If you are like every Metal fan that I’ve come to know over the years then you most likely have a pile of used ticket stubs stashed in a drawer somewhere in your house or one very overstuffed envelope with the same such contents. The pile exists based on your diligence in keeping the ticket stub for any and all of the events you attended safe and sound until you got home so you could place it with its new brothers and sisters. Some of these warriors fail to make it home from the battle of music and alcohol or others fly off to the winds as we search other things in our pockets yet through it all we try our best to know exactly where they are before the clothes go in the wash. Each of these trinkets hold a special place in your heart and I am willing to bet that if you browsed through them on any given day you would have a story or a particular memory that revolved around the show that it originated from. This little Blog is an effort to offer you some suggestions about how to turn them into something worthy of admiration because this stashed pile has been all too long hidden and should once again become part of your life. It might even spark Blogs and stories of your own and cause you to sit with friends and reminisce on the shows and times long gone. So get some paper and a pencil and take notes as necessary for Professor KP now moves from the Music Channel to something more akin to the Arts. Consider this a PiercingMetal.com PSA.
The first idea is to set them up into some sort of binder or photo album and the aspect of doing this does come off by definition as “scrap booking”, for our purposes the intent is a little more regal and powerful like the music we are focused on. We are presenting the means of accessing some of the worlds greatest shows to the world once again so let’s keep a strong and stern “The Ticket Book” as our working title. Now there might already be thousands of you who are way ahead of me on this but my deciding to do this myself leads me to increase the power of suggestion among you acolytes to the cause. I just decided to do one when a large amount of free time made its way to me (on this I shall say no more), so since I had been only beginning the music journalism and was not as consumed with it I had another little avenue to set this thing up.
The necessary ingredients for the recipe are found in Staples, and these include:
* A decent sized binder
* Those clear plastic sheets that hold one sheet in tight and not a mass amount of pages.
* A reasonable amount of your favored color construction paper, and since we are dealing in realms Metal here lets move with good old Black.
* Scotch tape helps as well and you need a fair amount of it.
Once you have all these things the sense of order and organization is up to you on how you put it together. Here are my recommendations.
1. Set It Up Oldest To Newest: See how it looks historically from the oldest show to the most recent – this is the common way to do it and it makes for more fun to retrace your concert adventuring past from your earliest memories to the ones that just might have happened.
2. Set It Up By Band: If you are one of those people who followed a band everywhere and as result have dozens more of their concert stubs you might want to make a section devoted solely to them. Using the Internet I am sure you could find some legacy posters for tours and with a decent color printer can make some nice start pages for ticket stubs for the particular tour. The especially applies if you only go to see this one particular band. I had friends who would only to go see The Grateful Dead or Dave Matthews Band if it came to concerts and they would travel hundreds of miles for any gig that they were doing.
3. Set it up by Venue: The least common thing is setting it up by Venue attended. People will be more inclined to show interest in the bands or historical aspect as opposed to where you saw the show. This aspect is purely for reference inspiration. Think of it like this, what interests you more – how many times you saw Guns N Roses or how many times you went to Madison Square Garden?
** Remember that you don’t have to limit this to concert ticket stubs. Perhaps you are one of those hardcore Yankees, Mets or Rangers fans that goes to almost the whole season and sometimes to away games. It becomes a worthy perusable for the room you watch the game in with the guys.
My own Ticket Book is presented by the first two ideas I lined out above. We have some appearing in date order for the most part and for those bands I saw more than a few times, well they get their own page. The downside of Music Journalism is the fact that it lowers the supply of tickets you get to collect. While I am certainly not complaining about getting in – more often than not being on the list does not get you a ticket for the event. I do get photo passes and sometimes they reflect the tour or the band name. These can also be placed in the book in a section lined out for such stuff. Maybe one of these days I will compile a post for you of all the photo passes that I have. Let’s see how time allows. A page from my book is up above in the article for your viewing pleasure. It’s more interesting to browse in person but the apartment is not big enough for you to all come over and see it. Hmm, maybe I will scan all of these pages for a future post as well.
Now back to the usual stuff that you come here to read. Thanks for listening to my little crafting piece.