KeyBank Pavilion

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KeyBank Pavilion
Former names Coca-Cola Star Lake Amphitheater (1990–1999)
Post-Gazette Pavilion (2000–2009)
First Niagara Pavilion (2010–2016)
Address 665 Route 18
Location Burgettstown, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°25′12″N 80°26′03″W / 40.420067°N 80.434044°W / 40.420067; -80.434044Coordinates: 40°25′12″N 80°26′03″W / 40.420067°N 80.434044°W / 40.420067; -80.434044
Owner Live Nation
Type Outdoor amphitheatre
Seating type reserved, lawn
Capacity approx. 23,000
Construction
Broke ground 1989
Opened June 17, 1990

KeyBank Pavilion (originally Coca-Cola Star Lake Amphitheater) is an outdoor amphitheater in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, United States, 25 miles west of Pittsburgh. The venue holds approximately 23,000 fans: 7,100 in a reserved-seating, open-air pavilion and an additional 16,000 on a general-admission lawn. It is owned and operated by Live Nation.

The venue opened as Coca-Cola Star Lake Amphitheater and hosted its first national act, Billy Joel, on June 17, 1990.[1] A second show was added on June 18, 1990 due to the record-breaking response.[2] Since then, it has hosted many other "big-name" concerts. In 2000, the name of the venue was changed to the Post-Gazette Pavilion after the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette bought the naming rights. In February 2010, the publication announced it had not renewed its contract for naming rights to the facility,[3] leading to First Niagara Bank to snatch up the naming rights. The facility was renamed again in 2016 after KeyCorp finished its acquisition of First Niagara.[4]

The facility has lost some business since the 2010 opening of Stage AE, which is located within the city of Pittsburgh on the North Shore next to Heinz Field.

Performer history[edit]

Janet Jackson was scheduled to perform at the amphitheater during her Rhythm Nation World Tour on September 3, 1990, but the show was cancelled.

Grateful Dead played the venue twice (June 22 and 23, 1992).

INXS played their final concert with former lead vocalist Michael Hutchence on September 27, 1997, less than two months before his death.

Phish recorded their show on July 29, 2003, at the venue, later releasing it as a live album entitled Live Phish 07.29.03. They subsequently performed a sold-out show on June 18, 2009, and again on June 23, 2012.

Fleetwood Mac were scheduled to perform during their Say You Will Tour on June 10, 2004, but the show was cancelled.[5]

Kings of Leon were scheduled to perform during their Come Around Sundown World Tour on September 7, 2010, with The Whigs and The Black Keys as their opening acts, but the show was cancelled, due to scheduling conflicts.[6]

Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band have performed at First Niagara Pavilion nearly every year since it opened in 1990.[7] The only exception is when they played PNC Park in 2005 and in 2017.[8]

The amphitheater has also played host to music festivals, including All That! Music and More Festival, Crüe Fest, Crüe Fest 2, Family Values Tour, Farm Aid, H.O.R.D.E. Festival, Honda Civic Tour, Identity Festival, Lilith Fair, Lollapalooza, Mayhem Festival, Ozzfest, Projekt Revolution, Uproar Festival, and Vans Warped Tour.

In popular culture[edit]

The Pavilion was featured on a 2002 episode of The Daily Show.[9]

In December 2012, Phish released a concert video, Star Lake 98, of their 1998 show at the Pavilion during their summer tour.[10]

Dave Matthews Band released Live Trax Vol. 35 on October 16th 2015. The show was recorded June 20th 2009 at Post-Gazette Pavilion.[11]

Political visits[edit]

President George W. Bush visited the pavilion on November 1, 2004 along with Curt Schilling & Lynn Swann.[12][13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09148/973089-388.stm
  2. ^ http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G1-8310976.html
  3. ^ http://www.postgazette.com/pg/10039/1034379-388.stm
  4. ^ http://www.wtae.com/news/first-niagara-pavilion-name-changing-to-keybank-pavilion/42171008
  5. ^ http://www.fleetwoodmac-uk.com/concerts/sayyouwilltour.html
  6. ^ http://www.soundspike.com/news/tour/570-kings_of_leon_tour_kings_of_leon_cancel.html
  7. ^ http://www.buffettnews.com/resources/setlists/?city=Burgettstown
  8. ^ https://www.livenation.com/venues/14423/keybank-pavilion
  9. ^ http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-september-16-2002/miner-difficulties
  10. ^ http://www.glidemagazine.com/hiddentrack/phish-star-lake-98-2-dvd-set-due-in-december/
  11. ^ http://davematthewsband.shop.musictoday.com/Product.aspx?cp=1_5575_8858&pc=DMDD132
  12. ^ http://www.gwu.edu/~action/2004/bush/bushcal1004a.html
  13. ^ http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=72818&st=post-gazette&st1=

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