Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom. The Most Complete Listing of Shows from the 60s thru the 90s

Posted 29 Jul 2010 in 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Music + TV News

Ah the Aragon Ballroom. This is a fun listing for the old Rock ‘n’ Rollers that visit the Cool Album of the Day site. Here’s a list of just about ever show that was held at the Aragon Ballroom in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago.  If you went there, have fun looking thru this list.  Look for the shows that you saw. Feel ‘bummed’ about the ones you missed. Be angry about the ones that you would have checked out but you didn’t know about, until now.

I’ve combined different listings to form this list. I’ve even contacted band members and did poster research to find others. It’s the best list on the ‘net!

If you were never at the Aragon (it’s still up and running by the way.) it’s still fun to see the shows that were held at the 4500 capacity ‘brawl-room.’  In the old days that would put strung-together folding chairs on the floor. I think they just pack them in now.

Tell us your tales about the Aragon Ballroom below!

VIEW BY DECADE60s // 70s // 80s // 90s 

The 80s

Make sure you click on all four decades to view all four pages.
  • February 11, 1980 Molly Hatchet
  • March 14, 1980 ZZ Top / Rockets
  • March 15, 1980 ZZ Top / Rockets
  • March 16, 1980 ZZ Top / Rockets
  • April 4, 1980 Rock & Roll Marathon
  • April 11, 1980 J. Geils Band /3D
  • May 2, 1980 Pat Travers /P-Boys
  • May 23, 1980 Nazareth /Boyzz /Marseilles
  • May 30, 1980 Triumph
  • June 4, 1980 Point Blank
  • June 12, 1980 Devo /Wazmo Nariz
  • June 25, 1980 Scorpions /Def Leppard
  • September 13, 1980 Outlaws /Max Webster
  • October 26, 1980 Talking Heads /Odd
  • October 31, 1980 Grateful Dead
  • November 22, 1980 Police /XTC
  • November 28, 1980 Molly Hatchet /Michael Schenker
  • December 5, 1980 Alvin Lee
  • December 6, 1980 Babys /Off Broadway
  • February 15, 1981 Boomtown Rats /Jim Carrol / Loverboy
  • Febraury 20, 1981 Nazareth /April Wine
  • March 10, 1981: The Boomtown Rats
  • April 17, 1981 Outlaws /McGuffey Lane
  • May 22, 1981 April Wine /.38 Special
  • May 24, 1981 Ozzy Osbourne /Motor Head
  • July 11, 1981 Plasmatics
  • August 22, 1981 Pretenders /Bureau
  • October 9, 1981 Triumph /Point Blank
  • October 16, 1981 Devo
  • October 23, 1981 Blackfoot/ Def Leppard
  • November 13, 1981 Nazareth /Joe Perry /Vic Vergat
  • December 11, 1981 Grand Funk /Diesel /Moonlite Drive
  • December 12, 1981 Rossington Collins /Henry Paul
  • April 3, 1982 B-52′s Video Dance Party / The Bongos
  • April 9, 1982 Sammy Hagar /Aldo Nova
  • May 22, 1982 Motorhead /Krokus /Fist
  • May 26, 1982 The Jam /The Professionals
  • July 2, 1982 Squeeze /Flock of Seagulls/ Producers
  • July 10, 1982 Third World /Heavy Manners
  • August 12, 1982 Clash / Elvis Brothers
  • August 13, 1982 Clash / Defunkt
  • September 24, 1982 Joe Jackson
  • October 1, 1982 Eddie Money /Michael Stanley
  • October 31, 1982 George Thorogood /Johnny Winter /Big Twist
  • November 24, 1982 Adam Ant /One Bullet Theory
  • December 4, 1982 Stray Cats /Marshall Crenshaw
  • March 18, 1983 English Beat / Thompson Twins
  • March 26, 1983 Psychedelic Furs /Depeche Mode
  • April 1, 1983 Ultravox /Art in America
  • May 21, 1983 U2 / Dream Syndicate
  • June 10, 1983: The Replacements
  • July 15, 1983 Foghat /Heavy Manners
