The next round of the Missouri State Fair is about three months away. Not all the grandstand performers have been announced yet. So while we're all waiting in hushed anticipation, here's a look back at the rock and pop acts that have appeared at the Fair over the last twenty seven years.

1990: Air Supply / Three Dog Night

1991: The Beach Boys

REO Speedwagon / The Marshall Tucker Band

Huey Lewis & the News

1992: Hanna Barbera Show (I had to google this. I guess it was a children's show?)

Color Me Badd (OH.MY.GOD. Why was I not at that show? Did everyone get adequately sexed up?)

1993:  Rockin' Trolls Show w/ 'Rina the Ballarina, Arnie Trollsenegger & MC Trollman (I don't know anything about this one, but MC Trollman is a perfect name.)

Michael Bolton

1994 Beach Boys / America

Kenny G (OH. MY. GOD. AGAIN.)

The New Rascals / The Drifters / Bobby Vee / Lou Christie

1995 Bad Company/Ted Nugent

1996 Lynyrd Skynyrd / Doobie Brothers

Michael Bolton (If I'm right, I have a story about this show. I was working at Gate 8 that year as a high schooler. People from the fair came around to each gate and handed out stacks of tickets to this show. They said - and again, I'm just going off of what I remember -that he was in a helicopter and would not perform if the venue wasn't sold out. So they were giving out tickets to fill the seats. I wonder if that is right, or if it's just how I remembered it.)

Gin Blossoms / Goo Goo Dolls

1997 ZZ Top

1998 Savage Garden / Billie Myers

REO Speedwagon / Kansas

1999 Goo Goo Dolls / Sugar Ray / Fastball

Journey / Shooting Star

2000 REO Speedwagon / Styx

Savage Garden

Christina Aguilera (This was "innocent" Christina. This was in prime "Genie In A Bottle" and "What A Girl Wants" time.)

Def Leppard

2001 Bob Dylan (I have a very clear memory of being in the back of my parent's minivan when we drove by the marquee and I saw his name. I think I must have been home from college. Anyway, I saw that, gasped, and swore. My Mom was not happy with me.)

George Thorogood & Fabulous Thunderbirds

Mya / LFO (MYA? Holy crap, I haven't thought about her for YEARS.)

Vince Neil / Slaughter / Ratt / Vixen

2002 REO Speedwagon / Styx

Aaron Carter / No Secrets / Triple Image (Aaron Carter. Wow.)

Ted Nugent / Grand Funk Railroad

2003 Crosby, Stills & Nash (Was this before or after he was the sperm donor?)

Goo Goo Dolls / Sugar Ray / Uncle Kracker

2004 ZZ Top / Frankie Perez

Audio Adrenaline / Matthew West

Switchfoot / Earshot

Nickelback / Puddle of Mudd

2005 Lynyrd Skynyrd / Cross Canadian Ragweed


The Fabulous Thunderbirds

The Temptations / The Four Tops

Crossfade / Seether

2006 James Taylor

Lynyrd Skynyrd / Kentucky Headhunters

Raven-Symone / Lil' J (That's SO Raven.)

Smash Mouth / Fastball

2007 Corbin Bleu / Drake Bell / Jordan Pruitt

American Idol

Counting Crows

Alice Cooper / Blue Oyster Cult

Switchfoot / Cartel

2008 Air Supply

Foreigner / Fiction Plane

2009 Heart / Tyler Bryant


Shinedown / Rev Theory

2010 Shinedown / Chevelle

Three Dog Night and The Grass Roots

Sheryl Crow & Colbie Caillat

2011 Lynryd Skynyd (cancelled due to health a week before the Fair) / Doobie Brothers performed by themselves

Kenny Wayne Shepherd / Trampled Under Foot

Carnival of Madness Tour - Theory of a Deadman / Alter Bridge / Adelitas Way / Emphatic

2012 Paul Revere and the Raiders and Gary Lewis and the Playboys

Larry The Cable Guy and Reno Collier

George Thorogood and the Destroyers

2013 Foreigner/Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas

Chubby Checker

Three Days Grace/Hinder

2014 Joan Jett and the Blackhearts/Black Stone Cherry (I was lucky enough to get to introduce that show. I also got to meet Joan for just a second. She was very sweet, and VERY SHORT. Husbando still has and still wears the hoodie her people gave us.)

Beatlemania Live


2015 Happy Together Tour (The Turtles, The Association, Mark Lindsey, The Grass Roots, The Buckinghams, The Cowsills)

Def Leppard with Styx and Tesla

The Fray/Andy Grammer

2016 Three Doors Down / Shaman’s Harvest

I noticed a few repeats here and there. And yes, if you're curious... the band with the most repeat performances is REO SPEEDWAGON! Congrats, dudes.

I think Color Me Badd should make it back. Actually, that could be a good idea, a 90's one hit wonder tour? That'd be amazing. You come on, do your one song, and move on. They could get through fifteen people in one night! Anyway. Which of these shows did you go to? Which one was the best? Which one was the worst?

Concertly yours,

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