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  1. I had the good fortune of renting the owner's suite for the opening at House of Blues, Cleveland for the reunion show. Very memorable. Those joining me all had history with Eric, unlike myself who just was a fan of the band since teenage years (and worked in the industry a bit in my youth). I don't get on the web site(s) often - but wondering - since Eric said he would tour again, play Raspberry catalog and his solo items with people who were "happy" to be there - my question is WHEN? If we can't get the original band together, I'd be happy to hear Eric tour with a band he puts together. I assume he checks the forum...I have the means to promote a tour date on the east coast (have brought in others that I loved from my youth -just recently Dirk Hamilton)....So if plans are ever in place would love to get an email from someone to let me know...since I have not been on the site since that thanksgiving weekend concert!

    Jon

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  2. Bummer - we are at the Hyatt - rates are decent and its across the street from HOB. We'd throw a party in a heartbeat if we knew people would come and if not please let us know where 'pre-party' central is...we'll be there for sure!

    Is it Friday yet??

    Jon and Janet

  3. Annie - there is one ticket left...unreal! Someone did take a single and he is not that concerned about sitting either. All other 10 tickets are gone! I am checking out the catering menu - they have chocolate covered strawberries...I sent the manager an email and asked if we could get some kind of chocolate - raspberry dessert for the box. Looks like with one ticket left that I am going to sell them all so now I can splurge and cater the place!!! The menu looks decent.....

  4. ooo Annie - Janet and others say I am cuter than Mr. Devito...ahhh who knows! If your husband of 6' 6" is in the front row will it cause a shadow and will the people behind him get a credit for having "obstructed vision" GA tix <lol>. Now if someone is wearing a Cardinal shirt should we wear our Red Sox stuff...Janet is a HUGE sox fan <lol>. I dont know!! Is it Friday yet? Wont this be so much fun!

    Jon

  5. Great informaton Classics99 --- my box is HL4, which is a balcony box but the one further away. HOB said that that box had the best site lines. Not sure if you can recall that exact box - but its is one of the two larger ones on the left if you were facing the stage. Any thoughts on it?

    Many people have questioned why there are only 6 seats for 12 people - is the box large - will there be room to cater and dance - and will the seats be a problem. Not expecting you to be able to definitively answer any of this - just rambling thoughts you might have comments on.

    See you Friday!

    Rambling thoughts after scouting out the HOB opening night concert with CHEAP TRICK:

    If you had thought of "smuggling" a camera in (as I did) forget about it....security is tighter than an airport. All purses checked, all coats opened,pockets emptied,AND......metal detector wands are used on everyone.

    Sightlines are awesome with video monitors well placed throughout the venue.

    Sound and lighting board are HUGE (approx 18 x 25) and sit dead center in the hall and on the "mosh pit" (that's what they call it) in front of the stage.

    If you're claustrophobic you might have problems...ceilings are low (because of balcony) and with a full house it is packed.

    Restaurant personnel stated they are NOT taking reservations (at least in person) until after January 1st. I'm not sure of the results if anyone called for reservations.

    Side private "boxes" are practically on top of the stage but in some cases sightlines are obstructed by large speaker banks mounted on the walls on side of stage.

    HOB personnel informed me that the Meet and Greet upstairs prior to the Raspberries show will be by ticket only but after that the upstairs will be open as approx 30% of the standing room area is upstairs behind the seats. Quicker access to bathrooms and bars upstairs also since 60% - 70% of the crowd is on the main floor. wink

    Table seating is arranged around the "mosh pit" area (as in most HOB's) and behind seats in the balcony. First come first served!!!

    Any questions or comments are welcome or contact me at Classics99@aol.com

  6. I figure this will be a fun thread....Hoping to be able to recognize a few of you when we are at the HOB. We probably wont be at any of the pre-stuff. But here is how you will know when you have found me (us)...so take a chance when you think you have the right guy and say hello:

    Okay when you see a guy who reminds you of Danny Devito - say hi Jon cause thats me....I'll have a petite, very attractive woman on my arm (isnt life grand) thats my wife Janet.

  7. I am thinking taxi's are the way to go. Our plans are to get from the airport to the Hyatt (across the street from HOB), then to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, back to the Hyatt, HOB and back to the airport. Is a rental car too much of a hassle? Cab versus mass transit. How far is the Hall of Fame from the HOB area? Whats the approximate cost for a cab from the airport to HOB? Isnt there a riverway or something I remember worth seeing. We are skipping the preshow meet and great and am not sure on the pre show reception - so whats a good time to get to HOB. EXCITED?? YOU BET

    Anyone getting in early and going to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ???????

  8. Thanks Darlene - I will do that! Looks like the box is a definite....2 tix from the box sold on Ebay as soon as the posting became public. That is a pretty good sign! Wow - I am really going to this concert now...can not believe it. I am very, very, psyched! One week from today we'll be hearing some great tunes - never thought we'd ever have the chance to see them and now we do. A seat and the meet and great - truly been a blessed week so far!

    Jon (and the lovely Janet will be with me)

  9. Thanks Bernie - I posted one but its taking ebay forever to get sales up...check it out later tonight. All I need is to get one other person to buy two tickets and the private box is a definite - Ill chance the rest of the huge expense (sigh). Made my hotel reservations today at the Hyatt as it is across the street from HOB and also in an Arcade of some sort.

    Looking like I will be there...but you never know... Too late for a ribbon I guess..but I will be easy to spot. If I am coming I will describe myself online and I know everyone will laugh and say that has to be "Driving Around" (which by the way I hope they do).

