Why glory days of Worcester Centrum are gone DCU Center Fenway Park TD Garden

The Centrum crowd responds to Pete Townshend of the Who during a show on Dec 11, 1982.

WORCESTER — In the years after the Centrum opened its doors nearly four decades ago, there was a steady sound of music coming from the city arena, with close to 60 concerts a year for the first five years.

And close to 40 concerts annually in the five years after that.

In 1986, Pollstar named the Centrum the second most popular entertainment facility in the country, with 11 of the 200 top-grossing concerts in the nation. The top money-grossing entertainers at the Centrum were Neil Diamond ($911,983), followed by Van Halen ($762,386).

In August 1987, the band Boston played nine sold-out concerts, which translates to $1,962,000 in gross sales. A combined 104,209 in attendance help make it the longest run of sell-out shows ever at the Centrum, now known as the DCU Center.

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