Reunion Arena

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    For Your Weekend Listening Pleasure: Classic Rock, Covered in King Biscuit Flower Hour

    ​George Gimarc confirms what I thought I remembered: Early on the King Biscuit Flower Hour aired on KZEW, before, some time in the early '80s, it jumped over to Q102. Makes sense: Blondie's 1979 KBFH appearance, recorded at the original Palladium, and mid-'70s Clapton, with Freddie King at the Dal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    Live, From Reunion Arena, It's R.E.M. on MTV

    Over on Unfair Park a little while ago I said my piece about R.E.M.'s unexpected farewell, conveyed via the band's website, and directed your attention to the band's 1986 stopover at the Fair Park Band Shell -- a must-have on this or any other day. I also reminded Pete about the '95 show at Reunion ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Looking Back at Some Other Local Music MTV Moments (Not All Involving the Toadies, Swear)

    I see our music blog's celebrating MTV's 30th today by ticking off a few Dallas-music-related moments featured on the former music network over the years. I have since reminded our music editor: I'm old. So old I recall off the top of my bald head a few that were left off the list -- like, say, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    My First Show: Joel Buchanan Saw Dennis Rodman Join Pearl Jam at Reunion in '98

    Welcome to My First Show, where we give bands a chance to talk about the first shows they ever attended -- no matter how uncool and embarrassing those tales may be. Joel Buchanan and a robot. Guess which is which.​If you happened into Fallout Lounge on a Friday night a few years ago, chances wer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    March Madness in Dallas: Has It Really Been 25 Years?

    Short shorts. Skinny players. No 3-point line. Jay Bilas at Duke instead of ESPN. A lot was different in college basketball the last - and only - time the Final Four descended upon Dallas. (College basketball's March Madness will climax in Cowboys Stadium in 2014). In 1986 the stage was an old rel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    For Your New Year's Eve Listening Pleasure: When Sinatra Did It His Way at Reunion Arena

    ​I know just where my folks were on October 24, 1987 -- sitting in the fifth row for Frank Sinatra's concert at Reunion Arena, as Mom boasted only this morning. And so we wrap this year with a sound track perfect for any New Year's Eve wingding. Or maybe I shouldn't have stopped to watch the end o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    Hey, the Dallas Mavericks are Finally Winners!

    ​Where were you on October  11, 1980? I was inside Reunion Arena, watching the Dallas Mavericks and guys like Winford Boynes and Tom LaGarde somehow beat George Gervin and the San Antonio Spurs, 103-92, in their inaugural game as an NBA franchise. At 1-0 - at least for a night - th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    For Your Weekend Listening Pleasure: Joe Walsh Brings the Funk (#49) to Reunion Arena

    ​No need to rehash my feeling about The Eagles -- if only I'd kept that fax Don Henley sent me back when I was at the Dallas Times Herald and he tried to bar me from his Starplex show. Though, on second though, I guess he was trying to do me a solid. Still, I would have missed opener Susanna Hoffs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2010

    Cross Stitch: Yes, Indeed, Hobby Lobby's Behind Proposed National Bible Museum

    ​Ever since he first posted his item about Dallas getting the National Bible Museum, Jim's been tracking down the source of funding for this estimable project. And all arrows pointed in one direction: north, toward Oklahoma. Specifically, Hobby Lobby. As a matter of fact, Jim spoke with president ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    Judge Spud: Webb Returns to the Height of His Popularity

    Anthony "Spud" Webb dazzled Reunion Arena and captured America in 1986. Unfortunately, I'd seen his act before. As a horrible point guard for the 1981 Duncanville High School Panthers, I had the ball stolen from me on consecutive possessions by Webb, then a star at Wilmer-Hutchins. After the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2009

    Listomania: 5 Local, Music Related Things We Should All Be Grateful For This Thanksgiving

    Patrick Michels​ 1. The Granada Theater's early (or just plain thought out) starting times Opening band at 9:00, headliner just after 10:00. What's not perfect about that? I get all these excuses from other club owners about alcohol sales and whatnot, but every time I exit the Granada at just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    Scoreboard! Or: This Texas Stadium Relic Would Look Great Above Your Bed.

