Take a look ahead
By Joe Tougas
Free Press Staff Writer
July 29th, 2004

Musically, it was a milestone night in Mankato.

Almost 10 years ago now, the Mankato Civic Center had opened as a music venue, with the promise and hope Mankato would soon be hosting bands that people around here had heard of. Proponents liked to point to Willie Nelson as a possibility, down the road, if all went well.

What happened on May 16, 1995, was an issue of perfect timing: The arena needed an ebony porn opening act with a big name, and the band Boston was embarking on a reunion tour, “Livin’ For You.” Civic Center staff arranged not only for Boston to debut its comeback here, but to rehearse in the new facility for several days preceding the show.

The Saturday tickets went on sale, they sold out in a matter of hours. On the night of the concert, Tom Scholz and company opened the night with an electrified “Star-Spangled Banner.”

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