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Tue Dec 15, 2020, 03:25 AM

Dear Amazon, before you bulldoze more than 80 years of Detroit music history, please read this

"Today I drove past the old State Fairgrounds in Detroit. I realized that the old bandshell would likely not be spared from the wrecking ball following news that the city of Detroit sold the property to Amazon for a new distribution center, so I snapped a photo of it. I recall my mother in law saying she saw the Jackson 5 on that stage, as well as Stevie Wonder. I wondered who else had performed on that stage. As a musician myself, who has performed on stages as small as PJ’s Lager House and as large as the DIA Film Theater, I can say they’re a magical place. A quick search took me to theconcertdatabase.com which held a shocking list of well-known musicians dating back to 1938, the 89th year of the Michigan State Fair. The headliner was swing band leader Benny Goodman."

https://www.metrotimes.com/city-slang/archives/2020/12/14/dear-amazon-before-you-bulldoze-more-than-80-years-of-detroit-music-history-please-read-this?utm_source=featurefollow&utm_medium=home&utm_campaign=hpfeatures&utm_content=HomeTopFeature

If you click on this, scroll down to the Poster from 1969. I have a copy of that one signed by the artist Gary Grimshaw. Take a look at all of the bands you could see for $3.50.
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Tue Dec 15, 2020, 06:29 AM

1. Um ... it's a concrete shell.

If you were to relocate that, it would look the same as the other concrete bandshells across the country.

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Tue Dec 15, 2020, 10:30 AM

2. I totally get this.

Within the last 5 years, northcentral Wisconsin has lost venues that hosted Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Bob Newhart, Jay Leno, and the Smothers Brothers.

There's no sense of history or sentimentality anymore. I'm waiting for oil drilling at Arlington Cemetery in an executive order within the next month.

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Response to safeinOhio (Original post)

Tue Dec 15, 2020, 10:39 AM

3. My first concert was in 1961.

Michigan State Fair Coliseum. I was 12 years old and was working in the dairy barns, shoveling shit. My brother and I got free tickets to see Ricky Nelson.

I was so impressed with how crazy the girls went over Rick.
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