[Note:In light of recent news about the Mid-South Coliseum, I am re-posting this entry from November 26, 2009]
If you have lived in Memphis for a while you have some special memories of things that happened inside the Mid-South Coliseum. I always thought the building looked more like a spacecraft than a multi-purpose arena – and it still does look it could launch at any moment.
The building opened in 1963. The first concert I remember seeing there was the Animals. They were the opening act. I didn’t really care much about the headliner, Herman’s Hermits. The last time I was in the building was for my son George’s graduation from Overton High School in 2005. And many legendary things happened (not necessarily with me in attendance) in between: The Beatles, Elvis, the Who, Alice Cooper, Dylan, Lynyrd Skynyrd…. and on and on. I remember some great performances and have forgotten others. I also remember some great and scary times times back stage. Continue reading