  • August 27, 1983 Madness /Ministry
  • September 9, 1983 Pryor Arguello
  • October 21, 1983 Ronnie Dio /Y & T
  • November 25, 1983 Cheap trick /Aldo Nova /Danny Sparks
  • December 16, 1983 Eddie Money /Saga
  • Febraury 18, 1984 Billy Idol/Elvis Brothers
  • March 9, 1984 Michael Schenker /Tattoo
  • March 17, 1984 Adam Ant /Romantics
  • April 13, 1984 Pretenders /Alarm
  • April 14, 1984 Pretenders /Alarm
  • April 27, 1984 Thompson Twins /Re-Flex
  • May 11, 1984 Motley Crue /Saxon/ Heavy Pettin
  • May 17, 1984 Clash /Heavy Manners
  • July 7, 1984 R.E.M. /Dream Syndicate
  • August 31, 1984 King Sunny Ade /Black Uhuru
  • September 7, 1984 Stevie Ray Vaughan/ Albert Collins
  • October 5, 1984 Fixx /Andy Fraser
  • October 19, 1984 Psychedelic Furs/ Ministry
  • October 26, 1984 I-Three Wailers
  • October 27, 1984 Scandal /John Waite
  • December 1, 1984 Motorhead/ Mercyful Fate /Exciter
  • December 11, 1984 U2 /Waterboys
  • December 14, 1984 Ramones /Higsons/ Naked Raygun
  • December 27, 1984 Bryan Adams /Honeymoon Suite
  • February 9, 1985 W.A.S.P. /Metallica /Armored Saint
  • March 8, 1985 Johnny Winter /Roy Buchanan /Lonnie Brooks
  • March 22, 1985 Depeche Mode /Book Of Love /Way Moves
  • April 5, 1985 Venom /Slayer /Exodus
  • April 19, 1985 Raven /Tank Wrestling
  • May 3, 1985 George Thorogood /Lonnie Mack
  • May 17, 1985 Frankie Goes to Hollywood /Belouis Some
  • June 7, 1985 Smiths /Drag Queens
  • June 21, 1985 Howard Jones/ Red 7
  • June 23, 1985 Tears for Fears /Gowan
  • July 5, 1985 Yngwie Malsteen /Talas/ War Cry
  • September 7, 1985 Steel Pulse /Black Uhuru
  • October 18, 1985 Cure
  • November 9, 1985 Adam Ant/ Wall of Voodoo
  • November 15, 1985 WGCI Fat Boogie Jam Fat Boys Boogie Boys
  • November 24, 1985 Inxs /Cruzados
  • December 6, 1985 Stevie Ray Vaughan /Eddie Clearwater
  • March 22, 1986 Reggae Sunsplash �86
  • April 9, 1986 Echo & The Bunnymen /Church
  • May 16, 1986 Violent Femmes /Dwight Yoakam
  • May 25, 1986 Metallica /Armored Saint
  • June 27, 1986 Krokus /Keel Zeno
  • July 25, 1986 Hey World tour �86
  • August 15, 1986 Smiths /Phranc
  • September 28, 1986 Yngwie Malmsteen /Raven
  • October 26, 1986 Megadeth
  • October 31, 1986 Motorhead /TT Quick/ Cro-Mags
  • November 14, 1986 Slayer/ Overkill
  • November 21, 1986 New Order /White China
  • November 22, 1986 Johnny Winter /Roy Buchanan
  • January 30, 1987 Fabulous Thunderbirds /Jason & Scorchers
  • February 6, 1987 W.A.S.P. /Slayer /Raven
  • March 13, 1987 Beastie Boys /Fishbone /Murphy’s Law
  • May 29, 1987 Sunsplash
  • June 5, 1987 Megadeth /Overkill /Necros
  • June 19, 1987 Anthrax /Metal Church
  • July 24, 1987 King Diamond /Trouble
  • August 21, 1987 Manowar /Victory
  • August 22, 1987 Cult /Guns N’ Roses – CANCELLED
  • September 4, 1987 Y & T /Ace Frehleys Comet /Faster Pussycat
  • October 16, 1987 Grim Reaper /Armored Saint
  • December 5, 1987 Anthrax /Celtic Frost /Exodus
  • May 6, 1988 Megadeth /Warlock Sanctuary
  • June 12, 1988 Yngwie Malmsteen /Lita Ford /Black & Blue
  • August 20, 1988 King Diamond /Flotsam & Jetsam
  • August 26, 1988 Slayer /Danzig /Masi
  • September 23, 1988 Iggy Pop /Ramones
  • October 18, 1988 Midnight Oil /Yothu Yindi
  • November 11, 1988 Slayer /Motorhead /Overkill
  • December 10, 1988 Keith Richards and the X-Pensive Winos / Colin James
  • April 28, 1989: Anthrax
  • November 23, 1989: David Byrne/Rei Momo Band/Margareth Menezes
  • December 1, 1989: B-52s

