(Photo Courtesy of the Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University)
This photograph, an aerial view of the crowd from the 1980 edition of the World Series of Rock in Cleveland, Ohio, is the perfect example of the quintessential arena rock concert from the 1970s and 1980s. Though there are not many digital resources to rely upon, this concert series provided large masses of Cleveland’s population to enjoy different genres within Rock n’ Roll.
Some of the artists that performed were very much known as activists, including Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. The concert series that lasted from 1974-1980 also featured many artists that are currently in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, including Aerosmith, AC/DC, Journey, and the Rolling Stones. These concerts were also heavily attended, with as many as 88,000 people coming to see these bands.
These concerts last a lefting impression not only in Northeast Ohio, but elsewhere as well. Arena concerts had their heyday in the 1970s and 1980s, but they continue today, with a recent example being the Camp Flog Gnaw festival in Los Angeles, headlined by Cleveland native Kid Cudi.
Cleveland Memory Project, “Aerial view of World Series of Rock crowd”, Cleveland State University, http://images.ulib.csuohio.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/press/id/13348/rec/4.
“Cleveland Stadium – Home of World Series of Rock”, rockandrollroadmap.com, http://rockandrollroadmap.com/places/where-they-played/other-rock-music-venues/cleveland-stadium-home-of-world-series-of-rock/.
“Cleveland Stadium – Home of World Series of Rock”, rockandrollroadmap.com.
John Gorman with Tom Feran, The Buzzard: Inside the Glory Days of WMMS and Cleveland Rock Radio, 72-79.