Carpenters Concert Tour Schedule

Many people have requested a post of the Carpenters’ schedule of concerts and tours. After several hours of compiling this list I am happy to present this to you.

This list is not 100% complete, but it is the most complete list I was able to assemble.

I hope you enjoy this list of concert dates and tours.

Did you attends any of these concerts?

If there are any missing please let me know and if I can confirm it I will add it. I’d really like to add more from 1970 and ’71. You can contact me through the contact page on this website. Thank you!

Carpenters performed non-stop from 1971 to 1975

1971: 145 concerts

1972: 174 concerts

1973: 174 concerts

1974: 208 concerts

1975: 118 concerts plus 46 postponed dates

1971:
January 15-16 Pasadena, CA, Pasadena Civic Center
February 3 Des Moines, Iowa, KRNT Theatre
February 10 Cedar Rapids, IA, Coe College Auditorium
February 19 Greencastle, IN, DePauw University
February 26 Athens, GA, University of Georgia Coliseum
February 27 Johnson City, TN, East Tennessee State University
March 18 Las Vegas, Nevada, Sands Hotel
April 21 Waco, Texas, Baylor University
April 22 COMMERCE, Texas, East Texas State University
April 23 Lubbock Texas, Lubbock Municipal Auditorium
April 24 Abilene, Texas, Taylor County Coliseum
April 29 Monroe, LA, Monroe Civic Center
May 2 Knoxville, Tennessee, Stokely Athletic Center (Mark Lindsay – opening act)
May 4 Greenville, South Carolina,  Greenville Memorial Auditorium
May 6 Columbia, South Carolina, Carolina Coliseum
May 9 Charlotte, North Carolina, Charlotte Coliseum
May 10 BOSTON, Mass, The Boston Music Hall
May 14 NEW YORK, New York, Carnegie Hall
May 16 Detroit, Michigan, University of Detroit
May 18 Lansing, Michigan, Lansing Civic Center
May 20 Cincinnati, Ohio, Cincinnati Gardens
May 21 St Louis, Missouri, Kiel Opera House
May 22 Omaha, Nebraska, Omaha Civic Auditorium
July 8 FRESNO, California, Selland Arena
July 10 SEATTLE, Washingotn, Seattle Center Coliseum
July 16 Los Angeles, California, Hollywood Bowl
August 11 Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center
August 26-27 Columbus, OH, Ohio State Fairgrounds
October 21 Stillwater, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University
October 22 College Station, Texas, G. Rolie White Auditorium
October 24 San Antonio, Texas, San Antonio Municipal Auditorium
November 10 Dayton, Ohio, University of Dayton Arena
November 13 Nashville, Tennessee, Nashville Municipal Auditorium
November 23, Rochester, New York, Rochester Community War Memorial

1972:
January 14th PROVO, Utah, Brigham Young University, George Smith Fieldhouse
January 15th LOGAN, Utah, Utah State University, Assembly Center
January 18th ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico, Civic Auditorium
January 19th EL PASO, Texas, County Coliseum
January 20th TUCSON, Arizona, Convention Center
January 21st TEMPE, Arizona, Arizona State University, Grady Gammage Auditorium
January 22nd ANAHEIM, California, Convention Center
January 23rd SAN DIEGO, California, Convention Hall
March 31- April 8th – Miami Beach, Florida, Eden Rock Hotel
April 9th Gainesville, Florida, University of Florida
April 10th Hollywood, Academy Awards, TV appearance
April 11th Savannah, Georgia, Coliseum
April 12th Fayetteville, NC, Cumberland County Memorial Auditorium
April 13th Greenville, NC, East Caroline College Coliseum
April 14th Richmond, Virginia, Coliseum
April 15th Oxford, Ohio, Miami University
April 16th Cincinnati, OH, Music Hall
April 18th Bowling Green, KY, Western Kentucky University
April 19th Pittsburgh, PA, Civic Arena
April 20th Huntington, West Virginia, Marshall University, Memorial Fieldhouse
April 21st Philadelphia, PA, Academy of Music
April 22nd Syracuse, NY, Onodaga County War Memorial Auditorium
April 23rd College Park, Maryland, University of Maryland-Cole Fieldhouse
April 25th Washington, DC, Record Industry Annual Awards Dinner, Hilton Hotel
April 29th Atlanta, Georgia, Municipal Auditorium
May 4th Honolulu, Hawaii, International Center
May 8-20th Sydney, Australia, Chevron Hotel
May 22nd Adelaide, Australia, Apollo Sports Center
May 24-25th Melbourne, Australia, Festival Hall
May 27th Brisbane, Australia, Festival Hall
May 30 Hong Kong
June 1-11th Japan, Osaka, Nagoya, Kyoto and Tokyo
July 7th Houston, TX, University of Texas, Hofheniz Pavilion
July 8th Shreveport, Louisiana, Hirsch Memorial Coliseum
July 9th Tulsa, OK, Assembly Center
July 11th Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Blossom Music Festival
July 12 Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Cambria County War Memorial
July 13-15th Holmdel, New Jersey, Garden State
July 16th Saratoga, New York, Performing Arts Center
July 20th Indianapolis, IN, Convention Center
July 21-23rd Chicago, IL, McCormack Place
July 26-29th Detroit, Michigan, Pine Knob
July 30th Saginaw, Michigan, Civic Auditorium
Aug. 1-3rd Columbia, Maryland, Merriweather Post Pavilion
Aug. 4-5th Allentown, Pennsylvania, State Fair
Aug. 9-15th Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theater
August 18th Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheater
Aug. 22-28th Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Sahara Hotel
September 20th – October 3rd, Riviera Hotel, Las Vegas
Oct. 4th Salt Lake City, University of Utah
Oct. 5th Boise, ID, Boise State College
Oct. 6th Seattle, WA, Center Arena
Oct. 7th Spokane, WA, Coliseum
Oct. 8th Portland, OR, Coliseum
Oct. 11th Lincoln, NB, Pershing
Oct. 12th Sioux City, IA, Muni. Auditorium
Oct. 13th Omaha, NB, Civic Auditorium
Oct. 14th Fargo, ND, Civic Auditorium
Oct. 15th Bismark, ND, Civic Arena
Oct. 16th Rochester, MN, Mayo Civic
Oct. 18th Duluth, MN, Arena
Oct. 19th Waterloo, IA, McElroy Auditorium
Oct. 20th Sioux Falls, SD, Arena
Oct. 21st Des Moines, IA
Oct. 22nd Davenport, IA, Masonic
Oct. 24th Milwaukee, WI, Auditorium
Oct. 25th Charleston, IL, Eastern IL Gym
Oct. 26th Owensboro, KY, Sports Center
Oct. 27th Peoria, IL, Bradley University
Oct. 28th Terre Haute, IN, Indiana State College
Nov. 10th Ft. Wayne, IN, Mem. Coliseum
Nov. 11th Lafayette, IN, Purdue
Nov. 12th Charleston, West Virginia, Civic Center
Nov. 14th New Haven, CT, War Memorial
Nov. 15th Boston, MA, Music Hall
Nov. 16th Utica, NY, Memorial Auditorium
Nov. 17th Scranton, PA, Catholic Youth Center
Nov. 18th Norfolk, VA, Scope
Nov. 19th Greensboro, NC, Coliseum
Nov. 20th Raleigh, NC, Dorton Arena
Nov. 21st Charleston, SC, Muni. Auditorium
Nov. 22nd Macon, CA, Coliseum
Nov. 23rd Jackson, MS, Memorial Auditorium
Nov. 24th Lake Charles, LA, Auditorium
Nov. 25th Shreveport, LA, Hirsch Memorial Coliseum
Nov. 26th Little Rock, AR, Robinson Theater
December – Christmas Vacation!

