But not everyone was a fan. (Photo: Janet Macoska), Whether April 27, 1977, was Led Zeppelin’s greatest show from a performance standpoint is something diehard fans have debated for decades. Several high profile rock and roll tours took place in 1977. Opening as Gund Arena in the fall of 1994, the venue was a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of a revitalized downtown. “If they’re to help fill the void created by the demise of Cream, Led Zeppelin will have to find a producer and editor and some material worthy of their collective attention,” Mendelsohn wrote. Though, the drummer’s involvement was never confirmed. It would be two years before Led Zeppelin would perform live again. A four-LP edition of “Destroyer” thanks Bonham for the recording in its liner notes. Members of the the Cleveland Force MISL team practice at the Coliseum in 1979. But the remains of a parking lot and section of Route 303 are enough to bring back vivid memories. The band would leave with a bill totaling well over $10,000. How it came to fruition is still somewhat of a mystery. Tell us in the comments and, in case you need it, here are 30 photos to trigger your memory of the gone but not forgotten arena in Richfield. That first night would produce a soundboard recording that would become known as “Destroyer,” one of the most coveted live bootlegs in rock history. Get Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH, USA setlists - view them, share them, discuss them with other Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH, USA fans for free on setlist.fm! From United States +C $20.74 shipping estimate. John Gorman, future operations director for Cleveland’s WMMS, was finishing up college in Boston when he first encountered Led Zeppelin in 1969. “They played a place called the Boston Tea Party, which held about 300 people,” Gorman recalls. Such a lifestyle would inevitably lead Led Zeppelin to Swingos, the hotel that would serve as the party palace for rock stars coming through Cleveland during the 1970s. The arena officially opened on Oct. 26, 1974. Share your memories of the Coliseum in the comments. As Led Zeppelin’s career was taking off, Cleveland was also reaching its peak as a music city. His 5-year-old son had been rushed to the hospital with a respiratory infection and died. The Coliseum is Built From 1974 to 1994, the Richfield Coliseum served as the leading entertainment center for residents of the Cleveland-Akron area. There were also the memories. I never saw anything like it, Led Zeppelin played for 3 hours and 17 minutes! Robert Plant performs on stage at Richfield Coliseum in April 1977. Yeah- drove all the way up from Indy to the Richfield exit off 271 before we were told the show was canceled. Opening as Gund Arena in the fall of 1994, the venue was a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of a revitalized downtown. “He was very charismatic. He would just stand there and allow the women to admire him. The former Coliseum site is large enough to attract … The Arena has two regulation sheets of ice, open year-round. What are some of your favorite memories of the Coliseum? A helicopter view shows construction of the Richfield Coliseum on Oct. 23, 1973. Free helped revive the franchise, even leading them to the playoffs in 1985. “I think for a lot of acts that came through Cleveland, they felt like they let their hair down here, too. Location ; Jun 23, 1994 Pantera : Richfield Coliseum: Richfield, OH: Sep 10, 1993 Grateful Dead : Richfield Coliseum: Richfield, OH: Sep 09, 1993 Grateful Dead : ... 30 users have been to Richfield Coliseum including: Keo21 Duveydoo Grassy [email protected] Stormcsr Pyro John Watkins Bobnoxious23 Gman123a Tami Bailey Zimtrim Marc Jachim Stasia Kay Perhaps you were even there when Muhammad Ali knocked out Chuck Wepner in 1975, or that time the Cavaliers shocked the Washington Bullets in the Miracle of Richfield game in 1976, or maybe when Michael Jordan hoisted the "The Shot" over the outstretched arms of Craig Ehlo in 1989. The arena, which opened in 1974, replaced the Cleveland Arena, which had 12,500+ boxing capacity, 10,000+ otherwise. But everyone agrees it is one of Led Zeppelin’s most iconic concerts thanks to “Destroyer.”. (The Plain Dealer/Roadell Hickman). Roadell Hickman, The Plain Dealer File Photo. “The wheels really came off the band not long after that. She witnessed Plant’s antics toward women first hand. I remember thinking, ‘My God, we’re having some kind of satanic séance here.’”