BMO Harris Bank Center photo flashback of concerts and more.

This year is the 40th anniversary of the BMO Harris Bank Center in downtown Rockford. Since we can't have a big party to celebrate, I've been doing a series of flashbacks special thanks to LawnCare by Walter. For this edition, I was given the opportunity to go back into the photo archives. There have been so many great events in our arena over the years, it has been fun to take a look back. I hope you enjoy these pictures.

Let's start out with concerts.

Since they are our "Hometown Heroes" it just makes sense to start with them. Of course, since they are from Rockford they have played the BMO several times including the very first Rock show in the building

Cheap Trick Brian Thomas Photography
Cheap Trick Ticket Stub

The most famous concert had to be the Rolling Stones on October 1st, 1981.

Mick Jaggar from Rolling Stones MetroCentre courtesy of BMO Harris Bank Center Archives
Mick Jaggar & Keith Richards from Rolling Stones MetroCentre courtesy of BMO Harris Bank Center Archives
Rolling Stones Ticket Stub

One artist, I still can't believe played there was Elton John. It was a solo show, just him and his piano on September 29th, 1999.

Elton John Brian Thomas Photography
Elton John Ticket Stub

Ted Nugent has also played the BMO multiple times.

Ted Nugent courtesy of BMO Harris Bank Center Archives
Ted Nugent Concert Poster courtesy of Nitelite Promotions
Ted Nugent Ticket Stub

Kiss has been in Rockford with a few different line-ups through the years.

Kiss Brian Thomas Photography
Kiss Ticket Stub

Motley Crue was banned from playing the BMO after Tommy Lee flashed the crowd during their show on November 16th, 1997. They would play the arena again in 2006 and 2009.

Motley Crue courtesy of BMO Harris Bank Center Archives
Motley Crue courtesy of BMO Harris Bank Center Archives
Motley Crue Ticket Stub

Judas Priest did a couple of shows at the MetroCentre early on and then returned in the 2000s.

Judas Priest BMO Harris Bank Archives
Judas Priest Ticket Stub

Somehow I ended up with this picture from one of the Rock shows from early on but I can't figure out who it is. If you know, please share.

Rock Show courtesy of BMO Harris Bank Center Archives

Of course, there have been other shows besides Rock. One of the biggest was Cher.

Cher courtesy of the BMO Harris Bank Center Archives

Reba was a popular concert too.

Reba Brian Thomas Photography

The grand opening concert featured Dionne Warwick on January 31st, 1981.

Dionne Warwick 1981 MetroCentre courtesy of BMO Harris Bank Center Archives
Dionne Warwick 1981 MetroCentre courtesy of BMO Harris Bank Center Archives

The BMO Harris Bank Center has also hosted many other events throughout its history. You can usually count on a Harlem Globetrotters game every year.

Harlem Globetrotters courtesy of BMO Bank Center Archives

Who didn't love going to the circus?

Ringling Brothers courtesy of BMO Harris Bank archives

This was a very interesting evening with motorcycles racing on ice.

Ice Racing courtesy of BMO Harris Bank Center Archives

Any skating events were also a big deal.

Stars On Ice courtesy of BMO Harris Bank Center Archives

I always enjoyed going to see wrestling at the BMO.

WWE courtesy of BMO Harris Bank Center Archives
WCW Pass
WCW Ticket Stub
WWE Ticket Stub
WWF Ticket Stub

Even though there wasn't a lot of room for them to run, the Monster Trucks were always exciting.

Monster Trucks courtesy of BMO Harris Bank Center Archives
Monster Jam Ticket Stub

Here a couple of souvenirs from shows back in the early MetroCentre days.

ZZ Top button courtesy of Troy Poole
Loverboy button courtesy of Troy Poole

Do you remember getting tickets for concerts before the internet. People would camp out overnight. You would have to get in line at the box office or at a ticket outlet.

Box Office Line MetroCentre courtesy of BMO Harris Bank Center Archives
Bergner's Ticket Outlet MetroCentre courtesy of BMO Harris Bank Center Archives

Other random Rockford MetroCentre pictures courtesy of the BMO Harris Bank Center Archives.

Construction MetroCentre
Drawing MetroCentre
Main Arena Floor MetroCentre
Church St Corner MetroCentre

Check out more ticket stubs and passes.

ACDC Ticket Stub
Journey Ticket Stub
Lynyrd Skynyrd Ticket Stub
Mellencamp Pass
MetroCentre Pass
REO SpeedwagonTicket Stub
Rock River Raptors Ticket Stub
Styx Ticket Stub
Thunder Nationals Ticket Stub
Toughman Competition Ticket Stub
ZZ Top Ticket Stub

If you have any old pictures or merchandise, we would love to see it.

I hope you enjoyed this photo flashback of the BMO Harris Bank Center for the 40th anniversary.


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