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Nassau Coliseum concerts: Memorable shows through the years

From Billy Joel and Elvis Presley on through Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus, take a look back at some notable Nassau Coliseum concerts, beginning with the venue's first-ever show in 1972 to the major concerts since its rebirth in 2017 as the NYCB Live’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum following a $165 million renovation.

2017: Idina Menzel

Idina Menzel takes the stage at NYCB Live's
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Idina Menzel takes the stage at NYCB Live's Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale on April 7, 2017.

2017: Billy Joel

Billy Joel and his band perform on the
Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Billy Joel and his band perform on the opening night for NYCB Live's Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 5, 2017.

2015: The Who

The Who took their 50th anniversary tour to
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The Who took their 50th anniversary tour to the Nassau Coliseum on May 20, 2015.

2015: Joan Jett

Long Island's own Joan Jett plays the Nassau
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Long Island's own Joan Jett plays the Nassau Colliseum with The Blackhearts on May 20, 2015, opening for The Who.

2012: Matt Koma

Matt Koma, from Seaford, performs at the Nassau
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Matt Koma, from Seaford, performs at the Nassau Coliseum on June 26, 2012.

2011: Sade

Sade performs at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, on
Photo Credit: Chris Ware

Sade performs at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, on June 21, 2011.

2009: Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow performs during his Ultimate Manilow: The
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Barry Manilow performs during his Ultimate Manilow: The Hits Concert at the Coliseum in Uniondale on Feb. 14, 2009.

2009: Metallica

Metallica's James Hetfield performs at the Coliseum on
Photo Credit: Newsday / Ana P. Gutierrez

Metallica's James Hetfield performs at the Coliseum on Jan. 29, 2009.

2008: Slipknot

Slipknot performs during the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival
Photo Credit: Newsday / Ari Mintz

Slipknot performs during the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival at the Coliseum on Aug. 6, 2008.

2008: Mary J. Blige and Jay Z

Mary J. Blige and Jay Z perform during
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Mary J. Blige and Jay Z perform during their Heart of the City Tour concert at the Coliseum on March 27, 2008.

2008: New Kids On The Block

New Kids On The Block performs at the
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New Kids On The Block performs at the Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday Sept. 24, 2008.

2007: Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus -- who portrayed Hannah Montana on
Photo Credit: Newsday / Ken Sawchuk

Miley Cyrus -- who portrayed Hannah Montana on the popular Disney Channel show from 2006-2011 -- performs a set of songs as herself for a sold-out crowd at the Coliseum in Uniondale on Dec. 27, 2007.

2007: Van Halen

From left, frontman David Lee Roth and guitarist
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From left, frontman David Lee Roth and guitarist Eddie Van Halen, of Van Halen, perform at the Coliseum on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007.

2006: Elton John

Elton John performs at the Coliseum on Nov.
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Elton John performs at the Coliseum on Nov. 1, 2006.

2004: Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff at the Coliseum on July 26,
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Hilary Duff at the Coliseum on July 26, 2004.

2003: Shania Twain

Shania Twain in concert at Nassau Coliseum on
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Shania Twain in concert at Nassau Coliseum on Oct. 12, 2003.

2003: Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne performs at the Nassau Coliseum on
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Avril Lavigne performs at the Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday, May, 13, 2003.

2001: Britney Spears

Britney Spears performs at the Coliseum in Uniondale
Photo Credit: Newsday / Michael E. Ach

Britney Spears performs at the Coliseum in Uniondale on Nov. 7, 2001.

2001: Pink

Pink performs at the Nassau Coliseum on Friday,
Photo Credit: AP / Ed Betz

Pink performs at the Nassau Coliseum on Friday, June 1, 2001.

2001: Nelly

Nelly in concert at the Nassau Coliseum on
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Nelly in concert at the Nassau Coliseum on Friday, June 1, 2001.

2000: Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin performing at the Coliseum in Uniondale
Photo Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

Ricky Martin performing at the Coliseum in Uniondale on June 15, 2000.

2000: Eminem

Eminem performs at the Spring Break 2000 concert
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Eminem performs at the Spring Break 2000 concert at the Nassau Coliseum, on Friday, May 23, 2000.

