Pop Quiz Answers: The Knick/The Pepsi/The TU Center

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Oops, we meant to post this yesterday, like we’d promised, but we forgot. Forgive us?

In celebration of the Knickerbocker Arena’s 20th anniversary this past weekend, our Pop Quiz on Friday asked:

“What were the first concerts held in the building under its subsequent names, the Pepsi Arena and the Times Union Center?”

There were no correct answers – hey, aren’t you Nippertown readers as anal-retentive as we are? – so we’re gonna run a new Knick Arena Pop Quiz tomorrow – with a cool prize.

Anyway, here are the answers to Friday’s quiz:

THE PEPSI ARENA: The appropriately romantic Valentine’s Day double-bill of Kenny G and Toni Braxton inaugurated the Pepsi Arena on February 14, 1997. The second concert scheduled for the Pepsi Arena was a much-heralded New Edition reunion concert slated for February 18, 1997, but that show was canceled due to “unfavorable interest and low ticket sales.”

THE TIMES UNION CENTER: Nippertown’s biggest year-round concert venue kicked off its new-name concert season as the Times Union Center with a big Governor Eliot Spitzer inaugural celebration featuring James Taylor, Natalie Merchant, Ben Vereen, Dan Zanes and others on January 1, 2007. Best of all, it was free.

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