1973:
February 9th Sacramento, California, The Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
February 11th Anaheim, California, Anaheim Convention Center
April 13th Lubbock, Texas, Lubbock Municipal Auditorium
April 17th San Antonio, Texas, Convention Center Arena
May 3rd Tacoma, Washington, Pacific Lutheran University
May 4th Corvallis, Oregon, Gill Coliseum, Oregon State University
May 5th Pullman, Washington, Washington State University
May 6th Portland, Oregon
May 11th Bozeman, Montana, State Fieldhouse
May 12th Missoula, Montana, University of Montana State Fieldhouse
May 13th Twin Falls, Idaho, University of Southern Idaho
May 18th San Diego, California, Sports Arena
May 19th Claremont, California, Claremont College
May 20th Bakersfield, California
May 23rd Fresno, California, Selland Arena
May 24-28th San Carlos, California, Circle Star Theater
June 22nd Lake Charles, Louisiana Auditorium
June 23rd Shreveport, Louisiana, Hirsch Memorial Coliseum
June 24th Birmingham, Alabama, Municipal Auditorium
June 25th Atlanta, Georgia, Civic Center Auditorium
June 26th Chattanooga, Tennessee, Memorial Auditorium
June 27th Knoxville, Tennessee, Civic Coliseum
June 28th Roanoke, Virginia, Civic Center
June 29 – July 1st – Columbia, Maryland, Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 3-7 Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
July 10-15th Wallingford, Connecticut
July 16-21st Garden State, New Jersey
July 22nd Saratoga Springs, New York
July 24th Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Blossom Music Fair
July 25-29th Detroit, Michigan, Pine Knob
Aug. 10th – Santa Barbara, CA
Aug. 13-19th Los Angeles, California, Universal Studios
Aug. 21 – Sept 3rd – Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Sahara Hotel
Sept. 26 – Oct. 9th – Las Vegas, Nevada, Riviera Hotel
Oct. 9th – Las Vegas. Nevada
Oct. 10th – Ogden, Utah, Weber State College
Oct. 11th – Rexburg, Idaho, Ricks College
Oct. 12th – Provo, Utah, Brigham Young University
Oct. 17th – Portland, Maine, Exposition Building.
Oct. 18th – Bangor, Maine, Municipal Auditorium
Oct. 19th – SpringField, Massachusetts, Civic Center
Oct. 20th – Troy, New York, RPI Fieldhouse
Oct. 21st – Singhampton, New York, Broom City Vets Memorial
Oct. 22nd – Buffalo,. New York, Kleinhans Hall
Oct. 23rd – Kitchener, Ontario, Memorial Auditorium (Canada)
Oct. 24th – London, Ontario, Treasure Island Auditorium
Oct. 25th – Kalamazoo, MI, Western Michigan University
Oct. 26th – Muncie, IN, Ball State University-Emens Auditorium
Oct. 27th – South Bend, IN, University-Convocation
Oct. 28th – Evansville, IN, University of Evansville
Nov. 9th & 10th – Chicago, Illinois, Arie Crown Theater
Nov. 11th – Rockford. Illinois, Rock vE1lsy College
Nov. 12th – Lahkosh, Wisconsin, Wisconsin State University
Nov. 13th – Macomb. Illinois, Western III University
Nov. 14th – Columbus. Ohio, Mershon Auditorium
Nov. 15th – Louisville, Kentucky, Convention Center
Nov. 16th – St. Louis, Missouri, Kiel Opera House
Nov. 17th – Nashville, Tennessee, Auditorium
Nov. 18th – Memphis, Tennessee, Mid South College
Nov. 19th – Starkville, Mississippi, Mississippi State University
Nov. 20th Jackson, Mississippi, Coliseum
Nov. 21st Moblie, Alabama, Municipal Auditorium
Nov. 22nd Macon, Georgia, Coliseum
Nov. 23rd Savannah, Georgia, Convention Center
Nov. 24th Orlando, Florida, Sports Stadium
Nov. 25th St. Petersburg, Florida, Bayfront Center

