Answers to Flashback/Pop Quiz: Who Played the First Rock Show at the Knickerbocker Arena

Last Wednesday, on the 20th anniversary of the concert, our Pop Quiz asked two questions:

1. Who headlined the first rock show at the Knickerbocker Arena (now known as the Times Union Center)?
A: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers cranked up their amps to inaugurate the new arena on February 3, 1990.

2. Who was the opening act?
A: That was the late, great, sadly under-rated neo-bluesman Chris Whitley.

Michael Hochanadel was the only person to correctly answer both questions of all the answers here on and in the long-winded discussion on our Facebook page. Congratulations, Michael, you’ve won yourself a snappy set of Michael Jordan Valentines!!

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