The one hall that folk singer Gordon Lightfoot preferred is a really old venue called Massey Hall which, as of writing this in January 2017, will be 122 years old. Some of the greatest performers in the world have appeared there. I believe one of the most famous concerts ever presented at Massey Hall was May 15, 1953, when the “Greatest” Jazz artists in the World appeared together and never did again. They would include Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus and Max Roach
The Apollo opened it doors in 1914. I guess what I remember is that, for a theatre that is in a black community and is famous for it’s Black Acts (Motown huge), in 1957 they booked Buddy Holly and the Crickets because they thought they were black. This is from the Buddy Holly Story
I find it difficult to list all the Artists that have appeared at this very famous venue; it would probably be easier to list who has NOT appeared there.
Here are just a few who appeared at The Apollo: Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown and the Fabulous Flames, Jimi Hendrix, Aretha Franklin , The Jackson 5 , Bob Marley and Wailers, Prince, the Motown Revue, … and the list will go one forever.
So if anyone has personal experience with actually being in the Capitol theatre, I would love to hear of your experiences. What made this obscure venue so special is that some of the greatest and most famous artists appeared there.
The Capitol was built in 1926, had a seating capacity of 3,200 and was known for it’s in-house Video System, but unfortunately now it is a shopping centre.
You will not believe the Artists that have appeared there. I have found the video’s of the greats, when they were YOUNG and the videos are fabulous, well to me anyways. I would really like to hear from anyone of our followers, why this theatre which was really in a small town, drew all of these great acts.
- The Byrds (Last concert before break-up)
- The Four Seasons (Promoter James B. Sansone 1972)
- Mountain 1973 – the performance is available as a bootleg
- Stray Cats (Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble were added to the bill a half-hour before showtime.)
- Linda Ronstadt on more than one occasion including Dec.6 1975
- Peter Frampton (second show) – February 14, 1976.
- Dan Fogelberg (with Fools Gold) – March 20, 1976. (a good quality black and white video of this two-hour show is available online).
- Grateful Dead – June 18, 1976 (released as Grateful Dead Download Series Volume 4); April 25, 1977 (released as Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ, 4/25/77, and as part of 30 Trips Around the Sun)
- Billy Joel – October 2, 1976 (Turnstiles tour)
- Alice Cooper – October 10, 1981 (Special Forces tour)
- Rush – Dec 10, 1976 (2112 tour)
- Peter Gabriel – March 5, 1977 (his first concert as a solo artist)
- Kiss – two songs in September 1977 for Alive II
- Rick Danko – December 17, 1977 (with Terry Danko, Michael De Temple and others)
- Journey – Jun. 10, 1978 Infinity Tour (first tour with Steve Perry)
- Elvis Costello and the Attractions – May 5, 1978 (black & white video of full concert available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMCw9TOR8V4
- The Rolling Stones – June 14, 1978
- Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – September 19–21, 1978 (The Sept. 19 show was broadcast throughout the tri-state area and remains a famous concert among fans for the intensity of the performance.)
- Frank Zappa – October 13, 1978 (two shows on one day)
- Parliament-Funkadelic – November 6, 1978
- Outlaws – November 10, 1978
- Robert Gordon and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes – December 30–31, 1978
- Willie Nelson and Leon Russell – March 1, 1979 (Broadcast live on WNEW-FM – listen on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsQCFLgeusY
- Judy Collins – March 10, 1979 (Hard Times for Lovers tour)
- The Who – September 10–11, 1979
- Van Morrison – October 6, 1979
- Talking Heads – November 17, 1979 (songs from a recording of this concert appear on their 1982 live album)
- Rainbow – December 1, 1979 (76-minute video of show with Graham Bonnet on vocals)
- The Clash – March 8, 1980
- Ruben Blades – March 22, 1980
- Genesis – May 28, 1980
- Talking Heads – November 4, 1980
- The Police – Nov 29, 1980
- The Allman Brothers Band – July 14, 1972 and December 16, 1981 (several songs appear on the Brothers of the Road video release), as well as April 20, 1979; January 5, 1980; January 3 and 4, 1981
- Dave Edmunds‘ Ten Great Guitars, with Link Wray, Dickey Betts, Johnny Winter, Brian Setzer, Steve Cropper, David Gilmour, Neal Schon, Lita Ford and Tony Iommi (On November 3, 1984)
- Ozzy Osborne w/ Randy Rhoads on Guitar – April 24, 1981 Tommy Aldridge on Drums, Rudy Sarzo on Bass, and Lindsay Bridgewater on Keyboards.
- Jerry Garcia – April 10, 1982
- Prince – January 30, 1982 with Bobby Z. (drums), Brown Mark (bass), Dez Dickerson (guitar), Doctor Fink (keyboards), Lisa Coleman (keyboards)
- U2 – May 12, 1983
- R.E.M. – 9 June 1984
- Lou Reed – September 25, 1984
- Jethro Tull – 28 October 1984
- Beastie Boys – April 1, 1987 (Murphy’s Law and Public Enemy open. The first show in which Flavor Flav wears his signature clock necklace on stage.)
- Gregg Allman – 1974, Several recordings appear on The Gregg Allman Tour
- Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – September 21, 1985
- Gary Numan – Oct 18, 1980
- Cheap Trick – December 8,1978 & March 29,1980