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Carpenters Concert Schedule

Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by Rick-An Ordinary Fool, Dec 17, 2018.

  1. Rick-An Ordinary Fool

    Rick-An Ordinary Fool Honolulu City Lights Thread Starter

    So I found this the other day googling...I want to give full credit to the source of which this came.
    I have never seen a compiled list so detailed of the Carpenters Concert Schedule. So did anyone here attend any of these dates? Unfortunately, I did not attend any concerts of the Carpenters so this list is pretty exciting to see. I hope this is ok to post here.

    Credit Source:
    leadsister.com Karen Carpenter Website | A website dedicated to the late great Karen Anne Carpenter
    Direct Link:
    Carpenters Concert Tour Schedule | leadsister.com Karen Carpenter Website


    Carpenters performed non-stop from 1971 to 1975

    1971: 145 concerts

    1972: 174 concerts

    1973: 174 concerts

    1974: 208 concerts

    1975: 118 concerts plus 46 postponed dates

    January 15-16 Pasadena, CA, Pasadena Civic Center
    February 3 Des Moines, Iowa, KRNT Theatre
    February 10 Cedar Rapids, IA, Coe College Auditorium
    February 19 Greencastle, IN, DePauw University
    February 26 Athens, GA, University of Georgia Coliseum
    February 27 Johnson City, TN, East Tennessee State University
    March 18 Las Vegas, Nevada, Sands Hotel
    April 21 Waco, Texas, Baylor University
    April 22 COMMERCE, Texas, East Texas State University
    April 23 Lubbock Texas, Lubbock Municipal Auditorium
    April 24 Abilene, Texas, Taylor County Coliseum
    April 29 Monroe, LA, Monroe Civic Center
    May 2 Knoxville, Tennessee, Stokely Athletic Center (Mark Lindsay – opening act)
    May 4 Greenville, South Carolina, Greenville Memorial Auditorium
    May 6 Columbia, South Carolina, Carolina Coliseum
    May 9 Charlotte, North Carolina, Charlotte Coliseum
    May 10 BOSTON, Mass, The Boston Music Hall
    May 14 NEW YORK, New York, Carnegie Hall
    May 16 Detroit, Michigan, University of Detroit
    May 18 Lansing, Michigan, Lansing Civic Center
    May 20 Cincinnati, Ohio, Cincinnati Gardens
    May 21 St Louis, Missouri, Kiel Opera House
    May 22 Omaha, Nebraska, Omaha Civic Auditorium
    July 8 FRESNO, California, Selland Arena
    July 10 SEATTLE, Washingotn, Seattle Center Coliseum
    July 16 Los Angeles, California, Hollywood Bowl
    August 11 Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center
    August 26-27 Columbus, OH, Ohio State Fairgrounds
    October 21 Stillwater, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University
    October 22 College Station, Texas, G. Rolie White Auditorium
    October 24 San Antonio, Texas, San Antonio Municipal Auditorium
    November 10 Dayton, Ohio, University of Dayton Arena
    November 13 Nashville, Tennessee, Nashville Municipal Auditorium
    November 23, Rochester, New York, Rochester Community War Memorial

