If These Seats Could Talk ...
It's not nearly as famous as say Madison Square Garden, but many musicians and bands from the 1950s and onward ascended the ranks by performing at the 3600-seat arena known as Convention Hall in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
We're talking the likes of:
- Bill Haley & His Comets,
- Frank Sinatra,
- The Beach Boys,
- The Rolling Stones,
- Ray Charles,
- Emerson Lake & Palmer,
- The Who,
- Led Zeppelin,
- The Grateful Dead,
- Elton John,
- Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band,
- and MANY, MANY others ...
One interesting fact is that the iconic band Led Zeppelin turned down a prestigious gig at the Woodstock Music Festival and instead played at Convention Hall on that historic date of Saturday August 16th, 1969:
- app.com: Led Zeppelin turned down Woodstock for Asbury Park - Jean Mikle, @jeanmikle Published 2:19 p.m. ET Aug. 23, 2014
Just check out SetList.fm: Convention Hall Asbury Park Concert Setlists to see the huge listing of artists who have performed at Convention Hall.
So if these old plywood and cast-iron seats could talk - what stories they would tell!!!
PS: I'd love to see the grand tally of how much weed was smoked and how many beers were spilled in these seats in Convention Hall 🤪
Other posts is this series:
- Slippery Walk to Convention Hall in Asbury Park
- Audra Mariel & A Real Human Jazz Band
- Scenes from Asbury Park