A Legendary Year at the Frank Erwin Center

By Laura Bennett

The Frank Erwin Center is no stranger to legendary performances. Our arena has been graced by GRAMMY® and Oscar® Award-winners, presidents, Nobel Peace Prize winners, championship winning teams and more. While the Erwin Center is accustomed to hosting celebrated artists, performers and athletes, we’re not always so lucky to have these momentous events happening back to back to back to back. This year has proven to be an incredibly successful year for our 37 year old venue, so let’s check out some highlights from our favorite legendary performances in 2015 as well as the ones we have to look forward to in the coming months.

On Feb. 7, Latin music icons Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull performed on our stage for the first time with special guest J Balvin and had the sold-out crowd of nearly 14,000 singing and dancing the night away.

Photo by Rick Kern

March 1 brought multi-GRAMMY Award-winners and rock and roll legends Fleetwood Mac back for the first time since Dec. 1, 1987 for their “Shake the Cage ” tour, marking the second sellout for the Erwin Center in 2015. This performance was made even more special with the return of Christine McVie, who rejoined the band for their “On With the Show” tour.
Fleetwood Mac (25)

Photo by Gary Miller

Legendary singer, songwriter, musician and producer Stevie Wonder, who last performed in our venue in 1986, returned with “Songs in the Key of Life” playing the GRAMMY Award-winning album in its entirety on April 4.

Grammy Award-winning rock and pop singer/songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Neil Diamond returned for the seventh time on April 19 and had fans singing along as he performed hit after hit throughout the night.

Photo courtesy of Frank Erwin Center

Fresh off of their induction into the Rock and Roll hall of Fame, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts rocked our stage when they opened for The Who on April 27.
Joan Jett

Photo by Gary Miller

Speaking of The Who, the British rockers took the stage for their The Who Hits 50! 50th Anniversary Tour on April 27. Their only other Erwin Center performance was on July 3, 1980 in support of their 1978 album “Who Are You.”

Photo by Gary Miller

The 2015 iHeartRadio Country Festival on Saturday, May 2 will bring not only new faces to the country music scene, but also a few seasoned veterans such as Grammy Award-winners Brad Paisley and Tim McGraw, who have both performed here previously.

McGraw photo courtesy of Frank Erwin Center, Paisley photo by Carlos San Miguel

The Eagles also took the stage in 1980 and have not yet returned, but that will change on May 19 when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees bring their “History of the Eagles” tour to Austin.

Brian Wilson has yet to perform solo in our venue, but he was here in 1978, 1981 and 1984 with GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award-winners The Beach Boys. Wilson is set for a busy summer with his “NO PIER PRESSURE TOUR,” coming to The Theatre at the Frank Erwin Center on June 23, and the release of the biopic about his life, Love & Mercy, on June 5.
The Beach Boys

Photo courtesy of Frank Erwin Center

One of the world’s best-selling female artists in history, Shania Twain, will return to our stage for the first time since 1998 with her ROCK THIS COUNTRY Tour on Aug. 9.

We’ve been extremely fortunate to host each of these amazing events and we can’t wait to see what the rest of 2015 has in store for us!

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