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  posted on 5/12/2005 at 01:07 PM
...you could camp out in order to be first in line for great tickets to concerts?

I remember seeing the Allman Brothers Band were to perform in Atlanta at the Fox Theater in Nov '81. I believe it was late September when the tickets went on sale. I had just transferred to the University of Georgia and I couldn't think of anything else I wanted more in my life than to be front/center at The Brothers in Georgia at the Fox Theater. Ironically enough, I had tickets to see them in Texas on two previous occassions. Both those shows got cancelled and were never rescheduled, so, this was actually my first time ever seeing them live in person.

I believe Ticketmaster or Ticketron or some entity like that was controlling ticket sales at this time, but, we figured there is no way we'd get good seats after doing rapid re-dial on the phone once the tickets are released for sale to the public. Also, I think I remember that box office tickets used to go on sale before phone sales. So, me and a bud hop in a car and trek the 60 some-odd miles west from Athens to Atlanta. We get there about 8p the night before the tix go on sale and come to find out that we are #2 in line.

Those of you familiar with Atlanta/Peachtree Street/The Fox Theater know that it is located directly across the street from the Agora Ballroom (formerly Alex Cooley's Electric Ballroom) which later became a disco (I think) and I don't know what is there these days. As we pull up we notice a couple of tour buses w/ the name David Allen Coe on them parked on Ponce De Leon Ave. the buses were also accompanied by several un-attended motorcycles. "Cool" we thought. DAC is playing across the street, but, there is no way we are going to give up our primo spot in line. Someone had posted a sign up sheet on the ticket office window, but, we still were pretty leary about giving up our spot.

Now, we two fresh faced youthful college kids began making friends with others who began to trickle in to camp out in line with us. Eventually, we were invited to inhale some of Columbia's finest export, and I'm not talking about coffee, by a fellow Enlightened Rogue whose hair was significantly longer than ours. Being the carfree spirits we were, we followed our escort to a parked van in the Bell South Building parking lot adjacent to the Fox.

After a few minutes of enjoying the company and hospitality of our new best friend, we were startled by a pounding on the sliding door. The lively conversation instantly turned to silence as we, in our altered state, each began to go through scenarios of just who would be wanting to crash our "party". Pulling ourselves together and, I'm sure, each of us convinced that we could fool anyone that we were nothing but stone-cold sober - opened the van door to the figure of one of Atlanta's finest.

Now, had I actually had the ability to perform an out-of-body experience at this time, I envision a scene not unsimilar to the one in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" where the door opens and a waft of smoke wavers out of the van, to be followed by the individuals who - oh lets just say - got what they came for. Of course, being the three friendly sorts that we are, we immediatley greet our newest guest with "Hello Officer" (as in "and what a lovely night it is, don't you think?"). Of course, given our current state of being, it didn't dawn on us until a few seconds later that there was a possibility we were going to be provided different accomodations soon. However, after our salutation, we three sat there waiting for a response from the officer, in kind.

Instead our valiant hero, sworn to protect and serve, began to inform us that several members of the Georgia Chapter of the Outlaws motorcycle club were in attendance at the venue across the street from us. No doubt enjoying themselves at the David Allen Coe concert as he went on to inform us. We were asked if we were, in fact, part of the clique keeping vigil at the Fox Theater Box Office. We responded in the affirmative after first having to take a couple of seconds to remember just "why were we here in the first place?"

Our keeper of the public peace proceeded to ask us if we wouldn't mind keeping to ourselves as they had no idea what to expect from the members of the motorcycle social club once the show at the Agora let out. My naivete` was not quickly exposed so as a result I was not fearful. Up to that point, the only Outlaws I'd ever heard of included Hughie Thomasson, Billy Jones & Henry Paul.

Being mostly law-abiding citizens up to this point, we readily agreed to comply with the request put upon us. Having completed our succesful negotiation, and the environs returned to the original state (closing the van door), we decided it might be a good idea to wait a little while before celebrating the deal we had just brokered with a powerful official of the City of Atlanta.

