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"Hard Days Hard Nights is the fascinating,
behind-the-scenes story of the birth and development of modern rock
concerts, as told by one of its most illustrious proponents, Pat
For decades, starting with his first show in
Youngstown, Ohio with the Four Freshman to his big breakthrough
promoting the Beatles concert in Pittsburgh, PA in 1964, through his
last major show in 1998, Pat DiCesare ruled the Pittsburgh concert
Virtually every major rock and pop act of the area
from the Rolling Stones to Led Zeppelin to Bruce Springsteen passed
through Pittsburgh during these years to perform in concerts produced
and promoted by Pat DiCesare.
These are the backstage tales
of those shows and how they came to be--the untold story of one of
America's most beloved industries."
PITTSBURGH CONCERT HISTORY
has been the dominant event promoter in Pittsburgh for several
generations of concert fans. The company is now owned by Live Nation who
no longer uses the name DiCesare-Engler.
Pat DiCesare began promoting concerts as early as the 1950s with his friend and mentor Tim Tormey. Together, they were responsible for The Beatles only stop in Pittsburgh at the Civic Arena on September 14, 1964.
PAT DICESARE PRODUCTIONS AND UNIVERSITY ATTRACTIONS
DiCesare promoted most of the shows at the
Civic Arena in the 60s and early 70s including The Rolling Stones, Led
Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Pink Floyd, Chicago, and The Who under
the company name Pat DiCesare Productions and University Attractions.
He also did many of the first shows at Three Rivers Stadium including
Led Zeppelin, Three Dog Night, and Alice Cooper.
DiCesare-Engler was formed in 1973 when veteran concert promoter Pat DiCesare chose Pittsburgh native Rich Engler to form a new partnership. Engler
was a drummer in a band and had started his own theatrical booking
agency - "Go Attractions." The new partnership was called
THROUGH THE YEARS
Over the years DiCesare-Engler has been one of the top grossing concert promoters in the country. They have promoted almost all of the major concert and entertainment events in Pittsburgh, as well as promoting events nationally.
AWARD WINNING VENUES
They owned, operated, or managed venues including The Stanley Theatre (Benedum Center), The IC Light Amphitheatre (Chevrolet
Amphitheatre), The Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh, The Bud Light
Amphitheatre in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, The AJ Palumbo Center in
Pittsburgh, and The Aladdin Theater in Las Vegas, NV.
From bringing all of the major rock acts to the stadium to inventing traditions such as the Celebration of Lights at
Hartwood Acres, DiCesare-Engler has shaped the entertainment and
cultural environment in Pittsburgh. The words "produced by
DiCesare-Engler" were part of entertainment in Pittsburgh over many
generations of fans.
history will remain alive and relevant on sites like these as long as
people continue to be fans of rock n' roll and the bands that played it.
This website is dedicated to telling their story - the story of building the rock music business
in Pittsburgh, PA. On this website you will find stories, newspaper
articles, concert memoribilia, and images that catalog the history of
live concerts for millions of fans.
In 1998 the DiCesare-Engler was sold to entertainment giant SFX, later
to be sold to Clear Channel. Now, the business is under the
ClearChannel “spin off” Live Nation. Neither Pat DiCesare nor Rich
Engler are part of the company today. Pat DiCesare left the business after the sale in 1998. Rich Engler parted ways with Clear Channel in 2004. This website is not associated with Live Nation.