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Huntington Civic Center

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Huntington, WV
United States

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
Great Show

I thoroughly enjoyed this show because of its intimacy. It was a poorly advertised and attended (no more than several thousand, if that many, souls) show in a small venue but the band was on their game, particularly Jerry and Bob. It was perhaps one of the last chances to see the band in a such a small setting. Everything after this for me was coliseum, megastadium, and hockey hall and none ever came close to that special spring 1978 evening in Huntington. I remember Cassidy, Jack Straw, Estimated Prophet, and Eyes of the World most.

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sSmall venues The GD [layed after Huntington, WV in 78

Too numerous to mention...

Billerica Forum, Billerica MA '79 Patrick Gym, Unn. of Vermont '83 Roanoke Civic Center, Roanoke Va. '87 Marin County Vets, San Rafael, Ca. '83; '84Too lazy to get out Melk Weg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, '81 x 2 Rainbow Theatre, London England Augusta Civic Center, Augusta Maine '84

Too lazy to get the Dead Base and dig them all out

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Small Venues Post 1978

From my home base in the Midwest, there weren't many small-venue shows after Huntington aside from the Cleveland Music Hall shows of March 1981. Even those weren't nearly as small and intimate as the Huntington show. A few years later in 1986 I caught the band at the Berkeley Community Theatre and even that seemed like a hockey-hall after Huntington. Plus, the April '86 band was a mere shadow of the '78 band. Not even close.

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The capacity of Big Sandy

as it is now known, is 9,000. Which puts it a mid to smallish size civic arena. I know what you mean though Grove, there was not a lot of people on tour in 1978. 5-700 at most, I would say. Regardless of the size of the venue, that is what made it seem very intimate.

Memory is a tricky thing. The BCT, which holds like 2-3k packed, has to be smaller in size than Big Sandy. But jam-packed it wouldn't seem as intimate. For me Augusta was the closest thing to a very intimate show I ever got. Would have loved to see a show at the Warfield.

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