It still is, although more of a casual pace....you just pay more or less depending on when you buy the ticket....you can also buy ridiculous VIP experiences as well.New way to do it for me. General admission always meant get there early and run for the spot you want once they let you in.
Doc's post got me thinking. What was the best show I've seen "for the price of a beer"? I'm gonna have to say "The Soft White Underbelly" Now I know that most if not all who read that are going: Who the fuck is that? The Soft White Underbelly was the original name (67-70) of a major 70's act. Occasionally they would use it when they wanted to pay a small gig or Club to stay in touch with their audience. In this case the Club was the Station in Wilkes-Barre PA sometime in late summer1977. I was visiting my Aunt & Uncle and my cousins. My cousins were home from college and I wanted to take them out so looking in the paper I saw the ad and it took some convincing to talk them into going to see a group they had never heard of.
Off we go the 10 miles or so to the club, pay the $2 cover charge, find a table and grab some beers. After about 30 minutes the club was starting to fill up (which was about 300 people) the lights went down and the Announcer did his thing: Please welcome The Soft White Underbelly - Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser on Lead Guitar, Eric Bloom on vocals and by then the crowd pretty much drowned out the announcer. For those that haven't figured it out. The Soft White Underbelly" was the original name for Blue Öyster Cult.