. Macoska’s photos of Page are equally impressive. The primary coordinates for Richfield Coliseum (historical) places it within the OH 44286 ZIP Code delivery area.. Maps, Driving Directions & Local Area Information Robert had it all,” says Macoska. The arena is located five minutes from the Mall of America in Veterans Memorial Park. In April 1977, Led Zeppelin arrived in Northeast Ohio for a two-night stand at Richfield Coliseum, a place that had become an epicenter for live music. Media in category "Coliseum at Richfield" The following 16 files are in this category, out of 16 total. Sex with “women” whose ages would make your jaw hit the floor. Photo courtesy of Dennis Turchek collection and author Gene Kiczek, World heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali hits Chuck Wepner with a right during their title bout at the Coliseum on March 24, 1975. Richfield Coliseum (historical), Summit County, Ohio. “It feels like that for me with the Coliseum. C $95.39. “Springsteen in particular often would come through Cleveland before he would hit big places like New York because he could try out things on audiences here and the audiences would eat it up without judgment,” says Chakerian. There were just more people being born during that period of time and, as a result, you had a lot more musicians and a lot more people listening to music. Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page in all his glory during the band's April 27, 1977 show at Richfield Coliseum. “He also had a restaurant that had magnificent food. Richfield Coliseum - Opened in 1974, closed in 1994 and demolished in 1999. Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. Subscribe to cleveland.com. NHL hockey would eventually come to the Coliseum, with the Barons playing their home games there from 1976-78. The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, commonly known as the Nassau Coliseum (or Nassau County Coliseum) is a multi-purpose indoor arena in Uniondale, New York, east of New York City.The Long Island venue is approximately 7 miles (11 km) east of the eastern limits of the New York City Borough of Queens, and is also located next to the Meadowbrook Parkway. Richfield Coliseum is a stadium in Richfield Township, Ohio, U.S.A.. View a detailed profile of the structure 218127 including further data and descriptions in the Emporis database. The band member’s promiscuity had also reached new heights. Outside of strong goaltender Gilles Meloche, the Barons had no stars. “He was a majestic lion. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/20). Hotel bills went well above the $10,000 mark. It was the perfect location for what would become Led Zeppelin’s final tour after Bonham died that September. The second night of Led Zeppelin’s Richfield Coliseum run would also feature a fan recording that would circulate among collectors under the title “The Destroyer.” Some say the band put on a better show the second time around. WMMS had become one of the most important radio stations in the country. Richfield Coliseum would close its doors in 1994 after the Cleveland Cavaliers moved to a new sports complex in downtown Cleveland. Richfield Coliseum’s impact on the local concert scene was tremendous. I was there with my best friend and yes, my mother & father – who loved the show also! In a Vanity Fair article, reporter Lisa Robinson, who followed Led Zeppelin on tour, recalls Robert Plant telling her, “I’ve met members of the opposite sex who were only eight or nine when we first went into a studio...and they’re great f**ks.”. Page even chose one of Macoska’s photos of him wearing sunglasses for the back cover of his autobiography. © 2020 Advance Local Media LLC. With its centralized location, luxurious suites, wide concourses and comfy blue seats with cupholders, the new arena was decidedly more fan-friendly than its predecessor, the Richfield Coliseum. But Led Zeppelin’s live shows quickly cemented the band’s status as something special. And they were only getting bigger. Nick Mileti, the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, had a vision for a venue that could become ground zero for major live events in Ohio. The C… After sitting empty for a few years, the Coliseum was demolished in 1999. The Coliseum of Richfield was home to many memorable sporting and entertainment events, from Frank Sinatra to the Cleveland Cavaliers, in 20 years of operation at its rural location. 2923 Streetsboro Road, Richfield, OH Opened. (Photo: Janet Macoska). All rights reserved (About Us). I can drive past there and you can almost kind of see in your mind’s eye where it was. The new arena seated 20,273 for basketball and 18,544 for hockey. “It’s kind of like when you have a picture hanging up on the wall and you haven’t painted for a long time,” Chakerian says. “We were probably in the first 10 people to try to get in the doors. Just two years removed from a car accident, the iconic frontman stood tall with his shirt open, showcasing a stage presence unmatched in rock history save for the likes of Roger Daltrey or Freddie Mercury. Richfield Coliseum (historical) is a cultural feature (building) in Summit County. If you lived between Cleveland and Akron, getting  there was a straight shot right off I-271. English: The Coliseum at Richfield was an indoor arena located between Cleveland and Akron. Led Zepplin guitarist Jimmy Page