1974:
Feb. 1st – Phoenix, Arizona
Feb. 2nd- Tucson, Arizona
Feb. 3rd – El Paso, Texas
Feb. 7-27th – European tour
Feb. 27 – Odeon Theater, Birmingham, England
March 2nd – Grammy Awards. LA
April 4th – Bowling Green, KY
April 5th – Pittsburgh. PA
April 6th – Philadelphia. PA
April 7th – Utica, NY
April 8-14th – Westbury Music Fair, NY
April 15th – Raleigh, North Carolina.
April 16th – Richmond, VA
April 17th – Beckley, West VA
April 18th – Wheeling, West VA
April 19th – Hershey, PA
April 20th – Syracuse, NY, Onondaga War Memorial
April 21st – Niagara Falls, NY.
April 30th – Boston MA, Symphony Hall
May 8-21st Riviera, Las Vegas
May 27-June 12th – Japanese tour
June 14-15th – Honolulu, Hawaii
July 11th – Eugene, OR, McArthur Court
July 12th – Seattle, WA
July 13th – Portland. OR
July 14th – Spokane. WA
Aug. 14-27 – Sahara/Lake Tahoe
Oct. 9-22nd – Riviera. Las Vegas
Oct.24.- Davenport/Iowa
Oct. 25th – Minneapolis, EN
Oct. 26th – Champagne, IL
Oct. 27. – Carbondale/Illinois
Oct. 28. – Indianapolis/Indiana
Oct. 29. – Muskegon/Michigan
Oct. 30 – Milwaukee, WI
Oct. 31. – Naperville/Illinois
Nov. 1-3rd – Chicago, IL
Nov. 14th – Boise, ID
Nov. 27th – Dec.1 Circle Star, San Carlos, CA

1975:
January 11-15 Stateline, Nevada, Harrahs Lake Tahoe
April 5th Ames, Iowa State
April 4th Hayes, Kansas, Kansas State
April 5th Denver, Colorado, Auditorium
April 7th Colorado Springs, Colorado, Air Force Academy
April 15th West Palm Beach, Florida, Auditorium
April 16th Lakeland, Florida, Arena
April 17th Jacksonville, Florida, Auditorium
April 18 & 19th Atlanta, Georgia, Civic Auditorium
April 20th Columbia, South Carolina, Coliseum
April 21st – Fayetteville, N.C. at the Cumberland County Memorial Arena
April 22-27th Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, Music Theater
May 9th – Topeka, Kansas – Municipal
May 10th & 11th – Kansas City, Kansas – Memoria1 Hall
May 12th – Sioux City, Iowa – Municipal Aud.
May 13th – Bismark, ND – Civic Arena
May 29th to June 11th Las Vegas, Nevada, Riviera Hotel
July 11th Toronto, Canada
July 12-15th Toronto, Canada, O’Keefe Center
July 14-15th Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
July 16-19th Independence, Michigan, Pine Knob
July 20th Erie, Pennsylvania, County Field House
July 21-26th Wallingford, Connecticut, Oakdale
July 27th Saratoga Springs, New York, Performing Arts
July 28-Aug. 5th Ararwick, Rhode Island, Music Theater
Aug. 4-9th Holmdel, New Jersey, Garden State Arts
Aug. 10-11th Columbia, Maryland
Aug. 12-13th Chicago, Illinois-Ravinia
Aug. 15th – Duluth, Minn. – Arena
Aug. 16th – Omaha, Neb. – Civic Auditorium
Aug. 17th – Minneapolis, Minn. – Auditorium
Aug. 19th thru 25th – Westchester, N.Y. – Premiere Theater
Aug. 21-Sep. 5th Las Vegas, Nevada-Riviera

The 1975 Japanese and European Tour Dates have been canceled.

