New Grateful Dead Box Set Includes 1990 Show from Albany’s Knickerbocker Arena

August 7th, 2012, 12:00 pm by Greg

Grateful Dead: Spring 1990A new, whopping 18-CD box set, “Grateful Dead: Spring 1990,” offers six complete shows from the epic spring ’90 Grateful Dead tour, one concert from each city the band played, personally selected by Dead vaultmeister and archival release producer David Lemieux. The six shows are: 3/16/90 Capital Centre (Landover, MD), 3/19/90 Hartford Civic Center, 3/22/90 Copps Coliseum (Hamilton, Ontario), 3/26/90 Knickerbocker Arena (Albany, NY), 3/30/90 Nassau Coliseum (Uniondale, NY) and 4/2/90 the Omni (Atlanta, GA).

In addition to the 18 discs, the box set also includes a 60-page hardcover book featuring essays by Dennis McNally, David Lemieux and Blair Jackson with photos by Jim Anderson and Mike Laurentis; a 25th anniversary tour program; official band letters; six ticket stubs; six cloth sticker backstage passes; a tour laminate; and an official 1990 band publicity photo.

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Flashback/Pop Quiz: First Rock Show @ the Knickerbocker Arena?

February 3rd, 2010, 3:01 pm by Greg

Vintage Michael Jordan Valentines

These manly Valentines could be yours.

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the first rock show ever held at the Knickerbocker Arena – known these days as the Times Union Center.

As we wrote last week, Ole Blue Eyes himself – Frank Sinatra – played the arena’s grand opening concert on January 30, 1990. Frank was definitely swingin’, but he didn’t actually rock out.

So here’s this week’s two-part Pop Quiz:

1. Who headlined the first rock show at the Knickerbocker Arena? (10 points)

2. Who was the opening act? (25 points)

Just hit the comments line below to register your answers. We’ll randomly select one entry, who will win a vintage, collectible package of Michael Jordan Valentine’s Day cards. Deadline for entries is 10am Monday, January 8.

And we’ll post the answers – and the winner – later on Monday (February 8).

Flashback: It’s the 20th Anniversary of the Knickerbocker Arena

January 27th, 2010, 2:01 pm by Greg

The Times Union Center, formerly the Knickerbocker Arena

Yes, Saturday (January 30) marks the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Knickerbocker Arena in Albany (now known as the Times Union Center).

As most of you old-timers will certainly remember, the arena was launched with a gala grand opening celebration – complete with a sold-out crowd dressed to the nines in tuxedos and evening gowns, the kind of thing you just won’t find at the Times Union Center – and a concert by Frank Sinatra.

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