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Top 10 most epic concerts held at New Era Field

Posted Jun 11, 2017

Here’s a look back at the most unforgettable concerts to ever come to One Bills Drive.


The Bills recently created a lot of hype when they announced that world sensation U2 will take the stage at New Era Field on Sept. 5. With the show just a few months away, here’s a look back at the most unforgettable concerts to ever come to One Bills Drive. Leave a comment below if you were there!

10. *NSYNC:  June 10, 2001

To all the ‘90s kids out there, this one’s for you. Whether you pledged your loyalty solely to the Backstreet Boys, there’s no denying that when *NSYNC hit the scene in 1995 the group quickly became one of the most iconic boy bands of all time. At their peak in 2001, *NSYNC hit the road for their Pop Odyssey tour. Making a stop at New Era Field, fans flocked to listen to the sounds of Justin Timberlake and company sing popular songs like “Tearin’ Up My Heart” and “Bye, Bye, Bye.”

9.  Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young: August 11, 1974

When Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young came to New Era Field in the summer of 1974 they brought with them two pretty incredible opening acts - Santana and Jessie Colin Young. The future Rock and Roll Hall of Famers wowed the crowd with an impressive set list which included the popular “Love the One You’re With.”

8.  The Jacksons:  August 25-26, 1984

Who can forget when the king of pop Michael Jackson and his family reunited for a show at New Era Field? Part of the Victory Tour, fans came in droves to witness history in the making. Filling the seats over the two-day event, the loyal supporters heard solos from Michael and throwbacks from the Jackson 5.

7.  Elton John and Billy Joel: July 14, 1994

Fans will always be thankful for the Face to Face Tour which landed lyrical legends Elton John and Billy Joel at New Era Field in ’94. The show featured hits from both artists such as John’s “Bennie and the Jets” and Joel’s “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me.”

6. Fleetwood Mac: July 28, 1978

In 1978 after releasing their 11th album, Fleetwood Mac embarked on the band’s famed Rumors Tour. Blowing up the charts, the group made stops around the world including, North America, Europe and Japan. One of the lucky venues to host this dynamic band? New Era Field. Fans poured in to witness the musical genius of Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie and John McVie.

5.  Eric Clapton, The Band: July 6, 1974

A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Clapton also holds a special place in Bills History. The legendary guitarist, with support from The Band, put on the first-ever concert at New Era Field and after 40 years, the show is still talked about.

4. Guns N’ Roses, Metallica: July 25, 1992

When these two rock giants came together at New Era Field as part of Guns N’ Roses’ Your Illusion Tour in the summer of ’92, fans were stocked to say the least. The GNR guys will be back in town for on August 16 for their first performance in Orchard Park in 25 years. To get your ticket, click here.

3. The Who, The Clash: Sept. 26, 1982

A mashup of old school rock and the new punk craze that came to categorize the ‘80s, these bands didn’t disappoint. Headlined by The Who, the concert was a rocker’s dream.

2. Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: July 4, 1986

Can you name a more iconic lineup!? Headlining a Fourth of July rock concert at New Era Field, Dylan, the Dead and Petty put on a show for the ages. Crazy as it may seem, the Dead were the opening act that year.

1. The Rolling Stones: Aug. 8, 1975

Though the Stones have made four appearances at New Era Field, nothing can compare to their debut show at the Bills home field in 1975. Rocking out before a sold out crowd of 72,000, lead vocalist Mick Jagger and his crew left fans awestruck. Revolutionizing the music scene, the Stones were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. 

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