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Saying Goodbye To Philadelphia's Spectrum

Anthony G Pizza "trivialtony"
The list author says: "The wrecking ball fell today on Philadelphia's legendary Spectrum, where the Flyers won a Stanley Cuo, where Dr. J and Billy Cunningham owned the court, and above all I saw concerts cementing my love for live music. Here are a few, in chronological order, with as many memories as I can muster:"
Distance
Distance
"Took a few years but made it to my second show, a fine Bob Seger concert where the entire place had to use the bathroom during "Fire Lake.""
Blondes Have More Fun
Blondes Have More Fun
"It started here seeing Rod Stewart as a high school junior. He sang "Do You Think I'm Sexy" twice, kicked soccer balls around the stadium and even treated us to a verse of "Layla.""
Born in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.
"Now we start hitting our stride. September 1984 and me, my manager and 20,000 close friends saw Bruce and the E Street Band open of a six-night stand. That wrecking ball would need to work to match Max Weinberg's first beats on "Born in The USA.""
Born in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.
"And then the finale. Thanks to another co-worker for letting me know he had a free ticket for Bruce's show closer. He ended with "The Crazy Boss' Christmas In September" and played "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town." Heady night in a heady year."
The Baddest of George Thorogood and the Destroyers
The Baddest of George Thorogood and the Destroyers
"Decent if unspectacular show from Lonesome George and the boys, who couldn't treat every arena they played as the local bar. But I remember this night for its end, when they announced Villanova upset Georgetown to win the NCAA championship."
Big Generator
Big Generator
"Must apologize to Lee Ann Toth, for whom I gave up early trying to see U2 while a Phils game and wrestling match filled south Philadelphia. God bless Electric Factory concerts for the refund and tickets to this fine Yes 2.0 show later that year. Met legendary Philly DJs Pierre Robert and Ed Sciaky, and heard the guy behind me saying, "I gotta p--s!""
One More From the Road
One More From the Road
"Loudest, most emotional concert I ever attended. Skynyrd back on the road, resilient in the face of tragedy, closing with an instrumental "Free Bird." Literally steps away from guitarist Ed King yet unable to recognize him."
Chicago IX - Greatest Hits
Chicago IX - Greatest Hits
"Had the pleaasure of seeing Chicago twice at the Spectrum, once in the fourth row opening for..."
Still Cruisin
Still Cruisin
"A group I'd see five times in concert, twice one year. The January 1989 tour was opening night and Brian joined the band for songs from his debut album. He seemed scared without the band but put together a heck of a show. Great night, but when both bands returned later that year the spark was gone (along with Brian, who by then returned to the sandbox.)"
Storm Front
Storm Front
"Met my first wife at a record convention when she looked for a Billy Joel LP, and his music played behind our first years dating. He played the Spectrum December 16, 1989 and I proposed that night. We joined friends at our favorite watering hole, Casa Maria, for a toast. Neither of us knew what awaited us but that night we were blessed."
Changesbowie
Changesbowie
"My final Spectrum concert which I attended alone. He didn't disappoint, singing his hits with unforgettable special effects and closing with "Gloria" even with a 103 degree fever. I was home 30 minutes after the concert, impossibile in Philadelphia. Great memories when youth, time, and music seemed all I needed."