Steppenwolf, Foghat, and The Outlaws: 10/18/1987

The Miami Marine Stadium was located on Key Biscayne. It was a floating stage where people could pull up in a boat, sit in crappy bleachers, or tread water to watch a show. But it was a fun place to catch a concert and usually they would have a few decent bands performing together for a cheap price, like this one: John Kay & Steppenwolf, Foghat, and The Outlaws, all for a whopping $15.

I went with a group of friends and we hung out in the stands. The details of the show are kind of fuzzy at best (I’m sure it was the Miami heat). I vaguely remember the Outlaws jammin’ on “Green Grass and High Tides.” I also have some dim images of Foghat playing their usual hits. But the one thing that really stands out for me about this show was Steppenwolf playing “Monster.” Hands down, this is my favorite Steppenwolf tune.  They also played all the hits you’d expect: “Magic Carpet Ride,” “Born to be Wild,” “The Pusher,” and so on. Fun times!

“Close your eyes girl
Look inside girl
Let the sound
Take you away”

(from Magic Carpet Ride)

Heart and Blue Oyster Cult: 4/19/1981

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While the stub only lists Heart and Blue Oyster Cult, there were several other bands at this all-day rock fest:

  • Firefall (don’t ask me how they managed to get on the bill)
  • Motorhead (they were cool)
  • Freewheel (a most forgettable act)

So a little bit about the Miami Baseball Stadium. Back then, Miami had no professional baseball team. The stadium was a dump that was used by northern teams for spring training. And occasionally, they would book a large show there. Since I was a huge BOC fan and I also really liked Heart a lot, going to this concert was a no-brainer.

As I mentioned, Freewheel was completely forgettable, and if it wasn’t for the wonders of the internet, I would never have even been able to tell you who was the first band that played. But Motorhead was very good. They rocked and got the crowd riled up. Unfortunately, Firefall sucked all the energy out of the crowd. It was kind of like being on a musical rollercoaster.

Finally, BOC came out. This was right before they released Fire of Unknown Origin, so they were still a powerful force in rock music. I had seen the Cult before, so I knew what to expect, and they delivered, tearing through a set of hits like “Cities on Flame,” “Don’t Fear the Reaper,” and “Godzilla.” During “Godzilla,” a huge Godzilla monster emerged from behind the stage, shooting menacing red lights from its eyes and breathing clouds of smoke. It was impressive.

Heart took the stage and proved that they deserved the headliner slot. They totally rocked! I was in the stands at that point, having spent most of the day on the open field and desperately needing a break. I remember feeling the stands trembling under the concerted stomping of feet as Ann and Nancy Wilson kept the crowd rockin’ after a long day of music.

It’s kind of weird to think back on this show, which was almost 35 years ago. Makes me feel old. But, one good thing about being old is that I was able to go to see great shows like this for less than what TicketMaster now charges as a “convenience fee.”

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to go out and see some live music!