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In the heat of the sun or under a ceiling of stars, fans come together in masses to enjoy music outside this time of year. Massachusetts has hosted many different warm weather concerts. Stadiums and parks are transformed into festive congregations of music lovers and venues dormant in the winter awaken to throngs of visitors. — Leanne Burden Seidel and Lisa Tuite
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Aug. 23, 1972: A sellout crowd of 14,000 reacted to a Beach Boys song at a summer concert on Boston Common. By the time the group swung into "Fun, Fun, Fun" the venue was rocking and rolling.
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July 22, 1968: Duke Ellington and his orchestra performed before jam-packed crowds at the Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park at Franklin Park. More than 5,000 enthusiastic fans applauded wildly for "Satin Doll," Creole Love Call," "Take the A Train," and especially "Soul Call."
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Aug. 18, 1971: An attentive crowd of about 16,000 fans heard folksinger Joan Baez at the Sunset Series on the Common stage.
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Aug. 23, 1971: Crowds cheered as Sha Na Na ended their set at the Sunset Series on the Common. They played their hits "Shake Rattle n' Roll," "Teen Angel," and Yakity-Yak."
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April 19, 1975: Tremendous crowds turned out at City Hall Plaza as Arthur Fiedler conducted a collection of bands from around Massachusetts in celebration of the nation's Bicentennial. Fiedler was supposed to conduct from atop a telephone company cherry picker, but as high winds continued throughout the day, Fiedler took one look at the cherry picker and said, "No way." He conducted from a podium on the ground.
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Aug. 4, 1985: Security carried a woman and boy over the crowd packed in front of the concert stage for the Motley Crue concert at the Manning Bowl in Lynn. Fans who were overcome by the heat needed to be pulled out of the crowd. Other fans, in a tribute to metal mania, kept their leather jackets on despite the heat.
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Sept. 29, 1989: Kyle McCarthy (left) and Ron Brodeur, both of Everett, cranked up their boom box in the parking lot as they waited for the Rolling Stones concert to begin at what was then Sullivan Stadium in Foxborough.
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June 10, 1991: Geraldine Pierre danced away in a sea of bodies at the KISS-108 concert party at Great Woods. Twenty-seven acts signed up to help benefit the Genesis Fund with appearances by Jeffrey Osborne, Sheila E., Carly Simon, and Michael Bolton among them.
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Aug. 10, 1992: Dancers celebrated the sounds of Ministry in the "The Pit" during the Lollapalooza Festival at Great Woods.