The Rockford Metrocentre has hosted some great concerts through the years and here are five that were extra special in the 1980's.

In the 1980's there were a bunch of awesome shows downtown Rockford at the Metrocentre. There are some that really stood out for certain reasons.

Here Are 5 Memorable Metrocentre Concerts From The 80's

1. October 1, 1981 - Rolling Stones

The biggest show to ever happen at the Metrocentre. It was a fan petition drive that brought the band to Rockford

Under My Thumb

When The Whip Comes Down

Let's Spend The Night Together



Black Limousine

Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) 

Twenty Flight Rock

Let Me Go

Time Is On My Side

Beast Of Burden

Waiting On A Friend

Let it Bleed

You Can't Always Get What You Want

Tumbling Dice

Little T&A

She's So Cold

Hang Fire

Miss You

Start Me Up

Honky Tonk Women

Brown Sugar

Jumpin' Jack Flash 

Setlist courtesy of 

2. February 19, 1983 - Eric Clapton

To have a legend like Slowhand play in the building was a big deal. For Clapton, that was considered an intimate show.

After Midnight

I Shot The Sheriff

Worried Life Blues

Let It Rain

Sweet Little Lisa

Key To The Highway

Tulsa Time

I've Got A Rock N Roll Heart

Wonderful Tonight

Blues Power

Who's Lovin' You Tonight / Have You Ever Loved A Woman / Ramblin' On My Mind



Farther Up The Road

Setlist courtesy of

3. March 22nd, 1983 - Ozzy Osbourne 

The show was cut short because Ozzy started to have chest pains and he was rushed to Swedish American Hospital. Plus, there were people outside the venue protesting him before the show because he was considered so evil.

I Don't Know

Mr. Crowley

Crazy Train

Suicide Solution

Revelation (Mother Earth)

Steal Away (The Night)


Flying High Again

Iron Man

Children of the Grave

Setlist courtesy of

4. Tied: July 1st, 1984 - Van Halen (David Lee Roth) & April 24th, 1986 - Van Halen (Sammy Hagar)

I picked these two shows for Van Halen because they include David's last tour and Sammy's first. Not a lot of cities the size of Rockford got shows from both of those tours. The end of an era and the beginning of another.

July 1st, 1984 (David Lee Roth)


Hot for Teacher

On Fire

Runnin' With The Devil

Little Guitars


House of Pain

Jamie's Cryin

I'll Wait

Everybody Wants Some

Girl Goe Bad



Oh, Pretty Woman


You Really Got Me

Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love

Setlist courtesy of

April 24th, 1986 (Sammy Hagar)

You Really Got Me

There's Only One Way to Rock

Summer Nights

Get Up

Why Can't This Be Love



Best of Both Worlds

Love Walks In

Good Enough

I Can't Drive 55

Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love


Rock and Roll 

Setlist courtesy of

November 15th, 1983 - Quiet Riot & Black Sabbath

At this show, Quiet Riot found out that their album "Metal Health" passed Michael Jackson "Thriller" to go number one on the charts. The first time ever for a Heavy Metal band. They were opening for Black Sabbath featuring the short-lived line-up with singer Ian Gillan from Deep Purple.

Quiet Riot

Run For Cover

Let's Get Crazy

Cum On Feel The Noize

Don't Wanna Let You Go

Slick Black Cadillac


Metal Health (Bang Your head)

Setlist courtesy of

Black Sabbath

Children of The Grave

Hot Line

War Pigs


Disturbing The Priest

Rock N Roll Doctor

The Dark

Zero The Hero

Black Sabbath

Iron Man

Heaven And Hell

Digital Bitch

Setlist courtesy of

What were your favorite shows from the 1980's at the Rockford Metrocentre.

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