Of course, by virtue of the fact that I am writing this post I'm sure you can guess that the rest of the evening proceeded un-eventful. A regular win-win situation - Hazah! We rode out the rest of the evening being greeted by one of the most obnoxious and rudest ticket staff members the Fox could employ once the box office opened. Vowing to be un-deterred of my goal, I proposed a transaction involving the "best available" two seats. Eventually, I was provided with seats on the 8th row. Now, I was #2 in line and granted the seats were in the center, but the 8th row is the closest I could get? Music biz scum must have gobbled up the first 7 rows for freebies when I was willing to pay top dollar - or at least top dollar in the context of a college kids income capabilities. But, more importantly, how was I going to get one of Dickey's guitar picks on the 8th row? I mean it's Dickey Betts and not Nolan Ryan for chrissake? How was I going to get one of Butch's drumsticks back that far? God love the man, but I had no idea if he can chuck one out there...If I'm on the 8th row, how on earth is Gregg gonna see out from the glare of the spotlight that far and recognize me as the greates fan in the universe, invite me up on stage and begin to shower me with gifts and accolades for attending this concert? Would I actually be close enough to see sweat beading up on them, or would they be figures in a haze that I would only recognize by their voices...you see my concern don't you?

Yet, with my bounty in hand, I slowly retreated noticing the tickets read "Allman Brothers Band November 20, 1981. Special Guest TBA". I had resigned myself to the fact that I would have to do the best I can with what I got.

The seconds, minutes, hours, days & weeks that happened in between that moment and the actual day of the concert are inconsequential. Upon my triumphant return to the scene of, what to that point had been, my two most succesful arbitrations - we were greeted by the opening act of - David Allen Coe. Don't know if the Outlaws were there - the band or the social motorcycle club. But we had a good time. Sneaking in a few Mickey's Big Mouth Malt Liquors - the adult beverage of our choice at that time to consume during the course of the show. And despite any personal opinion I may have about hearing a synthesizer during "Whipping Post", I still recall jubilant exhileration at attending my first concert by the Allman Brothers Band.

I will be the first to admit, I can't spin a tale like Hophead, but, if any of you have stories about camping out for tickets or seats at a concert - post 'em here. I'd love to read them. I wonder if my old "mysterious" friend who owned the van OR the Atlanta police officer happen to belong to this community? I could care less if the Fox Ticket agent is.

[Edited on 5/12/2005 by hoffcl]

 
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  posted on 5/12/2005 at 01:13 PM
I remember that and as a middle school kid I camped out to see Garth Brooks and did not get tickets but had a blast in the parking lot woohoo, Now I show up at 9:15 to get in the lottery.

 

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  posted on 5/12/2005 at 01:29 PM
"Mickey's Big Mouth Malt Liquors "

i used to love those things!

great story - thanks for posting.

 

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  posted on 5/12/2005 at 01:40 PM
I postd this in another thread, but I thought it would be more appropriate here. I remember very well camping our for plenty of shows.

I remember as an avid concert goer in the 70's you could get tickets to shows like this for between $8-$12.

I remember getting Led Zepplin tickets in 1977 for like $15, which seemed outrageous at the time.

I went with about 4 of my buddies to buy tickets at the Superdome in New Orleans the morning they went on sale at like 9 am.

Back then there was no buying them over the phone or online as there was no Internet, you had to go in person to get them. I remember we went in a friends van and camped out in the parking lot until the line started forming and then slept in line to get tickets.

The limit was 8 tickets a piece and that is what we all bought. It cost me like $120 for the 8, which was a lot of money for me back then. I turned around and sold 6 of the 8 for at least double the money.

We were all ready to go to see Zepplin as they were playing on a Saturday night and we were heading over on Friday and staying all weekend. We had gotten rooms at the Days Inn not far from the Superdome and was going to make a great weekend of it.

It was like Thursday night and I was getting my things together and packing when I heard the tragic news on the radio, that Robert Plant's son Karac had died from a stomach infection. Needless to say LZ canceled the rest of their tour that year, so I never got to see LZ.

I remember calling my buddies and they all thought I was kidding around with them, but sadly I wasn't. I think Brent Sibley was going with us to that show?

