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My first visit to The Summit was for a live concert... it was either '77 or '78 (making me around 10 at the time).

My older sister took me to see The Village People. There were no chairs on the floor, and I remember smelling so much pot, and seeing clouds of smoke, lots of drugs, drinking, and very friendly people. One of my sister's friends picked me up and put me on his shoulders so I could scream my little girl lungs out! It was probably the best memory I'll ever have of The Summit, especially before all the changes (chairs, security, political correctness) took place. No, my mother had no idea.

I loved The Village People, and was in love with the construction worker only to find out later he'd never be in love with me. So I moved onto Leif Garrett.

Thank goodness I grew out of that one...

Please share yours.

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My first visit to The Summit was for a live concert... it was either '77 or '78 (making me around 10 at the time).

My older sister took me to see The Village People. There were no chairs on the floor, and I remember smelling so much pot, and seeing clouds of smoke, lots of drugs, drinking, and very friendly people. One of my sister's friends picked me up and put me on his shoulders so I could scream my little girl lungs out! It was probably the best memory I'll ever have of The Summit, especially before all the changes (chairs, security, political correctness) took place. No, my mother had no idea.

I loved The Village People, and was in love with the construction worker only to find out later he'd never be in love with me. So I moved onto Leif Garrett.

Thank goodness I grew out of that one...

Please share yours.

I saw Leif Garrett at the Astrodome in 1979 and then a few years ago at the 19th Hole. I met him before the show and he signed all 5 of his albums, a copy of his CD with F8, his "Leif Garrett Collection" CD (I want the Japanese version with 6 extra songs on it) plus a picture for my Cousin. I talked with him more after the show about how I never thought I'd be headbangin' to "Leif Garrett". lol

I've also seen the Village People about 3 or 4 times but I was never in love with any of them - Joan Jett, Doro Pesch, Tiffany, Leather (Chastian), Saraya, Lee Aaron and a couple of the Bangles is another story.

Anyway, my 1st time to the Summit was to see KISS in 76 - WOW - What a show that was!

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I graduated high school at the Summit, and saw many concerts and wrestling shows there. The complete KISS show from The Summit, 9/2/77, is on the DVD box set "KISSology".

Most of the concerts there were taped professionally, so there are lots clips on YouTube.

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I only have one memory of the Summit and it was a Rockets Game. Ever since that game I have loved the Rockets ever since and and also during the not so good Rocket years. I dont remember if it was a playoff game or regular season game and all I know is that it was packed, we were in the nose bleed section, all I could see was red and yellow and it was very loud, and we won. I was only five and had lots of energy so after the game I was running up and down the steps and was the happiest I ever been. Its one of my best memories. I also have been to Lakewood its very nice and big. Great Church.

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I saw KISS in the Summit but I don't remember the year. Moody Blues Long Distance Voyager in '82 I think. Marshall Tucker around '79 they filled The Summit. Around '85 I saw them again at Rockofellers and there were seats left. We sat in the balcony for that one, talk about a contact high. The last concert I went to there was Bob Seger in the early '90s. I will miss it and the dome.

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I think we discussed The Summit in the Joel Osteen Lakewood Church topic? Merge?

any way, I still have all or most of my ticket stubs of the numerous concerts we witnessed at the New Summit. When it was new everyone used to marvel at the big screen monitors they had above the stage. The cameras would zoom in and out of the crowds and man did they get some bizarre stuff. This was Girls Gone Wild waaaaay before the show these days. "Take it off" was heard all across the place and that's just what they did! :wacko: I had no idea they filmed Queen in 1977 at this venue and we were there! Yikes! The Summit started out pretty good but the crowds were geting way too wild and the restrooms were very inadequate for the ladies, just too small and not enough stalls. The lines would go for a mile it seems so many of the women would go in the mens. Insane. They had some of the best shows ever and I'm glad I got to see them while they were in their prime.

That rock concert era is over and can never be captured again. The music business is a totally different world now and you have to remember that there was NO MTV during the Summits reign. You only saw the stars on album covers or on TV specials like Don Kirshners Rock Concert or SNL. The trick was to party before going to the Summit. Teens had to be cheap since you had already blown your $ on the ticket which was about $6.00 to $10.00 each. Unheard of these days. As the years passed the shows started attracting a bad element like people pushing hard drugs to unsuspecting kids and others stealing T-shirts that were just bought, fights and overdoses. There must have been numerous suits as well from parents.

It was sort of funny seeing people waiting for thier rides to pick them up on the frwy side. You could see bodies just strewn across the lawn passed out. Can imagine what it looked like from the freeway? :lol: lol

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My best memory of the summit involves UH basketball.

