Check out these photos and recollections from ZZ Top's First Annual Barn Dance and Barbecue; September 1, 1974 at the University of Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin. The bill was ZZ Top, Santana, Joe Cocker and the Great Jimmy Page w/Bad Company. People have told me that they had expected 20,000 and 90,000+ showed up! What did that expect with that bill o’ talent? Christ, that’s almost one whole day at Woodstock talent. Santana was at the height of his popularity at this time and so was Joe Cocker. Plus, ZZ Top’s only Texas appearance?!! Jimmy Page with Bad Company?!! Omigawd, I would have loved to have seen that and, obviously, so did thousands of others.
Additionally, check out the poster and handbill combo that is now in my collection - Tut's Tomb Phoenix Axillary Site. SWEET!
Check out these recollections from people who were there:
I remember that, last concert in the stadium due to the destruction, mostly from burns in the Astroturf.
Oh yes. Hotter than a firecracker on the field. But that was one heck of a lineup!
I lived in the Tower View apartments next to the LBJ School and the noise was deafening. Also, the concertgoers trashed the stadium so bad that it stopped being used for concerts.
It was Labor Day 1974. Hot and the concessions ran out early on. I was happy to pay $2 for a 20 lb bag of ice. 1st and last concert at Memorial Stadium
This was the first concert I didn't get to go to (not last either) a guy asked me to go....I asked my dad if I could go....he said come in and close the door.....did he tell you he was married....nope he didn't....did he tell you he has two kids....nope he didn't mention that either......guess I got my answer......I was 16......definitely in over my head!
Yes I was there with a broken leg n angle, stuck on the 50 yard line with no food n drink for hours, then my brother’s 1959 Dodge Texan car would not start afterwards, it was a long day n night! Leg still hurts today!
Was there. It was billed "ZZ Top's First Annual Barn Dance and Barbecue." First and only. Darrell Royal was not happy with the damage to the Astroturf. The next concert there wasn't till the Eagles in the 90's. I remember the Human Pyramids and blanket tosses. You were not allowed to bring in beverages so other things were smuggled in.
I was there!!!!!!!!!!! Awesome to see the picture! Thanks!!
That particular concert everyone is talking about was "Texas Jam" which was the last concert ever to happen at Memorial Stadium. ZZ Top was also banned from playing in Austin from that point for many years.
If this is the same concert as in photo-- I thought it was July of 74 or so-- it was HOT hot HOT!-- & they would not let you bring in any beverages. That was a new thing-- making you buy their concessions. My sister cried and they let her bring in a cooler with ice & amp; water for us.
I was there, music was great; the heat and lack of water not so good.
50 yard line - and remember friends bringing in bags of ice.
I was there too, hooted it, blanket tosses, human pyramids, amazing show, Santana at dusk and then a tremendous show by ZZ Top... hellishly hot all day, but thrilling none.
It was the "Rompin' and Stompin' Barn Dance and Barbecue," concert, headlining ZZ Top; the largest concert in Austin up to that time. This is not to be confused with the amazing "Texas Jams" series of multi-act rock festivals, starting in 1978, at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
It doesn't get any better than this concert July'74. Hotter than Hades that day and I was with friends on the 50 yd line. They went to get drinks and ice and on the way back down, tossed ice to the crowd.
I was there in 74 on crutches with a whole bunch of people from Cove. It was no place to be on crutches, let me tell you! ZZ Tops First Annual Barn Dance and Bar-B-Queue. It was also the last! What a blast! Bad Co. Joe Cocker, Carlos Santana, Jimmy Paige, it was a smoking good time!
An airplane flew over, dropping thousands of packs of "French Connection" rolling papers.
I was there with friends in the bleachers. I believe the Astroturf caught on fire, probably from an ember from a joint. I think that's why no more concerts were allowed. The music was good especially Santana and ZZ.
In addition to ZZ Top, Santana, Joe Cocker, Jimmy Page, a new up and comer, Bad Company (Paul Rodgers) tore it up. A lot of people had to leave because of the heat, etc. but if you managed to stick around for the end you were in for one heck of a treat!
