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Celebrating 50 Years of Concerts at the WVU Coliseum
October 6, 1979

with Special Guest Blackjack

Photo from America concert by Robert Martin that appeared in the Daily Athenaeum
America's Gerry Beckley and David Dickey jam during the song "Sandman."
From The Daily Athenaeum. Photo by Robert Martin.           
SHOW DATE: Saturday, October 6, 1979 • 8:15pm
America performed at the WVU Coliseum in October 1979 after the WVU vs. the University of Kentucky football game where the Mountaineers snapped a 7-year Homecoming losing streak by defeating the Wildcats 10-6. The show was the first official Homecoming concert held in four years and ticket sales reflected overwhelming student approval. The show drew 8,500 fans with its average ticket price of $5.

The band played some of their soft sounds, "Daisy Jane" and "I Need You," to open the show and saved the hard rockers for the end, according to the 1980 Monticola. They also played a few songs from their current album at the time – "Silent Letter." Not surprisingly, one of the crowd favorites proved to be America's first No. 1 hit, "Horse With no Name."
Photo of America published in the 1980 Monticola 
Photo from the 1980 Monticola