The Cumberland County Civic Center hosted the first event on March 3, 1977. It’s really awesome that the first event was a capacity crowd, rock concert with ZZ Top. Just over two months later, the second sold-out rock show happened at the new venue.  It was a night with Boston! Nine months earlier, they released their first album which broke sales records and went on to be one of the biggest debut albums of all time.  On May 10, 1977, Blimpsters had the mind-blowing live experience of hearing epic songs like Foreplay/Longtime, Peace of Mind and More Than a Feeling! And that’s just side one! Every track on this album is killer…no filler! It’s still highly regarded as an essential album in any classic rock record collection. Brad Delp Forever!! Boston returned to Portland a second and final time on December 12, 1978.