VIEW BY DECADE60s // 70s // 80s // 90s 

Posted by Larry Carta

14 Comments

  1. david (05 Jun 2012, 14:55)
    Reply

    the March 18th, 1982 English Beat show was my favorite show ever…and the opening act were the Thompson Twins.

  2. Mike (11 Jun 2012, 22:39)
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    The dates on the 3/18/82 and 3/26/82 shows should both be 83. Was at both shows and still have the tix stubs from both. And yes, Thompson Twins opened for English Beat. Not positive, but believe Our Daughter’s Wedding might have played that Furs/Depeche show.

    • Larry Carta (11 Jun 2012, 23:03)
      Reply

      Can you look the stubbs to be 100% sure? Thanks for the help. ODW opened for the Furs at the Riviera. That might be the one you were thinking of there. I was at that one. Great show.

  3. Alan Kimrey (06 Feb 2013, 10:30)
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    Keith Richards and the X-Pensive Winos, 12/10/88

    • Larry Carta (06 Feb 2013, 14:53)
      Reply

      Thanks Alan, I was able to confirm it as well.

  4. TWM (05 Apr 2013, 20:51)
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    This is a great reference, thanks.

    Going through my scribbled old concert notebook — at the 2/15/81 Boomtown Rats / Jim Carroll Band show, there was a third act that went on first: Loverboy.

  5. TWM (05 Apr 2013, 20:52)
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    And my notes for the 4/3/82 B-52’s show have The Bongos as the opening act.

  6. mick (02 May 2013, 22:12)
    Reply

    Error: 8/26/88 Trouble opened, not Masi

    • Larry Carta (04 May 2013, 0:26)
      Reply

      Thanks Mick, but could you tell me what source you have for this? Pictures? Ticket Stub? Poster? Ad? Thanks so much, Larry

  7. Kevin (01 Jan 2014, 20:34)
    Reply

    The Grateful Dead never played the Aragon. 1980 10/31 they were in NYC Radio Citu Music Hall last of 8 in a row.

  8. mark (30 Apr 2014, 13:29)
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    Peter Tosh played there in about 1983-84. It was for the Mama Africa tour. The show was originally booked at the Granada. When we got to the Granada, there was a handwritten note on the door “Concert move to Aragon’ So it was off to the brawlroom for one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.

  9. Jeff H. (18 Jun 2014, 13:36)
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    I saw Peter Tosh on 7/15/83. Heavy Manners opened. Maybe this was the show moved from the Granada, but in any case, Foghat and Krokus weren’t on that bill….. perhaps they moved somewhere else?

  10. Jeff H. (18 Jun 2014, 13:49)
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    here’s another:
    10/23/89- David Byrne/Rei Momo Band/Margareth Menezes….a Brazilian extravaganza!
    Also, Colin James (who?) opened for Keith and the Winos 12/10/88



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