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  posted on 3/8/2009 at 06:21 AM
This could be a fun thread to warm up for the Beacon and who knows, maybe even achieve a little improvement if the right people read it and reflect for a moment (doubt it, but anyway).

Although there is nothing I love more than hitting the Beacon run every year, I am always continually surprised by the level of meat-heads I run in to at these shows - small minority they are, but still a massive impact.

Anyone care to share some entertaining stories?

In 2007 two guys actually stopped me from approaching the stage on the floor despite having no affiliation with the theatre or band. They said they were "guarding the stage" it or some such nonsense. They tried to claim they were affiliated with the band by dropping a few names but my buddy, who works with a lot of bands, asked them about some of the guys who work with the ABB saying that they didn't seem like the type of people to post two random dudes in the 20th row to "guard the stage" and it quickly became clear that their game was to essentially get in people's faces and threaten violence for the purpose of telling people they were "in with the band."
Even though they weren't.
We went down to the stage the next aisle over where, like everywhere else in the Beacon, no one cared at all.
A bigger pair of dopes I have never encountered.


 
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  posted on 3/8/2009 at 10:54 AM
Were your seats down by the stage ????????????

 

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  posted on 3/8/2009 at 11:38 AM
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Were your seats down by the stage ????????????


exactly the point--well,at least for moogis only my kids could try to push me outta my seat...or my wife could lower the music

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  posted on 3/8/2009 at 01:47 PM
My Beacon experiences have been generally good, even with security over the past couple of years. 5 -6 years ago my then boyfriend and I knew about the Beacon run but had not attended. We decided to give it a try. I picked up tickets for opening night, we got two tix in the middle of the VERY LAST Balcony row, stage right. We didn't know the vibe or the family and when we got in there we kinda thought our night might suck. The view was not good, the people were kinda reserved. Then the lights went down, the entire place was lighting up, the band was going crazy. Because we were in the last row we all stood up on our seats and danced the night away. We got very friendly will all of our wonderful neighbors and shared the drinks and the love. It was fantastic. That night and all of the great people involved changed my life.

 

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  posted on 3/8/2009 at 05:54 PM
Weekend of 6th March 98. My only Beacon trip. I had a buddy on the Brothers crew, a great guy I'd worked on a couple of tours with. My friend walks the 3 of us in through the backstage entrance only to walk into a disbelieving....and clearly disapproving tour mystic. Anyway, this was smoothed over, maybe with the explanation that "these 3 limeys have travelled across the pond for this show" Not sure. However, we found ourselves watching from behind the lighting console.
Really enjoyed the show. Now as I remember it, Dickey wasn't having a great night early on. Here is the set-list

1. Statesboro Blues
2. What's Done Is Done
3. I'm Not Crying
4. Ramblin' Man
5. Stand Back
6. Hot 'Lanta
7. Seven Turns
Set II:
Acoustic:
8. Pony Boy
9. Everyday
10. Midnight Blues
11. Come On In My Kitchen
12. Melissa
Electric:
13. One Way Out
14. Dreams
15. You Don't Love Me
16. End Of The Line
17. Nobody Knows
Encore:
18. No One To Run With

Standing where we were I could see the set list and following "Seven Turns" we were in line for BWIAB and one other tune (that I can't recall) to close out the first set. Driving me nuts because I still have that list somewhere but can't find it. So... they take an early break, come back out and really tear it up.
Now I haven't heard this show since. so this is just how I remember things 11 years ago and as much as I was gutted not to hear BWIAB that night, I was truly blown away by the "Blue Sky" I heard 2 nights later.

