Tuesday, March 25, 2008

More Info on the Roxy Show

I called the venue and found out some more information on Glenn's April 11 show at the Roxy in Los Angeles, Calfornia.

  • The show starts at 8:00; doors open at 7:30.

  • General Admission tickets are $25 if you pre-order, $30 if you pay at the door. For those of you who aren't familiar with the Roxy, a general admission ticket means that you're going to be standing in a tightly-packed throng of people in front of the stage - first come, first serve. I have heard some say that they managed to grab an unreserved table with a GA ticket, but the Roxy insists that won't happen. If you're lucky, you'll get right up next to the stage. There is officially a two-drink minimum, although I've heard some say that enforcement is sketchy for a GA ticket holder - unless he/she tries to sit down. Those under 21 will have to pay an additional charge of $3 since their non-alcoholic drinks are cheaper.

  • VIP tickets are $75. According to the employee I talked to, "VIP" means that you get to take advantage of some booths and limited seating in a "VIP section" in the back. Booths and tables are shared. Only 21 and over are allowed to get VIP tickets. There is a two-drink minimum which is not included in the price and is enforced (unless you're a big shot). Apparently big shots do indeed buy tickets and sit in the VIP section on occasion, but no promises (obviously the employee was pushing the VIP tickets).

  • The show is not listed on Ticketmaster, so the only way to get tickets is to call the box office. The number is (310) 278-9457. The box office is open from 10:30 am - 5:30 pm California time.

  • There are a lot of acts, so sets will be short. As the headliner, Glenn will probably play six or so songs, according to the employee I talked with.

  • And last but not least, if you scroll down on the Roxy's Upcoming Shows page, you will see a poster that gives the names of the other people at the show. It's quite an unusual mix. Besides Glenn, those listed are:

    • Don Was of Was (Not Was) - remember "Walk the Dinosaur"? Interestingly, he is more known as a producer and has produced Glenn, yet he's given top billing along with Glenn as a performer.
    • Daniel Powter whose main claim to fame is the hit "Bad Day"(see his official site)
    • Inara George and Greg Kurstin, aka the alternative duo The Bird and the Bee (see their official site)
    • Robert Francis, who calls his style of music tango/thrash (see his MySpace)
    • Hello Stranger (see their MySpace)
    • Test Your Reflex (see their Myspace)
    • Shwayze, who bill themselves as rap/hip/hop/indie (see their Myspace - scroll down)
    • Under Glenn's name in smaller print, presumably as part of the band, the familiar name Michael Thompson
    • Also under Glenn's name and presumably backing, Glenn's son Deacon!
It promises to be a unique experience. How many times are you gonna see this mix - heck, Glenn Frey alone, for that matter - for $25 (if you brave the sweaty, hot, teeming throng of twenty-somethings pressing against you from all sides in a small area with negligible air conditioning) or for $75 tops (if you'd rather sit in comfort, away from the stage)? Even if you imbibe several of their overpriced drinks, you're doing pretty good. It's a historic venue, after all, and is said to have good sound. Plus, it's for a good cause. Might even be worth travelling for.

Tickets are on sale now - better get one before it's sold out.


Blogger hag247 said...

the lineup is definitely an odd mix but the fact that it is a charity event makes the new music exposure pretty rad - especially if your tastes are all over the spectrum (like mine)

been to many shows at The Roxy - there is air conditioning and the drink prices are actually pretty inexpensive if you actually are someone who goes out in LA.

calm down hater

5:11 PM  
Blogger soda said...

I'm not a hater. Hell, I'm gonna go myself. I'm just reporting what several people have told me about the air conditioning (or lack of it). Maybe they just didn't feel it, I don't know, but if you've been to shows at the Roxy than you know it's hotter than Hades on the floor, with or without air.

6:01 PM  
Blogger soda said...

P.S. I'm not the only one who thinks the drinks are overpriced. Many people complain about the price, especially in light of the fact that they are watered down - check out these reviews:

One person calls them a "total rip." Obviously you disagree but not everyone who thinks the drinks are overpriced is a "hater."

6:05 PM  
Blogger soda said...

P.P.S. I made a small correction just in case you're right.

BTW, did you happen to miss the fact that I recommended the show and said people should go, even if they have to travel? That they should buy tickets ASAP? That I complimented the venue overall as "historical" and worth seeing? That I praised the mix of people as "a unique experience"? Read the whole thing before you tell me to "calm down" and act like I'm hating on everything, please.

6:13 PM  
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1:27 AM  
Blogger LAMUSICLVR said...

I'm actually looking forward to seeing this show at The Roxy. Glenn Fry from five feet away, OMG!! Where else can you see such a legendary act in such a small room with really good sound. There must be some reason that it's been around for 35 years. True it is hot in there for sold out shows but i cant remember the last sold out show i went to, weather its was at staples center for Madonna or Stevie Wonder at the HOB, that was anything but steaming hot. Isn't that what going to see rock n roll is all about?

I did read the yelp review, doesn't really make sense to me. "watered down drinks and at one point put so much alcohol" which one is it? I guess it balances it out. Drinks cost what they cost. I agree that drinks at night clubs are a little more than they should be but i think that is how they make they money, they got to pay the rent, too.

Regardless of all this, we all need remember that we don't live in Boise(sorry Boise) and have the opportunity to see great shows every night of the week, none of us living in southern california should be complaining. Yes, drinks cost money, parking costs money and the LA music venues have their drink minimums and "over-priced drinks" and vip sections, but lets not forget, its a business just like any other business. If they don't exist then we don't get to go to shows.

Hey, i can't wait for this show and at the end of the day it's all about the music(and in this case the kids too). Calm down lovers!

P.S. Oh yeah, Hello Stranger is awesome and I checked out that band Shwayze(are they even a band?), I like that Buzzin' song. Heard it on KISS today. I say nice all around line up, a little old, a little new, just how i like it.

1:42 AM  
Blogger soda said...

Shwayze is band enough to have a MySpace. ;) It's basically Cisco Adler, Shwayze himself, and a DJ. Cisco and Shwayze are listed separately on the poster, but I figured they would play together.

I didn't realize there would be such a strong reaction to my comments about the Roxy! They were just meant to help people know what to expect. I mean, if people don't know it's hot and show up in long sleeves, they're going to be suffering. And if people don't know they need to bring a bit more money for drinks, then the Roxy will suffer, too. ;) Perhaps I could have said it more tactfully, but I meant no harm.

I'm really excited about this event! I got a good deal on a flight and I'm totally jazzed about seeing Glenn Frey at the Roxy, even if it's just a partial set. I've gone to the MySpaces of all the other bands and watched some of their videos on YouTube, just to familiarize myself with the other music I'll be hearing. It's going to be a lot fun!

11:03 AM  

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