Many newcomers to Fort Collins, Colorado don’t know that Hughes Stadium used to be the site of some very large concerts, including concerts by The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, and Bob Dylan. Below is a photograph of Bob Dylan and Joan Baez taken during Dylan’s Rollin Thunder Revue, performed at Hughes Stadium, in the rain, on May 23, 1976 and televised by NBC as a concert special in September 1976. Over 27,000 people attended the concert.
Dylan’s “Hard Rain” live album was also partly recorded during the Hughes concert. Five tracks on the album are from the Fort Collins concert – Maggie’s Farm, One Too Many Mornings, Shelter from the Storm’ You’re a Big Girl Now, and Idiot Wind – and a duet with Dylan and Baez of Blowing in the Wind is on Baez’s album “Rare, Live and Classic.” The concert still lives on thanks to Internet videos, as you can see in this Dylan performance of A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.
The crowd in the infield, coupled with the rain, destroyed the turf. The concert promoter paid to have the turf replaced taking care of that problem but a noise lawsuit by the stadium’s neighbors resulted in noise limits that ended Hughes Stadium’s hosting of major concerts.
It has been a big year for the two performers in the photograph, with Bob Dylan receiving the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature and Joan Baez being named as a 2017 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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Have a nice Holiday Season.
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