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  posted on 6/22/2004 at 10:41 AM
Pretty interesting (or funny?) list from the Fox Theater web site:

The Fox Golden Rules



The following brief, but important article has been published to assist in
audience etiquette.

Go easy with the atomizer; many people are highly allergic to perfume and cologne.

If you bring your child, make sure etiquette is part of the experience. Children love learning new things.

Unwrap all candies and cough drops before the curtain goes up or the concert begins.

Make sure all cell phones, beepers, and watch alarms are OFF. And don't jangle the bangles.

The overture is part of the performance. Please cease talking at this point.

Note to lovebirds: When you lean your heads together, you block the view of the person behind you. Leaning forward also blocks the view.

THOU SHALT NOT TALK, or hum, or sing along, or beat time with a body part.

Force yourself to wait for a pause or intermission before rifling through a purse, backpack, or shopping bag.

Yes, the parking lot gets busy and public transportation is tricky, but leaving while the show is in progress is discourteous.

The old standby: Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.

 

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  posted on 6/22/2004 at 10:51 AM
THE FOX UNGOLDEN RULES

Go easy with the atomizer; many people are highly allergic to perfume and cologne, but not to folks who haven't taken a bath in a while.

If you bring your child, make sure etiquette is part of the experience. Children love learning new things, like watching the folks who sneak in dope or alcohol.

Unwrap all candies and cough drops before the curtain goes up or the concert begins, bongs, however, maybe unpacked at any time.

Make sure all cell phones, beepers, and watch alarms are OFF. And don't jangle the bangles, but farting, sneezing, wheezing, and incessant throat clearing are ok.

The overture is part of the performance. Please cease talking at this point.

Note to lovebirds: When you lean your heads together, you block the view of the person behind you. Leaning forward also blocks the view, however, full on love making will be acceptable. The band will rate on technique.

THOU SHALT NOT TALK, or hum, or sing along, or beat time with a body part , but orgiastic writhing is acceptable.

Force yourself to wait for a pause or intermission before rifling through a purse, backpack, or shopping bag, but if you have a dime bag, go ahead whenever the mood strikes.

Yes, the parking lot gets busy and public transportation is tricky, but leaving while the show is in progress is discourteous, unless rigor mortis sets in, then you are free to go

The old standby: Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you, but if you have the chance to get to the stage in front of Derek, run over the grandmothers at will

 

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  posted on 6/22/2004 at 10:54 AM
Welcome to the Fox! The problem is, "rock and roll" shows are few and far between--
if you check the Fox's calendar, Allison Kraus was there, Bela Fleck is coming, and the
Pixies have sold out two shows (!!) in October...other than that, it's all plays and other events...I'm sure all of you will be on your best behavior at the Fox, right?!?

 
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  posted on 6/22/2004 at 10:56 AM
Hey! If I become a volunteer usher, can I get in for free?

 

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  posted on 6/22/2004 at 11:13 AM
Yes, you can! I was an usher at the Fox for many years and saw many great shows for free, including an excellent Lou Reed show. However, you will earn your freebie! Seating rowdy, intoxicated ABB fans in the dark isn't the easiest task in the world

The Fox is like a temple to me, it was built with spiritual/religious goals in mind and it shows in every square inch of the world's most beautiful building. Treat this wonderful venue with respect so the ABB will be invited back over and over again!

 
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  posted on 6/22/2004 at 11:13 AM
One of the problems during the 70's was the fact that some of the seats were dangerous. That was before metal detectors and purse and coat searches. The FOX was a BYOB establishment. A common sight during a concert was the balcony ledge lined with Jack Daniels bottles. You know the rest of the story.....What is up will fall down...Many of the patrons during the era saw more than just the moving clouds and stars on the ceiling.
 

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  posted on 6/22/2004 at 11:21 AM
Hey Rob

I caught Genesis at the FOX in 77....great venue for sure. Had a perfect view of the band from the 8th row and the audience was very very well behaved, if not medicated

From the glass doors at the front we were able to watch and hear their soundcheck. Have they changed that?

