Western students have always made music a huge part of their entertainment spending. Looking back, it really is quite amazing to see the number of big name acts that have graced campus or community stages over the years. While this is by no means a comprehensive list, it is a few of the shows which stick out in our minds as being extraordinary in some way. Enjoy!
Nov. 1974: A big month when Bill Cosby, B.B. King, Ray Charles and Electric Light Orchestra played shows at Alumni Hall. E.L.O. erupted a minor controversy when they trashed their dressing room, which doubled as the girl's basketball locker room.
Jan. 1975: The world-renowned singer/songwriter, Leonard Cohen, played to an excited, but not sold-out crowd at Alumni Hall.
Jan. 6, 1978: The London Gardens was the place to be when Rush and Max Webster shared the bill.
April 12, 1983: The English Beat played a very danceable show at Alumni Hall. Oh yeah... a tiny little band from Athens, Georgia opened up the show. Its name was R.E.M.
August, 1983: John Cougar Mellancamp and the Beach Boys played to a packed crowd of 14,000 at J.W. Little Stadium. Mellancamp, however, "made history" when he threw a tantrum by kicking a drum set into the audience and smashed one of the stage monitors. Apparently he didn't like being placed on the same bill as old '60s burnouts.
Feb. 4, 1984: Beta Theta Pi and Pi Lambda Phi presented a very special show, with their guests, Platinum Blonde! Drinks on this night were two for one.
May 18, 1986: Glass Tiger played to over 10,000 fans in Victoria Park, just before leaving on a world tour.
April 2-4, 1987: Canada's up-and-coming club act, The Tragically Hip, played a three-night stand at the Spoke.
Fall of 1989: The Village People came and did a free show in all their "Macho Man" glory for Western frosh on University College Hill.
Sept 8, 1990: Maestro Fresh Wes rocked Centennial Hall, while the Lemonheads played a little show at Call The Office on the 28th.
Sept. 1994: Sarah McLachlan played a sold-out show at the Western Fair Grounds. Later that year she played Alumni Hall.
Summer 1995: One of the world's finest bands, Radiohead, slipped into Call the Office for a memorable show. Also, on June 7th, current superstar, Jewel, played a one-woman show at The Embassy.