The mighty Cobo Center ( Cobo Hall / Cobo Arena convention center ). There are plan brewing to turn this complex out and make it another casino. This way they can make the convention center more competitive with the 1000 other multi-billion dollar modern facilities that already exist in other US cities.
Um. Good luck.
This “you are here” map inside shows a color coded breakdown of City to County areas of the complex. The four zones include City of Detroit, Wayne County, Oakland County and Macomb County.
And for once and all – those of you who do not like the Jefferson/Woodward intersection sculpture “Monument to Joe Louis” (aka “The Fist”) and say that we should instead have erected an actual statue of Joe Louis:
HERE IT IS.
We’ve had one all along. Its huge and awesome just like the Brown Bomber deserves. Now leave that fist alone….
This statue is inside Cobo Hall, near the Joe Louis Arena, which is also attached to the massive complex.
On June 22 in 1938 during a dramatic rematch in New Yorks Yankee Stadium, Joe Louis knocked out Nazi boxer Max Schmeling in two minutes four seconds – thereby standing Hiltler’s arian supremacy theory on its head and humiliating history’s greatest monster.
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band Live Bullet recorded live at Detroits Cobo Arena on a 16 track tape machine by Punch Andrews.
One of the greatest live albums of all time, and Bob Segers national breakthrough album. The album was recorded in front of 24,000 fans. Only two concerts were taped to make Live Bullet.
Live Bullet reached 34 on the Billboard Top 200 and was on the album chart for 168 weeks. It is now quintuple platinum. Reportedly, 300,000 of first 500,000 copies of the album were sold in Detroit. (The album was sold for a special low price for a double album.)
Seger was trying to release the album that would be Night Moves when Live Bullet came out. He couldnt finish the lyric in time, and the live album was released first.
I awoke last night to the sound of thunder
How far off I sat and wondered
Started humming a song from 1962
Ain’t it funny how the night moves
When you just don’t seem to have as much to lose
Strange how the night moves
With autumn closing in…
Cobo Hall was a long way from the original Hideout Club formerly located here on Harper Avenue in Harper Woods. Punch Andrews owned a string of Hideouts starting with this one, the original rock and roll club in Michigan and amongst the very first in the USA.
This is where Bob Seger started. (also: Glen Frey of the Eagles.)
Seger had a string of hits in the Detroit area and in Michigan with limited success nationally, starting with Heavy Music and Ramblin Gamblin Man in the early 1960s. Live Bullet changed it all.
Seger was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That same night Bob Dylan was playing live at the State Theater in Detroit – he performed a note for note version of Bob Segers “Get Out of Denver” as a salute to the Hall of Famer.
Cobo Arena is also famous for another live concert album, KISS ALIVE! recorded in Detroit, 1976. This concert date wound up earning KISS the Guinness Book of World Records award for “loudest sound made by human beings”. This record was held previously by The Who, from a concert at the Pontiac Silverdome in nearby Auburn Hills.
Another infamous event:
Nancy Kerrigan: 1993 U.S. women’s champion and Olympic medalist in 1992 (bronze) and ’94 (silver); victim of Jan. 6, 1994 assault at U.S. nationals in Detroit when Shane Stant clubbed her in right knee with metal baton after a practice session; conspiracy hatched by Jeff Gillooly, ex-husband of rival Tonya Harding; although unable to compete in nationals, she recovered and was granted berth on Olympic team; finished 2nd in Lillehammer to Oksana Baiul of Ukraine by a 5-4 judges’ vote.