    January 14th PROVO, Utah, Brigham Young University, George Smith Fieldhouse
    January 15th LOGAN, Utah, Utah State University, Assembly Center
    January 18th ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico, Civic Auditorium
    January 19th EL PASO, Texas, County Coliseum
    January 20th TUCSON, Arizona, Convention Center
    January 21st TEMPE, Arizona, Arizona State University, Grady Gammage Auditorium
    January 22nd ANAHEIM, California, Convention Center
    January 23rd SAN DIEGO, California, Convention Hall
    March 31- April 8th – Miami Beach, Florida, Eden Rock Hotel
    April 9th Gainesville, Florida, University of Florida
    April 10th Hollywood, Academy Awards, TV appearance
    April 11th Savannah, Georgia, Coliseum
    April 12th Fayetteville, NC, Cumberland County Memorial Auditorium
    April 13th Greenville, NC, East Caroline College Coliseum
    April 14th Richmond, Virginia, Coliseum
    April 15th Oxford, Ohio, Miami University
    April 16th Cincinnati, OH, Music Hall
    April 18th Bowling Green, KY, Western Kentucky University
    April 19th Pittsburgh, PA, Civic Arena
    April 20th Huntington, West Virginia, Marshall University, Memorial Fieldhouse
    April 21st Philadelphia, PA, Academy of Music
    April 22nd Syracuse, NY, Onodaga County War Memorial Auditorium
    April 23rd College Park, Maryland, University of Maryland-Cole Fieldhouse
    April 25th Washington, DC, Record Industry Annual Awards Dinner, Hilton Hotel
    April 29th Atlanta, Georgia, Municipal Auditorium
    May 4th Honolulu, Hawaii, International Center
    May 8-20th Sydney, Australia, Chevron Hotel
    May 22nd Adelaide, Australia, Apollo Sports Center
    May 24-25th Melbourne, Australia, Festival Hall
    May 27th Brisbane, Australia, Festival Hall
    May 30 Hong Kong
    June 1-11th Japan, Osaka, Nagoya, Kyoto and Tokyo
    July 7th Houston, TX, University of Houston, Hofheniz Pavilion
    July 8th Shreveport, Louisiana, Hirsch Memorial Coliseum
    July 9th Tulsa, OK, Assembly Center
    July 11th Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Blossom Music Festival
    July 12 Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Cambria County War Memorial
    July 13-15th Holmdel, New Jersey, Garden State
    July 16th Saratoga, New York, Performing Arts Center
    July 20th Indianapolis, IN, Convention Center
    July 21-23rd Chicago, IL, McCormack Place
    July 26-29th Detroit, Michigan, Pine Knob
    July 30th Saginaw, Michigan, Civic Auditorium
    Aug. 1-3rd Columbia, Maryland, Merriweather Post Pavilion
    Aug. 4-5th Allentown, Pennsylvania, State Fair
    Aug. 9-15th Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theater
    August 18th Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheater
    Aug. 22-28th Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Sahara Hotel
    September 20th – October 3rd, Riviera Hotel, Las Vegas
    Oct. 4th Salt Lake City, University of Utah
    Oct. 5th Boise, ID, Boise State College
    Oct. 6th Seattle, WA, Center Arena
    Oct. 7th Spokane, WA, Coliseum
    Oct. 8th Portland, OR, Coliseum
    Oct. 11th Lincoln, NB, Pershing
    Oct. 12th Sioux City, IA, Muni. Auditorium
    Oct. 13th Omaha, NB, Civic Auditorium
    Oct. 14th Fargo, ND, Civic Auditorium
    Oct. 15th Bismark, ND, Civic Arena
    Oct. 16th Rochester, MN, Mayo Civic
    Oct. 18th Duluth, MN, Arena
    Oct. 19th Waterloo, IA, McElroy Auditorium
    Oct. 20th Sioux Falls, SD, Arena
    Oct. 21st Des Moines, IA
    Oct. 22nd Davenport, IA, Masonic
    Oct. 24th Milwaukee, WI, Auditorium
    Oct. 25th Charleston, IL, Eastern IL Gym
    Oct. 26th Owensboro, KY, Sports Center
    Oct. 27th Peoria, IL, Bradley University
    Oct. 28th Terre Haute, IN, Indiana State College
    Nov. 10th Ft. Wayne, IN, Mem. Coliseum
    Nov. 11th Lafayette, IN, Purdue
    Nov. 12th Charleston, West Virginia, Civic Center
    Nov. 14th New Haven, CT, War Memorial
    Nov. 15th Boston, MA, Music Hall
    Nov. 16th Utica, NY, Memorial Auditorium
    Nov. 17th Scranton, PA, Catholic Youth Center
    Nov. 18th Norfolk, VA, Scope
    Nov. 19th Greensboro, NC, Coliseum
    Nov. 20th Raleigh, NC, Dorton Arena
    Nov. 21st Charleston, SC, Muni. Auditorium
    Nov. 22nd Macon, CA, Coliseum
    Nov. 23rd Jackson, MS, Memorial Auditorium
    Nov. 24th Lake Charles, LA, Auditorium
    Nov. 25th Shreveport, LA, Hirsch Memorial Coliseum
    Nov. 26th Little Rock, AR, Robinson Theater
    December – Christmas Vacation!

