The History

The Regency Live Rock Bar

THE REGENCY 1982–1998

In 1982, in a nearly deserted downtown Springfield, concert promoter, Gary L. Thomas, uncovered a diamond in the rough when he chose 307 Park Central East [PCE] as the home of Springfield’ s first full-fledged concert venue, The Regency Showcase.

During his tenure as The Don of Downtown Entertainment, Thomas definitely brought it. From Marilyn Manson, 2 Live Crew and Blind Melon, to Collective Soul, Veruca Salt, Jewel and hundreds more, Thomas brought in national acts to the sweet tune of 200+ shows a year.

The history of 307 PCE is legendary. Home to The Regency for 16 years, Icon for 9 years and Instinct for 3 years, 307 PCE boasts the title as Springfield’ s longest running, entertainment venue.

THE BANDS

Since 1982, over 700 artists have performed on The Regency stage. Here’ s a partial list of national and regional bands that have performed here.

2 Live Crew
2 Unlimited
311
4Jax
A Picture Made
Adam Ant
ALL
Alvin Lee
Aimee Mann
The Alarm
Alien Ant Farm
Anthony Russo
The Back Doors
Bad Company
The Barking Spiders
Bel Airs
Ben Folds Five
Big Beat Club
Big Country
Big Fun
Billy Goat
Black Crowes
Black Eyed Susan
The Black Moods
Blind Melon
Blue Rodeo
Bobby Keys [Rolling Stones]
Bodines
Bonedaddys
Brutally Frank
Buddy Guy
Bush
Cake
The Call
Candlebox
Cate Brothers
Cheap Trick
Circle Jerks
Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown
Collective Soul
Concrete Blonde
Coyote Union
Crazytown
Crowded House
Culture
The Cynics
Dakota Pagan
Dancing Hoods
David Lindley
Dead Eye Dick
The Dead Milkmen
Dear Mom
Del Fuegos
The Del Lords
Dennis Quaid
Dirtnap
Dirty Looks
Disco Biscuit
Dishwalla
DJ Jeff Henry
DJP
Dog People
Don Shipps & the Titanic Blues
Dr. Zhivegas
The Drag
Dramarama
Dreams So Real
The Edge
The Eyes
Edgar Winter
Edwin McCain
Elvis Brothers
ENDuVal
Eric Johnson
Fabulous Thunderbirds
Fishbone
Flick
Flock of Seagulls
Fools Face
Fragile Porcelain Mice
Fuel
Funhouse
Game Theory
Garbonzos
Generation TV
Georgia Satellites
Ghost of an American Airman
Glass Tiger
Gravity Kills
Gypsy Scholar
Hagfish
Haguruma Dako
Harry Dean Stanton
Heartpunch
Henry Lee Summer
Hoodoo Gurus
Hum
Hurricane
Idle Mind
Inanimate Existance
Inner Circle
Jason and the Scorchers
Jason Kinney Band
Jet
Jewel
Jimmy Swift
Jim Wunderle and Distant Relative
Johnny Q. Public
Johnny Reno & the Sax Maniacs
Johnny Winter
Jordan Border
Kings-X
Koko Taylor “The Queen of the Blues”
Kyle Donaldson
L7
L.A. Guns
L.B. Wisdom
Lararium
Leon Russell
The Lemonheads
Less Than Jake
Liquid Sky
Lillian Axe
Lilly Bee & The Pollinators
Little Boy Wisdom
Lizzard in a Bottle
LR2
Lucky Man
Lynch Mob
Machine Gun Symphony
Malachi
The Many Colored Death
Marilyn Manson
Marshall Crenshaw
Marshmallow Overcoat
Matthew Sweet
Meat Puppets
Men Without Hats
Mercy Seat
Michael Been
Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Mind of Crows
Missionaries
The Mistakes
Mood Ring Circus
Mojo Nixon
Moon City
The Morells
Mr. Big
Mr. Scary
MU-330
The Murmurs
My Blue Life
My Brother Bob
Naked Zoo
New Marines
NEW WORLD SPIRITS
Nick Lowe & Paul Carrack of Squeeze & Bobby Keys (sax) of the Rolling Stones
No Doubt
No Use for a Name
One Violet Green
Ozark Mountain Daredevils
Overkill
Paralandra
Paul Carrick [Squeeze]
Paul Rodgers
Pale Divine
Pepper Cats
Phunk Junkeez
Portly Children
Possum Dixon Band
The Producers
Psychedelic Furs
Public Assassin
The Rainmakers
Ram
Rancid
The Red Devils
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Reid Speed
The Reivers
REM
Reverend Horton Heat
Richard Marx
The Romantics
The Royal Nonesuch
Rude Tattoo
Saigon Kick
Scatterbrain
The Schwag
Scruffy and Cat
SeepeopleS
Seirenes
Seven Seconds
Shark Island
Shayne Jacopian
The Skeletons
Skytown
Slick Trick
Slugworth
Smashing Pumpkins
The Smithereens
Smokey Folk
Snap Dragons
Sneak Preview
So Far So Gone
Social Distortion
Souls at Zero
Spirit
Stabbing Westward
Steve Bob & Rich
Storyville
Straight Jacket Lucy
Subdudes
Sunsplash Reggae Festival
Supe and the Sandwiches
Super String Theory
Ten Years After
Testament
‘Til Tuesday
Timbuk3
Toad the Wet Sprocket
Tommy Conwell
Tora Tora
Trip Shakespeare
Tripping Daisy
Trout Fishing in America
Ugly Kid Joe
Uncle Tupelo
The Unconscious
The Urge
The Ushers
The Vandals
Vanessa Carlton
Veruca Salt
Victros
Warrant
Wrathchild America