The very first issue of Applause was completed on January 22, 1980 and came out in February. It featured a drawing of famed pantomimist Marcel Marceau on the cover along with information on his craft and his February 23rd appearance.
Other notable features in the first issue included The Eagles, who were on tour promoting The Long Run. Their February 10th show promised a “no-frills concert… no light shows, fireworks or smoke bombs. Simple but bold.” The Eagles broke up in July of 1980 so this became one of their last shows before reuniting in 1994 for their Hell Freezes Over tour.
Perennial favorites the Harlem Globetrotters made their third appearance at the Special Events Center (original name for the Frank Erwin Center) on February 5th. This issue of Applause featured a profile on Globetrotter star Geese Ausbie and information on their upcoming appearance.
Finally, there was an article announcing that John Denver would be opening his 1980 concert tour with a return appearance in Austin. His first appearance on May 6, 1978 still stands as the largest crowd in Frank Erwin Center history at 17,829.
Photos from the First Issue of Applause
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