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Brian Jay

For Those About To...Remember

 

"The time has come", the Walrus said, "To talk of many things"...

Okay, so I saw where a guy was offering this vintage Rock 103 concert patch on eBay...and it brought back some old school memories.

I'm pretty sure that January 19, 1982 was the legendary concert that "brought the house down"...literally.

If you were there, then you remember.  If you weren't around back then, you've probably heard the story.

I'm not sure if it was AC/DC's Pyrotechnics that night or just the sheer sound pressure level.  That was one LOUD concert.  But before the night was over, the lightweight ceiling tiles in the Coliseum started coming down.  They were lightweight enough to catch the air and float down slowly, so nobody got injured or anything.  But it would start a long series of ceiling tile incidents at the legendary coliseum.

The place had been used for everything from Basketball to Concerts to Memphis State Graduation Ceremonies and Monster Truck Shows...and for years after that legendary concert, it wasn't uncommon for 1 or 2 ceiling tiles to come drifting down during just about any event.

In fact, a few years later, during my College Graduation ceremony, a ceiling tile came loose and floated down to the floor right about the time I was taking the stage to receive my diploma.  Of course, there was a bit of an audience reaction right about that time, and I found myself hoping that my zipper wasn't open or something.  No, it was just the tiles.  And the timing was perfect.  Some of my relatives later joked that they had always said that if I ever graduated, the roof would probably cave in...and dang if it didn't happen.

These days, the Coliseum is all but deserted.  It does house some legendary Memphis memories.  The Libertyland Carousel, the Memphis Liberty Bell, and the Mid South Fair time capsule are all there in a building that is not being actively maintained.  You can read more about it in This Commercial Appeal article where you'll find a picture of the ceiling with numerous tiles still missing!

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