The Omni Coliseum – 70s Concerts (Part 1.5)

Hopefully this will cover the 70s better!

All my readers of Part 1 pointed out a bunch of omissions from that list. I’ve decided to make this Part 1.5 post to fill in some of these gaps. Your great comments gave me search parameters that really helped me find a lot more complete information. And yes it is just the “Omni” to all of us, the Omni Coliseum was just the offical monikar.

Original Post Featured Image

I used a photo, that a lot of you pointed out was not the Omni. I had searched on the Omni and that photo was one that came up. I was excited because it kinda looks like Queen’s backstage. You were right, when I looked at the whole photo it wasn’t the Omni. I replaced it on the original post
with a shot of the Eagles at the Omni.

The Omni Coliseum – 70s Concerts (Part 1)

The Omni Concerts Started in 1972

One of the sites, where I got a lot of my information, stated that Alice Cooper/ Flo & Eddie was the first concert at the Omni but this was false. I have even now found 1972 shows and a Grand Opening concert poster showing Cat Stevens as the first concert in the Omni. Cat Stevens/ Ramblin’ Jack Elliott played at the Omni October 30, 1972, and Elton John/ Family performed November 15, 1973.

1973

The Friends of Distinction/ José Feliciano/ Wilson Pickett/ The Main Ingredient/ Linda Hopkins played the Omni January 15, 1973, Neil Young/ Linda Ronstadt played January 31, 1973, Santana played March 11, 1973, Chuck Berry played at the Omni on May 11, 1973, on May 19, 1973 the Rock & Roll Revival came to the Omni with Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Little Richard, The Shirelles, and Bobby Comstock,

Little Richard performed again on May 27, 1973, Jerry Lee Lewis played on June 4, 1973, Three Dog Night/ T.Rex/ Mountain performed July 29, 1973, Grand Funk Railroad played August 10, 1973, Rory Gallagher/ The Faces performed September 14, 1973, Gladys Knight & the Pips/ Donny Hathaway played September 16, 1973, The Moody Blues played November 6 1973, Focus/ Spencer Davis performed on November 18, 1973, Al Green/ The Stylistics/ Osibisa played November 25, 1973, The Who brought their Quadraphenia Tour to the Omni November 27, 1973 (Lynyrd Skynyrd opened), The Grateful Dead played December 12, 1973.

1974

The O’Jays/ Sly & The Family Stone/ Ramsey Lewis performed January 14, 1974, Bob Dylan & The Band came on his Planet Waves tour January 21 & 22, 1974, Emerson, Lake & Palmer came to the Omni on their Brain Salad Surgery Tour January 24, 1974, Black Sabbath played February 7, 1974 on their Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Tour, Johnny Winter/ Brownsville Station/ Thunderhead played March 4, 1974, Deep Purple came by on their Burn tour March 11, 1974, Humble Pie/ Spooky Tooth/ Montrose played March 18, 1974, Joni Mitchell performed April 6, 1974, Frank Sinatra performed April 13, 1974, Poco/ The J. Geils Band played April 23, 1974, Marvin Gaye played April 24, 1974, The Temptations/ The Spinners performed on May 3, 1974, Seals & Crofts played May 16, 1974, Golden Earring/ Alvin Lee And Ten Years After played May 22, 1974, Maria Muldaur opened for The Grateful Dead June 20, 1974, Edgar Winter was there June 25, 1973, James Brown Performed July 6, 1974,

Uriah Heep/ Babe Ruth/ Manfred Mann dropped by July 7, 1974, Jerry Lee Lewis played July 12, 1974 and December 7, 1974, Cat Stevens/ Linda Lewis played July 14, 1974, Randy Meisner performed July 30, 1974 (and again in September), Eric Clapton played August 1, 1974, Atlanta Rhythm Section/ ZZ Top performed Aug 30, 1974, The O’Jays played September 6, 1974, Eagles/ Joe Walsh & Barnstorm played September 27, 1974, Santana/ Golden Earing performed October 2, 1974,

Little Feat/ Traffic played October 16, 1974, Fleetwood Mac/ Jefferson Starship played on October 31, 1974, George Harrison /Ravi Shankar November 28, 1974, Gryphon opened for Yes November 30, 1974, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Killer, played December 30, 1974.

1975

Grand Funk Railroad played February 1, 1975, John Denver played the Omni on April 5 & 6, 1975, Alice Cooper brought his Welcome to my Nightmare Tour on April 13, 1975 and May 26, 1975 (with Suzi Quatro on the April date) , Earth, Wind & Fire brought their That’s the Way of the World Tour on May 18, 1975, Mac Davis performed June 7, 1975,

Lynyrd Skynyrd/ The Charlie Daniels Band played July 5, 1975, Ten Years After played July 23, 1975, Parliament-Funkadelic performed August 1, 1975, Rod Stewart played August 19, 1975, Uriah Heep played Aug 31, 1975 on their Return to Fantasy Tour, ZZ Top brought their Fandango! Tour on September 13, 1975.

Faces played September 24, 1975, Uriah Heep / Blue Oyster Cult performed September 26, 1975, The Doobie Brothers/ Heartsfield played on October 12, 1975, Aerosmith performed their Toys in the Attic Tour October 19, 1975, Foghat played November 8, 1975, Toots & The Maytals opened for the Who on November 24, 1975.

