ST. LOUIS (KMOX)- The first tickets for an event at the renovated Peabody Opera House are now on sale.
Tickets for the October 8 Roger Daltrey concert went on sale at 11 am at the Scottrade Center box office. A couple dozen fans waited for the doors to open and reminisced about the old Kiel Opera House, and the ‘new’ Peabody.
Mike Thornberg said it’ll be great to be at one of the first shows at the Peabody, “I think it’s been close wy too long. I went to plenty of shows there in the 780s and 80s, don’t think I made it there in the 90′s. A fantastic place, a civic treasure, basically.”
Don Gregory says it’ll will be exciting to see Roger Daltrey the Peabody, a place he went to several times in its previous life, “It was pretty good sound. The Rolling Stones I saw there. You can see really well there.”
Jerry Deterding recalled seeing shows at the Kiel Opera House, “Good sight, good music, probably the first time was the ‘Stones, when Stevie Wonder opened up for ‘em. He was probably 20 years old then.” Deterding added, “I’m Looking forward to it, I think it’s going to be fun. There’s not a bad seat, the sound should be good.”
Those entering the Peabody these days have to wear hard hats and protective glasses. The lower level is still devoid of seats and carpet, but seats are being installed in the balcony. The paint in the several story tall auditorium has been touched up, including the large image of King Louis the XIV above the stage.
For Mayor Francis Slay the sales of the first tickets marked another milestone in the process of reopening the long shuttered downtown entertainment venue, “It’s thrilling to be here, because this really does remind us that it’s real. This is going to happen. This facility is going to open.”
Slay says, “It also demonstrates there’s a lot of very difficult projects that we put our energy behind, we put our hopes behind, and sometimes they take a lot longer than you really want them to do. But, if we didn’t stay dedicated to this effort, if we didn’t believe in what could happen, what the possibilities were, we wouldn’t be standing here right now.”
The October 8 concert will not be the first show at the Peabody. Executive Vice President of Events and New Business John Urban says, “Those first weeks of October will be full of a wide range of musical offerings. I think a reason for just about any music fan of any shape or size will find something they like on that calendar.”
He says it will all kick off with a big grand re-opening, ”A gala, red carpet sort of opening night wing ding, and then a bunch of shows we’ll be announcing kind of in a rhythm over coming weeks.” Urban says some “big names” will be coming in.
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