Flashback the Nineties: Concerts at the Aud
The Goo-Gool Dolls just announced they will be touring in 2022 but do you remember when they played the Aud in the Nineties when they opened for No Doubt?
The Buffalo Memorial Auditorium or Aud is one of the most revered and memorable Buffalo institutions that are no longer standing. The physical structure may no longer be downtown, but the memories and stories are still alive and well today.
The 90s was the "last hurrah" for the Aud, and it is fascinating to see how some bands spanned all three decades. Grab your flannel as we take a lead singer stroll down the musical memory lane that was the last call at the AUD.
How many shows did you see at the Aud in the 1990s?
How many shows in the 90s did you see at the Aud? (Here's a list compiled from Concert Archives of all the shows)
NO DOUBT/GOO GOO DOLLS April 13th, 1996: This one was special because at the time I was working at a radio station that aired a show hosted by Robby Takac. The show featured new music and Buffalo artists. He would then pack up and head to the Pink to spin the songs there. We would all go there to hang out with him, so it was really cool to see him and the DOLLS on the big stage that night.
ZZ TOP/BLACK CROWES Feb 1, 1991: I went to this show with my uncle on a whim while we were out day drinking. The next thing I know, a cab drops us off in front of the Aud and we end up buying tickets from a "third party." Definitely needed cheap sunglasses after that.
VAN HALEN May 2, 1995: This was the "Balance" tour and it was the first and only time that I was able to meet the band. Eddie Van Halen lit up the room with his infectious smile. I still have the photo that I look at every day. It's bittersweet because the girl I was dating at the time is in it with me. She rocked then and she rocks now.
And just like that, the Aud was torn down. The physical structure may no longer be standing, but the memories of the music will last forever.
I hope you enjoyed the "WOW" moments of remembering the Aud.
Last one out, please turn off the lights.
CHECK OUT THE GOO GOO DOLLS full touring story HERE