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Wish You Were Here: The Show Must Go On!

Alumni share stories of their favorite among performances they watched during their time at the UW.

September 17, 2020

U2 at Camp Randall. June’s Dairy at Memorial Union. The naked Peter Pan. Amara La Negra’s show stopping concert. Otis Redding’s last show or Carrie Coon’s first. College is a chance to expand your cultural horizons, and UW–Madison has offered loads of culture — high-brow, low-brow, and middle-brow — for decades.

Tell us about the best you saw during your days at the UW, as well as what made it so special. Send us your memory. (Include photos, please!) We’ll add it to this scrapbook.

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WOMEN DANCING IN AN ORCHESIS PERFORMANCE, CA. 1945–59. (PHOTO BY PHIL HARRINGTON; UW ARCHIVES, 2018S00177)
WOMEN DANCING IN AN ORCHESIS PERFORMANCE, CA. 1945–59. (PHOTO BY PHIL HARRINGTON; UW ARCHIVES, 2018S00177)
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James Taylor at the Field House. He was really grump that night! Tossed some equipment/chairs off the low key stage. He appeared mostly to be grumpy over repeated requests for him to play his then #1 hit "Fire and Rain". Which is finally did as an encore and promptly stormed off the stage.
William Rauwerdink ’72

In 1977 Billy Joel appeared at, of all places, the Stock Pavillion. He was touring his breakthrough album, The Stranger, and it was a fantastic show! He complained about performing in a barn, the smell, etc. But the music, and the acoustics, were sublime, and he played to a hugely appreciative audience. Unforgettable!
Cristie Leto JD’86

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