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On October 4th, 1983 Iron Maiden and Quiet Riot played at the Baltimore Civic Center - the entire event sponsored by local radio station, 98 Rock.
Iron Maiden is an English rock band active from the early 70s that still continues to play today. They were early pioneers in the genre known as 'metal'. This particular concert was part of Iron Maiden's 'World Piece Tour' to promote the band's fourth album Piece of Mind. Maiden's tour would be a whopping 139 shows and the associated album was a huge success including metal anthems 'The Trooper', 'Flight of Icarus', and 'Where Eagles Dare'. Iron Maiden continues to produce new albums and is currently conducting the "Maiden England World Tour".
Quiet Riot, the other band performing was a popular 1970s-1980s hair metal band that disbanded in 1990 and has been sporadically active since. A seminal hair metal band, Quiet Riot released their hugely successful album Metal Health (1983) featuring the hit song "Cum on Feel the Noize". In 1984 Quiet Riot released another album (Condition Critical) that could not achieve Metal Health popularity it still was commercially successful. Rarely did Quiet Riot, even when successful, perform as the headline act - they spent much of 1983 opening for Black Sabbath on the "Born Again Tour". Having made a comeback in recent years, Quiet Riot is attempting new music like many other hair rockers that are becoming beloved by a younger generation.
98 Rock, otherwise known as WIYY or 97.9FM is currently active in Baltimore and plays rock music. The station often sponsors local concerts and classic rock groups - it has been recognized as one of the nation's top rock radio stations.The 97.9 frequency was first used in Baltimore in 1948 but was short-lived lasting only two years. In 1958 the frequency was once again used and played classical music. The station changed hands and formally became WBAL-FM in 1960 under The Hearst Corporation. Remaining classical until 1975, the station went through a number of changes in a two year period with NBC ultimately leading to a complete overhaul. WBAL-FM offically was branded as '98 Rock', played exclusively rock music and used the call letters WIYY. The station is one of the most popular and shows no signs of stopping.
The Baltimore Civic Center that thousands of bands have played still sits in downtown Baltimore today. Hosting everything from rock-stars to monster trucks, the Center has been active since being built in 1962 atop Old Congress Hall. Baltimore Arena would become the official name of the venue in 1986 and starting in 2003 First Mariner Arena (due to sponsorship from First Mariner Bank). Over the years, the legendary 'Charm City' venue has hosted the Beatles, Martin Luther King, served as home to many now defunct Baltimore sports teams, was/is a constant stop for professional wrestling events, and now hosts everything from professional bull-riding to Ultimate Fighting Championships.