UH won an NCAA regional there. I was pretty young but remember Lamar was also in that regional and they pulled a bit upset over Maryland (I think it was the terps).

I also remember SWC Tournament titles there. UH and Arkansas played quite a few times in that one.

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My best memory of the summit involves UH basketball.

UH won an NCAA regional there. I was pretty young but remember Lamar was also in that regional and they pulled a bit upset over Maryland (I think it was the terps).

I also remember SWC Tournament titles there. UH and Arkansas played quite a few times in that one.

Your right, hardly anyones mentioned anything about the sports games at The Summit.

Never in our wildest dreams did we think someone would be up on that stage preaching one day!LOL :lol:

One day Ozzie Osborn singing his satanic songs next day old Osteen bible thumping.

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The Summit was a great venue for concerts before it became the "Godatorium". I hated seeing Houston let it go. The acoustics in the new Toyota Center are awful. Right now Houston does not have a decent place for concerts. That's a shame.

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Right now Houston does not have a decent place for concerts. That's a shame.

Your absolutely right!

The only place that seems adequate is the Verizon Theater and its minuscule compared to the old Summit.

Cynthia Woods has to be the biggest insult's to a big city as Houston. The layout and design would have worked great in ummmm San Diego or anywhere on the West Coast but not Texas. BIG MISTAKE.

Give it a test. Spend lots of $ for a ticket. We are now in June so humidity is like 90% already. Park what about 1/2 mile away. By the time you walk from your auto midway your already sweating it up. By the time you get to gate your exhausted. (and I'm not even a heavy person). Take a lady and see how they get upset. On last visit and I do mean last, we stood there soaked and then turned around and walked out. Waste of time and $, not too mention so far away from Downtown its just not worth the trip. Cynthia Woods Pavilion needs to go on "Crater Houston" like NOW. Works for west coast but not Texas. :(

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I saw Queen at the Summit in 1977 and before that I saw them at the coliseum. I saw David Bowie twice at the summit and I saw Cyndi Lauper once and was in the Money Changes Everything video. I saw the Moody Blues, Genesis, Chicago, Aerosmith, Bad Company, Traffic, Fleetwood Mac, Heart all at the summit.. and I think thats all.

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Right now Houston does not have a decent place for concerts. That's a shame.

Your absolutely right!

The only place that seems adequate is the Verizon Theater and its minuscule compared to the old Summit.

Cynthia Woods has to be the biggest insult's to a big city as Houston. The layout and design would have worked great in ummmm San Diego or anywhere on the West Coast but not Texas. BIG MISTAKE.

Give it a test. Spend lots of $ for a ticket. We are now in June so humidity is like 90% already. Park what about 1/2 mile away. By the time you walk from your auto midway your already sweating it up. By the time you get to gate your exhausted. (and I'm not even a heavy person). Take a lady and see how they get upset. On last visit and I do mean last, we stood there soaked and then turned around and walked out. Waste of time and $, not too mention so far away from Downtown its just not worth the trip. Cynthia Woods Pavilion needs to go on "Crater Houston" like NOW. Works for west coast but not Texas. :(

Couldn't agree more. CWP is a joke. Why ANYONE would pay $50-$100 to go sit on the the grass with the heat, humidity, and mosquitoes to see a concert, I'll never know. I wonder why they never have concerts at Hofheinz Pavilion anymore? Not big enough I guess.

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The Summit - 4th row, floor. 1989ish. REM with Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians. Lost our damn car after the show due to tryptamines

We saw Prince at Hofheinz Pavilion back in 2000 or so. Great venue but only seats 8,000. That was what made it great.

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Saw Elvis there in August 1976---$12 a ticket!!! I'd give a jelly donut to see pics of that show (like an idiot I DID NOT bring a camera)

Now thats a historical comment! Most long time Houstonians think The Dome was the last place Elvis cavorted about in. Not to mentioned it was one year before he kicked the bucket. -_- Never would have dreamed he was at the Summit. I really need to copy all of those ticket stubs I mentioned and post here.

and yep, CWP is an embarassment to our great city! To make matter worse they added a tall wall wrapping around it to prevent people from scaling the embankment. It really makes you feel like your walking into a prison of sorts. Whats next barbed-wire with electrodes?

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Couldn't agree more. CWP is a joke. Why ANYONE would pay $50-$100 to go sit on the the grass with the heat, humidity, and mosquitoes to see a concert, I'll never know. I wonder why they never have concerts at Hofheinz Pavilion anymore? Not big enough I guess.

No kidding!! You can get SLE for free at Miller Outdoor, and you can bring your own food and drinks.

