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."
was no regular host until 1996, although General Hospital's Vanessa Marcil frequently
handled the honors beginning in 1994.
concerts were simulcast in stereo on the ABC radio networks. Originally
the series was renamed ABC
in January, 1992.