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Around this time in 1984 Poplar Creek Music Theater’s season closed after it’s fifth straight year of outdoor music in the northwest suburbs.

PavarottiThe big name for Poplar Creek that year was the famed tenor, Luciano Pavarotti, who appeared on a memorable Monday night in August.  Multi-city touring was something new for Mr. Pavarotti and Hoffman Estates was chosen as the starting point for the tour.  The performance was conducted with the orchestra of the Chicago Lyric Opera providing the background accompaniment.  Other locations where he performed were New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles but Poplar Creek had him first!  You can read more about that concert here.

There were other large, multi-piece bands who performed.  Linda Ronstadt with Nelson Riddle’s orchestra, Chicago and Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass provided a big sound on their respective nights.

John DenverJohn Denver came back after a couple of years off and did himself proud with two concerts on back to back nights.  The only others who performed two nights in a row were James Taylor and Neil Diamond.  Not too hard to believe, is it?

Disco was definitely gone but there were still country acts who gave big concerts.  The Oak Ridge Boys, Willie Nelson, and Waylon Jennings with Neil Young filled that part of the bill.  And then there was the 1980s pop sound with Billy Idol, Go-Go’s, Cyndi Lauper and Sheena Easton.

In 1983 there were six acts who had performed every year that the theater was open.  In 1984 that number was down to three.  Those who were back for yet another encore performance were Jimmy Buffett (does he ever quit?), James Taylor and Willie Nelson.  And all of them are still popular today!

Unfortunately, the closing act of the season was cancelled.  Barbara Mandrell was set to perform on September 22 but was forced to stop her tour because of serious injuries suffered in a car accident on September 11.

How many of these concerts did you attend?  What were the highlights?  Were you part of the traffic jam on I-90 for Pavarotti’s concert?  Fill us in on the details!

June 1                  Billy Idol

June 5 & 6         John Denver

June 10              Joe Jackson

June 13              Ted Nugent

June 22              King Crimson

June 23              Jimmy Buffett

June 24             Go-Go’s

July 2                 Moody Blues

July 3                 Linda Rondstadt with Nelson Riddle and his orchestra

July 5                 Pointer Sisters with Lee Ritenour

July 6                 Everly Brothers

July 7                 Huey Lewis and the News

July 12              Aerosmith

July 14               .38 Special

July 21               Kool & The Gang with special guest, KC and the Sunshine Band

July 27              The Greg Kihn Band with Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul

August 1            Chicago

August 3 & 4    James Taylor and Randy Newman

August 5           Air Supply

August 6           The Cars with Wang Chung

August 7           Johnny Mathis

August 8          Ronnie James Dio with Twisted Sister

August 9           Steve Lawrence and Edyie Gorme

August 10         Oak Ridge Boys

August 11          Eurythmics with Howard Jones

August 12          Yes

August 13          Luciano Pavarotti

August 16          Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass

August 17          Pretenders with Simple Minds

August 18         Paul Simon

August 20         Willie Nelson

August 21          Thompson Twins

August 22          Sheena Easton

August 24 & 25  Neil Diamond

August 28         Elvis Costello and The Attractions with Nick Lowe and his Cowboy Outfit

August 31          Rick Springfield

September 2     Billy Squier with Ratt

September 3     Waylon Jennings and Neil Young

September 14   George Benson

September 15   Herbie Handcock and Steel Pulse

September 16   Cyndi Lauper


Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library


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