    Jon

  10. JuliaD - I am the guy with the vip box - call me -maybe I can help you.

    603-858-6000 Jon

    thanks, I did see that, but there's just no way I can spend 500 bucks on two tickets, my husband just got laid off yesterday, and he's been working at this place a LONG time. With Christmas coming, and winter heating bills and such, it'd be really self-serving of me to spend $500.00 on concert tickets, I have to put my family first, ya know? I guess it just isn't in the cards for me this time around. It'll hurt, but I'll survive frown

  11. Communicated with HOB today and placed on reserve the box I had listed on my previous post with all the goodies including VIP tix for the meet and greet after the show. The box is in the balcony level over the first row and over the stage. It has 6 velvet bar stools with backs. There is a large enough area to dance. It is private and security will only allow those with special bands to enter the area. There is a special catering menu and special waitress is assigned to the box. Basically it is the HOB equivalant to a private suite.

    Here is what the box has:

    Twelve (12) General Admission Tickets

    Twelve (12) Passes for entry into Balcony Box

    Six barstools in balcony box for seating

    Cocktail service

    12 VIP MEET AND GREET TICKETS

    There is a partial barricade between Boxes 3 & 4.

    Guests may have to pass through one box for access to the other.

    Okay so for every two tickets you purchase one of the seats will be yours...they line up on a counter facing the stage. Our box is far enough back to give great site lines...and the after show meet and greet is included! Here is what I am doing. I am laying out the thousands of dollars and going to ask $250 a ticket. Should I sell all 12 tickets I will spend money on catering in the box for everyone to share in - hows that? I am buying this box and seats can be yours. I will post the seats on Ebay in 24 hours if they are not all taken here on the web site first. To purchase you can either paypal me (add $6 per ticket) or I have the ability to recreate a check faxed to me for deposit.

    Call my cell phone at 603-858-6000 or email me at hedohome@hotmail.com I can send you a paypal link or give you my fax number. Thanks!

    Jon

  12. great thread. I am still hanging in there...hoping a pair of vip tix will become available. I posted about buying a box but only got one reply for a pair and there are 12 seats - so that left me 8 seats short of affording that idea (even at $170 per seat). Sigh - I would spend the money for the hotel and flight and vip tix - if someone can not go at the last minute and they have the $100 vips with actual seats and the meet and greet I would glaldy purchase them - but for now I will just whine that I may not get lucky this time and good fortune may not shine on me and I may actually miss this concert which has always been on my wanting to see list oh for the majority of my life...never ever thought I would not be there if these guys decided to get together and play a reunion tour...It bums me even to play their stuff right now....whine, moan and b**ch

  13. Okay. anyone who has followed the board knows I have been trying to get a pair of VIP tix for awhile now. Laura, wrote to me and indicated that there are still 4 private boxes left. These are balcony boxes. If you join me in securing a box it WILL include tickets to the VIP after the show meet and greet!!!!! (the pre-concert reception would still be optional and not included).

    Here is what is in a box:

    Twelve (12) General Admission Tickets

    Twelve (12) Passes for entry into Balcony Box

    Six barstools in balcony box for seating

    Cocktail service

    12 VIP Meet and Greet Tickets

    There is a partial barricade between Boxes 3 & 4.

    Guests may have to pass through one box for access to the other.

    The exact cost per ticket is $170 (you can verify this I am not trying to make one cent on anyone just want a place to sit when I cant stand and dance anymore...-smile- spin . I only need 2 tix so there will be 10 available. If I get even 6 of those sold I will spring for the box. whooo hooo..... If you are interested in purchasing part of a private box please email me immediately at hedohome@hotmail.com

    Thanks! Hope we can make this happen together...

    Jon

  14. M&G is still available - sigh GA tix on Ebay still possible - yet I can't seem to pull the trigger without knowing that I can get some sort of seating. There is just no way I can see myself standing for the whole concert..and if so being able to see much of anything. Are there some VIP tix being held back that may become available at the last minute??? Feeling the pressure now....J

  15. Bumming - I still have not been able to secure 2 VIP seats - I am starting to believe that even though I am willing to spend the money for last minute airfare from NH to Cleveland - hotel, etc...that I will miss the Raspberries. It really sucks. I might be able to secure GA tix but I don't think I can stand for the whole concert and I am short so I dont want to come all the way to Cleveland, the day after thanksgiving and not have seats to see them. I did hear that there were some balcony boxes for sale. If someone is buying one and wants to sell two of the seats - I would be interested. I guess I am still hoping that 2 VIP tix will show up somewhere - somehow....if not...Ill be bumming whenever I play all my favorite Raspberry hits.....hopefully this concert will not be a one time thing.

    Jon

    hedohome@hotmail.com

  16. Hoping for a pair of VIP tickets from someone and if not that then a pair of GA tickets. If by some miracle someone has a pair of VIP tickets they would be willing to sell me I would gladly paypal them with the extra charges needed to cover shipping and paypal expenses and I would offer to pay for their hotel room for a night. Or as an alternative - I would be willing to swap a round trip plane ticket on Southwest to the show from anywhere they service and pick up the hotel for a couple of nights in exchange for a pair of VIPS. Anyway - you get the idea - we are big fans up here in New Hampshire and heard about the reunion Way Way too late....been bumming but checking here online once in awhile hoping for some good luck. email is hedohome@hotmail.com

    Hoping to have something special to be thankful for on thanksgiving :-)

    J & J

  17. Okay, so I just found out that the Raspberries are playing a reunion. So I am behind the curve - love the band - still have them on just about every CD mix that is in my car. I may not live as far away as others on this board but I am willing to fly in - during a thanksgiving weekend - from New Hampshire to see the concert. Of course no tickets exist and the show is not "major" enough to show up with the naitonal ticket broker engines...so I am hoping someone online knows a Cleveland based broker that may have a pair of VIP tickets....email me if you do...thanks

    Jon

    hedohome@hotmail.com

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