A Look at The "New" Moody Coliseum (and a Listen to Some Classic Moody Music)

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Perhaps you've heard: The Moody Foundation is putting $20 million toward giving the great Moody Coliseum an extreme makeover, as evidenced by the conceptuals provided by SMU (more follow after the jump). But that's but half of what the Hilltop needs to fund the project, expected to run closer to $40 million; the university's seeking additional donors, for those so interested in kicking in. Says SMU President R. Gerald Turner, though, half is plenty for now: "With this generous gift from the Moody Foundation, the coliseum will be ready for the future."

And what will the $40 million buy, other than an extreme case of Moody Madness? From SMU's announcement:
The project will feature new premium seating, as well as courtside retractable seating designated for students and renovation of the entry lobby and concourses. Technology improvements will include new video boards, scoreboards, sound system, broadcast capabilities and heating and cooling systems. In addition, office suites, restrooms and locker rooms will be upgraded.
SMU's announcement goes on to recount the myriad events held in the coliseum since its opening in '56, including countless concerts. Which brings us to the bonus round of this particular item: For Your Thursday Listening Pleasure.

Let's begin with the oldest set I could find: Jimi Hendrix at Moody Coliseum on August 3rd, 1968. An exceptional audience recording.

And here you'll be able to hear, in its entirety, the recently Peter Gabriel-less Genesis at Moody on March 19, 1977.

Seven months later, on October 15, the Grateful Dead played the coliseum. An extraordinary soundboard of that show, featuring a rendition of "Mama Tried," can be found here.

And here's a show I attended: Pearl Jam's legendary Moody appearance on November 12, 1993 -- when Eddie Vedder revealed, at the end of set-opener "Rearviewmirror," that SMU really stands for "Satan's Methods Universal."

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SMUstang'11
SMUstang'11

Laaaaaaaame.Moody is the only building on campus that has a cool vintage feel to it ... aka the only building that hasn't been gutted after only 10 years of existence and renovated.And we just built the Crum center to revolutionize the way our bball team trains... and they are still mediocre. A new coliseum will obviously make our team go the NCAA tourney and will bring in donors by the hundreds.... riiiiiiiiight....

G_David
G_David

My only Moody memory is my dad taking me to the OU/Texas NCAA basketball game (1st round as I recall) somewhere around 1978, seeing Billy Sims on the concourse, and proceeding to whip his ass with questions for about 20 minutes. He also autographed my game program, which I sadly lost somewhere along the way.

ThatGuy
ThatGuy

1969 The Rolling Stones supported by Chuck Berry and Terry Reid Trio

Rangers100
Rangers100

Could they squeeze in some more room for another 100 wheelchairs?

Wmrbillybear
Wmrbillybear

Oueen and Thin Lizzy was awesome and Jethro Tull in 76 was cool too.

catgut
catgut

And lets not forget the 72 WCT final between Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall that many consider one of the greatest tennis matches in history was held there.

Steve Sandwich
Steve Sandwich

Oh, Eddie Vedder! You short, pretentious douche-cock.

LaceyB
LaceyB

In addition, Vedder's words are quite true, to an extent, of every SMU alum I meet. Equally, in the past week, I've been recommended for admission there, twice. I have no idea why.

LaceyB
LaceyB

I heard Pearl Jam gives great concert. Even today. Any memories to share with The 'Park?

wascallywabbit
wascallywabbit

Yeah, but that was pretty funny what he said. Truth in jest, maybe?

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

This was the moment I went from being not-a-fan to a True Believer, at least for a little while. That was one hell of a concert -- thunderous, I'd say. What I imagine it was like seeing, oh, say, the Who at a smallish venue in its heyday. And that SMU crack won me over. I wrote about it. I'll have to dig through the paper archives to find.

Finn
Finn

And if I'm not mistaken, the greatness that is Gibby Haynes and the Butthole Surfers opened the show. Great concert all the way around.

Bigjondaniel
Bigjondaniel

What is this "paper" of which you speak?

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