    February 9th Sacramento, California, The Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
    February 11th Anaheim, California, Anaheim Convention Center
    April 13th Lubbock, Texas, Lubbock Municipal Auditorium
    April 17th San Antonio, Texas, Convention Center Arena
    May 3rd Tacoma, Washington, Pacific Lutheran University
    May 4th Corvallis, Oregon, Gill Coliseum, Oregon State University
    May 5th Pullman, Washington, Washington State University
    May 6th Portland, Oregon
    May 11th Bozeman, Montana, State Fieldhouse
    May 12th Missoula, Montana, University of Montana State Fieldhouse
    May 13th Twin Falls, Idaho, University of Southern Idaho
    May 18th San Diego, California, Sports Arena
    May 19th Claremont, California, Claremont College
    May 20th Bakersfield, California
    May 23rd Fresno, California, Selland Arena
    May 24-28th San Carlos, California, Circle Star Theater
    June 22nd Lake Charles, Louisiana Auditorium
    June 23rd Shreveport, Louisiana, Hirsch Memorial Coliseum
    June 24th Birmingham, Alabama, Municipal Auditorium
    June 25th Atlanta, Georgia, Civic Center Auditorium
    June 26th Chattanooga, Tennessee, Memorial Auditorium
    June 27th Knoxville, Tennessee, Civic Coliseum
    June 28th Roanoke, Virginia, Civic Center
    June 29 – July 1st – Columbia, Maryland, Merriweather Post Pavilion
    July 3-7 Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
    July 10-15th Wallingford, Connecticut
    July 16-21st Garden State, New Jersey
    July 22nd Saratoga Springs, New York
    July 24th Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Blossom Music Fair
    July 25-29th Detroit, Michigan, Pine Knob
    Aug. 10th – Santa Barbara, CA
    Aug. 13-19th Los Angeles, California, Universal Studios
    Aug. 21 – Sept 3rd – Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Sahara Hotel
    Sept. 26 – Oct. 9th – Las Vegas, Nevada, Riviera Hotel
    Oct. 9th – Las Vegas. Nevada
    Oct. 10th – Ogden, Utah, Weber State College
    Oct. 11th – Rexburg, Idaho, Ricks College
    Oct. 12th – Provo, Utah, Brigham Young University
    Oct. 17th – Portland, Maine, Exposition Building.
    Oct. 18th – Bangor, Maine, Municipal Auditorium
    Oct. 19th – SpringField, Massachusetts, Civic Center
    Oct. 20th – Troy, New York, RPI Fieldhouse
    Oct. 21st – Singhampton, New York, Broom City Vets Memorial
    Oct. 22nd – Buffalo,. New York, Kleinhans Hall
    Oct. 23rd – Kitchener, Ontario, Memorial Auditorium (Canada)
    Oct. 24th – London, Ontario, Treasure Island Auditorium
    Oct. 25th – Kalamazoo, MI, Western Michigan University
    Oct. 26th – Muncie, IN, Ball State University-Emens Auditorium
    Oct. 27th – South Bend, IN, University-Convocation
    Oct. 28th – Evansville, IN, University of Evansville
    Nov. 9th & 10th – Chicago, Illinois, Arie Crown Theater
    Nov. 11th – Rockford. Illinois, Rock vE1lsy College
    Nov. 12th – Lahkosh, Wisconsin, Wisconsin State University
    Nov. 13th – Macomb. Illinois, Western III University
    Nov. 14th – Columbus. Ohio, Mershon Auditorium
    Nov. 15th – Louisville, Kentucky, Convention Center
    Nov. 16th – St. Louis, Missouri, Kiel Opera House
    Nov. 17th – Nashville, Tennessee, Auditorium
    Nov. 18th – Memphis, Tennessee, Mid South College
    Nov. 19th – Starkville, Mississippi, Mississippi State University
    Nov. 20th Jackson, Mississippi, Coliseum
    Nov. 21st Moblie, Alabama, Municipal Auditorium
    Nov. 22nd Macon, Georgia, Coliseum
    Nov. 23rd Savannah, Georgia, Convention Center
    Nov. 24th Orlando, Florida, Sports Stadium
    Nov. 25th St. Petersburg, Florida, Bayfront Center