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  posted on 6/22/2004 at 11:37 AM
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The Fox is like a temple to me, it was built with spiritual/religious goals in mind and it shows in every square inch of the world's most beautiful building. Treat this wonderful venue with respect so the ABB will be invited back over and over again!
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The FOX in Atlanta was the Yaarab Shrine Temple Mosque and headquarters before it was the FOX. It was the most ornate and expensive gathering place built in Atlanta during the 20's.
This is an incredible venue with a lot of beauty and detail. From the twinkling stars on the ceiling and clouds that move, the "Mighty Mo" organ and the famous Egyptian Ballroom where many high school proms were held .
The Georgian Terrace Hotel across the street likewise has quite a bit of history. Both places have been painstakenly restored to their former glory. During the 70's the Georgian Terrace was used as cheap apartments and downstairs was Alex Cooley's Electric Ballroom. This was the after the concert party headquarters. The hotel was condemmed in the early eighties. This hotel was the site of the cast party for "Gone With The Wind" when it opened in Atlanta at the "Lowes Grand Theatre" down the street.


[Edited on 6/22/2004 by origapch]

 

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  posted on 6/22/2004 at 11:44 AM
"the famous Egyptian Ballroom where many high school proms were held"

Including mine! Redan High School Class of 1987.

 
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  posted on 6/22/2004 at 11:52 AM
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THE FOX UNGOLDEN RULES

The old standby: Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you, but if you have the chance to get to the stage in front of Derek, run over the grandmothers at will


Just don't do it like the drunk chick at Dickeys' show Saturday night...In a thong

 

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The old standby: Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you, but if you have the chance to get to the stage in front of Derek, run over the grandmothers at will


Just don't do it like the drunk chick at Dickeys' show Saturday night...In a thong


I didn't know the sweeties were at the Dickey Show!

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[Edited on 6/22/2004 by johnwott]

 

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During the 60's the FOX was always the place where one of the neighborhood mom's took the kids to see the latest movie premere.....Winnie the Pooh......Mary Poppins....
This was quite an experience and certainly different from the theatres of today. Before the movie the "Mighty Mo" organ would rise up out of the orchestra pit and be played.
This is reported to be the most valuable organ in the world.

 

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  posted on 6/22/2004 at 12:01 PM
The most valuable organ in the world?

That could start us off in the wrong direction here!

 

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  posted on 6/22/2004 at 12:08 PM
sweeties in thongs

large organs.


This is starting to sound like a Mitchell Brothers Film.

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I nicknamed mine "Mighty Mo" and always had good luck with it -- until one young lady started calling it "Mighty Mouse." Never was the same after that ...

 

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  posted on 6/22/2004 at 12:11 PM
Here I come to save the Day!!


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  posted on 6/22/2004 at 12:14 PM
Mine's I spinet. I don't spinet as often as I used to.

 

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The most valuable organ in the world?

That could start us off in the wrong direction here!
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I can't believe it took so long for someone to pick up on that one.......I had to throw it out there. Imagine telling your friends that you saw the "Mighty Mo" organ being played by a little old man wearing a burgandy tux.

 

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  posted on 6/22/2004 at 12:31 PM
I did like the "the overture is part of the performance" part. Man I hate it when I get a show and during the quieter parts of songs, here comes the chatter. And at the risk of being labeled a sexist pig (it wouldn't be the first time! , it sure seems like it's the gals doing most of the chattering. Or maybe their voices just come through clearer than men's. Nah, on second thought, it's that "woman" thang.

 

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  posted on 6/22/2004 at 12:32 PM
What the heck does "jangle the bangles" mean?

