Top 10 best stadium concerts in and around New Jersey (WATCH)
Bruce Springsteen is coming to Met Life Stadium Aug. 23 and 25 and people are pretty excited. New Jersey, as well as Philadelphia and New York, have been home to some of the best stadium concerts in history, from the Beatles at Shea Stadium to Live Aid.
Here’s a “Trev’s Top Ten” list we compiled together on the show. Please feel free to add one you think we left out in the comments below or by Tweeting @NJ1015 and @RealSteveTrev.
Bruce Springsteen at Giants Stadium in 1985
Bruce did six shows there that year near the end of a year and a half tour. This was the height of his “Born In The USA" Tour.
Bon Jovi at Metlife Stadium
The band played on a stage that featured the front of a vintage car with images of the shore rolling across the windshield. One of the best things about a Bon Jovi show is seeing how he sets the stage.
Police reunion at Citizens Bank Park
I was lucky enough to not only go to that show but was invited to a band party before and a meet and greet afterward. I was blown away by how tight they were after not having played together for all those years. I actually liked them better here than when I saw them follow U2 at the Amnesty concert at the Meadowlands in 1986!
It was a very long hot day that started at 12;05 with John Eddie and ended with dozens of performers singing Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released.” In between there were the several acts including the Hooters, Howard Jones, The Neville Brothers, Bryan Adams, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, U2 and the Police. Also there were Senator Bill Bradley and Muhammad Ali. It was definitely a day to remember.
Who better to play the first concert at Citifield that the man whose band played Shea Stadium all those years ago? It was like Sir Paul brought the Beatle magic with him as he gave the new venue old memories that those who were there will cherish forever
Human Rights Now at JFK
I was at the press conference for this tour. Imagine sitting in a chair facing a table with Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Sting and Tracy Chapman. These were the last shows the E Street Band would play for more than a decade.
Peter Frampton, Yes and Gary Wright at JFK in 1976
The Pousette Dart Band opened the show at 4 p.m., followed by Gary Wright, then Peter Frampton, whose “Frampton Comes Alive” was topping the charts. After the sun went down and the lasers came up, Yes took the stage and closed this incredible show with a rendition of the Beatles “I’m Down.”
Yes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and J. Geils Band at JFK in 1977
One of the best parts of this show was when Lynyrd Skynyrd let white doves loose while playing “Freebird.” Frampton was back after a seven-month layoff and performed in front of 91,000 people. This was one of the last Skynyrd shows before their plane crashed on Oct. 20, 1977, killing Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines and Dean Kilpatrick, their assistant road manager.
Rolling Stones, Journey, and George Thorogood at JFK in 1981
This was the largest grossing tour of 1981. It made $50 million dollars in ticket sales with the average ticket price $16. This was also the first tour to sell corporate sponsorships, Jovan Musk paid 1 million dollars to put their name on the tickets.
Live Aid — July 13, 1985
Arguably the grand daddy of all the big shows! The cause was to raise money for relief of the ongoing Ethiopian famine. It resulted in a simultaneous concert both at Wembley Stadium in London and JFK stadium in Philadelphia. Among the performers, who were all given 15-minute sets, were Paul McCartney, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, The Who, U2, Sting, Phil Collins, David Bowie, Elton John, Freddie Mercury and Brian May.
I was part of the radio production in Philadelphia and among the memorable moments was Phil Collins performing at Wembley, then taking the Concorde to Philadelphia to play drums for the Led Zeppelin reunion. Who can forget Mick Jagger's and David Bowie’s collaboration of “Dancin' in the Street?” If you could only go to one concert in your lifetime, this was the one to be at!