    Feb. 1st – Phoenix, Arizona
    Feb. 2nd- Tucson, Arizona
    Feb. 3rd – El Paso, Texas
    Feb. 7-27th – European tour
    February 18 – Apollo Theater, Glasgow, Scotland
    February 24 – Hammersmith Odeon Theatre, London, England
    February 27 – Odeon Theater, Birmingham, England
    March 2nd – Grammy Awards. LA
    April 4th – Bowling Green, KY
    April 5th – Pittsburgh. PA
    April 6th – Philadelphia. PA
    April 7th – Utica, NY
    April 8-14th – Westbury Music Fair, NY
    April 15th – Raleigh, North Carolina.
    April 16th – Richmond, VA
    April 17th – Beckley, West VA
    April 18th – Wheeling, West VA
    April 19th – Hershey, PA
    April 20th – Syracuse, NY, Onondaga War Memorial
    April 21st – Niagara Falls, NY.
    April 30th – Boston MA, Symphony Hall
    May 8-21st Riviera, Las Vegas
    May 27-June 12th – Japanese tour
    June 14-15th – Honolulu, Hawaii
    July 11th – Eugene, OR, McArthur Court
    July 12th – Seattle, WA
    July 13th – Portland. OR
    July 14th – Spokane. WA
    Aug. 14-27 – Sahara/Lake Tahoe
    Oct. 9-22nd – Riviera. Las Vegas
    Oct.24.- Davenport/Iowa
    Oct. 25th – Minneapolis, EN
    Oct. 26th – Champagne, IL
    Oct. 27. – Carbondale/Illinois
    Oct. 28. – Indianapolis/Indiana
    Oct. 29. – Muskegon/Michigan
    Oct. 30 – Milwaukee, WI
    Oct. 31. – Naperville/Illinois
    Nov. 1-3rd – Chicago, IL
    Nov. 14th – Boise, ID
    Nov. 27th – Dec.1 Circle Star, San Carlos, CA

    January 11-15 Stateline, Nevada, Harrahs Lake Tahoe
    April 5th Ames, Iowa State
    April 4th Hayes, Kansas, Kansas State
    April 5th Denver, Colorado, Auditorium
    April 7th Colorado Springs, Colorado, Air Force Academy
    April 15th West Palm Beach, Florida, Auditorium
    April 16th Lakeland, Florida, Arena
    April 17th Jacksonville, Florida, Auditorium
    April 18 & 19th Atlanta, Georgia, Civic Auditorium
    April 20th Columbia, South Carolina, Coliseum
    April 21st – Fayetteville, N.C. at the Cumberland County Memorial Arena
    April 22-27th Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, Music Theater
    May 9th – Topeka, Kansas – Municipal
    May 10th & 11th – Kansas City, Kansas – Memoria1 Hall
    May 12th – Sioux City, Iowa – Municipal Aud.
    May 13th – Bismark, ND – Civic Arena
    May 29th to June 11th Las Vegas, Nevada, Riviera Hotel
    July 11th Toronto, Canada
    July 12-15th Toronto, Canada, O’Keefe Center
    July 14-15th Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
    July 16-19th Independence, Michigan, Pine Knob
    July 20th Erie, Pennsylvania, County Field House
    July 21-26th Wallingford, Connecticut, Oakdale
    July 27th Saratoga Springs, New York, Performing Arts
    July 28-Aug. 5th Ararwick, Rhode Island, Music Theater
    Aug. 4-9th Holmdel, New Jersey, Garden State Arts
    Aug. 10-11th Columbia, Maryland
    Aug. 12-13th Chicago, Illinois-Ravinia
    Aug. 15th – Duluth, Minn. – Arena
    Aug. 16th – Omaha, Neb. – Civic Auditorium
    Aug. 17th – Minneapolis, Minn. – Auditorium
    Aug. 19th thru 25th – Westchester, N.Y. – Premiere Theater
    Aug. 21-Sep. 5th Las Vegas, Nevada-Riviera

    The 1975 Japanese and European Tour Dates have been canceled.