 

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  posted on 6/22/2004 at 01:13 PM
I think "jangle the bangles" = "rattling your jewelry"--this is a hoi polloi (I know somebody will correct me on that) crowd we are talking about, for sure. I'm glad Rob can back me up when I urge you to "respect the Fox," it's a little different than it was in 1977. You WILL see grandmothers ushering, believe it or not, and the organ recently was used to play the soundtrack to the silent movie classic "Metropolis," for instance. The Fox has come a long way since rock and roll saved it in 1975, so it's a privilege that the Allmans can play here again!

And yes, Jim, you could see the show free if you volunteered to usher, except the Fox hasn't taken any new ushers in a good while, plus you have to be on "the list" which hasn't come out yet.

And no Carlos "anything goes" of coronado, you probably won't see or hear the sound check, if there is one, since they keep the curtains closed between the lobby and the
seating area.

I guess "jangle your bangles" might refer to Susannah Hoffs fans, if they want to "walk like an Egyptian" to fit in with the Fox's middle eastern decor...sorry, I had to do it.

[Edited on 6/22/2004 by patrickcrenshaw]

 
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  posted on 6/22/2004 at 01:21 PM
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I nicknamed mine "Mighty Mo" and always had good luck with it -- until one young lady started calling it "Mighty Mouse." Never was the same after that ...


File this under the "Way too much info" category....

What is all this talk about anyway? The ABB is coming to Atlanta? Is the Fox anything like the Roxy? Fuzzy's? Sounds cool!!!!

 

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  posted on 6/22/2004 at 01:42 PM
I've seen a slew of great rock acts at the Fox. Bruce Springsteen in 1978, The Rolling Stones in '81, REM, several times through the mid to late 80's, Pearl Jam in '94, Lou Reed around the same time and Lucinda Williams was last year.

The Fox is probably the best place to see a concert in the Southeast. The atmosphere is unlike any other place I've ever seen a show and the acoustics are perfect. Not a bad seat in the house and if you really want to see all of the band at work, the front of the balcony makes for better seats than down front on the floor.

You DO have to behave yourself a little differently than you would at some other places. I have seen people thrown out who were caught smoking in there. They've spent a lot of money rennovating and keeping the place in pristine condition and they do not like to see someone with a cigarette. That goes for ALL types of cigarettes. We used to spend a lot of time in the bathrooms between sets and bands for various herbal remedies. For traditional smokers, the smoking "area" is a little patio on the outside of the building that comfortably holds about fifteen people. You can imagine the scene when a few hundred tobacco starved waifs descend on it, so keep that in mind. They also will get in your sh*t if you're making a lot of unnesscessary noise or movement. But that's cool with me. I'm there for the music.

 

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  posted on 6/22/2004 at 01:45 PM
I've been privlaged to take several groups on behind the scenes, rooftop to sub basement, tours of the Fox. It is an American treasure. I've been on the catwalks above the stars. Each twinkiling light is a glass prism inserted into a hole in the plaster. If you look stage left in the forward quadrant you can see one green star. Legend has it one of the craftsmen during the finishing of the building ran out or dropped or lost the prism for that star. During the lunch break he busted a coke bottle and replaced the prism with that green glass.

A special fact about the building that fits in with ABB folklore and mythology are the mushrooms beneath the chairs. They are actually mushroom shaped intakes for the original air conditioning system that pull air down into one of the basements through a curtain of water to cool and clean the air before sending it back to the crowd.

 

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  posted on 6/22/2004 at 04:20 PM
Only been there once (Grateful Dead Nov 1980) but I wholeheartedly agree about NO CELL PHONE CALLS while the band is playing! Also no discussing work/sports/politics while the band is playing! Only have a good time while the band is playing- there's a perfectly good lobby/ restroom/hallway to do all that other stuff! People do all sorts of goofy stuff that they'd never do at the theater/movies/church while at the 'rock concert'. I'm not shy about telling people I paid good money to listen to MUSIC, not to listen to them argue with their girlfriend or whatever. Signed, OLD CURMUDGEON in MASSACHUSETTS
 
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