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Neil Young

Celebrating 50 Years of Concerts at the WVU Coliseum
September 10, 1983

Neil Young  

SHOW DATE: Saturday, September 10, 1983 • 8pm

"Few, if any, major artists in the rock pantheon have been as celebrated, as influential, and as thoroughly idiosyncratic as Neil Young," writes Stephen Thomas Erlewine of 

Together with Stephen Stills, Young formed Buffalo Springfield in the 1960s and made a massive impact on the entire California sound, from country-rock to folk-rock. When he left Buffalo Springfield, he performed solo for awhile before joining Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1970. He continued to perform solo during his time with both groups and despite the success of CSN&Y, he eventually parted ways with this group as well. His long and storied career has netted some of the most beloved songs of our time, including "Down By the River" from "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere" (1969), "After the Gold Rush" from "After The Gold Rush"(1970), "Helpless" from "Decade" (1977), "Cowgirl In the Sand" from "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere" (1969), "The Needle and the Damage Done," "Heart of Gold",  "Cinnamon Girl", and the list goes on.  

According to the Monticola, WVU's yearbook, Young performed to a small, but faithful crowd at the Coliseum in 1983. The yearbook staff noted that Young's "mellowed and aged tunes" caught fans in a "wave of nostalgia." Average ticket price was $8.
Neil Young performs at the WVU Coliseum in 1983. Photo from the 1983 Monticola
Take a look at the setlist from the show.
WVU Student John Pisapia considers purchasing Neil Young tickets from Pop Arts member Jeff Lamb.
In 1983, the student group responsible for planning and executing concerts on campus was known as the Pop Arts Committee. In the this photo, John Pisapia considers purchasing Neil Young tickets from Pop Arts member Jeff Lamb. Today, the students who plan and execute these events are interns at WVU Arts & Entertainment and more tickets are sold online than are purchased in person.
   Concert poster from Neil Young's 1983 concert at the WVU Coliseum
A better view the concert poster hanging on the table in photo on the left.