Thanks Brad, for the share. My musical memories of the Dome include seeing Elvis there in 1974 at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo; I was 9. It was, at the time, the largest audience to see Presley in one place. He was on a rotating stage and had only his primary band (no orchestra) with him. A really cool memory...

Later, in the late 1980s, the Grand Ole Opry played at the Astrodome as part of the World Economic Summit. It was one of the few times the Opry went on the road and (I believe) it was Bill Monroe's last live performance. He sang "Blue Moon of Kentucky" (of course) and I remember comparing it to Presley's version.

Thanks for the great read and bringing up those memories for me.

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Brad, fantastic article. For one shining moment the Astro Dome was like one of the Wonders Of The World…a sports and entertainment pyramid built right in your own back yard. What memories you had and so beautifully illustrated in your writing. ⚾️🏈🎤🎶

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