When Poplar Creek’s sixth season opened in 1985, it was apparent right off the bat that the booking agents were going to move in some new directions.  Iron Maiden, a heavy metal band, was on the schedule in June and, conversely, Amy Grant, a Contemporary Christian artist, was scheduled for August.  Somewhere in the middle were other newcomers:  UB40, a reggae band; New Edition, a teenage soul group; Illinois boy, Dan Fogelberg; Canadian rocker, Bryan Adams and British pop band Style Council.Dan Fogelberg

Of course, there were big favorites scheduled like the Beach Boys, Barry Manilow, Phil Collins and Huey Lewis and the News–a band that set the attendance record the prior year.

Coming back to Poplar Creek after not touring for more than five years were Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Dire Straits.  This was also the first year for Phil Collins to break from Genesis and for Don Henley to break from the Eagles.  Alabama was also appearing on their own and not as the opening act for Mac Davis.

The list of bands who had performed at all six years of Poplar Creek’s existence was now down to two–Jimmy Buffett and Willie Nelson, performing machines!Willie Nelson

Tickets for most shows were $15 for pavilion seats and $10 for lawn seats with Barry Manilow, Liza Minnelli, Phil Collins and Alabama commanding slightly higher prices.  You have to give it to Barry, Liza and Phil though.  They were willing to book two shows and, obviously, brought in the crowds to justify the prices.Cheap-Trick-1

And, to top off the season, Cheap Trick gave a free concert on Friday, September 20, the final day of the season.  There were three ways to get tickets.  (1.) Go to any Just Pants store and buy a top, pair of pants or any Levis product and a ticket was yours.  (2.) Visit any of the locations announced on WLS-FM during a certain few days and obtain one of the 1200 tickets to be handed out.  (3.) Or, go to any of the following records stores and say, “WLS is my favorite radio station”:  Hegewisch Records, Rolling Stone Records, JR’s Music Shop, Flip Side and Orange Records and Tapes.  A limited number of tickets would be available.  How many local people do you suppose went to the Flip Side in Barrington Square and asked that question?

Enjoy the list!

May 31  Santana

June 13  Bryan Adams and Survivor

June 14  Dan Fogelberg

June 16  Iron Maiden

June 17 & 18  Phil Collins and his Hot Tub Club

June 19  Hank Williams Jr. with Lacy J. Dalton

June 20  Kenny Loggins

June 22  Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with “Til Tuesday

June 23  Jimmy Buffett

June 28 & 29   Barry Manilow

June 30  New Edition

July 3  Don Henley with Katrina and The Waves

July 4  Harper College Choirs and Elgin Symphony Orchestra

July 5  Eric Clapton with Graham Parker & the Shot

July 8  REO Speedwagon

July 11  Melissa Manchester

July 12 & 13  Liza Minelli

July 14  REO Speedwagon with Cheap Trick

July 17  Jeffrey Osborne

July 19  Pat Metheny Group

July 20  Alabama

July 21  Air Supply

July 25  Jeffrey Osborne

July 26  Style Council

July 27  Kool & the Gang

July 28  Manhattan Transfer

July 29  Rick Springfield

July 30  Crosby, Stills & Nash

July 31  UB40

August 1  Chaka Khan

August 2  Adam Ant

August 3  Dire Straits

August 4  Beach Boys

August 5  Huey Lewis & the News

August 6  John Waite

August 8   George Thorogood & the Destroyers, plus Johnny Winter

August 9  Amy Grant plus Russ Taff

August 10  Oak Ridge Boys plus Exile

August 11  Loverboy

August 12  Power Station

August 14  Temptations and the Four Tops

August 16  Lee Greenwood and Gary Morris

August 17  George Benson

August 23 & 25  Wham!

August 27  DIO

August 28  Paul Young

August 31  The Kinks

September 1  Commodores

September 2  Willie Nelson

September 6  Squeeze

September 7  Sting

September 14  Melissa Manchester

September 15  Heart

September 20  Cheap Trick  (free concert)


Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

4 Responses to “POPLAR CREEK’S SIXTH SEASON–1985”

  1. Mike G. Siegel Says:

    august 14, 1984 Talking Heads at Poplar Creek, is missing from the list.

    • jrozek Says:

      Hello Mike,

      From everything I could see, Talking Heads was at Poplar Creek on August 14, 1983 but they were not there in 1984. I did a search of the Daily Herald in the Newspaper Archive and did not see them listed in 1984.

      I then found this blog posting of Talking Heads concerts and confirmed the 1983 date. http://talkingheadsconcerthistory.blogspot.com/2013/01/1983.html

      I suspect this is the date you were looking for. Thank you for suggesting the possibility though. It keeps me on my toes!

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library

      • Mike Siegel Says:

        I saw the one in 1983. They were also there a year earlier in 1982. Not in 1984 at all. They stopped touring that year.

      • jrozek Says:

        Hello Mike,

        Thank you for noticing the 1982 date. I double checked it with the Daily Herald and confirmed the August 16th concert. It’s good to make the list as complete as possible.

        Many thanks!

        Jane Rozek
        Local History Librarian
        Schaumburg Township District Library

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