By Greg Haymes
Well, I gotta admit that I had pretty much written off RPI’s Houston Field House as one of the Local 518 premier concert venues. The fact of the matter is that I can’t even remember the last concert that was booked into the Troy hockey arena – was it John Mayer back in 2002? – or the last concert that I saw there.
But once upon a time – at least before the Knickerbocker/Pepsi/Times Union Center was built in Albany – the RPI fieldhouse was a bastion of great concerts, often one after another. I have vivid memories of seeing a whole wide and wonderful range of concerts there – from the Clash to Frank Zappa to Bob Dylan. And double-bills that ran the gamut from Mahavishnu Orchestra/Frampton’s Camel to Stevie Ray Vaughan/Jeff Beck to Neil Young & Crazy Horse/Sonic Youth, from Merle Haggard/the Judds to Metallica/Queensryche to Beastie Boys/Public Enemy. And back on November 5, 1991, I experienced one of the most mind-melting performances I’ve witnessed – the absolutely electrifying Pearl Jam opening up the triple-bill with Smashing Pumpkins and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Well, it seems as though RPI’s Houston Field House is getting back in the concert business after an oh-so-long hiatus…
In support of their new album, Glossamer, Passion Pit will inaugurate the field house’s return to live music with a concert at 8pm on Monday, February 11. Doors open at 7pm, and opening the show will be Matt & Kim. Priced at $35 in advance, tickets will go on sale at 10am on Friday (December 7). Tickets will be $38 on the day of the show.
And the best news comes from the folks at Step Up Presents, who are co-producing the concert with UPAC Concerts. Their press release regarding the Passion Pit concludes with the sentence, “We hope to continue utilizing this great facility in the future.”