This blog is dedicated to the history of major rock ‘n’ roll acts and their appearances at venues in Youngstown, Ohio. A great deal of research material used to make this blog comes from the brilliant Google newspaper archive and its fairly complete collection of past Vindicator issues. If you have any information that could add color to my blog posts, please e-mail me at steelstringer00@gmail.com.


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  1. Steve Acker says:

    Who are you? This is Steve Acker, co-founder, lead guitarist and songwriter for L.A.W., later to become simply LAW.

    Your blog is very informative and very cool.

  2. Steve says:

    Very cool blog! I was at the Beach Boys concert at YSU. The Tomorrow Club info is fantastic. Did you go through the newspapers and compile it yourself? If you don’t mind I would like to put a link to this site on the MVLiveMusic.com homepage – let me know.

    • Link away.
      Just using Google for the newspaper research. Once you know what to look for it’s not hard. Takes time though.

      • Steve says:

        Oops. You responded right away but I didn’t know. I must have missed the email notification. I’ll put that link up as soon as I get a chance. I might also occasionally use some of your scans in my “Time Capsule” section if you don’t mind. Of course I’ll give you credit for finding them.

      • All right…thanks!

  3. Ken says:

    Hi… just came across your site a few days ago…nice job! As a former Y-town citizen..I saw a number of shows in different locations in the late ’70s- late ’80s. I also run a website devoted to music from Ohio, Check it out some time if you get a chance ohiosounds.com

  4. Scott says:

    Great blog! Im the former house photographer for the Tomorrow/Agora/Star club. Juck hired me to take pictures of the police ticketing cars after he had paid the city off not too. And I never went away.

  5. Scott says:

    And needless to say I ment Jack not juck.

  6. Mark says:

    Nice blog! I also sent you an email.

  7. Charles says:

    Ones I remember from ’76 to ’83 at the TMRW Club / Agora are… Be Bop Delux, Patti Smith, Tom Waits, John Cougar, The Tubes, League of Gentleman, Adrian Belew, Chukka Kahn… and over at YSU George Benson, Aerosmith, J Giles Band. Some more will come to me…


  8. Charles says:

    a friend just reminded me of the Police’s first tour…very few people that night.

  9. Thank you so much for this website! My parents met at a Left End show–I owe my life to Dennis T Menass.

  10. Joseph David Lucci says:

    Just a few of the bands which I saw in Y-town (I arrived at your site because I was searching for the Mink Deville/AC/DC show at the Tomorrow Club which I attended): At the Tom.Club – Rush, Boston, Heart, The Babys, Todd Rundgren, The Tubes, Eddie Money, The Runaways, Joan Jett solo, Hall & Oates, Kiss, Kansas, Horslips, Michael Stanley Band, Southside Johnny & The Ashbury Jukes, Eric Carmen, Donnie Iris & The Cruisers, New York Dolls, Mahogany Rush, Blue Oyster Cult, Al Stewart, Steely Dan, Ambrosia, Left End, Wild Horses, Artful Dodger, B.E. Taylor (& Brainchild), Bloodrock, Blue Ash, Brownsville Station, The Godz, Crack The Sky, Rick Derringer, Dion, Spooky Tooth, Foghat, Glass Harp (State Theater), Saga, Ian Hunter, Joe Walsh, Journey (Pre-Steve Perry), Montrose, Mott The Hoople, Toto, Pat Benatar, Pere Ubu, Poco, The Outlaws, John Kay & Steppenwolf, Poobah, Suzi Quatro, Supertramp, Marshall Tucker Band, Tin Huey, and, of course, the aforementioned AC/DC and Mink Deville.

    I have been into music since I was a very young child. I purchased my first 45 RPM (Paul Mauriat “Love Is Blue”) at Murphy’s – Uptown – when I was six. I grew up on the Southside and used to go to Idora Park all of the time. I remember WHOT DAYS at the park and the following groups: The Human Beinz, The Monkees, Boyce & Hart, The Bay City Rollers, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Herman’s Hermits, Gary Lewis & The Playboys as well as all of the local bands which played the midway all day long (i.e. L.A.W., Left End, Iron Knowledge, Blue Ash, Coconut, Merry Christmas, Young Gifted & Brown, Biggy Rat, etc.)

    I saw Kool & The Gang at Reed’s Arena in – I think – 1968.

    There have been many major acts to stop in Y-Town over the years. I have attended 100’s of concerts…many in Youngstown. I practically lived at the Cedars in the 1980’s (Violent Femmes, Dead Boys, Exotic Birds (w/a young Trent Rzenor), The Adults, B-Minors, Bangorillas, Public Design, Sharkbite, Infidels, Timmy Butler of Psychedelic Furs, Boogeyman Smash, 9 West, The Polkaholics, Sonny Needs Money, The Toll)

    There have been lots of venues in the area which hosted Regional, National, and even International acts. I saw Springsteen at Stambaugh. I was at the first Covelli Ctr. (Chevrolet Ctr,) concert (Shinedown, Fuel). I also saw George Thorogood, ZZ TOP, and Buddy Guy there. I saw Days Of The New at a small club in Struthers.

    The list of Y-Town area concerts goes on and on. This is all that my 58-year old, addled brain, can muster right now. Thanks for your site…it is fun and interesting!

    • That is indeed a lot to take in. Do you remember any dates (or years) of the natonal acts you mentioned at Cedars?

      • Joseph David Lucci says:

        I cannot give exact dates or even years, but all would have been between (approximately) 1982-1988. I know that that is a wide range, but it is the best that I can do. I became friends with Tommy (Simon) and spent three or four days a week at Cedars for much of the 1980’s. He always booked the best up and coming bands and the greatest Y-Town, Cleve., Akron, Pittsburg alternative groups. A girl from Boardman – Peg Mellard (Spelling?) – married Tim Butler of the Psy.Furs and they would come down and stay at Tommy’s house on the Northside. What awesome parties would happen!! I once had this huge intellectual debate with Tim (all participants being fully-drug fueled) about the existence of God (He was quite the Atheist, if I recall).
        So sorry if I cannot be more specific.

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