Huey Lewis and the News already had two top 10 hits to their name when they played a sold out show on November 12, 1983 at The Arcade (a club across the street from Stambaugh Stadium where McDonald’s sits now). The band was out on its “Workin’ For a Livin'” tour in support of the Sports album. Strangely only a little more than a year before, the band played a gig at the larger Youngstown Agora on May 2, 1982. By late 1983, the Agora was closed however.
“Do You Believe In Love” went to No. 7 in 1982, while the first single off Sports “Heart and Soul” was on its way to No. 8 by the time the band showed up for the 1983 Arcade gig. The album, which didn’t really get traction until 1984, produced three more top 10 singles and sold 7 million copies. It was reported in the The Jambar that around 600 tickets were sold for the gig.