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divacphys t1_it6rp3e wrote

Every time I see the spectrum, I'm surprised how small it was


angry_old_dude t1_it6wak5 wrote

I went to so many concerts there. I was a little sad when they tore it down.


beeps-n-boops t1_it71w07 wrote

As far as indoor arenas, the Spectrum was always considered one of the better ones to see a concert. (Edit: nationwide)

WF was designed to be loud and reverberant for sports, and as a result it's fucking AWFUL for concerts.


deltavim t1_it76gpp wrote

I wish they could have kept the Spectrum for concerts and Phantoms hockey.


adamv2 t1_it927s3 wrote

Still annoyed by the fact Ed Snider said it couldn’t be saved because Xfinity live was gonna be built on its location, and then they ended up building the place on the corner and just making the spectrum a parking lot.


oliver_babish t1_it78nwg wrote

And, obviously, they had overlap for about 13 years; it was great seeing Springsteen there one last time as a special treat.


vectorizer99 t1_it9d8bq wrote

The last two concerts we saw there were so loud and unintelligible we stopped going. OTOH, Stevie Wonder several years ago was presented at a reasonable loudness level and was pleasurable...but most tours insist on blowing the roof off. We'll see smaller acts in smaller venues from now on.


kcvngs76131 t1_it9zz0t wrote

Honestly, the Keswick is probably my favourite venue to see acts in the Philly area. And they get a lot of amazing tours. Saw Mike Nesmith and Micky Dolenz a few years ago, and just earlier this year, Celtic Thunder was there.


vectorizer99 t1_ita2oof wrote

Agreed, I was going to mention the Keswick. Consistently good sound, never too loud and no bad seat locations (the actual seats could be better though).


hiding_in_the_corner t1_it78adr wrote

You can watch the entire final concert at the Spectrum (10-31-09)

Pearl Jam:


angry_old_dude t1_it7dv7o wrote

I'll check it out. Every concert I went to until we moved out of the area was at the Spectrum. Except for Devo, which was at the Tower Theater. My first show there was a triple bill of Ted Nugent, Blue Oyster Cult and headliners ZZ Top. The World Wide Texas tour when the brought all the Texas stuff with them (a steer, a buzzard and who knows what else. 1976 probably. My last show there was Deep Purple on the Perfect Strangers tour.


bhoran235 t1_it7v46s wrote

I just realized now I was at that show! I didn't even remember it was the final spectrum show


filladellfea t1_it7ejmm wrote

saw the greatest concert of my life there in 2000 - the up in smoke tour - dre, snoop, eminem, nate dogg, ice cube, mc ren, xhibit. it was wild seeing that much music talent in such a small setting.


plopous t1_it944kj wrote

Saw that tour at Montage. Agreed, it was absolutely insane. It was even more insane hearing Dr Dre say, "Scranton in the house!!"


missionspooky t1_itai9gv wrote

Saw The Cure there twice, I think. STP and Local H. INXS. Having a brain fart cause I feel like there were more ...


beeps-n-boops t1_it71neu wrote

It would've fit inside the Vet, with plenty of room to spare!