The Philadelphia Spectrum opened in the fall of 1967 swinging with the Quaker City Jazz Festival and is closing October 31st rocking out with Pearl Jam. Philadelphia’s first indoor arena was home to the Flyers and 76ers championships, boxing and wresting matches, monster truck shows, and rock concerts. The Grateful Dead, Yes, Frank Zappa, the O’Jays, Gil Scott Heron, Frank Sinatra, and Bruce Springsteen are a few names that played to Philly ticket holders. Radio Times will be focusing on the rock music that filled the concrete walls of Philadelphia’s hockey theater. Bruce Springsteen said, “These old venues build up a certain degree of soul.” We’ll revisit some of that soul with guests music writer and contributor to NPR’s All Things Considered Tom Moon and Dan Deluca, pop music critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer and ‘In The Mix’ blogger for Philly.com. The Wachovia Spectrum is to be razed this spring making room for Philly Live, a retail, restaurant, and entertainment event space.
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