July 2 will be a day that lives in music infamy, at least in St. Louis.
That was the day back in 1991 when Axl Rose jumped into the crowd at what was then Riverport Amphitheatre and touched off a riot.
So we look back at some unforgettable nights at the amphitheater in Maryland Heights, the scene of some memorable concert moments over the years.
No matter its frequent name changes and not always nice weather, the venue rocks on.
-By Jack Rintoul
The infamous 'Riverport Riot' with Guns 'N Roses
Axl Rose was on stage and the crowd was enjoying a Guns N' Roses show.
But when Rose spotted an unauthorized photographer near the front row of the July 2, 1991, show, he took action. The singer jumped into the crowd to try and stop the photographer and thus was born the 'Riverport Riot.'
Rose blamed the amphitheatre's security for not taking care of the situation, and the band left the stage and ended its show early.
That led to fans rioting, with 60 people injured. Rose was charged with four counts of misdemeanor assault and one count of property damage. And the band was "banned' from St. Louis.
It took a long time, but Guns N' Roses eventually returned to St. Louis in 2017.
Pigeon poo and the Kings of Leon
Blame the pigeon poop.
The Kings of Leon were playing a show at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in July 2010 when they called it quits only a few songs in. Pigeons were hanging in the rafters and the band members said they were being pelted by poop.
They cited it as a health hazard and blamed the venue, but promised to make the show up for St. Louis fans.
In September 2010, the band returned and every fan who had a ticket to the first show got in free, and others were admitted for just $10.
Bassist Jared Followill said in an interview with CNN that "I was hit by pigeons on each of the first three songs. We had 20 songs on the setlist. By the end of the show I would’ve been covered from head to toe.”
Fifth Harmony singer walks offstage – and quits the group
When a singer walks offstage, there's a story to be told.
During Fifth Harmony's 2016 "7/27" tour, Camila Cabello walked off stage in the middle of the group's show at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre.
A bandmate blamed a wardrobe malfunction. But the singer later said on Snapchat that she was having too much anxiety and couldn't finish the show.
She apologized via social media: "I love u I'm truly sorry." She also left the group.
She returned to St. Louis as a solo act in April 2018, selling out The Pageant.
It's always 'rain or shine' – except for Weezer & Panic! At The Disco
The tickets make it clear: "Rain or Shine."
And that's almst always been the case at the amphitheatre. There have been plenty of rain delays - Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Aerosmith and the first KSHE Pig Roast come to mind.
But the show goes on. Except in July 2016, when thunder and lightning caused Live Nation to cancel the Weezer and Panic! at the Disco show.
The first band played its set, but the weather forced LiveNation to cancel the Tuesday night show in the hope of finding a replacement date. The bands' schedules couldn't be coordinated, though, so tickets were refunded and fans disappointed.
Both acts did return to St. Louis the next year.
And what do we call it, anyway?
It was born as Riverport Amphitheatre back in 1991 with its inaugural show by Steve Winwood.
It stayed Riverport until 2002, when someone said, "Hey! Naming Rights!" and it became UMB Bank Pavilion. That stuck until 2006, when Verizon Wireless forked over for the naming rights.
That third name enjoyed an eight-year run, until late 2014 when once again things changed and it became Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre.
But if you call it Riverport, people will know what you mean.
From the archive: The night Axl Rose tore up Riverport
Editor's note: This concert review was originally published July 4, 1991, from the night (July 2, 1991) that Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses incited a riot at Riverport Amphitheatre in St. Louis.
There is never, and I mean NEVER, a dull moment when the rock group Guns N' Roses hits town. Tuesday night at Riverport Amphitheatre, the Hollywood-based rockers performed a ferociously powerful set while adding another inglorious footnote to their ever-growing legend. After a fight between lead singer W. Axl Rose and a member of the audience, the concert moved from music spectacle to riot. People were arrested and injured, and the new Riverport Amphitheatre was damaged in the worst mess in St. Louis rock history.
If you are one of those people who just don't get the Guns N' Roses phenomenon, the band's live act - on another night, in another venue - would probably clear up the mystery. The music (like the five musicians that make it) is raw, rebellious and raunchy, but performed with undeniable power. In the end, the music the band offered was terrific; Rose's lack of judgment was pathetic.
It all started well enough, with an impressive opening set by Skid Row. The band tackled a few numbers from its latest album, ''Slave to the Grind, '' including ''Riot A ct, '' ''Monkey Business'' and ''Psycho Love.'' There were also a couple of the group's earlier songs, such as ''18 and Life.''
After an almost-hourlong set change, Guns N' Roses took the stage to thundering applause. The band was in top form, with the display of musical force that characterizes its best showings.
The first surprise of the set was a recklessly brilliant arrangement of Paul McCartney's ''Live and Let Die.'' The band revved up the bottom end of the song just short of the breaking point, while lead guitarist Slash bludgeoned the song's familiar riff into unfused dynamite.
Vocalist Rose was as crude and charismatic as ever. Dressed in a tartan kilt, an umpire's vest and baseball cap, Rose strutted and vocalized in his screechy tenor wail.
However, he made it abundantly clear in one of his spoken introductions that he believes at least some of his fans are missing the point of his songs. Because of an interview he gave to Rolling Stone magazine last year, Rose has been accused of being racist. On Tuesday night, he came across as earnest and cocky, but the cockiness was about to backfire.
The Guns N' Roses set continued to pick up steam with the addition of new material, such as ''You Could Be Mine'' from the ''Terminator II'' soundtrack. The band works without a conventional song list, choosing numbers at random. Consequently, not even the musicians know which songs will be played on any given night.
There were some other unexpected moments, with guitarist Izzy Stradlin as lead vocalist on ''Dust and Bones'' and ''14 Years.'' Most unusual of all was the sight of Rose at the grand piano, offering a keyboard showcase that was more than vaguely Beatlesque in nature.
Then came a monologue that included homophobic material concerning one of Rose's own experiences as a teen-age runaway in the St. Louis area (he said he was nearly raped by a truck driver, and muttered something about almost cutting the man's throat with a straight razor). After that, the white-hot intensity of ''Welcome to the Jungle'' kicked both band and audience into overdrive.
Drummer Matt Sorum's featured spot then segued into Slash's solo guitar break. It is hard to imagine a guitar solo blasting at 110-plus decibels as the ''calm before the storm, '' but it was.
As the rest of the band once again took the stage, the opening chords to ''Rocket Queen'' kicked off another barrage of sound.
At that point, about 80 minutes into the group's set, Rose began screaming to security guards, ''Get that away from him, '' referring to a man with a camera. As the band kept playing at a full-tilt boogie, the singer jumped into the crowd and exchanged blows with the man. It almost looked like part of the act. Even from my vantage point several rows away, it was difficult to say what else ensued.
After a half-minute or so, Rose was helped back onstage by security people. He then shouted something to the effect of ''We are out of here, '' threw his cordless microphone to the floor and stormed offstage. Slash appeared bewildered and shook his head, mumbling, ''I guess we're going home.''
With that, the musical portion of the Guns N' Roses concert came to a resoundingly abrupt conclusion.