    Feb-March – Japanese Tour
    May 29th, CALIFORNIA; Fesno, Selland Arena
    June 10-23th NEVADA; Lake Tahoe, Sahara
    July 1-7th NEVADE; Las Vegas, Riviera
    July 27th CANADA; Edmonton, Coliseum
    July 29th MINNEAPOLIS; Northrup, Auditorium
    July 30th WISCONSIN; Madison, Cane County Auditorium
    July 31st ILLINOIS; Chicago, Arie Crown Theater
    AUGUST 1st ILLINOIS; Chicago, Arie Crown Theater
    August 2nd INDIANA; Indianapolis, Convention Center
    August 3rd INDIANA; Fort Wayne, Coliseum
    August 4th MICHIGAN; Kalamazoo, Wings Stadium
    August 5,6,7th CANADA; Toronto, O’Keefe Center
    August 8th NEW YORK; Binghampton, Broome County Memorial auditorium
    August 9th MASSACHUSETTS; Fitchburg, Wallace Civic Center (Tentative)
    August 10th NEW YORK; Saratoga Springs, Performing Arts Center
    August 11th PENNSYLVANIA; Johnstown, Cambria War Memorial Arena
    August 12&13th MICHIGN; Pine Knob, Pine Knob Theater
    August 28th through Sep. 8th NEVEDA; Las Vegas, Riviera
    Oct. 13th Rexburg, Idaho, Ricks College
    Oct. 14th Saltlake City, Utah, University, of Utah
    Oct. 15th Logan, Utah, Utah State University
    Oct. 16th Pravo, Utah Brigham Young University
    Oct. 19th Searcy, Arkansas, Harding College
    Oct. 20th Longview, Texas, Longview H. S. Auditorium
    Oct. 21 Nocogdoches, Texas, Stephen Austin Coliseum
    Oct. 22 Huntsville, Texas, Sam Houston State University
    Oct. 23rd Norman, Oklahoma
    Oct. 24th Austin, Texas, University of Texas
    Oct. 25th Lake Charles, Louisiana, Civic Auditorium
    Nov. 10th Munich, Germany, Deutches Museum
    Nov. 12th Dusseldorf, Germany, Philipshalle
    Nov. 13th Hamburg, Germany, Congress Centrum
    Nov. 14th Amsterdam, Holland, Eden Hall
    Nov. 15th Frankfurt. Germany-Jahrhunderhalle
    Nov. 16th Edinburgh, Scotland U.K.
    Nov. 18th Manchester, U.K., A.B.C.
    Nov. 19th Blackpool, U.K., Opera House
    Nov. 20th Birmingham, U.K., Hippodro
    Nov. 22-27th London, Palladium
    Nov. 25th London, BBC TV Special

    August 2nd-15th, Harrah’s Club, Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
    October 12th-2lst, Tour of Japan.
    November 2nd and 3rd, Manila, Philippines.
    November 5th-l7th, Tour or Australia
    November 24th and 25th, Sheraton Ballroom. Honolulu, Hawaii.
    December 24 through January 4, MGM Grand – Las Vegas, Nevada

    March 2-15, MGM Grand – Las Vegas, Nevada
    June 29 through July 12, MGM Grand – Las Vegas, Nevada
    August 31 through September 13, MGM Grand – Las Vegas, Nevada
    December 3 – The Terrace Theatre, California State University Long Beach – Long Beach, CA

    September-October – European Tour, England, Germany, France, Holland (This tour was a tour of television appearances)
    October – Brazil (This tour was a tour of television appearances)
  2. Rick-An Ordinary Fool

    Rick-An Ordinary Fool Honolulu City Lights Thread Starter

    What's interesting is that the album Horizon was released in June 75 right? It appears they had concerts after this time so wouldn't they have performed some live cuts from their new album?
  3. newvillefan

    newvillefan I Know My First Name Is Stephen

    This set of dates, from 1973, is absolutely punishing. 17 days back to back, with the travel as well. There's absolutely no reason why they should have been made to do this, other than management and booking agents were making a lot of money off the back of it. The label should have stepped in and stopped this. I'm actually surprised they didn't burn out much sooner than they did.

