UPDATED: Memorable Houston Concerts of 1992

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UPDATE (2:03 p.m.): Alice In Chains was advertised but dropped out, and was replaced with Australia's Baby Animals.

The year 1992 was an important one for me as far as Houston concerts are concerned: It's the first time I went to a concert within the Houston city limits, the "Outside Broadcast" leg of U2's Zoo TV tour at the Astrodome in October. The only other one had been Depeche Mode at the then-new Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in summer 1990.

Obviously, things were a little different back then. I remember absolutely horrible sound to the point where Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" was nearly inaudible, but but U2's giant video wall and Bono's "The Fly" outfit did make a big impression. (So did his falsetto.) It wasn't nearly as memorable as the time my brother and I went back to the Dome to see U2 on the PopMart tour in 1997, but that's a different story.

We posted a prompt on our Rocks Off Facebook page to see what people remembered, and then combed through the Houston Press archives to see what else we could dig up from what must have been a memorable year. (Just ask They Might Be Giants.) By the way, some of you remembered Peter Gabriel behind 1992's Us, but the "Secret World Live" tour didn't stop here until July 1993.

Following is a small, mostly random sampling of shows we found that did stop here in '92. Enjoy.

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Posters by Frank Kozik
B-52's/Violent Femmes, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, October 16

Beastie Boys/Rollins Band/Cypress Hill, Sam Houston Coliseum, November 20

The Black Crowes, AstroArena, October 12

David Byrne, Tower Theatre, September 24

The Cult, Lenny Kravitz, The Summit, January 25

The Cure, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, June 9-10

Bo Diddley, Rockefeller's, February 1

Dinosaur Jr., The Vatican, February 7

Dire Straits, The Summit, February 13

Guns N' Roses/Metallica/Faith No More, Astrodome, September 4

Guns N' Roses/Soundgarden, The Summit, January 9-10

Ice Cube, The Unicorn, February 9

Jesus and Mary Chain/Curve/Spiritualized, The Vatican, November 13

Lollapalooza, Fort Bend County Fairgrounds, September 5

Lyle Lovett, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, October 11

Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch, Tower Theater, March 8

Metallica, The Summit, January 17

Morrissey, The Summit, November 6

Ozzy Osbourne/Alice In Chains/Motorhead, The Summit, September 23

Pantera, The Unicorn, November 24



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15 comments
abirken
abirken

Favorite show of 1992?  Danzig with White Zombie opening, Tower Theater. Surprised this didn't make the list.  

budnickto
budnickto

My favorite show of 1992 was Skid Row and Pantera at the AstroArena on March 20, 1992. Skid Row was headlining on their second album, so they played everything you wanted to hear and were successful enough to have a good pyro show too!

The_Black_Jesus
The_Black_Jesus

@HoustonPress I was at prob 80% of those shows and scalped tickets to 90% of them as well

stjnky
stjnky

Mr. Bungle at the Vatican, 4/12/92. Possibly the weirdest show I've ever seen.

weareone
weareone

CAN'T FORGET ABOUT "KISS" AT THE BACKSTAGE CLUB(SOLD OUT SHOW) ON APRIL 29TH, THAT SAME NIGHT, PETER CRISS AND ACE FREHLEY WERE PLAYING AT A CLUB OFF OF 1960 CALLED "THE MILLENIUM"! IT WAS ONE OF KISS' FEW CLUB GIGS IN THE U.S., LUCKILY HOUSTON WAS ON THE TOUR ITINERARY!!

jeffbalke
jeffbalke topcommenter

Was at quite a few of those. Missed the AstroArena show for the Crowes, but saw them when they came back either late that year or early '93 to the Coliseum for a "free" show because of the debacle at the AstroArena show. That show at the Coliseum is still one of the best concerts I've ever seen.

Keith Hanna
Keith Hanna

That was a great year. ahhhh the memories.

Chris Tate
Chris Tate

That JAMC/Curve show was amazing. Ear ringing noisy goodness. Also, the Beastie/Rollins Band/Cypress Hill show was super cool. I remember buying my ticket at Vinal Edge on the way down to the show. 1st and only show I went to at the Coliseum.

gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

You missed the epic My bloody valentine show at the Vatican.. Still the loudest concert I've ever seen..

Tony Gutierrez
Tony Gutierrez

U2 with Public Enemy was supposed to have been The Sisters of Mercy with Public Enemy.

Mont Hoyt
Mont Hoyt

FYI Baby Animals from Australia opened for Van Halen at the Summit not AIC. I think AIC rolled off the date before Houston.

budnickto
budnickto

 @weareone I think Peter Criss was playing by himself at The Hop the night that KISS played Backstage, so obviously I missed my one chance of seeing Peter doing a club show. I saw The Bad Boys Tour with Ace & Peter at Millennium, and that was in 1995.

 

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