The Big-Ass Concert Post to End All Concert Posts

Mom had mentioned that my cousin Ken could rattle off every concert he ever went to. I’m just not that good with my memory in some things. However, I do save my ticket stubs and so I was able to compile this list. Venue names are the name of the venue as printed on the ticket at the time, so some venues are listed under multiple names. If the date is hyperlinked, that will go to my review of the concert as posted in my blog. As you can see, I spent some time on this.

ArtistVenue (w/Location)Date
Barry ManilowHollywood Sportatorium (FL)10/18/1980
Bruce SpringsteenOakland Coliseum (Stadium)10/22/1984
GenesisOakland Coliseum (Arena)10/19/1986
Bridge School Concert IVShoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, CA10/26/1990
Bridge School Concert VIShoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, CA11/01/1992
Paul McCartneyCitrus Bowl Orlando, FL05/09/1993
Tina TurnerMiami Arena08/22/1993
Elton JohnSunrise Musical Theatre10/01/1993
Rod StewartMiami Arena11/21/1993
Billy Joel and Elton JohnCitrus Bowl Orlando, FL02/21/1994
Jimmy BuffettSunrise Musical Theatre04/13/1994
Phil CollinsMiami Arena05/31/1994
The EaglesOrange Bowl Miami, FL07/24/1994
James TaylorSunrise Musical Theatre10/21/1994
The EaglesMiami Arena02/25/1995
Billy Joel and Elton JohnJoe Robbie Stadium Miami, FL04/13/1995
Neil DiamondMiami Arena12/09/1996
Phil CollinsMiami Arena03/03/1997
Elton JohnMiami Arena05/04/1998
Elton JohnNational Car Rental Center Sunrise, FL10/04/1998
Neil DiamondNational Car Rental Center Sunrise, FL12/18/1998
Billy JoelNational Car Rental Center Sunrise, FL02/02/1999
Bruce SpringsteenNational Car Rental Center Sunrise, FL03/09/2000
Tina TurnerNational Car Rental Center Sunrise, FL04/15/2000
Tina TurnerNational Car Rental Center Sunrise, FL04/16/2000
Tina TurnerNational Car Rental Center Sunrise, FL10/18/2000
Jimmy BuffettNational Car Rental Center Sunrise, FL02/10/2001
Neil DiamondAmerican Airlines Arena Miami, FL02/21/2002
Crosby Stills Nash YoungNational Car Rental Center Sunrise, FL04/13/2002
Billy Joel and Elton JohnNational Car Rental Center Sunrise, FL05/03/2002
Paul McCartneyNational Car Rental Center Sunrise, FL05/17/2002
Jimmy BuffettMGM Grand Garden Las Vegas, NV05/25/2002
Rolling StonesNational Car Rental Center Sunrise, FL10/22/2002
Elton JohnAmerican Airlines Arena Miami, FL09/27/2003
Simon and GarfunkelAmerican Airlines Arena Miami, FL12/17/2003
Simon and GarfunkelOffice Depot Center Sunrise, FL12/18/2003
Jimmy BuffettOffice Depot Center Sunrise, FL05/01/2004
Elton JohnRoyal Albert Hall London, UK07/04/2004
Phil CollinsOffice Depot Center Sunrise, FL09/30/2004
Styx and KansasOffice Depot Center Sunrise, FL02/03/2005
Jimmy BuffettOffice Depot Center Sunrise, FL02/19/2005
REO SpeedwagonOffice Depot Center Sunrise, FL04/07/2005
Elton JohnOffice Depot Center Sunrise, FL05/18/2005
U2American Airlines Arena Miami, FL11/14/2005
Billy JoelBankAtlantic Center Sunrise, FL01/07/2006
Queen w/Paul RodgersAmerican Airlines Arena Miami, FL03/03/2006
Trans-Siberian OrchestraBankAtlantic Center Sunrise, FL11/04/2006
The WhoBankAtlantic Center Sunrise, FL11/20/2006
Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet BandSeminole Hard Rock Hollywood, FL01/11/2007
Trans-Siberian OrchestraBankAtlantic Center Sunrise, FL11/04/2007
Van HalenBankAtlantic Center Sunrise, FL02/20/2008
Tom Petty and The HeartbreakersBankAtlantic Center Sunrise, FL07/15/2008
Neil DiamondBankAtlantic Center Sunrise, FL10/26/2008
Tina TurnerAmerican Airlines Arena Miami, FL10/30/2008
Elton JohnCaesars Palace Coliseum Las Vegas, NV11/03/2008
Trans-Siberian OrchestraBankAtlantic Center Sunrise, FL11/13/2008
Elton JohnO2 Arena London, UK12/31/2008
The EaglesBankAtlantic Center Sunrise, FL01/26/2009
Tina TurnerO2 Arena London, UK04/07/2009
MetallicaBankAtlantic Center Sunrise, FL10/01/2009
KISSBankAtlantic Center Sunrise, FL10/22/2009
SantanaHard Rock Joint Las Vegas, NV11/14/2009
Jimmy BuffettBankAtlantic Center Sunrise, FL02/27/2010
Paul McCartneySunLife Stadium Miami, FL04/04/2010

It’s pretty complete though I can think of a few things that are missing like a 4th of July concert by Chicago at ProPlayer Stadium sometime in the 1990s. Tina’s listed six times but I’m sure the correct number is seven. I also think Neil Diamond’s total is missing one too. I only included musicians, so comedy concerts aren’t included, nor are any mixed media shows. Everything listed was a full-length concert.

I had a great deal of fun doing this. I really didn’t grasp that I had seen over sixty concerts in my life. The first three were fun because I didn’t have tickets but those were the first three concerts I saw in my life. And with the help of Google — they know everything — I was able to figure out what the dates were.

For those of you who went to any of these shows with me, feel free to add comments. If you know of any that are missing, drop me a note and I’ll update the post.

Elton John wins with a total of 11 concerts (8 without Joel and 3 with). Tied with Tina at six is Buffett’s but I think that one’s correct. By venue the 31 shows at the same place win — National Car Rental Center, Office Depot Center, and BankAtlantic Center are all the same building — out of 62 shows that’s an impressive fifty percent.

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