Live Nation introduces a $50 season pass at club-level concerts
Los Angeles-based concert promoter Live Nation is introducing a sort of season pass for club-level concerts, allowing fans to purchase a $49.99 "passport" to reserve a spot at non sold-out shows for the remainder of 2009. Beginning today, fans will be allowed to buy one passport, which will be good for one ticket at five area venues -- the Wiltern, the Hollywood Palladium, the Avalon and the House of Blues clubs in West Hollywood and Anaheim.
The initial offerings to passport buyers include more than 25 shows, among them Moby at the Wiltern (Oct. 14), Brand New at the Hollywood Palladium (Oct. 18), the Get Up Kids at the Avalon (Sept. 24) and Randy Travis at the House of Blues in Anaheim (Oct. 1). A full list of available concerts is included at the end of this blog post.
Live Nation will release a list of new concerts each Monday on its site and social networking properties. Fans can use their passport to reserve one ticket to participating shows, and as long as there is availability, they will be guaranteed access. Fans must reserve a spot by 4 p.m. the day before a non-sold-out show to be assured of entry. For procrastinators, if a show happens to not be sold out, passport holders can arrive at the venue and will be granted access.
While there is one passport to customer, there are some restrictions. The passport does not include parking, it can't be combined with any other offers and fans must still try their luck at reserving a spot. However, regular show goers in Los Angeles will have an advantage, in terms of this particular promotion, over other markets, as the concert behemoth does have a larger presence here. Most markets have only one participating club.
The promotion follows Live Nation's "no-service-fee" Wednesday, in which the concert promoter offered discounts and free hot dogs at its arena concerts throughout the summer.
-- Todd Martens
Here is the initial list of participating concerts for the passport, courtesy of Live Nation:
Snow Patrol (Oct. 19 only)
Moby (Oct. 14)
Billy Squier (Sept. 26)
Los Enanitos Verdes (Oct. 3)
The Hollywood Palladium:
Brand New (Oct. 18 only)
Brazilian Girls (Oct. 19)
Ladyhawke -- Perez Hilton Presents Tour (Oct. 3)
The Get Up Kids (Sept. 24)
White Tie Affair (Oct. 13)
House Of Blues -- Sunset Strip:
Dinosaur Jr. (Nov. 5)
Saosin (Nov. 6)
DJ Quik (Sept. 25)
BET’S 106 & Park Tour (Sept. 29)
--- with Trey Songz & Mario
Better Than Ezra (Sept. 24)
Revolting Cocks (Sept. 27)
-- with Jim Rose Circus & more
Tech N9NE & Slaughterhouse (Oct. 23)
Sippy Cups (Nov. 7)
KC & the Sunshine Band (Dec. 30)
House of Blues -- Anaheim:
The Psychedelic Furs & Happy Mondays (Saturday)
Motorhead (Oct. 7)
Gov’t Mule (Sunday)
Citizen Cope (Sept. 23)
Murs (Oct. 9)
Los Lobos (Oct. 16)
Randy Travis (Oct. 1)
State Radio (Oct. 8)
Lights – A Premier Tribute to Journey (Sept. 26)
Photo: Moby. Credit: EPA