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Multi-purpose arenas are far from the best places to hear music, but a few have hosted enough amazing concerts over the decades to become band and fan favorites.  The Spectrum, the  18,000 seat former home of Philadelphia Flyers hockey and 76'ers hoops, was the site of many concerts fans of a few groups in particular count as among the best those artists ever performed.  Members of the Grateful Dead did more than more than 50 sold-out shows there, the last in May when Bob Weir sang 'I wouldn't tear this old building down' during Samson & Delilah. Bruce Springsteen gave the venue he considers one of the best a fond farewell recently. Pearl Jam gets the honor of doing the last concert at the Spectrum, ending a 4 night stand there on Halloween.