One of, if not the most, amazing collection of ticket stubs from one venue!
A '70s generational poster that defines the era of "Classic Rock,"
all from the legendary venue known as THE WAREHOUSE, is a collage of
ticket stubs and flyers that defines one of the greatest eras of popular music.
With over 260 concerts represented, every major artist that played
is shown. All dates are displayed as much as possible . Also included is
a likeness of the bumper sticker used back in the day and a likeness of
the building with comp and ticket windows open, ready for business.
(Thank you John F. Wallace for sharing the best exterior images of the building.)
Hopefully, this conversation piece poster will be the catalyst needed
for getting a permanent commemorative marker placed at the original site,
1820 Tchoupitoulas Street.
This poster is a compilation of 40 years of collecting memorabilia and
could not have been made without the help of dozens of concert goers
who were willing to share their keepsakes with us to keep the spirit of the
Warehouse alive and maybe to bring it back to life.
The centerpiece of the monument display will feature a large 6 foot high 8 foot across 2 foot wide
BLUE GRANITE stone, with the front and rear shaved smooth where the engraving will be. the text
will consist of 200 words or so depicting the Warehouse.On the rear of the stone will be an image of
what the fans like to call the 'house band 'on stage, The Allman Brothers Band. Surrounding the ROCK
on all four sides will be the CONCERT BRICKS. 320 of them total ,60 in the front and rear and 100
on both sides. In front of the 60 will be an array of bricks 3' x 5' with an image of the exterior. In between
will be a likness of the bumper sticker used back in the day reading "Appearing at the Warehouse".
At the rear below the 60 bricks will be an image of the interior, At that exact location you would be at the
back of the crowd center , this will be the LOOK that you would have had had looking at the bands.
with all the rafters and beams exposed
It surely will be a 'site' all Classic Rock fans will want to see when they visit the Crescent City.
A letter to NOLA.GOV, SUBJECT: 'THE WAREHOUSE'
Below is a statement from Mr. Bobby Wahl, a lifelong New Orleanian, who has a passion for his
city and her great culture. He has done extensive research work on the history and influence
'The Warehouse' had on our city and her young citizens in the 70’s and early 80’s.
He has developed a poster, which he plans to market, in order to raise sufficient revenue to
honor this great music venue that once thrived in our city. What he is proposing, with City approval,
and at no cost to the citizens of New Orleans, is to build a monument on the site where the Warehouse
once stood. Attached you will find a picture of the site as it presently looks, a depiction of what
Bobby’s vision of the monument, and a clip from the newspaper expressing the Mayor-elect Moon Landrieu’s
feeling concerning The Warehouse.
To Whom it May Concern:
In 1970, an 1850's cotton warehouse was transformed into what became the South's greatest Rock venue.
'The Warehouse' , at 1820 Tchoupitoulas St. , in New Orleans, opened its doors on January 30, 1970 with
the Grateful Dead and Fleetwood Mac and closed them for the final time, 12 years later, on Sept. 10, 1982,
with Talking Heads. During its years, the legendary Warehouse played host to the biggest stars in popular
music, the likes of Elton John, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, and Bob Marley.
A new genre of music was performed live on the stage, Classic Rock. A generation of New Orleans youth
came together for the entire 1970's without provocation. Besides Saints games, 'The Warehouse' was one of
the city's first racially mixed social environments. The power of music brought us together to witness
the sounds of Muddy Waters, Ramsey Lewis, Herbie Hancock, B. B. King, The Crusaders, Ohio Players and more,
the Superstar rock bands of The Who, the Doors, Pink Floyd and the Allman Brothers Band.
In my travels abroad, when mentioning my hometown to foreigners, the first word they associate with New Orleans,
without exception, is either "Music” or "Jazz".
Let's not let the memory of something that had such an impact on the 70's generation in and around New Orleans
fade without recognizing how fortunate we were to have grown up in those times.
That is why, as representatives of
'The Warehouse Concerts List'
, I am prepared
to sponsor a monument such as the one depicted above, (see photo) or something on this order, hopefully on
the original Warehouse site depicted above (see photo). Music is as much a part of New Orleans as Red Beans
and Rice and Mardi Gras. As much as we embrace the culture that we live in, let's help preserve that time
in our history when 'The Warehouse' in New Orleans was the greatest music venue throughout the South.
p.s. Hopefully the 'New Moon' feels the same way as did the 'Full Moon'. :-)