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Hammond Civic Center
The Hammond Civic Center is a 4,500 seat arena that opened in 1938. It is still alive and well as of this writing in spring of 2009, although it has been quite some time since they've hosted a rock show.

I've always loved the Civic Center. So much closer than Chicago, they frequently had the same major acts perform. One could sometimes see a favorite artist one night in Chicago and the next in Hammond. Memorable shows that I saw in the 70s & 80s include: Foghat, Blue Oyster Cult, UFO, Cheap Trick, and Rush.

The Civie was always a wild and rowdy place. The upstairs mens room not only offered needed relief, but various mood enhancing substances were sold there in. We frequently solved disputes over seating with fists and if you weren't quick about it, cops would drag you into an elevator for a little attitude adjustment. Never happened to me, but I saw it. I guess it's no surprise they don't have rock shows there any longer.

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      Date          Headliner                                      Notes      Media            Review
1953 Jerry Reed      
11-04-56 Red Foley & Ozark Jubilee Gang: Bill Wimberley, Bobby Lord, Wanda Jackson, Brenda Lee,    
11-03-57 Red Foley & the Country Music Jubilee    
                  MORE----> Foggy River Boys, Arlie Duff, Uncle Cyp, Lennie & Goo-Goo    
3-02-58 Roy Orbison w Everly Bros.    
12-59 Lefty Frizzell, Joe Maphis & Rose, Freddie Hart, Merle Travis, David Frizzell,    
                 MORE----> Skeets McDonald and Johny Western    
1-01-60s? Chuck Berry w Bobby Freeman, Rivieras, Blue Angels poster yes
3-07-64 Johnny Cash & the Tenn Two Bill Anderson, Carl & Pearl Butler, George Hamilton IV,    
                 MORE----> June Carter & the Duke of Paducah    
4-26-64 Faron Young, Stonewall Jackson, Lefty Frizzell, Porter Wagoner, Roy Drusky,    
                 MORE----> Norma Jean, Buck Trent & Curly Harris    
12-06-64 Roger Miller, Skeeter Davis, Charlie Louvin, Kitty Wells, Bill Phillips, Tompall & Glaser Bros,    
                 MORE----> Johnny Wright & Tenn Mountain Boys, Jack Moore & Rhythymaires    
1970s? Animals      
1970s? Turtles      
10-26-72 Foghat w Mason Proffit    
1-73? Raspberries      
3-09-73 Canned Heat w Pure Food & Drug Act news  
4-22-73 Peter Frampton w Foghat, Ritual. Camel tour    
5-15-73 Wishbone Ash w Strawbs, Climax Blues Band    
5 or 6-73 Captain Beyond      
6-01-73 Savoy Brown w Blue Oyster Cult, Status Quo    
6-22-73 Brownsville Station      
9-15-73 Spirit w White Witch, Bachman-Turner Overdrive    
10-12-73 Black Oak Arkansas w Bob Seger System    
10-26-73 Spencer Davis Group w Focus    
10-31-73 ZZ Top w Heartsfield    
12-09-73 REO Speedwagon      
12-29-73 Styx w Exile    
1974 Sly & the Family Stone      
1974 Earth, Wind, & Fire      
1-26-74 Wishbone Ash w Heartsfield    
3-31-74 Joe Walsh & Barnstorm w Heartsfield    
4-21-74 Ted Nugent & Amboy Dukes w Cactus, Bob Seger System news  
5-17-74 ZZ Top w Heartsfield    
6-05-74 Rare Earth w Nazareth, KISS (cancelled), The Flock filled in.    
6-13-74 Styx w Fawn, Fast Eddie    
9-21-74 Hawkwind w Mad John Fever (Starcastle)    
9-29-74 Heartsfield      
11-23-74 Epitaph w Zaza Pitts, Bazoomey Loomey (sp?) news yes
12-14-74 Mountain w Jo Jo Gunne, Montrose (Sammy Hagar!) Night of the fan riot! news news news yes
4-23-75 Nektar      
5-25-75 Hawkwind w Climax Blues band    
1-17-76 Ted Nugent w Rory Gallagher, Artful Dodger    
3-20-76 Uriah Heep w Foghat, Skyhooks    
10-09-76 Kansas w Be Bop Deluxe, Earl Slick    
2-11-77 Pat Travers Opened for Rush pics  
2-11-77 Rush w Pat Travers? (or Rex?), Max Webster? All the World's a Stage tour    
4-29-77 Nazareth   stub  
10-14-77 Blue Oyster Cult w Dictators, Ram Jam (cancelled) pics stub  
12-09-77 UFO w Cheap Trick, Rockets. Lights Out tour pics stub  
1-31-78 Rush Farewell to Kings tour pics  
3-24-78 Angel w the Jam, Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush (cancelled) White Hot tour pics  
4-08-78 REO Speedwagon w Hounds, Babys    
5-05-78 Ten Years After w Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Judas Priest (cancelled)    
12-02-78 UFO   stub  
10-26-79 Judas Priest w Hounds stub  
7-26-79 Blue Oyster Cult   stub yes
4-11-80 Robin Trower w Shooting Star. Victims of the Fury tour stub photo setlist
                 MORE----> Recorded and released as "Live at the Hammond Civic Center"    
8-10-80 Molly Hatchet   stub  
70s or 80s Alvin Lee w Bachman Turner Overdrive stub  
70s or 80s Mahogany Rush      
70s or 80s Roadmaster      
5-01-81 Cheap Trick   stub  
3-30-1986 KISS w King Kobra. Infamous Easter Sunday Show, Asylum tour   yes
1-24-87 Nazareth w Malice, Shadows of Knight, Kevin Friend & 20/20 poster stub  
12-03-2000 Bonfire      
2006 Los Cordobas     yes