Alpine Valley Music Theatre
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Alpine Valley Music Theater is a 37,000 capacity amphitheater, in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. The seasonal venue was built in 1977 and it features a characteristic wooden roof, covering the 7,500-seat pavilion and a sprawling lawn.
Alpine Valley is generally considered the Milwaukee stop on major tours and the Chicago stop when the act doesn't perform in Illinois.
Until 1993, when the San Manuel Amphitheater was built in California, it was the largest amphitheater in the United States. That year, it was taken over by Nederlander Concerts. SFX (now Live Nation) acquired Alpine Valley from the Nederlanders in 1999.
The amphitheater has played host to many concerts and music festivals, including Family Values Tour, Furthur Festival, H.O.R.D.E. Festival, Lollapalooza, Monsters of Rock Festival, Ozzfest, PJ20 Festival, Projekt Revolution, Tibetan Freedom Concert and World Series of Rock Festival.
Boz Scaggs headlined the venue's inaugural event on June 30, 1977.
Shaun Cassidy played here to thousands of screaming young fans, mostly teenage girls, on June 24, 1978.
The Grateful Dead played at Alpine Valley 20 times from 1980 through 1989. Their album, Dick's Picks Volume 32, was recorded here in 1982 and their concert performance video, Downhill From Here, documents concerts from 1989.
Mötley Crüe filmed their music video for "Same Ol' Situation" at a concert here on July 7, 1990.
On August 26, 1990, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble played at the amphitheater along with other blues greats Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton and his brother Jimmie Vaughan. After the concert, Vaughan left the area on a helicopter to return to Chicago and he and four others were killed, when the helicopter crashed into a ski hill, within the Alpine Valley resort.
Phish played Alpine Valley 13 times, their live album, entitled, Live Phish Volume 5, was recorded here on July 8, 2000. Alpine Valley is one of the sacred venues of Phish, along with Deer Creek Music Center, Hampton Coliseum, Madison Square Garden, The Gorge Amphitheatre and Shoreline Amphitheatre, among others.
The annual Ozzfest tour comes here almost every year and the CD, Ozzfest 2001: The Second Millennium, is culled from performances here.
The Dave Matthews Band has played a two night stand each year at Alpine Valley, since 1999, except for 2011. Their live releases, Live Trax Vol. 8 was recorded on August 7, 2004 and Live Trax Vol. 15 was recorded on August 9, 2008.
Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, Rush and Phish have all regarded Alpine Valley as one of their favorite venues to play. Former Phish road manager Brad Sands regards Alpine Valley as his favorite venue to see the band. Pearl Jam also played their only scheduled U.S. dates at the venue in 2011, as part of their 20th anniversary celebrations.
The resort is not owned by the owners of the music theater. The hotel serves over a hundred rooms in a Bavarian themed decor. There is also a ski hill and golf course as part of the entire resort complex.
- New Moves From Nederlander
- SFX completes Alpine Valley purchase
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- Alpine Valley Music Theatre - Official Site
- Alpine Valley Music Theatre - Myspace Page
- A little bit of the history of Alpine Valley Music Theatre