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I need to add some of those groups to my Summit web page. If you guys think of any more groups that played there, let me know.

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That's a cool site you have! I've seen (of course) The Village People, Sammy Hagar, Van Halen, Def Leppard, Prince (his Purple Rain concert)... and I remember my sister going to see Aerosmith. I want to say she saw Peter Frampton too, but I can't confirm that one.

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My first concert was at the Summit in 1979, I saw KIZZ perform , I went with my then bestfriend, Steve Green. I saw Neil Diamond with my mom about a month later. I then saw various ice capades and what not, then in 1987 I saw Beastie Boys and Run-DMC twice that year, then a couple of months later, LL Cool J with WHodini, and Public Enemy. I remember Public Enemy being boo'd off stage. I've seen Wrestling and Ringling Bros. for years there, the Elephant parade was always great. Saw the Rockets win their second Championship there. Have not been since Joel took over though, but the wife is pushing me to go, and apparently we know someone who can get us really close.

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Saw Elvis there in August 1976---$12 a ticket!!! I'd give a jelly donut to see pics of that show (like an idiot I DID NOT bring a camera)

According to the book Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley, Elvis was completely wasted at that show. So much so that Col. Parker reportedly used his "influence" with HPD to keep the cops working security that day from going public, and that Elvis was flown back to Memphis right after the show for "treatment".

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The Summit - 4th row, floor. 1989ish. REM with Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians. Lost our damn car after the show due to tryptamines

We saw Prince at Hofheinz Pavilion back in 2000 or so. Great venue but only seats 8,000. That was what made it great.

I totally agree on the Hofheinz Pavillion statement. That was the best place ever to see a concert. I can't remember the year.. 70 something.. I saw Elton Johns Goodbye Yellowbrick Road tour. What a blast!! We were on like the fourth row with fog rolling over us. The first song was Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding. I can still hear it. I still have my ticket stub.. $5:00. Great memories.

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I need to add some of those groups to my Summit web page. If you guys think of any more groups that played there, let me know.

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Three more that were not listed, My favorite band from college, the Cars. Also Rush, and the Steve Miller Band. I saw all three in the Summit. (not at the same time) Also saw Devo at Cullen Auditorium on the campus at U of H and Jethro Tull at Sam Houston Coliseum.

To Susan, I was at the Elton John and Kikee Dee show at Hofienz and remember it well, September 26, 1974. I remember it because it was my 15th birthday and I went with two friends.

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I need to add some of those groups to my Summit web page. If you guys think of any more groups that played there, let me know.

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Once I go grab my tick stubs I will add more.

Here are some I know were there.

My all time fav Jefferson Starship (met Grace Slick) :blush: still worship

38 Special

Billy Idol

The Pretenders

Emerson Lake & Palmer

David Gilmour of Pink Floyd

Asia (Heat of the moment)

Bad Company

Talking Heads

The Go Gos

Duran Duran

Flock of Seagulls

Haircut 100

INXS

The Police

Psychedelic Furs

Simple Minds

Thompson Twins

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Surely someone on this board had to have seen Yes play at the Summit. I know they played the Summit in 1991 (it was recorded), but I'm sure they played there in the '70s (though they did play the Astrodome, IIRC).

Edit: Just saw TJones' comment. Apparently, a few people did see them there!

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Surely someone on this board had to have seen Yes play at the Summit. I know they played the Summit in 1991 (it was recorded), but I'm sure they played there in the '70s (though they did play the Astrodome, IIRC).

saw YES at The Coliseum

I knew someone was bound to have seen Cindy Lauper. archgirl did

Now they are coming back to me.

The Cult was backup for Billy Idol

What was Bono's band? (sang New Years Day) thats another I saw there.

Ted Nugent was everywhere in those days too, saw him at least 3 times. He fell off the speakers at the Coliseum for sure, jumped right back up and continued jamming. :wacko: lol

No one has mentioned others like Kool and The Gang & Earth, Wind and Fire? Whats up y'all?

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Ahhhh yes - The Summit. My very first concert EVER was September 2, 1977 at the Summit - Kiss w/ Styx. I was 12, and my dad took me and about 6 of my friends. Obviously, he had never been to a rock concert before, as he was SHOCKED by all the pot, and topless girls on the bigscreen. Of course, me and my friends LOVED it (the girls - not the pot.....yet)....

Anyway, I also saw the following groups at the Summit/Compaq Center - Journey (November 5, 1981); Robert Plant (June 7, 1988 and August 3, 1990); The Cult (March 2, 1990); Ozzy w/ Alice n Chains (September 23, 1992); White Zombie (July 12, 1996); Nine Inch Nails w/A Perfect Circle (May 22, 2000); TOOL (July 27, 2002). ...some great memories there.