I was there. With my friend Charlie Nickle. ZZ Top, Bad Company, Carlos Santana, Joe Cocker. Did acid, mescaline, and weed. Boy was it hot. Guys tore sinks off the wall in the restrooms.
August of 1974...hotter-n-hell....you could trade a bag of ice for anything you wanted!!!!
I remember the heat, and how quickly all food and drink sold out.
'74 seems right to me. They were selling $10.00 bags of ice. That's all they had left. Miserable hot!!!
I was there with Carla Coneway Griffin. That was so much fun. Funny thing is Dusty Hill's mom became one of my patients and I got to know Dusty. I told him I was there that day. Good times!!!
Remember the entrepreneurs selling soda and ice, bread and sandwich meat, snacks through the bars? People were paying a lot for a small bag of supplies but it was worth it.
I remember the tickets cost $5.00 because my ex-boyfriend convinced me that he did not have the money to go, so the dumbass I was gave him the $5.00 for his ticket, allot of money then when I made $2.00 an hr. my mom nearly killed me when I told her I paid for his ticket and mine. Labor Day 1974. Hot but great time my first concert, oh and after I gave him the money for the ticket we broke up a week later. Oh the memories! LOL!!
I remember it well! It was a great concert but hot as hell! My boyfriend at the time left and brought bags of ice back in which saved me from having to leave! I don't know anyone who actually got to eat any Bar-B-Queue!
Oh my goodness.....my first concert! I went with a group of friends, and then lost them as soon as we entered the grounds......not sure if it was '72 or '73...,but spent the entire concert glued to my bleacher seat scared I would miss my friends if they came looking for me......the guy behind me had on overalls with a top hat.
I heard a rumor that the party goers actually removed the grass in pieces!!, that's why there were no more concerts there and why Astroturf was put in? Anyone else hear that?
This was the Fandango concert in 1974. I was 17 there with my husband barely pregnant, hot as Hell. They ran out of everything. My husband fought the crowd to go get a bag of ice so we could have something to drink. Needless to say he did not get back with much ice. He was attacked. It was crazy but awesome. I was at the next concert held at UT field Eagles When Hell Freezes over. Bad ass concert. The weather was perfect for their scene set up. Thunder and lightning but just enough to make it cool. No hard rain.
I was in that crowd, I thought we were gonna starve to death.. Great show!!
The people on the field started building towers to see who could go highest. They would get 7 or 8 circles high and cave in while more were growing and falling. It looked like they were bubbling. Last time they served beer in there.
I was there...hotter than a two dollar pistol...I remember some doods ripping off the sinks in the men's bathrooms and flooding it and there was a group down on the field with huge blankets throwing people up in the air...good times and great music...
I got one of those 10$ bags of ice cause the concessions workers had run off and it was a mob. Carried it on my shoulders to cool off. I tossed mine to people on the field too cause they were baking. It was like ducks and bread.
Yeah I bought a bag of ice too for ten dollars...probably saved my life...lol
I still got my ticket stub. It was at least 100 or so, in the blazin' Texas sun. the "Bar-B-Queue" (if you could really call it that) was supposed to be included in the admission, but you had to stand in line for hours to get to it, and the meat was dry, cold and iridescent ....had all the colors of the rainbow. The men's restrooms were a disaster. Some idiots destroyed the plumbing and the place was flooded. Enterprising carpetbaggers were selling bags of ice for 5 and 10 $. And then there were the human pyramids on the field, some of which got incredibly high before crashing. I just knew someone was gonna die that day. I know I'm just repeating what others have already posted, but it was a hoot. I think it was around midnight before ZZ finally played. What a riot. Hell, I’d do it again.....on second thought, maybe not. Too old and misanthropic.
I was there and man, that was a "barn burner"! What a line up! ZZ opened with "Thunderbird" and it felt like the ground was shaking! I could not believe that my friend from elementary school on had really hit the big time. Billy has always been the coolest. And one of the greatest pranksters of all time. I could tell you some stories. Not all, but some. Ha!