 

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  posted on 5/12/2005 at 02:05 PM
There was some rockers son that died choking on a piece of charcol, always thought it was Plant's...Thanks for clearing that up.

[Edited on 5/12/2005 by TanDan]

 

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  posted on 5/13/2005 at 01:17 PM
Great story hoffcl.I remember those days well.Back in the late 70s or early 80s(I'd have to find the stub for the exact date)ABB was playing a show at Rutgers college.Tickets went on sale for the students(not me) on one day,and the general public(that was me) the next.I went to the Ticketron in Grand Central Station at 10:00 the night before and was 1st in line.

At about 2:00a.m. I was still the only person there when they,littlle to my prior knowledge,shut down the terminal until 5:00.After wandering Penn Station and other parts of Manhattan,I returned at 5:00 and was still the 1st person in line.

People slowly started trickling in and by the time they opened the windows,there were about 600 people on line.The kicker?I got my 4 tickets,the person behind me got her 4 tickets.All other tickets were sold out from the day before.

I didn't stick around all those angry people for too long.

 

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  posted on 5/13/2005 at 02:03 PM
I camped out at Turtles in Smyrna, the Turtles in Athens when I was in school here (81-82), Peaches on Peachtree St. and way back long ago at the Rich's Dept Store at Cobb Center in Smyrna (where I had a credit card specifically to buy Tickets to shows) I met all sorts of folks, shared food, blankets, pot and beer with all of them. Those were the good old days for sure LOL Thanks for bringing good memories to mind today :-)

It was cool to see those same folks months later at the shows too. :-)



[Edited on 5/13/2005 by musichick3]

 

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  posted on 5/13/2005 at 02:18 PM
Man, hoffcl, your recall is astonishing. There is no way I could remember that kind of stuff.

Ironic note: You know, Warren was in David Allen Coe's band for awhile. You might have seen the future of the ABB in that opening act.

 

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  posted on 5/13/2005 at 02:47 PM
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Man, hoffcl, your recall is astonishing. There is no way I could remember that kind of stuff.

Ironic note: You know, Warren was in David Allen Coe's band for awhile. You might have seen the future of the ABB in that opening act.


I guess there's always something special about "your first time" that helps it stick in your memory for longer...I don't recall if Warren was playing in DAC's band at the gig or not; however it is listed in the Live Show Database...what I do remember is that the whole band, including DAC himself, came out in grey prison jumpers with a big ol' confederate battle flag draped over the Marshall's...

Postscript #1 - in some of my supressed memory from that experience, I recall hearing that Dickey Betts was at the Agora show that night we camped out for tickets and, he asked DAC to come back to Atlanta to open that show for them...I think if you look at the live show database you'll find that was the only show that he did, in fact, play with them...I don't remember where/when/how I heard this, but, it sure does add a little more romance to the story, eh?

 

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  posted on 5/13/2005 at 02:53 PM
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I camped out at Turtles in Smyrna, the Turtles in Athens when I was in school here (81-82), Peaches on Peachtree St. and way back long ago at the Rich's Dept Store at Cobb Center in Smyrna (where I had a credit card specifically to buy Tickets to shows) I met all sorts of folks, shared food, blankets, pot and beer with all of them. Those were the good old days for sure LOL Thanks for bringing good memories to mind today :-)

It was cool to see those same folks months later at the shows too. :-)
[Edited on 5/13/2005 by musichick3]


I remember the Turtles on Peachtree! I have two photographs, one of Gregg & one of Dickey that I hang in my office that I bought at that place back around '81...I also remember when I first went to that store seeing the hand/foot prints (ala Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood) in concrete outside the front of the store...Man, I studied all of them much like a country bumpkin on his first trip to the big city....I wonder what they did with all those once they closed up that store and tore it down...

Remember how cool the Turtles peaches crates were for records? I used to have about 6-7 of them.

