Sunday, October 25, 2009

Honolulu International Center, Honolulu, HI July 1968 (canceled)

A note in the August 10, 1968 issue of Billboard (accessible on Google Books) says

The Grateful Dead, Warner Bros-Seven Arts artists, bowed out of a late July stint at the HIC. An early 1969 date now looms.

None of this turned out to be so, and the Grateful Dead did not play Hawaii until January 23-24, 1970. I do not know if Honolulu International Center (HIC) was the same as Honolulu Civic Auditorium, but I suspect it is so.

This at least partially explains the absence of late July 1968 dates, after Kings Beach Bowl on July 13 (the next gig is August 2 in San Diego at The Hippodrome).


  1. The Honolulu International Center and The Honolulu Civic Auditorium were two different venues. The Civic Auditorium was eventually torn down and the HIC eventually was renamed the Neil Blaisdale Center.

    Got to see many great rock-n-roll bands at the HIC. The Civic Auditorium used to do the wrestling and boxing matches.

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    1. Was checking this to confirm, and found it in the Honolulu listings, 8/10/68 Billboard. Curious that the Dead canceled bookings at the HIC in both July '68 and July '69!