(Orange, Texas)

July 17, 2013

This Week in Local Music History
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — The Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana areas have always been a hot spot for great music events. Take a look back at some of those memorable concerts during the week of July 17 - July 23.

• July 18, 2003 The first rock concert featuring national artists was held in the amphitheater of the newly opened Southeast Texas Entertainment Complex, later renamed Ford Park, as Poison performed in Beaumont for the first time since 1986. Vince Neil, the frontman of Motley Crue, performed with his solo band in the middle slot, and Skid Row, featuring vocalist Johnny Solinger, served as the opening act.

• July 19, 2012 Theory of a Deadman headlined the “Party by the Pool” concert at L’Auberge Casino and Resort in Lake Charles, La. as the band toured in support of recently released CD, “The Truth Is...” Opening the show was Charm City Devils.

• July 19, 2003 Legendary country music group Alabama performed in the amphitheater of the Southeast Texas Entertainment Complex in Beaumont.

• July 19, 2000 Rocker Pat Benatar performed to a sold-out crowd inside the Julie Rogers Theatre in downtown Beaumont.

• July 19, 1980 Blues musician and Orange-native Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown performed inside the Lutcher Theater during its inaugural season.

• July 21, 2006 Dierks Bentley performed at Ford Pavilion in support of his May 2005 release, “Modern Day Drifter,” which featured two number one singles and reached number one on the country music chart on its way to multi-platinum status.

• July 22, 2004 Country music star Ronnie Milsap traveled to Southeast Texas for a concert inside the Dixie Dance Hall on Crockett Street in downtown Beaumont.

• July 22, 1978 Rock act Rainbow, featuring guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and vocalist Ronnie James Dio, performed at Fair Pair in support of the band’s April 1978 release, “Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll,” the last Rainbow album to feature Dio on vocals.