Thursday, February 18, 2010

Long Beach Arena 1969 - 1979

The Long Beach Arena opened in 1962. It was built on site of the former Long Beach Municipal Auditorium - at the foot of Long Beach Boulevard near the Rainbow Pier.   

It is part of the Long Beach Convention andAlign Left Entertainment Center which includes - exhibition halls, the Terrace and Center theaters, ballrooms and meeting rooms. The Arena was the first building of the complex to be completed.

Long Beach Arena
1962 photo: LAPL digital library

For concerts the Long Beach Arena can seat up to 13,500. 

The outside of the Arena is covered by the world's largest mural -  Planet Ocean - painted by the environmental artist -Robert Wyland.  It was dedicated on July 9, 1992. 

Sampling of concerts held at the Long Beach Arena 1969 - 1979.

Bill Cosby  MARCH 22
Creedance Clearwater Revival, Grass Roots  MAY 10
Simon and Garfunkel  NOVEMBER 15
Three Dog Night  DECEMBER 31

The Doors  FEBRUARY 7
Moody Blues, Steve Miller Band, Poco  APRIL 4
Jethro Tull APRIL 19
Burt Bacharach NOVEMBER 20
Glen Campbell. Jackie De Shannon MARCH 20

The Guess Who, Youngbloods FEBRUARY 11
Alice Cooper  JULY 11
Rod Stewart/Faces, Deep Purple  JULY 30
Black Sabbath  SEPTEMBER 25
The Who  DECEMBER 10 
Mountain, J. Geils Band  DECEMBER 18

Allman Brothers Band MARCH 5
Black Oak Arkansas JUNE 4
Rolling Stones JUNE 10 & 11
Led Zeppelin JUNE 27
Emerson, Lake & Palmer  JULY 28
Yes, Edgar Winter, Eagles  AUGUST 4
Three Dog Night  AUGUST 27
Leon Russell  AUGUST 28 
Santana  OCTOBER 8
Moody Blues NOVEMBER 4
Elvis Presley  NOVEMBER 14
The James Gang, Black Oak Arkansas, Spencer Davis NOVEMBER 26
Grateful Dead DECEMBER 15

Traffic  JANUARY 23
Chicago, Fanny  FEBRUARY 27
David Bowie and the Spiders from Mars  MARCH 10
Seals and Crofts MARCH 16
Mac Davis, Helen Reddy  APRIL 8
George Carlin and Kenny Rankin APRIL 20
Ike and Tine Turner  JUNE
Billy Preston  JULY 21
Stephen Stills and Manassas OCTOBER 6
Rod Stewart and Faces  OCTOBER 14
 Emerson, Lake & Palmer  FEBRUARY 3
Deep Purple, Savoy Brown  FEBRARY 11
Fleetwood Mac  FEBRUARY 17
Doobie Brothers  MARCH 14
 Yes MARCH 19
 Neil Young  MARCH 24
Johnny Winters  MARCH 29
Eric Clapton  JULY 19 &  20
 ZZ Top, Elvin Bishop  AUGUST 24
 Traffic SEPTEMBER 29
 Backman, Turner Overdrive  NOVEMBER 2
George Harrison  NOVEMBER 10
Deep Purple  NOVEMBER 20
Dave Mason  DECEMBER 15
Beach Boys  DECEMBER 29
Frank Zappa and Mothers of Invention  DECEMBER 31

Johnny Winter JANUARY 26
J. Geils Band  FEBRUARY 26
Led Zeppelin  MARCH 11, 12
Doobie Brothers  MAY 4 & 5
Rush  MAY 31
Yes, Ace  JUNE 23
Aeorsmith, Mahogany Rush  JULY 20
Ten Years After AUGUST 1
Edgar Winter Group, Climax Blues Band  OCTOBER 14

Deep Purple  FEBRUARY 27 
Bachman-Turner Drive, Wishbone Ash   APRIL 9 
Average White Band, Sons of Champlin  JULY 21
Black Sabbath  NOVEMBER 6
Willie Nelson, Rusty Weir   NOVEMBER 25
Lynyrd Skynyrd  JANUARY 2
Jethro Tull  FEBRUARY 27
Boston, Outlaws  MARCH 19 
Jethro Tull  APRIL 9
J. Geils Band, Sammy Hagar  NOVEMBER 11
Robin Trower Wishbone Ash, Eddie Money  NOVEMBER 25
Blue Oyster Cult, Black Oak  DECEMBER 2
Queen, Thin Lizzy  DECEMBER 20 & 21
Kansas  DECEMBER 31
Styx. Sanford & Townsend  JANUARY 27, 29
Outlaws, .38 Special  APRIL 10
Angel, Head East  MAY 6
Journey, Montrose  MAY 20
Andy Gibbs  JUNE 6
Van Halen  JULY 9
Aerosmith  JULY 12
Ted Nugent  SEPTEMBER 5
Merle Haggard & Marty Robbins  NOVEMBER 5
Jethro Tull, Uriah Heep  NOVEMBER 16 
Black Sabbath, The Ramones  DECEMBER 4
Sammy Hagar, Golden Earring, Cindy Bullens  DECEMBER 22
 Cheap Trick DECEMBER 31
The Outlaws, Molly Hatchet  JANUARY 25
Elvis Costello and the Attractions  - FEBRUARY 13
Yes  MAY 25
Mahogany Rush, Earth Quake  JULY 13
Marshall Tucker Band  AUGUST 7
REO Speedwagon, Blackfoot  SEPTEMBER 19
Jethro Tull, U.K. NOVEMBER 13, 14 & 15
Cheap Trick  DECEMBER 20
Blue Oysters Cult  DECEMBER 28
Marvin Gaye DECEMBER 29


Peter Nielsen said...

Queen, Thin Lizzy DECEMBER 20 & 21 1977

Thin Lizzy did not play that gig.

I´m running a website for Lizzy and I wonder if you have any adverts from magazines. Trying to list all gigs with Lizzy on my website

Anonymous said...

Elvis played there April 25, 1976

Anonymous said...

thin lizzy and journey played 6 30 79/7 1 79...thin lizzy blew journey right off the stage

Anonymous said...

a slut with huge tits sucked me off for a bag of dope

Flashback17 said...
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Flashback17 said...

My first concert was at Long Beach Arena, Feb. 1975

Humble Pie
Iron Butterfly

Anonymous said...

in some year, maybe 1978, ELP and Journey played there.

Anonymous said...

also maybe 1978, Ted Nugent played there

Rocker chair said...

Three dog night it's cold

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