    Nov. 9th & 10th – Chicago, Illinois, Arie Crown Theater
    Nov. 11th – Rockford. Illinois, Rock vE1lsy College
    Nov. 12th – Lahkosh, Wisconsin, Wisconsin State University
    Nov. 13th – Macomb. Illinois, Western III University
    Nov. 14th – Columbus. Ohio, Mershon Auditorium
    Nov. 15th – Louisville, Kentucky, Convention Center
    Nov. 16th – St. Louis, Missouri, Kiel Opera House
    Nov. 17th – Nashville, Tennessee, Auditorium
    Nov. 18th – Memphis, Tennessee, Mid South College
    Nov. 19th – Starkville, Mississippi, Mississippi State University
    Nov. 20th Jackson, Mississippi, Coliseum
    Nov. 21st Moblie, Alabama, Municipal Auditorium
    Nov. 22nd Macon, Georgia, Coliseum
    Nov. 23rd Savannah, Georgia, Convention Center
    Nov. 24th Orlando, Florida, Sports Stadium
    Nov. 25th St. Petersburg, Florida, Bayfront Center
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  4. newvillefan

    newvillefan I Know My First Name Is Stephen

    Yes - they did perform Only Yesterday and Please Mr Postman in some of their post 1975 concerts. To my knowledge, that's it: Desperado, Solitaire, Happy and the album's other ballads were never performed live.
  5. Portlander

    Portlander Active Member

    In 1976 at the height of the Carpenters stardom, why was Sherwin still booking them in smaller and outdated venues across the country? Longview High school Auditorium in Longview TX, Ricks College in Rexburg ID and Harding College in Searcy, AR are a few that surprise me. Their concert schedule was too loaded with colleges and third tier cities like Erie, PA, Binghamton, NY, Lake Charles, LA, Fitchburg, MA, and Johnstown, PA which would all be acceptable during their early days of touring. No wonder Karen and Richard finally wore down and focused more on TV specials and Vegas.

    The afternoon and evening shows Sherwin had them doing at some venues were also ridiculous. One concert at an 8,000 seat arena would have served them much better than two shows at a 4,000 seat theater which is what they were doing when I saw them at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago in 1976.
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  6. Harry

    Harry Charter A&M Corner Member Moderator

    From that list I would have attended these:

    1972 April 21st Philadelphia, PA, Academy of Music
    1973 July 3-7 Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
    1974 April 6th – Philadelphia. PA
    1975 April 22-27th Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, Music Theater

    And I swear that I saw them in one other show in the summertime outdoor venue of the Mann Music Center in Philadelphia, but it's not on the list (thus it's incomplete). That would have likely been in 1976, prior to when I met the lady who became my wife, since she knows that she'd never seen the Carpenters live. I recall that they did a lot of the stuff that's on the Palladium album.
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  7. Rick-An Ordinary Fool

    Rick-An Ordinary Fool Honolulu City Lights Thread Starter

    Are these live versions from the Horizon concert on the tube?
  8. ars nova

    ars nova Active Member

    i.n the early '70s, they also appeared at smu in dallas
  9. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    Portlander writes:
    "In 1976 at the height of the Carpenters stardom, why was Sherwin still booking them in smaller and outdated venues across the country?"

    I would note two things:
    (1) Sherwin Bash was not booking the duo in 1976.
    (2) Carpenters were not at the height of their career in 1976.