onstage at the Richfield Coliseum in 1977. Plant’s voice magically echoes off its own sound delay. Led Zeppelin’s partying ways didn’t prevent the band from putting on a show the following night at Richfield. Center Brad Daugherty and head coach Lenny Wilkins led the Cavs to the team's best seasons in the pre-LeBron era. CLEVELAND, Ohio – Sex, drugs and rock & roll don’t begin to describe Led Zeppelin’s 1977 North American tour. 1999 Capacity. Parking was a snap, though getting out was a different story. You can listen to audio version of this story via our CLE Rocks pocast. Richfield Coliseum sat 20,273. The open bowl design allowed you to walk around the arena without missing any of the action. The Coliseum, which opened in 1974, replaced the ancient Cleveland Arena. Top Rated Seller Top Rated Seller. Hundreds of people were arrested, including band and crew members. © 2020 Advance Local Media LLC. Missed the Holiday Inn episode however; sounds like it was a good time. A look at the demolition of the Coliseum from April 27, 1999. Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. The 19,000-seat Coliseum would play host to a who’s who of iconic rock acts, from Elvis Presley and the Eagles to KISS and The Who. Bonham’s drum solos hit even harder. “The tickets read the ‘New Yardbirds.’ The show was booked before they settled on the name Led Zeppelin. I was lifted off the ground, being pushed so hard, I couldn’t draw a breath. But the band never toured in full. “He’d stand there and point, and one of the guys would run out and give the little girl or woman a pass for backstage. The site that once housed the venue is now a woodland area. Roadell Hickman, The Plain Dealer File Photograph. or Best Offer. Bonham would die on September 25, 1980. Michael Jackson performing on the Bad Tour at the Richfield Coliseum in October 1988. And then that next tour just didn’t happen because John Bonham died.”, [You can listen to audio version of this story via our CLE Rocks pocast]. The Richfield Coliseum opened 1974 until 1994. The Richfield Ice Arena built in 1971, has a rich regional history of serving the metro area and hosting world-class talent. Blossom Music Center had yet to become a frequent stop for major rock and roll acts. I don’t think there were even that many shows on that tour after Richfield. I was with my cousin and we went to a guy’s house for a small party,” recalls Bland. One of the doors started to open up and some dude was trapped between the door and the handrail. Page was best known for his time with influential blues band The Yardbirds and playing dual lead guitar with Jeff Beck. Page would recruit three musicians to help round out his new band: A session player named John Paul Jones on bass, former Band of Joy member John Bonham on drums and Bonham’s bandmate, a singer by the name of Robert Plant. There was a tremendous amount of violence. Your brain makes that space, the ether and the ozone around it fill in where it was.”. (Photo: Janet Macoska), Led Zeppelin and Richfield’s last stand. Following the Cleveland show, he supposedly got into a fight with Page, who hated bootlegs, causing Bonham to hand the recording over to someone just to spite the guitarist. Regardless of how it happened, “Destroyer” is an astonishing listen. The final concert at the Coliseum was headlined by Roger Daltrey, which brought an end to perhaps the greatest era of live music Northeast Ohio has ever seen. “A lot of people will complain about the building as not being a sonic delight. Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. It isn’t like that now.”, Bruce Springsteen plays to the crowd in the front row at the Richfield Coliseum. Thank you to those kind heads who scored us the tix. Chicago Tribune file photo by Ed Wagner Jr. Michael Jordan reacts after hitting the game winning basket over Cleveland's Craig Ehlo in Game 5 of the NBA playoffs May 7, 1989. Nick Mileti was the visionary behind the Coliseum's construction, believing that its location in northern Summit County south of Cleveland and between the Ohio Turnpike and Interstates 77 and 271 was ideally situated. Page’s guitar work is piercing with passion. “I remember the guy saying, ‘Hey have you heard this album? He was a big stud guy. Cavaliers guard Dick Snyder hits the game-winner against the Washington Bullets during Game 7 of the Miracle in Richfield season in 1976. “Me and three buddies of mine went to see them in Cincinnati a week before ‘Destroyer,’” Bland recalls. Coliseum at Richfield Location. