Illinois is home to many historic concert halls and have you ever wondered who graced the stage when those legendary music venues celebrated opening night?

Illinois Has A Deep Musical History Featuring Many Famous Bands And Concerts

It's probably because Chicago is a huge city and Illinois is centrally located in the United States but you can't deny the fact that our state has made a huge impact in the world of music. Fans travel from all over the world to see their favorite bands in our state.

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Illinois is also home to some legendary concert venues. Since I'm a big music geek, I get excited to visit these historic places. I like to think back to when those halls were just opening. I wonder who played the very first shows on opening night. I did a little research to find out who played the debut events at those theaters.

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Illinois Concert History

The Very First Concert At 12 Iconic Music Venues In Illinois

  • #1 Aragon Ballroom (Chicago) - Bill Haley and His Comets (March 12, 1956)
  • #2 House of Blues (Chicago) - Blues Brothers (October 1, 1996)
  • #3 Soldier Field (Chicago) - Fats Waller (August 19, 1939)
  • #4 Wrigley Field (Chicago) - Little Richard (September 2, 1956)
  • #5 Credit Union 1 Amphitheater aka World Music Theatre (Tinley Park) - Cher (June 2, 1990)
  • #6 Riviera Theatre (Chicago) - Supertramp (April 20, 1975)
  • #7 United Center (Chicago) - Billy Joel (October 19, 1994)
  • #8 Allstate Arena aka Rosemont Horizon (Rosemont) - Fleetwood Mac (May 14, 1980)
  • #9 UIC Pavilion (Chicago) - Scorpions (July 2, 1982)
  • #10 Vic Theatre (Chicago) - Indigo Girls (November 9, 1981)
  • #11 Northerly Island (Chicago) - Modest Mouse (June 28, 2005)
  • #12 Metro (Chicago) - R.E.M. (July 25, 1982)

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