    Also, say, Newsletter#52, March 1977, lists concerts in USA for June.
    But, Newsletter#53, for May 1977 writes "they have cancelled all tours for June."
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  10. newvillefan

    newvillefan I Know My First Name Is Stephen

    I take it this one just means the BBC cameras were there to record the concert that night, rather than a “TV special”, which is an altogether different thing.
  11. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    Also, take note, as we read from Carpenters Fan Club Newsletter #55 (September 1977)
    These tours were cancelled:
    "October 12th-2lst, Tour of Japan
    November 2nd and 3rd, Manila, Philippines.
    November 5th-l7th, Tour or Australia
    November 24th and 25th, Sheraton Ballroom. Honolulu, Hawaii."
  12. Portlander

    Portlander Active Member

    Gary, my bad, forgot that Sherwin was fired after the Sedaka incident in 1975 but hopefully you got my point concerning touring. The Carpenters still had two Top 40 hits (#12 and #25) with both reaching #1 AC, sold out concerts, cover of People magazine and their first TV special in 1976 which still kept them relevant as far as "stardom" goes. I do agree that it was the beginning of the downward slide for them "career" wise, especially when it involved chart success and record sales.
  13. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    ^^I was careful not to make any judgement regarding touring, so, I understand what you are saying.
    I wanted to reinforce (my opinion) that the height of their career did not occur 1976.

    Even as late as August 2nd, 1976, in that People Magazine article, we get this:
    "... unfortunately, dirty is in these days. Movie porn queen Andrea True moans an explicit piece of trash—
    More, More, More—and it becomes a gold record. She will almost certainly never have another one
    yet, Andrea is getting more, more, more attention than the Carpenters..."

    The entire 1976 People article seems to arise out of an act of desperation.
    Compare it to the July 1974 Rolling Stone article:
    "Twenty-five million singles and albums sold.
    (Even their atypical debut LP, Offering, is headed for the million-dollar mark.) Three Grammy awards,
    phenomenal concert attendance in all countries, with concerts bringing them up to $30,000 a night
    . "
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  14. Portlander

    Portlander Active Member

    ^ I said they were at the height of their stardom which is the status of being famous in 1976, never said career. The Carpenters were as well known nationally and internationally in 1976 as they were in previous years and their concerts continued to sell out through their last show at the MGM Grand in 1978. I do agree with you that their recording career peaked earlier than 1976. Would you say late 1974 after Postman hit #1 or maybe early 1975 after Only Yesterday charted at #4?
  15. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    ^^I agree, I use the word "career," in a rather broad sense.
    It is interesting that Please Mr. Postman peaked #1 and sold one-million units.
    (Please Mr. Postman peaked #1 after 10-weeks on the charts, per Billboard)
    Only Yesterday, even by the late 1970's, in comparison, had sold only about 600,000 copies.
    (peaked at #4 after 10-weeks on charts, per Billboard).

    I have always maintained that 1975 was the turning point in their "career."
    Now, I do differentiate between USA and non-USA, as things exploded outside of America-- starting 1975.
    In fact, that is the doctoral dissertation I want to research on:
    Carpenters career 1970-1975 in USA contrasted with Carpenters career outside of USA, 1976-1981.
    The A&M Records Press Kit for release of album Made In America even highlights that particular split.
  16. A&M Retro

    A&M Retro Well-Known Member

    Pretty fascinating. Looks like this list was taken from original itineraries, so it’s not wholly accurate. The one show I attended on 4/21/73 in Kansas City, Mo., isn’t listed at all. They also performed another K.C. concert at the same venue on 10/27/71 (Municipal Auditorium), which is also conspicuously missing.

    Lastly, there IS mention here of their concerts in Kansas City at Memorial Hall on May 10th and 11th, 1975, but those two shows were cancelled! I had tickets for the 10th and was pretty destroyed when it didn’t happen. So, this list is far from complete.
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  17. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    I wonder of all these concert dates, how many required 2 shows per night?
  18. Portlander

    Portlander Active Member

    I think the double shows were normally in the smaller, more intimate theaters (4,000 seats or less) along with their Las Vegas engagements. Read some where that Richard actually liked performing in theater type settings due to better acoustics. They performed at many 6,000-10,000 seat arenas (mid sized for the 70's) and quite a few outdoor amphitheaters in the summer with capacities up to 14,000.
  19. I would have attended the October 13th, 1973 concert in Omaha, in fact I had about 12 tickets to that concert and gave away 3 pairs at my high school the rest were used by my family (I got the tickets from A&M - I previously stated in another thread that I had connections at A&M). Face value for those tickets, which were on the main floor in row 10 was $5.00 each. I also attended the August 16th, 1975 concert in Omaha, I took a girl that I really liked but nothing ever came of that but I remained friends with her and her family. I still have these ticket stubs around here somewhere. If I can find them I'll take a photo and post it.

