Northrop's Big 10: The most memorable pop concerts at the U's venerable hall

  • Updated: March 29, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Our pop critic picks his most memorable concerts there:

Grateful Dead, 1971. Broadcast on KQRS, this marathon of two trippy two-hour sets established a new high for Northrop.

Elton John, 1979. Working solo, the piano man was just short of sensational in a 2¾-hour survey of his career and influences.

Teddy Pendergrass, 1979. The R&B lover man seduced with his sexy ballads, swiveling hips and that hoarse but heavenly voice.

Bette Midler, 1983. Her overdue Twin Cities debut was rock, vaudeville, Broadway, cabaret and uncanny outrageousness all rolled into one. Simply divine.

The B-52’s, 1990. These 1970s new-wavers had the balcony visibly shaking from fans dancing during “Love Shack.” With plaster falling, the concert was cut short.

Lyle Lovett, 1993. The rootsy Texan was loose and funny — and delivered a big surprise when new bride Julia Roberts joined him for “She’s Hot to Go.”

Bruce Springsteen, 1996. On his mostly stark, dark solo tour promoting “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” this fulfilling show combined the purposeful and playful.

Ani DiFranco, 1996. On President Clinton’s re-election night, the aggressive, affirming and liberating folkie proved why she had become the Jimi, not the Joni, of Lollapalooza nation.

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