1976:
Feb-March – Japanese Tour
May 29th, CALIFORNIA; Fesno, Selland Arena
June 10-23th NEVADA; Lake Tahoe, Sahara
July 1-7th NEVADE; Las Vegas, Riviera
July 27th CANADA; Edmonton, Coliseum
July 29th MINNEAPOLIS; Northrup, Auditorium
July 30th WISCONSIN; Madison, Cane County Auditorium
July 31st ILLINOIS; Chicago, Arie Crown Theater
AUGUST 1st ILLINOIS; Chicago, Arie Crown Theater
August 2nd INDIANA; Indianapolis, Convention Center
August 3rd INDIANA; Fort Wayne, Coliseum
August 4th MICHIGAN; Kalamazoo, Wings Stadium
August 5,6,7th CANADA; Toronto, O’Keefe Center
August 8th NEW YORK; Binghampton, Broome County Memorial auditorium
August 9th MASSACHUSETTS; Fitchburg, Wallace Civic Center (Tentative)
August 10th NEW YORK; Saratoga Springs, Performing Arts Center
August 12&13th MICHIGN; Pine Knob, Pine Knob Theater
August 28th through Sep. 8th NEVEDA; Las Vegas, Riviera
Oct. 13th Rexburg, Idaho, Ricks College
Oct. 14th Saltlake City, Utah, University, of Utah
Oct. 15th Logan, Utah, Utah State University
Oct. 16th Pravo, Utah Brigham Young University
Oct. 19th Searcy, Arkansas, Harding College
Oct. 20th Longview, Texas, Longview H. S. Auditorium
Oct. 21 Nocogdoches, Texas, Stephen Austin Coliseum
Oct. 22 Huntsville, Texas, Sam Houston State University
Oct. 23rd Norman, Oklahoma
Oct. 24th Houston, Texas, University of Texas
Oct. 25th Lake Charles, Louisiana, Civic Auditorium
Nov. 10th Munich, Germany, Deutches Museum
Nov. 12th Dusseldorf, Germany, Philipshalle
Nov. 13th Hamburg, Germany, Congress Centrum
Nov. 14th Amsterdam, Holland, Eden Hall
Nov. 15th Frankfurt. Germany-Jahrhunderhalle
Nov. 16th Edinburgh, Scotland U.K.
Nov. 18th Manchester, U.K., A.B.C.
Nov. 19th Blackpool, U.K., Opera House
Nov. 20th Birmingham, U.K., Hippodro
Nov. 22-27th London, Palladium
Nov. 25th London, BBC TV Special

1977:
August 2nd-15th, Harrah’s Club, Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
October 12th-2lst, Tour of Japan.
November 2nd and 3rd, Manila, Philippines.
November 5th-l7th, Tour or Australia
November 24th and 25th, Sheraton Ballroom. Honolulu, Hawaii.
December 24 through January 4, MGM Grand – Las Vegas, Nevada

1978:
March 2-15, MGM Grand – Las Vegas, Nevada
June 29 through July 12, MGM Grand – Las Vegas, Nevada
August 31 through September 13, MGM Grand – Las Vegas, Nevada
December 3 – The Terrace Theatre, California State University Long Beach – Long Beach, CA

1981:
September-October – European Tour, England, Germany, France, Holland (This tour was a tour of television appearances)
October – Brazil (This tour was a tour of television appearances)

89 Responses to “Carpenters Concert Tour Schedule”

  1. Dana Countryman July 10, 2013 at 6:26 am # Reply

    I was at their last show at Long Beach Pacific Terrace Theatre on December 3, 1978. It was the Winter Festival Concert at Cal State Long Beach. That’s a performance you don’t have listed. – Dana

    • Bill Roots October 23, 2015 at 8:33 pm # Reply

      May 10. 1971 concert you identify as “Boston Music Hall”. Believe should be Boston Symphony Hall.

  2. Dana Countryman July 10, 2013 at 6:46 am # Reply

    I don’t believe that there was any touring in 1981. I believe this listing is incorrect. All records show that the single benefit performance at Cal State’s Long Beach Pacific in the Terrace Theatre, on December 3, 1978 was their last performance. Both Richard and Karen were at the height of their individual personal health issues during this concert. The years after this 1978 date were filled with rehab for Richard, and heavy psychiatric counseling for Karen.

    She did sing at her own 1980 wedding, however, and at a charity benefit on December 17, 1982, in the multi-purpose room of the Buckley School. But both of these performances were very private, and not for the general public.

    Incidentally, the same Terrace Theatre at Cal State Long Beach where Karen gave her last public performance is now known as the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center, – Richard being the prime benefactor.

    • admin July 10, 2013 at 7:43 am # Reply

      Thank you Dana, the Long Beach State performance is now listed. Plus the 1981 tour was a tour of television appearances instead of live performances. I have noted that.

  3. Randy August 24, 2013 at 7:44 am # Reply

    The Terrace Theatre (site of the 1978 Christmas concert) is now called the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center. This facility is miles from CSULB and located on Ocean Blvd. The Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center was build in 1994 on the campus of CSULB,

  4. Steve October 29, 2013 at 8:19 pm # Reply

    Lol……i like how you put “tentative” for aug 9/76….as if it still might happen 😉

    • admin October 30, 2013 at 7:19 am # Reply

      Hi Steve, I did not put tentative on this list. This is exactly how it was listed in the monthly Carpenters Fan Club newsletter.

  5. Connie March 17, 2014 at 12:50 pm # Reply

    My first concert was the Carpenters Feb. 9, 1973 in Sacramento, CA at the Memorial Auditorium. It’s not listed here and I have news clippings to authenticate. It was right after Richard had a motorcycle accident that fractured both wrists and a leg according to news clippings. I vaguely remember he came limping out, but it was Karen who made the show. Gosh I miss her sweet voice and gentle demeanor.

    • Tommy April 19, 2015 at 1:43 am # Reply

      Who was the the opening act Feb. 9, 1973 in Sacramento, CA at the Memorial Auditorium??

    • Mary July 25, 2015 at 4:27 pm # Reply

      I was at that concert too! I don’t remember where we sat, but it was fairly close to the stage! I was in 7th grade and went with my best friend.

  6. Michael April 5, 2014 at 2:54 pm # Reply

    My cousin saw them in Johnstown, PA at the Cambria County War Memorial, where they later shot “Slapshot” with Paul Newman. I think it was around 1973. Any way to identify the date? Thanks!

