Monthly Archives: August 2013

1976 Gig List: Spokane Memorial Coliseum

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA photo by Robert G. Schoenberg

. . . Date . . . .  . .      Band . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    . . . . . Attendance 
February 5 Electric Light Orchestra 1,602
February 12 Kiss 7,516
April 22 Johnny Winter 5,563
April 27 Elvis Presley 7,232
April 28 Peter Frampton 1,831
June 27 Jefferson Starship na
July 25 Yes 6,383
September ? BTO 5,620
October 7 Lynyrd Skynrd 2,454
October 22 ZZ Top 6,506
October 31 Rush na
November 19 Ted Nugent 6,196
November 28 Blue Oyster Cult 6,011
December 19 Beach Boys 6,840

Top grossing event was the Elvis show selling $7.50, $10 and $12 tickets bringing in $89,360. The Jefferson Starship concert was a request to rent in the April SEACAB meeting minutes.

Source: “Coliseum 1976.” SEACAB records; Spokane Arena Office Binder: “Coliseum Concerts” typed, handwritten and word processor documents 1975 to 1994. 14 Jan., 2011.

Copyright © 2013 Robert Schoenberg


Gonzaga University COG is No More: was a great Rockn’roll venue

Photo image taken along Still Creek near Mt. Hood, Oregon, 2010.

Photo image taken along Still Creek near Mt. Hood, Oregon, 2010.

The COG, Gonzaga University’s building for student meals on campus, was also a venue for dances. Many of Spokane’s local musicians played there. The COG is no more as the University is making way for something new, and tore the building down over the past few weeks. Visiting the campus on Friday all that can be seen now is a hole in the ground where the building once stood.

Following is a list of bands and the dates they played the COG as they were advertised in the Spokane Natural. There were many, many more bands that played the venue. Most of the advertising as to who was going to play the COG was by word of mouth and the occasional flyer taped to record store windows.

. . . Date . . . .  . .      Band . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
 1969
February 28 The Loop
March 15 The Experimental Spring Rock Ensemble Admission is 97 cents, 90
cents if in costume or roller
skates, 83 cents if both
March 16 BJ Thomas & The Sonics
March 21 The Shakers
March 28 Jug Band
April 18 Springfield Rifle
Sept. 27 Shirley Lorraine
Nov. 7 Zombies
1970
January 10 Universal Joint
March 28 Siddhartha
April 3 Tender Green
Oct. 2 Universal Joint
Nov. 1 Gene Redding & Funk

Copyright © 2013 Robert Schoenberg