Show Type: Music

First Telecast: June 4, 1991

Last Telecast: September 11, 1998

Broadcast History:

June 1991-December 1992, Fridays 12:00 midnight-1:00am on ABC

January 1993-January 1997, Fridays 12:05am-12:35am on ABC

January 1997-September 1998, Fridays 12:35am-1:05am on ABC


Madison Michele (1996-1998)


From 1973 to 1975, as part of its Wide World of Entertainment, ABC aired a series of late-night rock concerts called In Concert on Fridays. In 1991, the network revived the tradition as a stand-alone series.

The performances were taped in stadiums all over the world and featured a mix of newer acts (Poison, George Michael, Sinead O'Connor, INXS and L.L. Cool J.) and longer-established performers (Cher, the Grateful Dead, Judas Priest, the Scorpions, Phil Collins). Concert staging had grown a lot more elaborate since the 1970's. Poison leader Brett Michaels said at the premiere, "It's about time live rock & roll is returning to the airwaves, and this show will give fans the chance to see bands with all their sound and lights."

There was no regular host until 1996, although General Hospital's Vanessa Marcil frequently handled the honors beginning in 1994.

The concerts were simulcast in stereo on the ABC radio networks. Originally titled ABC's In Concert, the series was renamed ABC In Concert in January, 1992.