  7. william s May 11, 2014 at 10:41 am # Reply

    I saw them in June 1978 at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe NV. (Not listed).In fact Karen sat on my lap and I sang the background vocals on SING which was recorded and then replayed a few minutes later during the song. I sure wish that recording was available. Way cool!

  8. Roger May 19, 2014 at 11:20 pm # Reply

    I was at the July 26th, 1975 concert at the Oakdale Musical Theater in the round in Wallingford, Connecticut (Wallingord with a ‘W’)

    Only 24 at the time, I was soooo excited to be seeing Karen Carpenter, the best pop vocalist I have ever heard…..still to this day !

    Karen was beautiful, Only a year older then me, and ‘yes’ i had an enormous crush. She came on stage behind the drums and was having awful vocal problems ( hoarseness and vocal breaks/cracking) and I felt just terrible for her. After about the 4th song she came out from behind the drums and her vocal issues disappeared. For the next hour or so I joined the angels. God truly kissed her vocal chords.
    Congratulations on such a detailed tour schedule.

  9. liz July 1, 2014 at 3:09 am # Reply

    They performed shows at Sahara Tahoe in the high sierra showroom in the early 80s. My daughter then 15 was seated at the stage and got to do some funny business singing with Karen

  10. John Stewart July 2, 2014 at 8:23 am # Reply

    I don’t see their 1974 concert in Eugene, Oregon at McArthur Court in July.

    • Cherilyn February 4, 2015 at 10:12 am # Reply

      I was there in 1974…..My dad had a music store in Eugene, Oregon and he was on the committee. He supplied the Baldwin Grand Piano that was used.
      I was 15 and star struck! :)

      • bob March 12, 2016 at 3:00 pm # Reply

        me too,Cherilyn(Voice struck)..Only a few voices of her caliber every hundred years,being born in late 1960..Always made me so happy as a kid..was happy anyway..Now I cry when I hear her,I don’t know why..I am not a crier,more like tough as they get .but have this soft spot for her..

  11. Ellen July 6, 2014 at 5:31 am # Reply

    I SAW THEM IN SAGINAW MICHIGAN – BEST CONCERT EVER

  12. Thomas G August 15, 2014 at 5:26 am # Reply

    Hi,

    I remember they played in Baton Rouge, LA…..sometime in 1973 or 1974. I was 8 years old at that time. I still remember the night of the show, my sister and her friends were going!

  13. John Roper August 22, 2014 at 10:30 am # Reply

    Was at Blackpool on 19th Nov 1976

    Magnificent

  14. Judy Pancoast September 15, 2014 at 6:25 am # Reply

    I saw Carpenters in concert with Karen still behind the drums in May, 1971, at the Music Hall in Boston. I think it was May 10th but I could be wrong about the exact date. But I know for sure it was May 1971 because that’s when I got completely HOOKED! I also attended the November 15th show at the same venue in 1972 and saw, and met them on Oct. 17th, 1973 in Portland, ME and attended again the next night in Bangor, ME and had a photo taken with them. These concerts were THE highlights of my young years!!

  15. Tom September 25, 2014 at 7:45 pm # Reply

    I attended a concert in the Gym at CSULB late ’73 or early ’74. I was just curious of the actual date and then found it not listed. I suppose there could have been many such impromptu dates @LB during that era. After perusing your list I suspect it was near the Grammy date or more likely just prior to the Japan tour. I saw my first Grateful Dead concert (@UCSB) about the same time (with the same girl anyway); a broad spectrum of greatness I witnessed that spring!?

  16. Frank Riddick October 8, 2014 at 6:50 pm # Reply

    I attended a show of the Carpenters on Sunday, May 2, 1971 at the Stokely Athletics Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. Mark Lindsay was the opening act. I still have my ticket stub from that show.

  17. Bob Weeks January 2, 2015 at 2:29 pm # Reply

    I know for a fact that the Carpenters played in Lubbock, TX, at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum on the campus of Texas Tech University as I worked a lot of the concerts as an usher. I cannot find the date but it had to be either 72 or 73. The closest thing I found was that it may have been April 8, 1973 but you don’t have any concerts listed in 1973 prior to May. Any updates to your concert dates?

  18. Roger April 1, 2015 at 4:48 am # Reply

    Carpenters made a television special in the Netherlands in 1971. It was broadcasted by VARA television in black and white in those days. . I remember very well this televison special. I became a fan at that moment!!!!

  19. Pascale April 23, 2015 at 9:44 pm # Reply

    My first concert ever was The Carpenters at Baylor University in 1971 with my brother (who died in 1973) Here is some archived info from the Baylor website. http://www.baylor.edu/lariatarchives/news.php?action=story&story=67647

  20. Matty June 4, 2015 at 1:43 am # Reply

    What was The Carpenters very last live concert like? Their Sound? Song selection? Mood of the performers?

    Was it recorded?

    Would love to hear your thoughts. Thank You Very Much!

    Matty

  21. Mary July 25, 2015 at 4:30 pm # Reply

    I was at the Sacramento concert at the Memorial Auditorium on February 9, 1973. I was there with my best friend. I was 14 and it was the very first concert I’d ever been to. I already liked what music I had heard, but after that, I fell in love with their music!

    • Nanci August 21, 2015 at 6:20 am # Reply

      Does anyone remember who the opening act was in 1972? They were American comics, but I can’t remember who it was. Thanks!