    ​Seems like we'll never be done with Reunion Arena or Texas Stadium, which is still loaded with shit the city of Irving would love to sell you for pennies on the penny. Like, oh, this scoreboard -- which, believe it or not, can be yours for the low, low price (so far) of ... $25?!?! (Same goes for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    Sweep the Legs! It's Gonna Cost More -- and Take Longer -- to Get Rid of Reunion Arena.

    ​When last we saw Reunion Arena, it looked like "a coffee table from 1974." Or, "that carport thingie that's going up in the Arts District." Turns out, it'll stay that way a while longer -- like, oh, till at least January of next year. How come?Under the arena's exterior plaster finish, there is a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2009

    How Do You Spend $2,720,519,393?

    ​The city has posted the entirety of Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm's proposed FY2009-2010 budget, including a searchable breakdown of line-item details. (Look -- the demolition of Reunion Arena, which will now be finished come January 2010 per this week's council agenda, saves the city $3.6 millio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    R.I.P, Dallas Sports History

    Better days, my friend. Better days.To quote the great Eddie Izzard, "The problem with America? You fuckers keep tearing down your history, man!" Stubborn answer: Progress. Grim reality: Sadness. I remember a kinder, gentler era in Dallas when as a little punk I'd peer out the family Fury alo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    At Last, the End of An Area: Reunion Arena's Already Beginning to Vanish, Bit by Bit

    Patrick MichelsReunion Arena's scoreboard hit the floor Friday morning, as the city announced its plans to take the building down gradually.If you've been planning your implosion party for Reunion Arena's impending demolition, well, we've got some bad news. Pack up your lawn chairs and put the coole ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2009

    The Safety's Off: So, What Did a Non-Believer Learn at Saturday's Gun Buy Back?

    Amanda WarrDeputy Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway and Trey Garrison at Reunion Arena SaturdayAs he promised last week, right after we first mentioned Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway's offer to swap guns for $50 Kroger gift cards, D contributing editor Trey Garrison went out to Reunion Arena to make ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2009

    Guns N' Groceries

    That's Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway's plan, anyway: Folks who bring an "operational, unloaded firearm" (oh, and an ID) to Reunion Arena on Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon will receive in exchange a $50 grocery card -- from Kroger, sounds like, courtesy such sponsors as 97.9 THE BEAT and Sche ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 5, 2008

    Reunion Arena Seats Not Yet Available. But About Those Texas Stadium Ones ...

    Several Friends of Unfair Park have asked in recent days when and how the city will part with Reunion Arena's seats -- guess a few folks have media rooms and man caves to fill? Anyway, no word yet; an assistant in the office of Frank Poe, Convention & Event Services director, tells Unfair Park detai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2008

    The Only Incentive Dallas Can Offer Filmmakers: Blow Us Up, Please?

    Fact is, Irving has big plans for Texas Stadium's site once the building's gone. Reunion Arena isn't about to go the way of Nakatomi Plaza; Texas Stadium is a long way from getting the Gotham City Hospital treatment. Right now, Dallas Film Commission director Janis Burklund's idea of making those lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2008

    Jerry Jones Wants You (To Answer Phone Calls and Take Reservations)

    Or, another entry in the ongoing Unfair Park series "Local Sports Venue Help-Wanted Ad." Texas Stadium has but one season left till it becomes Irving's Reunion Arena. Which doesn't mean it's not too late to work for Mister Jerry: Says here the joint's looking for someone to work as the coordinator a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2008
  • Blogs

    June 2, 2008

    Kicking a Dead Horse: Just Why's the City Council Trying to Save Reunion Arena, Anyway?

