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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 01:52 PM
My two sons ages 8 and 10 love ABB and would like to go to a concert. I have been many times here in MA but wanted to make the trek to the beacon this year. Can kids get in there and is it a ok place to take a kid to see a show?

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 01:58 PM
I've seen plenty of kids there; usually not as young as yours. Security is much tighter that it was before MSG took over. Three years ago my 15 year old daughter fell asleep on my shoulder with a contact high. Doubt that scene would be repeated now.
 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 02:01 PM
I'm not so sure the "herb" smoke filled air would be a healthy environment for the young'uns, but they're your kids. If you do decide to take them, I'd recommend the sit down section in the Loge and Balcony, the floor is pretty packed and there ain't much crowd control going on down there.

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 02:16 PM
I agree with Slammer. I would not take my 2 kids, ages 8 and 11 to the Beacon for an ABB show. Not the kind of environment I want them them to experience regardless of their love for the ABB.

 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 02:17 PM
Consider ear protection. It's a lot louder in the Beacon than the open air venues.
 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 02:34 PM
IMO - NO

8 & 10 are not suitable for this show.

 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 02:59 PM
Thanks for the input, didn't know they still had smoking inside. They are pretty strict about that here. We have a good small outdoor place in Boston Harbor that if they returned to (I saw ABB in 2007 there) it would be fine as no smoke and not too loud.

I will hope for that or hope the ABB is still in rare form 5 to 7 years from now. As a side note, my 8 year old can tell in a matter of seconds if it Duanne or Derek based on style. Scary stuff...what have I done.

 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 03:01 PM
However, if you have seats for your kids and you won't be using them, let me know...

 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 03:03 PM
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8 & 10 are not suitable for this show.


A visit to the mens room at intermission is not an experience for innocent! Then there's having to explain the smoke in the theater, washing the spilt beer out of their Osh Koshess the next day ... They'd probably enjoy the heck out of it!

 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 03:05 PM
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8 & 10 are not suitable for this show.


A visit to the mens room at intermission is not an experience for innocent! Then there's having to explain the smoke in the theater, washing the spilt beer out of their Osh Koshess the next day ... They'd probably enjoy the heck out of it!


LOL - Geoff might get the "Coolest Dad Ever" award!

 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 03:19 PM
For what its worth, my dad first took me in 2002 when I was just shy of 12 years old. We were in the upper balcony off to the right side. The crowd is much less rowdy up there. I don't remember experiencing anything shocking.

Most memorable moment was definitely seeing the band exit after the show. We parked at the garage right across the street (never again, it took forever) and by chance were right there when they were leaving. Of course I have since learned that you can meet them before/after any Beacon show but this first time was completely unexpected.

 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 03:22 PM
Better off taking your kids to a shed show in the summer IMO.

 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 03:42 PM
I think it would be ok to take them. The loge and balcony are a different world than what goes on on the floor. And the "smoking" situation is just not much of a situation anymore. They have cracked down BIG TIME. I know from experience .
 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 03:50 PM
Took my 10 yr old son in 2007. Sat in the balcony. Stood outside the stage door before the show & saw the band. Took a trek down to the front row of the floor during intermission. Had a lot of comments how it was great that he was there & people wished they had brought their kids.

We did have a father - son chat on the way in to the show on the train. Explained to him what he may see & experience & how people make choices & they have rights to make their own choices, etc.

He wanted a t-shirt, but it just wasn't in the budget - but on the way to the subway there were the infamous $5 shirts from when I was a kid going to concerts. I broke down for the $5.

He absolutely loved it. Still has LAFE on his I-pod & regular rotation in his room.

He wants to go again this year, but it doesn't look like I'll be able to go to another show this year.

I think it has a lot to do with the maturity of the kids & how they are prepared for it.

I vote to go & experience life!

[Edited on 1/30/2009 by whrfrt9677]

 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 03:57 PM
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However, if you have seats for your kids and you won't be using them, let me know...
But only if they are front row...

 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 04:02 PM
In 1998, In the row in front of me, I saw two "older' gentlemen, maybe late 50s or early 60s. Each of them were accompanied by their sons, both in their 30s, who had brought their sons...thre boys, around 10 to 13 years old. They were all having a great time, even the youngsters. It showed how music transends age. It really made me smile. I was there with my 16 year old son.
The crowd was very mellow that night. I had 10th row seats, and no one spilled beer, or tried to sit in our seats.

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 04:15 PM
i think its fine as long as you are OK having your children exposed to weed and alcohol. As for alcohol, it is at sporting events so I dont think it is an issue. Weed is a personal decision and depends on the parent IMO. You know there will be plenty of smoke in the Beacon, that a given. I took my son at about 14 and he enjoyed the show a great deal, been coming every since. He is now 20.
 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 04:19 PM
I'm gonna take my 28 and 30 year olds i think they are old enough....

 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 04:23 PM
By 14 or 16, kids have been exposed to a lot. I think 8 or 10 is a bit young for this environment. But I did have a fun moment years back with my then 14 year old daughter, who had been going to ABB field shows since she was 4-1/2. Some "cool" dude behind us asked if her if this was her first concert. When she shot back this is my 9th or 10th ABB show, he shut up.

 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 06:13 PM
i think it's a little intense of a scene for an 8 year old. a 10 year, sure. but i think an outdoor show is much more appropriate. having all of that energy contained within a small venue makes the event too intense for some adults, let alone kids.

i wouldn't be able to relax. i'd be constantly aware of the surroundings and not focused on the music.

i say, take them to a shed this summer and enjoy the beacon with your friends.

 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 06:41 PM
Seems preety young to me. As we all know there can be some real boneheads at shows.

I went to a Roger Waters show in Toronto a couple years back with 14 year old nephew and Bro-in law before walking into show I asked my bro-in law if he talked to my nephew about what he was about to see and he said no. After I stopped laughing we discussed the fact there will be things going on in show he will not understand, people acting like goons, drunks passed out in their seats, drugs, etc.

Well preety well everything we discussed with him happened that night. I guaranteed him someone would pass out within 15 minutes of show start and someone did, someone passed a joint his way which he declined with class, folks were kicked out of show for being idiots. We had a blast and we even stated he might be hungrier then usual after the show and he was. It was a great time.

 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 06:52 PM
I started taking my son to shows with me when he was 15...he is 19 now and he goes to more shows than i do these days ...he goes to a lot of the less expensive shows in the city and goes to the expensive ones with me !.....we have a blast when we go together
 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 07:06 PM
8 and 10? I would say NO. Too loud, too smokey and simply too adult. Maybe on the lawn at a summer show.
 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 07:47 PM
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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 07:53 PM
I would agree with the "No" crowd on this.... Treat them to Moogis instead.

 

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