      • Lee March 18, 2016 at 4:14 pm # Reply

        I saw them in Vegas and Ed McMahon was the comedian. He was great,
        And the carpenters played every instrument you could think of. Great night,
        Put 110% into every show. They worked too hard for too long. We loved them to death

  22. Jim August 6, 2015 at 6:49 am # Reply

    Saw the Carpenters, Nov. 11, 1973 at Rock Valley College in Rockford, IL. What guy did not have a ‘crush’ on Karen and that voice. Pure heaven.

  23. Ken London September 1, 2015 at 3:10 pm # Reply

    Hi, I saw them play the Liverpool Empire in England and fairly sure the Smothers Brothers were their warm up act. Brilliant night but regretfully can’t remember when it was. Any idea anyone?

  24. Sylvia H September 7, 2015 at 5:01 pm # Reply

    I saw them in San Antonio Tx, I was a teenager so would have been sometime between 1973-1976. Can’t find any information with the date. My dad loved their music and took me and my sister to the concert.

  25. Lynne Hoveerson September 30, 2015 at 1:36 pm # Reply

    We saw Karen Carpenter and her brother performing at Texas A&M University sometime between 1970 and 1972, probably the same 1971 tour you have listed at East Texas State University.

    • Jann Horswell December 13, 2015 at 7:03 pm # Reply

      I was at the Texas A&M performance also and can’t remember what exact year or month it was. Like you, it was between 1070 and 72.

  26. Robert Beck October 3, 2015 at 4:43 pm # Reply

    I attended thief concert as a wedding gift on July 31, 1971 in Great Falls MT state fair. Lynn Anderson opened. Grandstand venue in the rodeo arena!

    Great evening with the Carpenters!

  27. Bill October 19, 2015 at 11:08 pm # Reply

    There’s one tour you forgot, the tour they do very night in our souls, even though she left many years ago. No tour has lasted so long.

    • Bill October 19, 2015 at 11:10 pm # Reply

      every night, I meant

  28. Bob Crane November 13, 2015 at 10:05 pm # Reply

    I recall seeing the Carpenters in the fall of 1970 in the Mason City Iowa High School gymnasium. Paul Williams was the opening act. There were no seats but we all sat on the floor. The show was on a 12- 18 inch high platform on one end of the gym. Karen spent most of the show behind the drum kit but when she stepped our front she just took over the room. I’ll never forget it.

  29. Don Witten November 29, 2015 at 5:54 pm # Reply

    I attended the Carpenters concert with a girl (first date) in 1971 at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma. We just recently celebrated our 43rd wedding anniversary, and I am try to find any memorabilia from that concert. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

  30. Denise December 5, 2015 at 4:42 pm # Reply

    Yes, I was 13 when I went to their August 4, 1976 concert at Wing’s Stadium in Kalamazoo, MI. I am sitting here tonight watching a PBS special on the Carpenter’s, I will never forget that concert nor the day I heard Karen had died. I was working at K-mart in 1982 and we were closing and they had the radio on and they announced that she had died. Very sad.

    • Denise December 5, 2015 at 4:44 pm # Reply

      Sorry, it was 1983 in February when she died, I was remembering it to be 1982.

  31. Lisa December 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm # Reply

    I saw the Carpenters at Ball State University, Muncie, IN in 1973.

  32. Melissa December 5, 2015 at 7:04 pm # Reply

    Thanks for posting the list — because I now know when I saw them — August 1975 in Columbia, Maryland. I believe Neil Sedaka was the opening act.

  33. Matt December 5, 2015 at 8:30 pm # Reply

    Thanks for this list. I just watched a PBS special on them and wondered if they had ever been to Tucson. Sure enough, 1972 and 1974. I must have seen them!

  34. Cammie December 7, 2015 at 6:59 pm # Reply

    I went to see The Carpentets in Lakeland florida on April 16th. I was 11 years old and it was the very first concert I ever attended.

    • Cammie December 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm # Reply

      Attended the April 16, 1975 concert.

  35. Steven December 8, 2015 at 5:21 am # Reply

    The November 12, 1973 concert which I attended was in Oshkosh, Wi and not Lakosh. And it was at University of Wisconsin, not Wisconsin State University.

    I remember it well.

  36. Tal December 8, 2015 at 2:09 pm # Reply

    I can not tell you an exact date but in the fall of 1970 The Carpenters did a show at The Charlotte (NC) Coliseum. I believe Mark Lindsay was their lead in act. He said he was happy to be in South Carolina. One of his band members corrected him that he was in fact in North Carolina. .

  37. Rick G. December 8, 2015 at 5:53 pm # Reply

    November 1970 – they opened for Engelbert Humperdinck. My grade 6 teacher took us cause he wanted to see Engelbert Humperdinck. Everyone kid wanted to see the Carpenters. still remember.

  38. julie williams December 16, 2015 at 9:09 pm # Reply

    Aug 8 1976 is BINGHAMTON NY there is no “P”…I was at that concert…

  39. James December 23, 2015 at 5:45 am # Reply

    I attended a Sunday Matinee concert at Memorial Auditorium in Chattanooga on November 14, 1971. Karen was behind the drums at that time. I bought a ticket for someone I was dating at the time and they stood me up, so I still have the unused ticket. The cost of my orchestra seat was $6.00.

  40. Laura December 25, 2015 at 4:52 pm # Reply

    I remember as a child seeing the carpenters free concert. My mom took me to a high school stadium. If I have to guess maybe 1973. We sat in the stands they flew in by helicopter to played maybe 3 songs and left. I want to say if was JFK I. The WOODBRIDGE NJ area does anyone remember this. I know it was not a dream.