    Also missing in this list is a week long appearance in Omaha sometime in 1976 or 1977 at the Ak-Sar-Ben Coliseum. I managed to see four of those shows. It was in the "oldies" heyday supporting their "Yesterday Once More" LP. Ak-Sar-Ben which is a civic organization in Omaha that ran a horse race track until the mid 1980s put on "Family Shows" and had many, many stars appear for week long shows. Several years ago the auctioned off all of the old memorabilia including some Carpenters stuff (autographs, posters, photos etc). I found out about the auction after the fact or I would have been down there to bid on stuff.
  20. I need to clarify something from my earlier post, they were supporting the album "Now and Then" not "Yesterday Once More" as I mentioned above. They used quite a bit of oldies material from the "Now and Then" LP in that Ak-Sar-Ben show that I referred to. The oldies set from that concert was most similar to the "Live in Japan" CD. Sorry for the mix up there's so much stuff that went on that I have a hard time keeping it all straight (Old age I guess).
  21. Harry

    Harry Charter A&M Corner Member Moderator

    The first show on my list above was a two-show night. My friends and I drove into center city Philadelphia to buy tickets and the main 8PM show was sold out.

    We contacted the radio station promoting the concert and told them our story, and they told us that they would be announcing a second show. So we ended up at the 10 PM show.
  22. byline

    byline Active Member

    I was at this show! My family surprised me with it for my birthday. Months before I had asked to go, but my mother said no. Little did I know the surprise in store for me! We had lived in Terre Haute for three years, while my father earned his master's degree, then doctorate at Indiana State University (not College, as it is incorrectly listed). By this time, we had moved farther south to Vincennes, Indiana, where my father was teaching at Vincennes University. We weren't that far away, and I already knew that Dad needed to go to Terre Haute that weekend to finalize his dissertation. So I didn't understand why we couldn't go to the concert. As I recall, Mom said we couldn't afford it.

    So, when we went there that Saturday, we had a full day. We had shopped for solo/ensemble music for my sister and me, then went out to dinner at Louise's, a local Italian restaurant. Then Dad drove us to the stadium. I thought he was just driving us by the place to make me crazy. So near, and yet so far! So imagine my delight as Dad parked the car. "We're going to the concert?" "Yes, we're going to the concert!" They all laughed, enjoying my reaction. Needless to say, it was a magical night.
  23. newvillefan

    newvillefan I Know My First Name Is Stephen

    Great story, I love surprises like that! I've done something similar for my parents in the past and to see their delighted reactions is always great :)
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  24. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    Ah....speaking of concerts....there is one line, in one book, that has remained a puzzle to me
    (as I have tried, and failed, to locate any other extant reference to this Concert performance):
    The Carpenters' Reader (Schmidt, 2012, page 203) quotes a review by Ray Coleman of
    Carpenters' 1976 Concert. That review ends thus: "...a wretched encore with two improbable songs,
    Good Vibrations and--horror of horrors--Comin' Through The Rye."

    You might inquire, why am I puzzled ?
    Well, for me, the performance by Karen and John Denver (the 1976 First Carpenters Television Special)
    is quite delightful to the eyes and the ears. Why would Ray Coleman write of
    the Carpenters performance in concert of same songs, as "wretched" or "horror of horrors" ?

    Did anyone see, or hear, that Carpenters' 1976 Concert performance, of which Ray Coleman writes?
  25. Portlander

    Portlander Active Member

    May have to do with the choice of songs for the encore. Most artists/bands save that one or two "hit" songs that they know the fans are waiting for in order to end the concert with an explanation point. When I saw them in August of 1976 I'm pretty sure they closed the show with We've Only Just Begun along with the video presentation. I don't remember them returning back to the stage like they did in Japan with "For all We Know" and I'm sure they didn't perform "Good Vibrations" at all. The mystery continues :)

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