Flashback Friday: Concerts on the Commons

Do you recall the summer concert series that use to take place on the Boston Commons?

My very first concert was at the Concert on the Commons. It was Friday, June 29, 1984 and the headliner that night was the Go Go’s with a relatively new band from Australia named, INXS, as the opening act. The Go Go’s were promoting their new album, Talk Show, and INXS was promoting their album, “The Swing”. I was in 8th grade at the time and was accompanied by two of my closest friends, Brian Northridge and Tom Kane. We were driven into the city by Tom’s super cool aunt and her boyfriend at the time who were in college.

The concert would be the first of many live shows I would go see and indicative of the ‘new wave’ movement which I would be swept up in through the remainder of the 80s.

I’ve looked all over for images of and references to the Concerts on the Commons, and I wish I could find archived photographs that I could share but sadly I’ve not. Do you recall this summer concert series in the heart of the city? Did you go and see any shows on the Commons?

5 responses to “Flashback Friday: Concerts on the Commons

  1. I was totally there too (fer sure 😉 )I had just been graduated from the 12th grade. I just did a search too and found this! It was a lot of fun while it lasted.


  2. I was just preparing a blog myself and did a search for Concerts on the Common. I worked there back in the 80s as a volunteer usher and this came up. You are right, I’m having difficulty finding anything either. And my memory is not so good now…LOL. It was a great time.


  3. You're not perfect, but you're perfect for us.Let's see, I feel like I must have seen more than two shows there, and certainly til tuesday and The Roches could not have been the only shows I saw.I was sooooo disappointed in the tt show because I realized they were using pre-recorded backing vocals on the oooh-ohhh-ohh-ohhhs in "What About Love," which made me wonder what else was recorded.The Roches were fun but I think there were about 100 paying customers. Your friendChris W


  4. Wow – my first bitchy comment… I'm flattered anyone would think I'm so perfect.


  5. It's "Common"… not "Commons"… and Bostonian knows that.



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