  41. Elizabeth L December 26, 2015 at 8:16 pm # Reply

    Hello, all. I was in the cello section of the CSULB orchestra that accompanied the Carpenters on Dec. 3, 1978, and only realized recently that this was their last live concert together. What an honor! Does anyone have a copy of the program by any chance?

  42. Rob Pool December 31, 2015 at 9:13 pm # Reply

    I was in high school in Long Beach, CA during the early seventies. Our orchestra director said they needed violin players for the orchestra for a Carpenters benefit concert at CSULB. I was chosen. We had one rehearsal and then the concert. It had to be either 1971 (probably) or 1972. Anybody have any idea when?

  43. Laureen Bennett January 1, 2016 at 9:37 pm # Reply

    I was just watching a show about Karens death and i remembered as a young girl taking a tour of PLU and saw red and pink balloons all over campus and was told it was for the carpenters concert to be performed the next day.I just found this tour schedule and saw the concert was on May 3rd 1973. I was there.May 2nd. SO cool!

    • Laureen Bennett January 1, 2016 at 9:40 pm # Reply

      I was 11 years old. Am surprised I even remembered it i might add.hI nO

  44. Ted Butanowicz January 3, 2016 at 3:00 pm # Reply

    I saw the Carpenters live in Cleveland, Ohio. It had to be in the late 60’s or early 70’s.
    It was downtown in a old converted movie theater but I can’t find any reference of the performance. Can anyone help?

  45. John Tkacik January 3, 2016 at 3:11 pm # Reply

    According to the biography LITTLE GIRL BLUE, they performed a sold out concert at Carnegie Hall on May 14, 1971.

    In the Summer of 1974, they performed in a concert with the Boston Pops that was taped & televised in August 1974.

  46. Liz February 2, 2016 at 6:11 pm # Reply

    This is great I believe they were at o’keefe Centre in Toronto Ontario , Canada on June 25th 1977

  47. Steve Arnett February 16, 2016 at 9:10 pm # Reply

    My wife and I saw Karen and Richard at the Lubbock Municipal Auditorium on the Texas Tech campus. I have seen two lists so far and neither included that concert. It would have been between 1974 and 1977 when we got married.

    • admin February 19, 2016 at 7:46 am # Reply

      I will include it in the list here if you can come up with the exact date and some sort of proof of performance such as a ticket stub or official website listing.

  48. john roper February 18, 2016 at 9:50 am # Reply

    I was at Blackpool in Nov 76

    Magical

  49. Martyn February 19, 2016 at 12:37 pm # Reply

    I saw the Carpenters on February 27th, 1974 at the Odeon in Birmingham, England. How do I know? I still have the ticket stub.

    • admin February 25, 2016 at 3:07 pm # Reply

      Thank you for the info Martyn.

      • Joe Fox February 29, 2016 at 11:15 am # Reply

        “Aug. 13-19th Los Angeles, California, University Studios”
        ——————————————————————————————–
        Hi : I believe this should be: “Universal Studios”.

        btw–My favorite live concert to view is 1974 “Budokan” – with Karen wearing the “Raggedy-Ann” demin outfit.

        She just looks so relaxed, PRETTY, & happy.

        The casual & relaxed outfit was probably a nice change for her, rather than those frilly, lacey, “old lady” dresses that she had to wear during the more formal occasions.

        Offstage, I’ll bet she preferred simply wearing jeans, boots, a casual top (and chewing gum!)…given the choice (i.e. as seen in the Budokan rehearsal footage). Can anyone confirm?

        The world misses you, Karen!

        • michael July 3, 2016 at 8:00 pm # Reply

          Back then it was known as the Universal Ampitheatre, it was an outdoor venue. Many years later they overhauled it and added a roof. I was very fortunate to have been in attendance. This was my first concert, I was seventeen!

    • Maureen Knight September 13, 2016 at 3:36 pm # Reply

      I was also at that concert. Remember queuing overnight for tickets. I believe Gallagher and Lyle were the support act?

  50. Scott Canfield March 6, 2016 at 8:52 pm # Reply

    Rochester NY 11/23 1971 at the community war memorial .

  51. John Winter March 12, 2016 at 7:17 pm # Reply

    I remember seeing the carpenters at the State Fair Grounds in Great Falls Montana in the early 1970s. Sorry I can’t remember the year or month although I think it was in the fall.

  52. Kelliesnyderpugh March 18, 2016 at 6:54 pm # Reply

    October 5th 1972 Boise state college gym for my 12 th Birthday Present it was magical to me to hear the songs live that I loved.

  53. Terry and Sue Ann McDonell March 20, 2016 at 10:22 am # Reply

    My bride and I also attended their 1971 concert at Oklahoma State in Stillwater. Many thanks for your list! They have a special place in our hearts, as Karen was born only two weeks before my wife!

  54. Nancy B Boyd May 9, 2016 at 10:58 pm # Reply

    I saw the Carpenters at the Air Force Academy sometime between Fall 1970 and Fall of 1973, but I don’t see it on the list.

  55. Sheylyn Jaymes May 17, 2016 at 11:47 pm # Reply

    I was so blessed to attend their January 21st 1972 concert at Grady Gammage at ASU. My boyfriend at the time had gotten tickets for my birthday present. Karen and Richard opened for John Denver. I remember she wore blue overalls with a white shirt and her hair was about shoulder length. I remember being impressed with her drum playing, and of course her voice knocked us all out. Their performance was fairly laid back and very delightful They were only on about 30-40 minutes. The whole show was phenominal. It was in my top 5 best birthday presents ever! I still have the program book about them.