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Ahhhh yes - The Summit. My very first concert EVER was September 2, 1977 at the Summit - Kiss w/ Styx. I was 12, and my dad took me and about 6 of my friends. Obviously, he had never been to a rock concert before, as he was SHOCKED by all the pot, and topless girls on the bigscreen. Of course, me and my friends LOVED it (the girls - not the pot.....yet)....

Anyway, I also saw the following groups at the Summit/Compaq Center - Journey (November 5, 1981); Robert Plant (June 7, 1988 and August 3, 1990); The Cult (March 2, 1990); Ozzy w/ Alice n Chains (September 23, 1992); White Zombie (July 12, 1996); Nine Inch Nails w/A Perfect Circle (May 22, 2000); TOOL (July 27, 2002). ...some great memories there.

I saw all of those concerts except Journey which I saw later in the Woodlands with Styx. White Zombie was good. So was Alice n Chains/Faith No More. I've seen so many more but you guys will laugh cause it's like Janet and people like that.

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Surely someone on this board had to have seen Yes play at the Summit. I know they played the Summit in 1991 (it was recorded), but I'm sure they played there in the '70s (though they did play the Astrodome, IIRC).

Edit: Just saw TJones' comment. Apparently, a few people did see them there!

"Owner of a Lonely Heart", that song rocked back then.

SunKing, I soooooo wanted to see Rob Zombie back then, I decided to go to Austin instead, stupid move on my part.

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I did see Jimmy Page/Robert Plant play at the Summit in 1994(5?). That was unforgettable. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think Led Zeppelin played the Summit.

According to this site, they played the Summit on 5/21/77. Actually, if you search for "Houston" on that page, you'll find they played here eight times between 1969-1977, which is more than I would've guessed.

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According to this site, they played the Summit on 5/21/77. Actually, if you search for "Houston" on that page, you'll find they played here eight times between 1969-1977, which is more than I would've guessed.

OK. Wow, 1977 sure seems like a high point during the Summit's time as a concert venue. Lots of great bands played there that year.

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OK. Wow, 1977 sure seems like a high point during the Summit's time as a concert venue. Lots of great bands played there that year.

1977 was a high point for The Summit.

Steve Miller Band - Book of Dreams album toured date Nov 1, 1977

most people came out looking like this :wacko::blink: >:):rolleyes:

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Smurfs on Ice, Ringling Bros., several New Kids on the Block concerts and Rockets!

One time my mom won a living room suit and Ringling Bros. tickets on the radio. We watched the circus via our living room suit, ringside on the Summit floor. It was my mom, dad and me. My sister was out of town with a friend. My aunt and cousin went with us, but they sat in the stadium seats. The lights dimmed and they put a spotlight on us. I was young so I don't remember a whole lot about it, but I do recall an elephant walking about a foot in front of the coffee table and a clown coming over and sitting beside me on the loveseat. My aunt said it was a hilarious sight: we were looking up to watch the circus while everyone else was looking downward for most of the show.

That was some ugly furniture.

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got out my old ticket stubs & the ones i could find that i didn't see mentioned so far: the cure, metallica, sting, morrissey, the cult, lenny kravitz (opening for the cult), and depeche mode.

i was trying to remember some of the opening acts here ... flock of seagulls opened for the go-go's, i think. didn't asia just have a juggler or something? i think that was my first 'real' summit concert - 1982! ub40 opened for the police, omd for the thompson twins, and i don't remember about bowie (87) and/or the cult (90). also went to a lot of the others mentioned already in this thread. nin, run dmc/beastie boys, u2, etc.

WAY up thread, i cracked up about leif garrett. i was also crazy about him. my brother took me to see him somewhere - it says astrodome up top, but i thought it was just the arena or something? it seemed small to me, and i was small myself back then!

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i was trying to remember some of the opening acts here ... flock of seagulls opened for the go-go's, i think. didn't asia just have a juggler or something? i think that was my first 'real' summit concert - 1982! ub40 opened for the police, omd for the thompson twins, and i don't remember about bowie (87) and/or the cult (90). also went to a lot of the others mentioned already in this thread. nin, run dmc/beastie boys, u2, etc.

Styx opened for KISS at the famous 9/2/77 show.

Also opening for KISS at the Summit:

8/13/76 - Bob Seger

10/21/79 - Breathless (?)

2/24/88 - Ted Nugent

8/21/90 - Winger/Slaughter :o

7/6/96 - Pushmonkey

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