Eagles Bicentennial concert at Tampa Stadium – July 4, 1976

The Eagles Bicentennial concert at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, FL included Fleetwood Mac and Loggins & Messina. This concert took place on July 4, 1976 and was the day after their show at the Omni in Atlanta, GA on July 3. The Eagles concert in Charlotte, NC was earlier on July 1, 1976. According to newspaper reports, the show at the Sportatorium in Hollywood/Pembroke Pines, FL that was to have taken place July 5 was cancelled due to renovation delays at the arena.

This July 4 show was one of the last to be performed by Loggins & Mesinna before they broke up.

There is an audience audio recording below of this Bicentennial concert. It’s a full concert minus three of the encore songs.

Eagles Bicentennial concert at Tampa Stadium stage

Randy Meisner in red shirt walking in front of two security guys. Glenn Frey and Don Felder are directly behind. Then, Joe Walsh, Irving Azoff, and Don Henley bring up the rear.

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Eagles Bicentennial concert at Tampa Stadium

Glenn Frey

“We’ve been waiting a year to say Hello Tampa! We’re the Eagles from Los Angeles.

Audience Recording of Bicentennial Concert
(Rocky Mountain Way and Witchy Woman are reversed in order from the setlist. Also, the audio cuts off shortly after Best of My Love starts.)

Eagles Bicentennial concert at Tampa Stadium

Poster for 4th of July Jubilation at Tampa Stadium

Eagles Bicentennial concert at Tampa Stadium

Tampa Stadium ticket for 4th of July Jubilation

Eagles Bicentennial concert at Tampa Stadium
Eagles Bicentennial concert at Tampa Stadium

Tampa Times (Tampa, FL) – July 1, 1976

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Tampa Stadium

Eagles Bicentennial concert at Tampa Stadium

Miami Herald (Miami, FL) – July 2, 1976

Eagles Bicentennial concert at Tampa Stadium

Billboard magazine – June 5, 1976

Eagles Bicentennial concert at Tampa Stadium

Ft. Lauderdale News (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) – July 2, 1976

“Except perhaps that the best pop music in the state that day may well be in Tampa, where Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and Loggins and Messina are expected to draw more than 60,000 celebrants to Tampa Stadium – standing room only for some 10,000, in other words – which is fast becoming Florida’s major rock showplace.”

Miami Herald (Miami, FL) – July 2, 1976

Tampa Bay Times (Tampa Bay, FL) – July 2, 1976

“The Mac have plans to bring a giant size penguin with them on stage, and the Eagles are going to be using fireworks in the shape of the state of California with Eagles flying over it.”

Eagles Bicentennial concert at Tampa Stadium

Miami News (Miami, FL) – July 2, 1976

“Featured on the Bicentennial event are the Eagles, often referred to as ‘America’s Top Rock Band,’ Fleetwood Mac, who have a top-selling self-titled album, and Loggins and Messina, a popular duo from the early ’70s.”

Tampa Tribune (Tampa, FL) – July 3, 1976

Eagles Bicentennial concert at Tampa Stadium

Billboard magazine – July 4, 1976

“Then the Eagles flew in. Originally a slow-selling country-rock group, the Eagles have become gold record champions of the west. They played a sizeable portion of their smash tunes.”

Concert review in Tampa Bay Times (Tampa, FL) – July 5, 1976
The Tampa Bay Times prior to 2012 had been called the St. Petersburg Times.

“An estimated 40,000 rock music fans packed Tampa Stadium yesterday for the state’s major summer concert, making it the second-largest rock concert in two years at the stadium.”

Concert review in Tampa Tribune (Tampa, FL) – July 5, 1976

Tampa Times (Tampa, FL) – July 5, 1976

“Despite pleas by musicians and promoters not to ignite them, many areas of the field and some areas of the side seatings saw continual explosions of firecrackers and burning sparklers tossed in the air.”

Concert review in Tampa Tribune (Tampa, FL) – July 10, 1976

“The musical team of Kenny Loggins and Jimmy Messina have split.”

Eagles Bicentennial concert at Tampa Stadium

Miami News (Miami, FL) – July 7, 1976

Tampa Stadium

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