1976

Cat Stevens played January 18, 1976, Deep Purple/ Rory Gallagher/ Nazerath performed February 3, 1976, Kansas played on April 1, 1976, Uriah Heep/ Skyhooks/ Foghat performed on April 25, 1976, Tony Orlando & Dawn played on May 5, 1976, Aerosmith/ Henry Gross played on May 22, 1976, Eagles/ Fleetwood Mac performed on July 3, 1976,

Elton John brought his Louder Than Concorde Tour to the Omni July 16, 1976, Jethro Tull came on their Too Old To Rock ‘n’ Roll Tour with Rory Gallagher on July 29, 1976, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons played on August 27, 1976, The The Marshall Tucker Band was with Jimmy Buffet on September 3, 1976, Jefferson Starship played on September 14, 1976, Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson brought country to the Omni on October 8, 1976,

Frank Zappa performed on October 17, 1976, Earth, Wind & Fire/ The Emotions played November 16, 1976, John Denver played on November 18, 1976. I mentioned the Boston concert for December 5, 1976 but not that it was the “Toys for Tots Concert” also featuring Starbuck/ Dr. Hook/ The Manhattens and Styx, Elvis Presley played December 30, 1976 and Parliament-Funkadelic closed the year December 31, 1976.

1977

Ted Nugent opened for Black Sabbath on January 26, 1977, Rush/ Blue Öyster Cult/ REO Speedwagon played February 27, 1977, Electric Light Orchestra brought their “A New World Record” tour to the Omni on March 10, 1976, America/ Burton Cummings played on April 12, 1976, Led Zeppelin appeared on their last North American Tour on April 23, 1977, Fleetwood Mac performed their Rumours tour on June 1, 1977, The Eagles performed at the Omni June 19-20, 1977 on their Hotel California World Tour,

Andrew Gold opened and Steve Miller joined them for their final encore on the 19th, Bad Company/ .38 Special played June 26, 1977, Donovan opened for Yes on August 25, 1977, Willie Nelson/ Emmylou Harris played on August 27, 1977, on July 4, 1977 Ted Nugent /Foreigner / Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush came to the Omni, Peter Frampton performed August 29, 1977, Peter Frampton/ .38 Special played August 30 & 31, 1977,

Commodores/ The Emotions played on September 4 & 5, 1977, Chicago/Tom Jones performed October 17, 1977, The Doobie Brothers/ Pablo Cruise played November 10, 1977, Crosby, Stills & Nash played November 14, 1977, Rod Stewart performed November 20, 1977, Ted Nugent/ Golden Earing closed out the year on December 31, 1977.

1978

Aerosmith played on their Draw the Line tour January 10, 1978, Earth, Wind & Fire performed on January 22,23 & 24, 1978, Sammy Hagar/ Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush/ Nazareth played on February 23, 1978, Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson/Jessi Colter performed March 2, 1978, Emerson, Lake & Palmer performed on their Works Tour March 9, 1978, John Denver performed April 3, 1978,

The Hardy Boys’ Shaun Cassidy performed on April 6, 1978, Raydio played April 28, 1978, Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band/ Sweet played on May 6, 1978, REO Speedwagon performed June 12, 1978, REO Speedwagon/ Rainbow. Nantucket played June 24, 1978, Electric Light Orchestra/ Trickster performed the Out of the Blue tour July 6 & 7, 1978,

Willie Nelson/ Emmylou Harris played Jul 23, 1978, Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge played August 17, 1978, Heart performed on their Little Queen tour September 28, 1978, Genesi played October 4, 1978 on their “And Then There Were Three” tour, Foreigner/ Cars played on October 5, 1978 (Double Vision Tour and the Cars were incredible), Neil Young & Crazy Horse played October 10, 1978, Kenny Rogers played on October 22, 1978,

Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band came on his Stranger in Town tour on October 26, 1978, Van Halen and the Ramones opned for Black Sabbath on November 13, 1978, Styx came on their Pieces of Eight tour on November 16, 1978, Billy Joel performed his 52nd Street Tour on November 26, 1978, Neil Diamond performed on December 17 & 18, 1978, The Toy for Tots concert featured Dr Hook/ Melisa Ethridge/ Michael McDonald/ The Village People/ Paul Davis and Eddie Money was December 3, 1978.

1979

Stevie Wonder played the Omni January 15, 1979, Parliament-Funkadelic/ The Brides of Funkenstein performed February 25, 1979, Lawrence Welk brought his champagne music on March 4, 1979, Gino Vannelli played on March 19, 1979, Barry White/ Instant Funk played March 24, 1979, Natalie Cole/ Sister Sledge performed March 31, 1979,

Willie Nelson/ Leon Russell Performed April 8, 1979, Diana Ross Played April 19, 1979, Muddy Waters brought his modern Chicago blues to thew Omni on April 21, 1979 opening for Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart played on April 25, 1979, Tom Jones played May 11, 1979, Supertramp brought their Breakfast in America tour on May 15, 1979,

Nazareth/ Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush came on June 12, 1979, I failed to mention that the June 25, 1979 Tormato Tour by Yes was performed “In the Round” (incredible show), Bad Company brought their Desolation Angels tour on August 15, 1979 opening for Ted Nugent/ Scorpions, REO Speedwagon/

The Rockets played August 18, 1979, Blue Öyster Cult/Ian Hunter played September 7, 1979, Kenny Rogers/ Dottie West/ The Oak Ridge Boys played October 15, 1979, The Outlaws/ Molly Hatchet played on October 25, 1979, Billy Jouel performed November 4, 1979, Earth, Wind & Fire played November 7, 1979,

The Eagles brought their Long Run Tour on November 11 & 12, 1979, Foreigner came on their Head Games tour on November 15, 1979, Styx played November 18, 1979, Kool & the Gang performed November 29, 1979, and Mother’s Finest opned for Aerosmith December 18, 1979.



Further Reading

Sources

Setlist
Rock Tour Database
Songkick
Wikipedia


Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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