2000: ZZ Top

Billy Gibbons, left, and Dusty Hill of ZZ
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Billy Gibbons, left, and Dusty Hill of ZZ Top at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Jan. 24, 2000.

1999: Run DMC

Run DMC performs during The Family Values concert
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Run DMC performs during The Family Values concert at Nassau Coliseum on Oct. 2, 1999.

1998: Celine Dion

Celine Dion performs at the Coliseum on Sept.
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Celine Dion performs at the Coliseum on Sept. 1, 1998.

1998: Yanni

Yanni performs at the Nassau Coliseum on June
Photo Credit: Dyane Leight

Yanni performs at the Nassau Coliseum on June 26, 1998.

1997: Fleetwood Mac

Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac performs at the
Photo Credit: Newsday / John Keating

Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac performs at the Coliseum on Sept. 23, 1997.

1996: R. Kelly

R. Kelly performs at the Coliseum on April
Photo Credit: Newsday / John Keating

R. Kelly performs at the Coliseum on April 10, 1996.

1996: The Cure

Lead singer Robert Smith performs with The Cure
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Lead singer Robert Smith performs with The Cure at the Coliseum on July 11, 1996.

1994: The Grateful Dead

Bob Weir, left, and Jerry Garcia of The
Photo Credit: Newsday / John Keating

Bob Weir, left, and Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead perform at the Coliseum on March 23, 1994.

1992: Billy Joel

Billy Joel at the Coliseum on Dec. 29,
Photo Credit: Newsday / John Keating

Billy Joel at the Coliseum on Dec. 29, 1992.

1992: Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen, center, performs with Shane Fontayne, left,
Photo Credit: Newsday / Ken Spencer

Bruce Springsteen, center, performs with Shane Fontayne, left, and Crystal Taliefero at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale on Nov. 9, 1992.

1992: U2

Lead singer Bono performs with U2 at the
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Lead singer Bono performs with U2 at the Coliseum in Uniondale on March 9, 1992.

1990: Madonna

Madonna performs at the Nassau Coliseum on June
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Madonna performs at the Nassau Coliseum on June 12, 1990.

1988: Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen performs at the Nassau Veterans Memorial
Photo Credit: Newsday / Jim Cummins

Bruce Springsteen performs at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale on April 1, 1988.

Prince

The Purple One played an
Photo Credit: Newsday / Jim Cummins

The Purple One played an "exhilarating" two-hour set at the Coliseum on March 18, 1985, Newsday's music critic wrote at the time. "The show's most extreme moment came near the end, at which time Prince climbed some stairs on the stage with the deliberation, fear and awe of Moses approaching the burning bush. His destination: A giant purple tub. 'Do you wanna spend the night? Do you wanna take a bath with me?' he chortled as he raised his hips heavenward," Wayne Robins said in his review published March 19, 1985.

1979: Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra in concert at the Coliseum on
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Frank Sinatra in concert at the Coliseum on June 23, 1979.

1978: Peter, Paul and Mary

Folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary (Mary Travers,
Photo Credit: AP / James Pozarik

Folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary (Mary Travers, Paul Stookey and Peter Yarrow) play a benefit concert at the Coliseum on April 10, 1978. The benefit -- for the Performing Arts Foundation of Huntington -- marked the first time in about 8 years that the trio had performed together.

1976: Paul McCartney

Former Beatle Paul McCartney plays the opening number
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Former Beatle Paul McCartney plays the opening number of his concert with the group "Wings" at the Coliseum May 21, 1976, as part of the band's "Wings Over America" tour, covering 21 cities.

1973: Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley performs at the Nassau Veterans Memorial
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Elvis Presley performs at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale on June 22, 1973.

1972: Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin, shown in this undated photo, performed
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Led Zeppelin, shown in this undated photo, performed at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on June 14, 1972.

1972: Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash performed at the Nassau Veterans Memorial
Photo Credit: Newsday / George Argeroplos

Johnny Cash performed at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 30, 1972. (He is pictured here with wife June Carter on stage at the Boston Garden on April 21, 1972.)

1972: Three Dog Night

Three Dog Night played the first show ever
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Three Dog Night played the first show ever at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, on April 29, 1972.

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