 

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  posted on 5/13/2005 at 02:53 PM
From Warren's bio on the Mule's website:

By the time he was 20, Haynes had a solid performance background and his guitar playing was starting to turn heads. He had gained the attention of country singer/songwriter David Allan Coe, who brought Haynes into his fold. In all, Haynes appeared on nine of Coe's albums and he toured with Coe throughout America and Europe for four years. When Coe's band opened for The Allman Brothers Band at Atlanta's Fox Theater in 1981, Dickey Betts joined them for a few songs. It was a chance meeting that ultimately changed Haynes life.

Dude, you were there seeing history being made and didn't even know it!


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  posted on 5/13/2005 at 03:08 PM
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From Warren's bio on the Mule's website:

By the time he was 20, Haynes had a solid performance background and his guitar playing was starting to turn heads. He had gained the attention of country singer/songwriter David Allan Coe, who brought Haynes into his fold. In all, Haynes appeared on nine of Coe's albums and he toured with Coe throughout America and Europe for four years. When Coe's band opened for The Allman Brothers Band at Atlanta's Fox Theater in 1981, Dickey Betts joined them for a few songs. It was a chance meeting that ultimately changed Haynes life.

Dude, you were there seeing history being made and didn't even know it!


damn! how cool is that???

 

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  posted on 5/13/2005 at 03:11 PM
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From Warren's bio on the Mule's website:

By the time he was 20, Haynes had a solid performance background and his guitar playing was starting to turn heads. He had gained the attention of country singer/songwriter David Allan Coe, who brought Haynes into his fold. In all, Haynes appeared on nine of Coe's albums and he toured with Coe throughout America and Europe for four years. When Coe's band opened for The Allman Brothers Band at Atlanta's Fox Theater in 1981, Dickey Betts joined them for a few songs. It was a chance meeting that ultimately changed Haynes life.

Dude, you were there seeing history being made and didn't even know it!


damn! how cool is that???


Darn those Mickey Big Mouth's

I don't remember how many I had that night - but it was definetly more than a few...I was alot skinnier in those days and had ample room in my coat for storage...

 

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  posted on 5/13/2005 at 03:20 PM
I was at that 11/81 ABB show. I think that's the only time after his death that they played on Duanes Birthday. Gregg dedicated Straight From the Heart to him.

I have lot's of camp out stories but I love this one cause it reminds me of Victory. Did alot of camping out for tix in my youth and the lawman didn't bother anyone for the longest time. But then the Richs, the Turtles all theTicket places started complaining about all the hippies and at some point places quit allowing that. came up with lists, random drawing and other BS.

Also in Atlanta we wanted to go see Bob Seger & his Silver Bullets. An Omni show for which we tried to camp out but the law man kept running everybody off. He said return at 6:00 am tomorrow. Naturally at 6:00 the next morning there was a slow, orderly, safe procession of vehicles headed toward the Turtles record store (that still sold records by the way) NOT. It was chaos and dangerous. We got nose bleed seats. And we had stayed up all night driving around parking other places hoping that the man would go away. he didn't.

They announced a second show to go on sale the next day. We tried again, knowing the rules hoping to do better. We got 3/4 of the way back on the floor. Better but not good enough. We now have 2 nights invested with no sleep and they announce a 3rd show. Fortunatley at that age I could still come upwith a good idea at 48 hrs & no sleep.

We went to bed and got up at 5:30 a.m. had my buddies wife drive us over to the Turtles and pull in BEHIND the strip mall and dropped us off. She pulls around and is intercpeted by the lawman who makes her leave but doesn't know we were deposited outback. At 5:55 when the flood of vehicles came rushing down from 3 directions at very high speeds for a parking lot we just walked around the corner to claim the 1st place in line. TAADAAHH!

AND even with 48 zillion ticket locations in the Atlanta area we still scored front row center! Went all 3 nights with increasingly better seats.

He probably wasn't even born yet, but as Chris Rock would say today F@#K THE POLICE!

Sorry about that. I really do have the utmost respect for most law enforcemnt agencies.

 

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  posted on 5/13/2005 at 03:39 PM

Nice story, hoffcl!

 

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  posted on 5/13/2005 at 03:45 PM
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I was at that 11/81 ABB show.



Remember me? I was the guy in the middle of 8th row that everyone behind kept yelling at to "sit down"!

 
 


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