What happened to concerts?  

BenefitsFriend69 57M/60F
1008 posts
8/21/2005 3:02 pm

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

What happened to concerts?

I live in Colorado, and until recently adored going to Red Rocks and Fiddlers Green for concerts.

Only July 4, some buddies and I had general admission tickets to see Blues Traveler at Red Rocks. We tailgated, had a great early PM and got to the front of the line. When we went inside, we were thrilled to find that the first 25 rows were general admission!! We sat in the second row and were close enough to feel the sweat flyin’ from the players.

By the time the second band came on, it was staring to get dark, and we could smell that familiar smell of people lighting up in the stadium. Ahhh.. Well, when we lit up, the little penis-head fuck-nose wanna-be cop security guard came running up to us, shaking his finger, telling us NO SMOKING, NO SMOKING! I said, dude, the whole freakin’ place is smoking! “You want a ticket?” --Insert cop don’t fuck with me attitude here, good thing I’m white (on the outside anyway lol) or who knows where I woulda ended up.-- Well, since he could see us, he could hassle us, so every time we tried to light up there he was, running up two rows like he was important. They also carded me every time I got a beer. I’m 46 fuckin years old. So, every time we wanted a toke or the cig smokers wanted a cig, they had to go to the “smoking” area.

Last Friday, I went with a buddy to see James Taylor at Fiddlers green. On the way in, my buddy was drinking a slushie, and they made him finish it before he could go in (all beverages except water controlled so you can pay $5 for a Coke). Everywhere I looked, there was an authority figure waiting to do something besides stand there. Everything was scrubbed squeaky clean. They were all dressed in their pretty little uniforms to make sure that no one had too much fun. At Fiddlers, there’s a huge grass area (the green) that’s usually the general admission area. It was packed, so we stood at the top of the stairs to the side and were be-boppin around to the music. Swoosh! Three security guards. You can’t stand on the stairs! “Well the green is full.” You can’t stand on the stairs, would you like to be removed? Needless to say, I didn’t even think about firing up the one-hitter. So, I decided to go get a beer. Hey, what’s that, an Avalanche (local brew pub beer, great stuff). Cool! I’ll have one of those please (draft, 12 ounce). That’ll be $9. $9?? For one freakin brew?? “Yes sir, it’s considered a “premium” beer.” Premium? It’s brewed 2 hours away! Well, how much is the Rocky Mountain piss water (Coors)?. $7. Holy guacamole.. At another one of my trips to Fiddlers a few years ago to see Depeche Mode, some hippies were rolling down the hill on the green before the show. 15 cops were there before they got to the bottom.

I remember going to concerts in the 70’s. Now THAT was fun. And I don’t remember anyone getting hurt… Sigh.. Sign of the times? I don’t wanna go to any more concerts. I have Santana tickets at Red Rocks for the 28th of September. It may be my last one.


rm_saintlianna 45F
15466 posts
8/22/2005 12:13 am

I got screwed out of the 70's. I was born in 71 and had to spend my teenage years in the 80's. woo hoo.


rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
8/22/2005 6:56 pm

I recall bringing in a bucket of KFC with a pint of Jack in the middle of it to a Skynyrd concert.
YeeHaw.
I think that's the night we drove around the DC beltway about four times on the way home because
we were too stoned to find the exit


BenefitsFriend69 57M/60F

8/23/2005 7:33 am

jayR--a woman after my own heart... I wonder if there are any venues left that you can actually have FUN at? I got in a fight with a woman friend of mine over this. She has tickets to Earth Wind and Fire (and Chicago) at Red Rocks Thursday. After last Friday's episode at Fiddlers I decided I didn't wanna go. She got all huffy about "what about my rights as a non-smoker?" Well hell, it's outside. Anyway.. I rant.. lol


ruready4adark1 56M

8/26/2005 8:08 pm

This takes me back. Waaaay back. I think it was the 70s when I saw Pink Floyd at Foxboro Stadium (Massachusetts) tripping off my ass. We partied for 4 hours before the show in the parking lot ($10 per car) and all the beer was free. All you had to do was look thirsty and someone was handing you a brew. The smoke was so thick I think they cancelled flights into Logan airport about 30 miles away, and the show was so good we stayed and partied for 4 hours after the show when the kicked us out. No cops in the parking lot at all. We walked in with whatever we wanted. What a time to grow up. Correction, what a time to live. We didn't grow up.


BenefitsFriend69 57M/60F

8/27/2005 8:15 am

This confirms it ru--we're twins, separated at birth. I have lots of similar experiences from the 70's. The entire stadium parking lot being filled with people camping from the night before. The only reason cops were anywhere was just in case of violence or "real" crime. And I don't remember any violence, ever, because everyone was so loved, it just didn't happen. The "authorities" let people have fun and were in the background to make sure no one got hurt.

What happened? Guess I missed it...


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