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Their first Blimpville appearance was at the Lewiston Armory in February of 1975. They returned for the first year of the Cumberland County Civic Center in November of 1977. In 1980, they came back to Portland for the second and last time able to leave their fur coats behind for a summer night in Maine.  

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34 years ago this week, Journey returned to Blimpville for their second show at the Civic Center. This was hot on the heels of the release of the timeless album, Escape three weeks earlier.

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After Dave left Van Halen in 1985, Eddie was on the hunt for a new singer. Rumor has it he asked Patty Smyth of Scandal and she passed, then Eddie asked Daryl Hall after a Hall and Oates concert to sing in Van Halen, but he also declined . Two strikes. But Eddie gets third time lucky when he's introduced to Sammy Hagar

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27 years ago today, Aerosmith rocked a sold out show at the Civic Center! It was the Permanent Vacation tour still ragin’ on.

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38 years ago today, Yes came to the Civic Center in support of their album Going For The One.

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35 years ago today, Blue Oyster Cult played the Civic Center!

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Foreigner played the Civic Center 37 years ago today. It was the Double Vision tour and Hot Blooded and the title track were new songs in heavy rotation on the Rock & Roll Blimp.

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Nearly a year after their first appearance in Portland opening for Black Sabbath...Eddie, Alex, Mikey, and Dave returned to the Civic Center! This time they were the headliners. Van Halen was a sold-out show that night and would continue to sell all the tix every time they came back, up to and including their final performance with Sammy Hagar in 1991. 

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Remember that time when the singer from Led Zeppelin came to Portland, Maine? It was the first and only appearance ever by Robert Plant at the Civic Center. This historic night happened 25 years ago today on July 13, 1990.

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The band that melded Southern Fried Rock with Arena Rock in the Eighties played at the Civic Center in Portland 29 years ago today. 

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