The Ector Count Coliseum was built way back in 1954. You may not realize it but the first ever performer to hit the stage happened to be none other than The King of Rock and Roll himself, Elvis Presley.  That's right, the very first artist to preform at the Ector County Coliseum was Elvis. Pretty cool right? I think so. Through the years there have been plenty of epic concerts at the Ector County Coliseum, most of them happened when I was too young to go to any of them unfortunately.


The year I was born had a pretty good line up of amazing artists and I'm pretty proud of the Ector County Coliseum in 1981. Here are the bands that played in 1981 and some of the songs you may have heard if you were lucky enough to be in attendance.

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images


  1. E Papa Re
  2. Primera Invasion
  3. All I Ever Wanted
  4. Tales of Kilimanjaro
  5. Black Magic Woman
  6. Changes
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Michael Putland, Getty Images
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Fin Costello, Getty Images

Judas Priest/Iron Maiden (World Wide Blitz Tour)


  1. Hell Bent for Leather
  2. The Ripper
  3. Diamonds and Rust (Joan Baez Cover)
  4. Grinder
  5. Sinner
  6. Breaking the Law
  7. Beyond the Realms of Death
  8. Troubleshooter


Blackfoot/Danny Joe Brown (Marauder Tour)

  1. Rattlesnake Rock 'n' Roller
  2. Every Man Should Know (Queenie)
  3. Wishing Well
  4. Gimme, Gimme, Gimme
  5. Fox Chase
  6. Fire of the Dragon
  7. Train, Train
  8. Highway Son
ZZ Top
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ZZ Top/Loverboy (El Locomotion Tour)

  1. Groovy Little Hippie Pad
  2. Waitin' for the Bus
  3. Jesus Just Left Chicago
  4. I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide
  5. Don't Tease Me
  6. I Wanna Drive You Home
  7. Ten Foot Pole
  8. Manic Mechanic
  9. Heard It on the X
  10. A Fool for Your Stockings
  11. Pearl Necklace
  12. Cheap Sunglasses
  13. The Kid is Hot Tonite
  14. Lady of the 80's
  15. Teenage Overdose
  16. D.O.A.
  17. Turn me Loose
  18. Prissy Prissy


Pat Benatar/David Johansen (Precious Time Tour)

  1. Fire and Ice
  2. Promises in the Dark
  3. Hit me with your best shot
  4. Treat me right
  5. You Better Run
  6. Hell is for Children
  7. Heartbreaker
  8. You Better Run

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