Mar 8, 1998 (Sun) The Allman Brothers Band Beacon Theatre New York, New York
1. Black Hearted Woman
2. Sailin' 'Cross The Devil's Sea
3. I'm Not Crying
4. Blue Sky
5. Mean Woman Blues
6. True Gravity
Set II:
Acoustic:
7. Pony Boy
8. Weep and Moan
9. Judgement Day
10. Come On In My Kitchen
11. Melissa
Electric:
12. One Way Out
13. Don't Want You No More
14. It's Not My Cross To Bear
15. Jessica
Encore:
16. Nobody Knows
17. No One To Run With















 

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  posted on 3/8/2009 at 06:10 PM
people are stupid
 

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  posted on 3/8/2009 at 06:32 PM
On Beacon Opening Night in '07 Tuesday my ticket was first row of Upper Balc - Row FF. But just as the show started, I saw a BIG (300+ lb) guy - on crutches! - trying to make it to his seat in the lower balc. He was clearly having difficulty getting down the stairs. So I offered to trade and he gladly accepted. It turns out he was Row A, seat 7!! Way cool!


 

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  posted on 3/8/2009 at 06:40 PM
I heard (read) once about some classy person who wet their pants (seat)



My fondest memories were 99/2000 (five shows total)

Joe Dan Petty coming to the edge of the stage to accommodate a fan after the show

Dickey singing "The Good Times, They don't Fade away"

Hanging out with Bud Snyder (FOH)

Meeting Sue from NY

before the gigs...

Lana @ The Gin Mill

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  posted on 3/8/2009 at 07:45 PM
I have a few stories of folks who can't hold their alcohol but won't go into that again. One thing I would like to mention ... people who stand in the side aisles and block the view of folks in wheel chairs. If you're standing in that area please check to see who might be behind you

I think one of the cutest moments was a guy running down the aisle with a beer in each hand yelling to his buddy "Hurry up the cartoons are starting" That made me smile

Another year many runs ago, a first timer asked if she could put her head on my lap due to smokiness and lack of oxygen in our section, lol ... Her last words were something like "What do they do, pump it in through the vents?"

 

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  posted on 3/8/2009 at 08:06 PM
What happens at the Beacon stays at the Beacon.....unless it is broadcast on Moogis.......

 

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  posted on 3/8/2009 at 08:30 PM
In 2007 I bought two tickets in Balc. My buddy couldn't make it so I tried to sell my extra on the street (face value of course). In my travels around the Beacon, I met up with a woman who was also trying to sell an extra, except hers was in second row, BB, right in front of Greg! Well, as it was getting near show time and neither one of us had any luck, she just handed me the ticket and told me she was going in and that I was welcome to ticket. So I was in the second row! What a great show! I wish I could find her to thank her again! Where are you?
 

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  posted on 3/8/2009 at 08:55 PM
I used to record with a mini cassette-corder at my seat (not anymore due to the change in recording technology), with earphones on in order to hear how things sound. After the tune "WORRIED DOWN WITH THE BLUES" (3/14/02) I heard a security guard yelling at two juvenile delinquents sitting in front of me. Apparently the two were flicking lighted cigarette butts off the balcony into the crowd below.


The security guard's tirade was all caught and preserved on tape:

"If you throw cigarette butts over there I'm gonna throw you over there
(the balcony).... do you understand me??!! Don't do it again or your ass is out of here!!!"

You gotta hear the tirade it's quite funny, but man he was serious!! I hope the juvies learned their lesson about courtesy towards the fans below!!

 

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  posted on 3/8/2009 at 11:37 PM


[Edited on 3/15/2010 by MyInnerEyeMike]

 

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  posted on 3/9/2009 at 09:17 AM
The first year my wife and I went in 97 we had the 2 zz row tickets in the orchestra. About 10 minutes before the show a guy comes up to us and asks us if he could trade seats with him and his 10 year old son. They were in row A on the right and the volume was too loud. That was with the old sound system and it was LOUD. Could not here for a couple of days but great seats.
 

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  posted on 3/9/2009 at 09:41 AM
the beer Nazi.....

2004...i get a wild hare...call JP Vancura and tell him about the Beacon ( we have never been at this point)..since our birthdays are both in March , we do it..grab tix , jump on a plane and go...the story of the DAY in NYC will be told another time but at the Beacon, we are seated in the Loge, stage right..

we come back to our seats after grabing a beer to find this guy there...



he yells at us for buying "Beacon Beer" and tells us that we need to buy our beer from him, cheap...

turns out he was selling Bud, one six pack at a time and climbing down the fire escape and running to the liqour store to reload...( we watched him climb down and up)...

people were cheering him on...I look at the stage, (derek RIPPING), look at the dude and start laughing..

i looked at JP and said "dude,we are in New York City"...

