Welcome to My Spectrum Memories Weblog
Since last July, I’ve been assisting with the production of a book commemorating the history of The Spectrum arena in South Philadelphia. The venue will be demolished sometime in September; the book will be available in mid-April. I’ve contributed many photos to the project as well as backstage passes and assorted memorabilia acquired while working there from April, 1973, until July, 1978.
Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Rod Steward, Cat Stevens, Elvis Presley, Alice Cooper, Santana, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Bob Dylan are some of the stars I’ve met and photographed that will be featured in the book. David Bowie, Jeff Beck and the Kinks may get cut during the final edit.
From my memorabilia collection, a host of ticket stubs and rare collectors’ items were incorporated. Among them, a Keith Moon drum stick , and backstage passes for George Harrison, Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones.
A couple of signs used to identify the performers’ dressing rooms were also offered. A 4″ x 10″ slat of white plastic with “Stage Crew” engraved in blue, sans-serif text, juxtaposed with the Stones’ ’75 tour logo welcomed Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
Meanwhile, Stephen Stills and Neil Young settled for a simple sliver of white cardboard with black stick-on letters spelling out their famous last names on June 29, 1976.
A full set of NCAA Basketball Tournament tickets from Indiana’s undefeated season in 1976 was also used. I have four complete sets for the tournament’s semi-finals and the championship game.