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. Music venues like The Agora, Music Hall and Allen Theatre were hosting rock’s greatest up-and-coming acts, such as Bruce Springsteen, Black Sabbath, Patti Smith and David Bowie, who played his first U.S. show in Cleveland on Sept. 22, 1972. He was confronted by a security guard. Get breaking news coverage as events unfold. Cavs point guard Mark Price is fouled on his way to the basket during a game against the Indiana Pacers in 1990. Cavaliers owner Nick Mileti wasn't able to secure an NHL franchise, but the Coliseum was built as the new home for Cleveland's NBA franchise and the Cleveland Crusaders of the World Hockey Association. He had the stance, the look and the sound. It was an amazing show! Circus animals get a police escort as they march west on Ohio 303 headed for the Richfield Coliseum. Macoska’s photos of Plant are particularly striking. You can listen to an audio recording of this story, featuring interviews from those who were there and music from the Led Zeppelin concert on Acast. Public Auditorium, the biggest music venue in downtown Cleveland at the time, couldn’t fit more than 10,000 people. Chris Harkness (80) of the Cleveland Thunderbolts intercepts a first quarter pass as Arizona Rattlers reciever Cedric Tillman reaches back for the ball, during Arena Football action at the Richfield Coliseum, Saturday, June 4, 1994. You gotta listen to this.’ And he put on ‘Led Zeppelin I’ and ‘Dazed and Confused’ came on. The Coliseum at Richfield (also known as Richfield Coliseum) was an arena located in Richfield Township in Summit County, Ohio, roughly halfway between Cleveland and Akron. That led to Grant, Bonham, tour manager Richard Cole and John Bindon, a London gangster hired to help with the band’s security, being arrested for assaulting the security guard, who had to be rushed to the hospital. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. Cleveland Arena was an arena in Cleveland, Ohio.It was built and privately financed by local businessman Albert C. Sutphin during the height of the Great Depression in 1937 as a playing site for Sutphin's AHL team, the Cleveland Barons.The arena was at 3717 Euclid Avenue, and seated 10 000+ in the stands and 12,500+ for events such as boxing where floor seating was available. I can't find any listing for Robin Trower When I went to the coliseum, there was a security guard in back. For two seasons they played at the Coliseum, but they were getting deeper in the red. The stories from that time are the stuff of legend with details that might make you wish you were there if you weren’t terrified of the consequences. Cleveland photographer Janet Macoska shot Led Zeppelin’s first concert at Richfield in 1977. There were plenty, from the first concert -- Frank Sinatra on Oct. 26, 1974 -- to the last Cavaliers game -- vs. the Chicago Bulls on May 3, 1994 -- and everything in between. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. Macoska remembers taking her place at the front of the stage, stationed just below Plant and Page to photograph the entire three-hour gig. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/20). Heroin had become such a part of the band’s life that doctors would accompany Led Zeppelin on tour to administer prescriptions when needed. “From a historical standpoint, that was Led Zeppelin peak experience, peak live powers,” says Cleveland music historian and author Peter Chakerian. Turned back south and stopped at the first rest stop, and scored 2 tickets for Sunday night's show. "The Palace on the Prairie" I was LUCKY as the arena had just closed in 1994. Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. “Rock and roll was exploding. (Dudley Brumbach / The Plain Dealer)Cleveland Plain Dealer. It just became a rock and roll hangout. Built for the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team, the Coliseum also hosted concerts and other memorable events. The band’s manager Peter Grant intended for the trek to reassert Led Zeppelin’s status as rock’s greatest band. That’s why rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and all these genres of music started to gel together and appeal to such a wide audience.”. He was a joy to photograph.”. Still, the area lacked a music venue the magnitude of other cities. Fans rush the court after the Cavaliers stunned the Washington Bullets to win the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 1976. It opened in 1974 as a replacement for the Cleveland Arena, and had a seating capacity of 20,273 for basketball. For 25 years, the hulking shape of the Richfield Coliseum hunkered incongruously above the cornfields of northeast Ohio, visible for miles above the plunging ravines, hidden streams, and dense, leaf-carpeted forests of the Cuyahoga River Valley. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cavaliers officially begin the 2018-2019 season this week with media day and the start of training camp. Rumor has it Bonham used to record his concerts so he could listen to them later and make adjustments. Cleveland Clothing Co. sells a T-shirt remembering the Coliseum for $28. Jimmy Page formed Led Zeppelin in 1968. “When you take the picture off the wall, you can see that outline of where it was. Richfield Coliseum would remain vacant until 1999 when it was torn down. 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