    Hey, take a close look at the ridiculous grand-standing going on over Reunion Arena, and then ask yourself the key question about our city council: Would I buy a used car from these guys? Led by Ron Natinsky, who's calling for a special meeting next week, and Dwaine Caraway, the majority on the cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2008

    No Security, Not Just a Bad Rolling Stones Live Album

    Brian Harkin Barack Obama, speaking Wednesday at Reunion Arena Many of you have pointed out the apparently lax security at Barack Obama' Reunion Arena rally last week. It was "non-existent," wrote Friend of Unfair Park "RR" last week, "no metal detectors, hand-helds, anything." The Fort Worth Star- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2008

    Oscar Overhaul

    If nothing else, Jon Stewart certainly ranks as one of Oscar's ... um ... sportsiest hosts. Maybe? At the risk of offending our nationally acclaimed film connoisseur, I poked around a little on all my Internets today and realized I haven’t seen any of the flicks up for Best Picture in this year’ ... More >>

  • News

    November 15, 2007

    Action Sports Take Over Dallas

    Those crazy kids have built our li'l skate rink into a huge international sport

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2007

    Rodman and Vedder, Together Again

    Maybe you've heard stories about the time Dennis Rodman "sat in" with Pearl Jam during a Dallas show in 1998. Yeah -- it really happened on July 5 of that year at Reunion Arena, if I have my dates and arenas right. Two years before he signed on as a Dallas Maverick, Rodman joined the band for some 4 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2007

    Check That, Everything Isn't Bigger In Texas

    I dunno, maybe it's because I'm all baseball-fevering out here at Rangers spring training. Or maybe I'm saving my basketball jones for the Mavs' playoff run. Whatever, I just don't have the March Madness this year. Watched some games last night at a crummy little sports bar in Peoria (where's the Fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2006

    Mavs Can't Win a Damned Thing

    If you thought things weren't going well at Reunion Arena last night, check out how triple poorly they went at the American Airlines Center, where the Maverics unveiled the Western Conference Championship banner. Kind of. Sort of. This was just before Don Nelson's Golden State Warriors took the Mavs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2006
  • Blogs

    November 2, 2006

    "Eat My Bush" and Other Likely Signs

    This is an anti-Bush rally in Salt Lake City--or about three more people than we expect to see this afternoon and Tuesday in downtown Dallas. Beleaguered by approval ratings still mired below 40 percent and a likely-probable-maybe-dunno routing by Congressional democrats, President Bush is seeking ... More >>

  • Music

    October 12, 2006

    Guitar Gospel

    Get ready for G chords and Jesus

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2006

    MILF Police Come To Town

    You guys know I try to bring you the very best in participatory journalism each week, right? You know that if I thought there was any way I could enter the search for the Hottest Mom In America TV show, I'd do it. Unfortunately, my talents are limited. I can fake a booty-shake, but I just can't fake ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2006
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    April 27, 2006
  • Calendar

    November 10, 2005
  • News

    September 8, 2005

    After the Flood

    Plus: Still Living, Wrist Slap, We Screwed Up

  • News

    March 17, 2005

    Little News

    Mayor Miller wants a casino downtown? Hmm.

  • Calendar

    December 9, 2004

    Rock 'n' Run

    Marathon men and women of White Rock

  • Calendar

    February 26, 2004

    Best in Show

    Meet the four-pawed, cold-nosed athletes of Pet Fest

  • Calendar

    January 8, 2004

    Body Talk

    Turn pound cake into beefcake

  • News

    September 26, 2002


    It's not easy selecting the Best of Dallas

  • News

    December 6, 2001

    Shut Out

    New arena to union: So long, it's been good to know you

  • Calendar

    January 4, 2001

    Monster Mash Monster Jam

  • Calendar

    February 10, 2000

    Bob Strum und drang

    The "greatness" that is Ticketstock

  • Calendar

    July 22, 1999

    It's one "ele" of a show

    Save the elephants ... from these circus costumes

  • Culture

    December 31, 1998

    Anywhere but here

    1998 was a great year for sports...just not in Dallas

  • Culture

    September 24, 1998
  • Culture

    March 19, 1998

    March Mav-ness

    Don't look a gift Bull in the mouth, but a win over Chicago doesn't mean a darned thing

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