CLEVELAND, Ohio – Just over two years ago, cleveland.com launched its CLE Rocks podcast to expand and advance our music coverage.
It all started with Troy L. Smith, a journalist specializing in life and culture, who interviewed some of the biggest names in rock and roll. The guest list included members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers like Ace Frehley, John Oates, Nils Lofgren, Herb Albert and Ricky Byrd.
But as the podcast progressed, it evolved to focus not only on the artists who made rock history, but also the unforgettable moments that fans still talk about. CLE Rocks – billed as “the birthplace of rock and roll music podcast” – now looks back on the notable concerts and tours that have taken place in Northeast Ohio over the past 50 plus years.
The list of legendary concerts we’ve revisited this year began appropriately with Bruce Springsteen’s incredible 1978 series which included two New Years Eve shows at the Richfield Coliseum and his August 9th show at the Agora, perhaps. the most famous concert in the history of Cleveland music.
From there, CLE Rocks looked back on incredible concerts from KISS, Prince, Nirvana, Tupac Shakur, Pearl Jam, and Tina Turner. The episodes stretched as far back as the Beatles’ concert at Cleveland Stadium in 1966 to Taylor Swift’s “1989 Tour” in 2015.
The series also included special episodes focused on the plight of local concert hall owners during the pandemic and a live recording at Cleveland’s Music Box Supper Club focused on Tina Turner’s Hall of Fame legacy. We’ll be returning to Music Box each month for a live event, including upcoming recordings centered on the iconic rock and roll hotel of Swingos on January 12 and the World Series of Rock on February 9.
You can listen to each of this year’s episodes below. New episodes focused on Queen, Genesis, The Who, Aerosmith, David Bowie, The Pretenders, The Raspberries, Meat Loaf, Panic! at the Disco and more will arrive in 2022.