Tom Hartman

June 17, 1980 – Genesis - The Spectrum

Date June 17, 1980
Band Genesis
Tour Duke Tour
Venue The Spectrum
City Philadelphia
Who saw this show with me? Tom Hartman

Notes My first concert: Genesis.

At this time in my life -- days out of 8th grade -- I was not a Genesis fan. But Tom Hartman was and he asked me to go with him. "Don't worry," he said, "my Mom will drive."

I don't remember much of the show except that our seats were not very good (3rd level, stage left) and there was a guy smoking something illegal near where we were sitting. I remember Tom saying, "I think its opium."

Looking at the setlist from that night and knowing what I know now about Genesis -- we saw a good show.  The band was still very young (Phil still had hair) and was just about to turn the corner into the main stream, radio friendly Genesis that (I'm embarrassed to say) I saw many times thereafter.  The 1980 Genesis was still "Art Rock" and music and happily the length of the song still mattered.

I can't remember how many concerts I saw in my life. But I'll always remember my first. Thanks Tom.

And thank you Mrs Hartman for the ride.

June 17, 1980 – Genesis - The Spectrum
June 17, 1980 – Genesis - The Spectrum


  1. Deep In The Motherlode
  2. Dancing With The Moonlit Knight (Intro)
  3. Squonk
  4. One For The Vine
  5. Behind The Lines
  6. Duchess
  7. Turn It Again
  8. Duke’s Travels
  9. Duke's End
  10. The Lady Lies
  11. Ripples
  12. Misunderstanding
  13. In The Cage
  14. Slippermen
  15. Afterglow
  16. Follow You, Follow Me
  17. Dance On A Volcano / Drum Duet
  18. Los Endos

May 21, 1983 – The Kinks – Spectrum

Date March 18, 1983
Band The Kinks
Tour State of Confusion
Venue Spectrum
City Philadelphia, PA
Who saw this show with me? Tom Hartman, Ilene Esbitt Litz

Notes - I don't remember this show at all and I had a hard time finding anything at all on the web so I contacted Dave Emlen who runs He wrote back: "They played at the Spectrum on May 21st, 1983. It was rescheduled from the March 18th date, but I don't see a reason given in Doug Hinman's book. It's possible they had to push the tour back so they could finish the State of Confusion album."



  1. Around The Dial
  2. Definite Maybe (intro only)
  3. State Of Confusion
  4. The Hard Way
  5. Destroyer
  6. Yo-Yo
  7. Come Dancing
  8. Don't Forget To Dance
  9. (Lola intro improvisation) / Lola
  10. Superman
  11. A Gallon Of Gas
  12. Art Lover
  13. Till The End Of The Day
  14. Bernadette
  15. All Day And All Of The Night
  16. Pressure
  17. Low Budget
  18. Celluloid Heroes
  19. You Really Got Me
May 21, 1983 – The Kinks – Spectrum
May 21, 1983 – The Kinks – Spectrum
May 21, 1983 – The Kinks – Spectrum
May 21, 1983 – The Kinks – Spectrum
May 21, 1983 – The Kinks – Spectrum
May 21, 1983 – The Kinks – Spectrum

April 4, 1988 – Styx – Philadelphia Spectrum

Between 1977 and 1981 I was a hardcore Styx fan. So, you can imagine how excited I was to see one of my favorite bands live at The Spectrum at the height of their popularity and creativity. Unfortunately, the show itself did not live up the hype I built up in my mind. To put it bluntly, the concert was boring.