  56. Karin Bergthold May 29, 2016 at 1:35 pm # Reply

    I saw the carpenters in January 1973 in Omaha Nebraska. I did not see that concert listed. I still have the souvenir.

  57. joyce June 4, 2016 at 6:03 am # Reply

    Hi – Watched a programme on the Carpenters recently on TV and it triggered memories of the concert at the London Palladium – Capital Radio’s “Help a London Child Appeal” which we were fortunate enough to attend Tickets were exchanged earlier in the week by taking toys to Capital Radio. As you can imagine the queues were very long and extended round the block but well worth the time and effort as was a “never to be forgotten” occasion listening to Karen’s sublime voice and a one off memorable experience. Unfortunately my memory of the date of this event has escaped me – I think it was November but not sure whether 1975 or 1976. Would really appreciate help on this.

  58. Jeffery Weaver June 8, 2016 at 5:54 pm # Reply

    I went to their concert at the Air Force Academy in April, 1974 while attending the USAFA Prep School.

  59. lee stone June 10, 2016 at 10:11 am # Reply

    Dayton, Ohio, Wed. Nov. 10th, 1971 first date with my husband of 42 yrs!

    University of Dayton Arena

  60. Gayle McGee July 9, 2016 at 4:03 am # Reply

    Question:
    Didn’t they perform in Massachusetts at the Brockton Fair in the 70’s?
    I could have sworn I heard them playing when I was not even a teen then.
    Could someone confirm this memory, or not confirm it for me, please?
    Thank you, Gayle.

  61. Dennis July 26, 2016 at 6:13 pm # Reply

    Like many, I grew up with the Carpenters. But, unless I’m mistaken, I recall seeing them during one of the summer months in 1967 or 1968, in Milwaukee at the Wisconsin State Fair grounds. It wasn’t a sophisticated stage or production.

    Am I recalling this correctly?

    • admin September 30, 2016 at 5:37 am # Reply

      The Fair Grounds appearance was in 1971. In 1967 and 1968 they were basically only doing local gigs in the Los Angeles, CA area. They did not become famous until the late summer part of 1970.

  62. Paul September 13, 2016 at 4:18 am # Reply

    I attended one of the the July, 1975, Carpenters’ concerts at the O’Keefe Centre in Toronto with my wife Olga and her family members.
    At one point Karen came off the stage and walked down the aisle into the audience. She stopped right beside me, since I had an aisle seat, sang a little while just feet from where I sat and made eye contact. It was an intimate moment and felt like she was serenading me!
    This a very special memory, since “We’ve only Just Begun” was the chosen bridal dance song for our wedding in August of 1972., as it was for countless weddings of that era.
    sadly, both Karen and Olga have passed, but memories of both live on, forever linked in song and mind, deep within my heart.

  63. Ed Hesner September 17, 2016 at 7:25 am # Reply

    I attended a Carpenters performance in a tavern (believe it or not) east of Seattle, an area called Eastgate. Man, I wish I could remember the date. Must have been in 1970 or maybe 1971. At the time, my best friend happened to work in this tavern, and he invited me to come over because he knew I liked the Carpenters. He got me in to the place for free. After the performance, I actually got an opportunity to sit down in a booth with Karen and talk to her for a few minutes. Today I have a large size ticket from a previous performance that was autographed for me by Karen, Richard, and all three of the original band members. It’s one of my very few prized possessions. I also attended the Carpenters concert at Washington State University in 1973 when I was a student there. It was a great concert, as I’m sure all of their concerts were.

  64. Manny September 21, 2016 at 5:35 am # Reply

    The Nov 2 and 3, 1977 concert in Manila Philippines didnt pushed through…..the manila dates for the 1975 concerts were among those cancelled due to Karen’s health, but back then it was reported that they met an accodent

  65. Helen September 24, 2016 at 9:14 pm # Reply

    I am almost positive I saw the Carpenters in Fort Worth in 1971 at Will Rogers Coliseum. It was my first concert. I wish I had my ticket stub but I know I saw them that year.

  66. Gail October 2, 2016 at 6:27 am # Reply

    We had tickets to see the carpenters in the Liverpool empire (U.K.) which was cancelled due to her ill health. Think this was 1982 ????

  67. Bryan November 2, 2016 at 7:36 pm # Reply

    I saw The Carpenters and Paul Williams October 13th 1976 at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho. Absolutely one of the best concerts I have ever been to. Karen ‘s voice is to this day my absolute most favorite female vocalist.

  68. Brian November 10, 2016 at 9:30 am # Reply

    I saw them April 17th at the Jacksonville, Florida, Auditorium with my wife of almost 40 years now, whom I was dating. Great show.

  69. Stephen Walsh November 26, 2016 at 10:24 pm # Reply

    My twin brother and I saw The Carpenters in Portland Oregon at the Civic Auditorium. It must have been the May 6, 1973 performance. It was our first concert and I am happy to say that I am still a fan and we both still love The Carpenters. She had a delicious voice that touched your heart. Such a loss. I was watching a show Close to You: Remembering The Carpenters and I was amazed that Close to You hit it big in 1970 – dear god she was only 20. I could not have handled the fame, the focus and the intensity of that kind of stress. Bless her heart and bless your heart too for putting together this list of concerts.

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