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 Brian Thomas Photography
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Cheap Trick Ticket Stub
Cheap Trick Ticket Stub
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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 from Rolling Stones MetroCentre courtesy of BMO Harris Bank Center Archives
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Mick Jaggar & Keith Richards 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
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Rolling Stones Ticket Stub
Rolling Stones Ticket Stub
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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 Brian Thomas Photography
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Elton John Ticket Stub
Elton John Ticket Stub
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Ted Nugent has also played the BMO multiple times.

Ted Nugent courtesy of BMO Harris Bank Center Archives
Ted Nugent courtesy of BMO Harris Bank Center Archives
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Ted Nugent Concert Poster courtesy of Nitelite Promotions
Ted Nugent Concert Poster courtesy of Nitelite Promotions
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Ted Nugent Ticket Stub
Ted Nugent Ticket Stub
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Kiss has been in Rockford with a few different line-ups through the years.

Kiss Brian Thomas Photography
Kiss Brian Thomas Photography
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Kiss Ticket Stub
Kiss Ticket Stub
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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
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Motley Crue courtesy of BMO Harris Bank Center Archives
Motley Crue courtesy of BMO Harris Bank Center Archives
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Motley Crue Ticket Stub
Motley Crue Ticket Stub
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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 BMO Harris Bank Archives
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Judas Priest Ticket Stub
Judas Priest Ticket Stub
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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
Rock Show courtesy of BMO Harris Bank Center Archives
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Of course, there have been other shows besides Rock. One of the biggest was Cher.

Cher courtesy of the BMO Harris Bank Center Archives
Cher courtesy of the BMO Harris Bank Center Archives
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Reba was a popular concert too.

Reba Brian Thomas Photography
Reba Brian Thomas Photography
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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
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Dionne Warwick 1981 MetroCentre courtesy of BMO Harris Bank Center Archives
Dionne Warwick 1981 MetroCentre courtesy of BMO Harris Bank Center Archives
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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
Harlem Globetrotters courtesy of BMO Bank Center Archives
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Who didn't love going to the circus?

Ringling Brothers courtesy of BMO Harris Bank archives
Ringling Brothers courtesy of BMO Harris Bank archives
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This was a very interesting evening with motorcycles racing on ice.

Ice Racing courtesy of BMO Harris Bank Center Archives
Ice Racing courtesy of BMO Harris Bank Center Archives
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Any skating events were also a big deal.

Stars On Ice courtesy of BMO Harris Bank Center Archives
Stars On Ice courtesy of BMO Harris Bank Center Archives
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I always enjoyed going to see wrestling at the BMO.

WWE courtesy of BMO Harris Bank Center Archives
WWE courtesy of BMO Harris Bank Center Archives
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WCW Pass
WCW Pass
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WCW Ticket Stub
WCW Ticket Stub
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WWE Ticket Stub
WWE Ticket Stub
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WWF Ticket Stub
WWF Ticket Stub
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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 Trucks courtesy of BMO Harris Bank Center Archives
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Monster Jam Ticket Stub
Monster Jam Ticket Stub
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Here a couple of souvenirs from shows back in the early MetroCentre days.

ZZ Top button courtesy of Troy Poole
ZZ Top button courtesy of Troy Poole
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Loverboy button courtesy of Troy Poole
Loverboy button courtesy of Troy Poole
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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
Box Office Line MetroCentre courtesy of BMO Harris Bank Center Archives
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Bergner's Ticket Outlet MetroCentre courtesy of BMO Harris Bank Center Archives
Bergner's Ticket Outlet MetroCentre courtesy of BMO Harris Bank Center Archives
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Other random Rockford MetroCentre pictures courtesy of the BMO Harris Bank Center Archives.

Construction MetroCentre
Construction MetroCentre
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Drawing MetroCentre
Drawing MetroCentre
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Main Arena Floor MetroCentre
Main Arena Floor MetroCentre
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Church St Corner MetroCentre
Church St Corner MetroCentre
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Check out more ticket stubs and passes.

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