“You Shall Not Pass (Photo Pass That Is)” – Story 1

I’ve been lucky to attend a lot of concerts and do the journalism “thing” and while I totally appreciate every experience I was musing recently about some of the more painstaking endeavors I had undertaken and felt that they might be some fun recanting for this new blog offering of PiercingMetal.com – The common view about I do this seems to be that I simply just call the magic powers that be and then its all set. Not really, there is a lot of work around the request and certainly during and after any show as well. This posting is not about that aspect but instead about a couple of instances where for whatever reason things did not run as smoothly as I had been led to believe. Let me also be clear that this musing is never about pointing fingers or being vindictive and just aims to show this is not without surprise issues so don’t read too far into it.

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One of my favorite encounters was when we were hitting a “Super Mega Tour” that was happening and we had decided to trek out to Poughkeepsie instead of here closer to NYC. I am going back to 2005 for this tale and the day started out fine with it being a scorching hot Summer day. We had been confirmed by our reps and were excited to be lending the journalizing love to this one. Once we were situated and at the venue’s window I presented my ID and email to prove I was actually me. I got my ticket and then my photo pass. It said the event name on the pass and this was great since it allows you the ability to shoot the show and not just one group. With my camera and ticket in hand I made my way in and was given the “HALT!!!” by Security. He said “you cant bring the camera in here, go back to your car”, so I smiled politely and showed the pass and said “no worries, Media Guy official business”. He looked at me sternly and said “not with a counterfeit pass you ain’t” – and here I was stymied because not five feet away did the venue themselves issue me this Rep Approved pass and ticket. I asked what the idea was and how such a pass could be counterfeit and he said it just is and we are not letting you in with it. My associates behind me had the same pass and tickets and since the venue was letting people all in as a straight line I have now amassed hundreds of Metal heads eager to get into the show. From there we moved aside since I was curious how to resolve this based on the new information.

Security is really only trying to enforce the policies of the venue and band so I understand that stuff very clearly, but my concern was how did we have counterfeit passes in these envelopes. We didnt bring our counterfeit pass making machine with us in the car since none actually exists so the discussion continues. The guard said that someone was selling the passes on E-Bay, and they were exact clones, and when the headliner band caught wind of it, they changed the passes immediately. He stressed that our reps should have known this, so I asked when the change occured and was told 30 minutes ago. Keeping a straight face was almost impossible, because reps were allover the country for this one and its a Sunday afternoon in the Summer, so no change like this would have been communicated to anyone. Luck would have it as an elderly security guy came over and said that indeed these were ok to come in and we were fine. As we wiped our brow and walked to the photo pit area content that the dramatics were finally over the guard at the pit entrance gave the “Halt” sign and said, “you cant come in these are phony passes”. Sigh, here we go again.

This really happened folks and while its no one’s fault outside of the idiots that chose to clone legitimate working passes for personal gain, it was something that became one of the tales I keep on record for those moments when I hear that “you guys have it made”. Yeah, absolutely – nothing weird ever happens to us. In the end this all did work out because we had brought with us a secret weapon popular Rock Star of our own and he knew everyone downstairs. He was able to secure us new and shiny “legit” passes to replace the legit ones that were somehow now invalid. It was a Christmas miracle in August or September – whenever we actually went to this show.

The gig itself was a lot of fun but the venue was some indoor auditorium and for whatever reason there was no air conditioning running. The floor was slick wet with the very obvious sweat and every person in the place seemed drenched from head to toe. The sound was also super loud and I am not showing my age by saying “turn it down”, but distorted loud and bouncing all over the place. All the more reason I call this an adventure in Media day after day. Thanks for listening. Back to reviews now.

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