building was constructed at a cost of 2 1/2 million dollars and is the finest of its kind in the United States. It is used for sports events and many civic presentations."

In the Beginning - The Spokane Coliseum Under Construction
Interior looking toward the west end stage, 1954.  Photographer: Libby.  Accession # L87-1.77804-54
Photo Courtesy of:  Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture/Eastern Washington State Historical Society, Spokane, Washington

Image Courtesy of Phyllis Hathaway

Courtesy of Tom Williams
More of a venue for national tours than for local bands, it hosted concerts for Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, Steppenwolf, Vanilla Fudge, Ike and Tina Turner, Three Dog Night, and many more.  These photos were taken just before it was demolished in 1995.

Doug Rice, 2002

Clayton Watson and the Silhouettes backed Jerry Lee Lewis at the Coliseum in about 1958.

Clifford England, April 2007

Photos courtesy of Doug Rice

Photos courtesy of Doug Rice
The above photos were taken by Doug Rice shortly before the coliseum was torn down in 1995

I have 4 seats from the old barn in my game room. On the last day before the wrecking ball was to fall I wanted to take one last walk through the venue. Luckily a salvage operation was selling fixtures including seats. Myself and another fella split cost on 9 seats at $5 each. We each got 4 seats as the 9th seat was one between our connected 4 seats. I was in a car and had no way to transport the seats. I called my brother with a flatbed pickup and got them home.  They are from section 6 row E seats 7 through 10.

John Kowzan, July 2007

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Last Update:  9 August 2015
Credits: Doug Rice, Bill Stevens, Bob Acorn, Mike McElhoe, Clifford England, John Kowzan, Joel Johnson, Lee Price, Phyllis Hathaway, Tom Williams, Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture/Eastern Washington State Historical Society, Spokane, Washington, Ken Hathaway, Pete Redshaw, Bob Pielaet, Daniel Mark Faller, Brad Jacobson, Tom Wornstaff, Dan Faller, Chuck Burbank, John Rice, Christin P.