September 3rd, 2010, 10:06 am by Greg
February 8th, 2010, 11:01 am by Greg
The crowd of well over 20,000 jumped to its feet with a thunderous cheer as Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers walked out onto the Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s stage amid a welcoming volley of fog, smoke and explosive flashes.
Sporting a huge grin, Petty launched the Heartbreakers into a hard-hitting set chockfull of hits all the way from “Refugee” to “Free Falling.”
And, yes, Petty certainly does have an awful lot of hits to choose from. Who hasn’t turned on the radio in the last three and a half decades to hear at least one of his hook-filled songs in the mix on just about any rock station – from classic rock to adult contemporary rock programming?
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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 Nippertown.com and in the long-winded discussion on our Facebook page. Congratulations, Michael, you’ve won yourself a snappy set of Michael Jordan Valentines!!