 

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This could be a fun thread to warm up for the Beacon and who knows, maybe even achieve a little improvement if the right people read it and reflect for a moment (doubt it, but anyway).

Although there is nothing I love more than hitting the Beacon run every year, I am always continually surprised by the level of meat-heads I run in to at these shows - small minority they are, but still a massive impact.

Anyone care to share some entertaining stories?


In 2007 two guys actually stopped me from approaching the stage on the floor despite having no affiliation with the theatre or band. They said they were "guarding the stage" it or some such nonsense. They tried to claim they were affiliated with the band by dropping a few names but my buddy, who works with a lot of bands, asked them about some of the guys who work with the ABB saying that they didn't seem like the type of people to post two random dudes in the 20th row to "guard the stage" and it quickly became clear that their game was to essentially get in people's faces and threaten violence for the purpose of telling people they were "in with the band."
Even though they weren't.
We went down to the stage the next aisle over where, like everywhere else in the Beacon, no one cared at all.
A bigger pair of dopes I have never encountered.




Just to show we all have different standards of acceptability..... I really don't like all the people who have so called "bad seats" and think they have the right to be up at the stage.... where did you earn that right? and to block peoples view who did get better seats? To each their own.....

 

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  posted on 3/9/2009 at 10:17 AM
Holy crap ! I recognize that guy. I think he stands out front yelling " Who's got my miracle !!??" every show. And I always see him inside by the end of the night. He's a piece of work. 2004... old beacon. If you knew the right folks you could procure beer in cans for cheap. Funny stuff. That would get you thrown in the tombs these days.

As me and my bro were walking toward the theatre for Levon Helm on Friday , we were lamenting the loss of the P&G and The Bear bar. My bro said, " yeah eventually they'll be 3 bars on the block owned by Dolan and it will be easier for them to lock everyone up." Pretty funny.

I recall being on this site during the 2007 run and the first week hearing complaints about the crowd. I was actually a bit tweaked about taking my wife to her first beacon show. I had visions of needing brass nuckles to fight off the meat heads. Well... we had a fanstastic time. No hassles at all. Very cool polite crowd on Friday night none the less. I think some posters need some cheese with their whine about what can go on at a rock concert.

Anybody recall the " Standing room " years ? in the late 90's you could walk up and buy standing room seats which meant sitting on the lodge or balcony stairs on the packed nights. Mayhem often ensued with people with legit seats stumbling over people on the stairs. Even with occasional hassles. i never had a bad time in that place.

Just wait to you lucky folks see the restoration !

 

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  posted on 3/9/2009 at 10:24 AM
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Just to show we all have different standards of acceptability..... I really don't like all the people who have so called "bad seats" and think they have the right to be up at the stage.... where did you earn that right? and to block peoples view who did get better seats? To each their own.....
Gotta agree here - especially when they start shoving you while you are attempting to enjoy the show from seats you purchased.

 

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Just to show we all have different standards of acceptability..... I really don't like all the people who have so called "bad seats" and think they have the right to be up at the stage.... where did you earn that right? and to block peoples view who did get better seats? To each their own.....


I agree Bird

 

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  posted on 3/9/2009 at 10:35 AM
I don't wanna think about the bad scenes and annoying audience members today. Just wanna think positive happy thoughts!!! (But if you're looking for tales of woe, I seem to remember Effie (Dadof2) had the worst story from the 07 run, as I recall... )

I'm sure the war stories will filter in as the week progresses but for now, I want to hover blissfully on the cusp of an unsullied month of musical madness!

 

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  posted on 3/9/2009 at 10:43 AM
Blissfully happy here, too, Pete! And you are correct - Effie's 2007 shows produced some doozie audience stories!

 

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