This was probably the best live show that I ever attended in Evansville, Indiana during the 80’s!
The photos are from the 1984/85′ Iron Maiden “World Slavery Tour” with Accept (and local Indy-area band Why On Earth) as openers. Believe it or not, I took these pics with one of those little Kodak Disk Cameras. If you are over 40 you will know what I am talking about.
Cameras and recorders were not allowed [without a photo/press pass] at concerts back in the day. So it was a big deal to be able to sneak in a camera and snap some quickie shots of the band(s). Little did I know, just a few years later I would be able to score legit photo or backstage passes to most shows for coverage in Demolish Mag.
Yes—that was amazing to be in the “pit” (i.e. inches away from the stage) and within arms reach of the rock godz! I cherish those moments and treasure all the memorabilia that’s neatly tucked away in the Vaults.
Enjoy these exclusive—never published before—photos; available only on this site.
*For those out of the greater Midwest area:
Mesker Amphitheatre is a historic 8,500-seat amphitheater, in Evansville, Indiana, United States. It has 5,500 chair back seats and 3,000 lawn seats and has recently been shut down (until infrastructure upgrades are made).
Here is an interesting short video that some locals put together about the venue:
Check out this fan video, which features ticket stubs and the radio promo for the concert! Talk about nostalgia.
Special thanks to Mike Johnson for the audio and this front gate Mesker pic is from his collection too.
*All photos are – ©Demolish Magazine
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