Posted in music | venues on April 24, 2008

Tailgating

The promoter of the more than 30 concerts scheduled for PNC Bank Arts Center this summer has banned tailgating at five of the events, hoping to reduce alcohol consumption, especially underage drinking.

High-ranking representatives of Live Nation Corp., the promoter, told the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee in Trenton today tailgating will not be permitted rock concerts by John Mayer, OAR, 311, Beatstock and a day-long rock festival tagged Projekt Revolution. There will be no Ozzfest tour this year.

Live Nation, which has nine years remaining on a seemingly ironclad 20-year contract to present concerts at the state-owned amphitheater, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, and the State Police want to prevent a repeat of the last year's concert season when 2 teenagers died, and 615 people were arrested, mainly for heavy drinking, including 437 who were 20 years old or younger at 34 concerts. [NJ.com]

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Comments (38)

Hopefully they don't pull this crap at Camden.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2008 12:20 AM

um... lame?

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2008 12:45 AM

How about hanging yourself in the parking lot from a one of the light poles? Is that still legal?

Posted by Count Raffulon | April 24, 2008 12:52 AM

i don't really understand why people need to be drunk to go to a concert anyway.

Posted by Mandy | April 24, 2008 1:06 AM

Mandy...THANK YOU lol...its so dumb seeing people so drunk at concerts where they cannot remember the show. i think there should be a parking lot for 21+ that allows tailgating for ONE hour b4 a concert and is shut down an hour b4 doors. i think an hour is plenty enough time to sober up.

but the choices to ban drinking at are great choices. i wanna enjoy 311 without dealing with a 16 yr old puking next to me hah

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2008 2:00 AM

you hipsters suck

you created this mess with your douchery

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2008 4:45 AM

"i don't really understand why people need to be drunk to go to a concert anyway."

Then you have never listened to John Mayer... Try to keep it that way if you can.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2008 7:27 AM


Mandy,
Drinking at a concert makes it all that more fun. Basically... if something is already fun, drinking just makes it MORE fun. Kind of like getting high.

This is something you'll find out when you are 21+.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2008 8:13 AM

funny shit. i don't think hipster douchebaggery has anything to do with kids from new jersey getting blasted at a john mayer concert. nevertheless, idiots like that spoil the party for the rest of us, the cops bust people all the time when i go to mets games, usually for smoking weed in the parking lot, but they can just as easily write you a ticket and make you pour out your beer. there is certainly douchebaggery afoot, but i'm not sure we can pin this one on the williamsburg hipster.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2008 8:33 AM

How can ANYONE enjoy 311?

Posted by greg | April 24, 2008 8:38 AM

"How can ANYONE enjoy 311?"

By getting wasted....

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2008 9:06 AM

but the choices to ban drinking at are great choices. i wanna enjoy 311 without dealing with a 16 yr old puking next to me hah

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2008 2:00 AM

Banning anything that you don't particularly get a kick out of is a great idea, huh? I don't want to deal with idiotic commentors who begin their posts "lol..." and end them "hah." Can I ban you from this site?

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2008 9:09 AM

I drink, therefore I exist.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2008 9:15 AM

At least they didn't ban drinking at the Maiden gig. I would drink heavily just to numb the pain at the John Mayer gig though...

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2008 9:38 AM

all this talk about getting drunk is making me thirsty.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2008 9:47 AM

i don't tend to hang out with the tailgating john mayer crowd so this is irrelevant to me, but i find it invasive for companies like live nation try to dictate or curb crowd behaviour at shows.

Posted by god below | April 24, 2008 9:50 AM

less drinking = fewer stolen hard drives

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2008 9:52 AM

Or is it just a ploy for the venue to sell more overpriced booze inside?

Posted by clairepetrol | April 24, 2008 9:58 AM

a parking lot without tailgating is a wonderland

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2008 10:08 AM

If they had announced this before tickets went on sale that's one thing, then you have the choice to buy a ticket or not buy a ticket if tailgating is something you want to do. But to announce this after people have bought tickets is ridiculous. It's a pipe dream but Live Nation should offer refunds to anyone who wants their money back as a result of this change in policy.

Posted by rc | April 24, 2008 10:25 AM

great job live nation. now every DB in jersey will be getting hammered THEN driving to your shitty shows.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2008 10:48 AM

"Or is it just a ploy for the venue to sell more overpriced booze inside?"

Bingo.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2008 10:50 AM

Whee will I sell my patchwork clothes, crystals and hemp necklaces?

Posted by Meow | April 24, 2008 10:59 AM

Pills.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2008 11:07 AM

Getting wasted in the parking lot before your favorite shitty band's summer tour when you're a teenager is practically a rite of passage in this country. So fuck Live Nation.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2008 11:15 AM

Bottoms up!

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2008 11:17 AM

New Jersey, Live Nation, 311, John Mayer, no beers... everything sucks in this news.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2008 11:29 AM

only losers post on the internet

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2008 11:44 AM

i agree with pills. no wait, no i don't.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2008 11:52 AM

i looooooooooove me some substances but when the only means to access a venue is the garden state parkway, perhaps a ban on tailgating isn't the worst thing that could happen

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2008 12:10 PM

Banning anything that you don't particularly get a kick out of is a great idea, huh? I don't want to deal with idiotic commentors who begin their posts "lol..." and end them "hah." Can I ban you from this site?

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2008 9:09 AM

sorry you can not ban anon posters. also, if you dont want to deal with it, dont read it LOL HAH LMAO ROFL...enough for you?

Tailgating before hand is the best part of concerts sometimes. Seeing friends, drinking, playing music, throwing a football around, etc. Some people should really know when to stop unless they enjoy not remembering what happens or getting kicked out 20 min into the show.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2008 12:47 PM

Mandy, oh oh Mandy... Drinking doesn't mean getting drunk. What were you told about life? How old are you? When you refer to The Beatles, do you call it "the devil's music"?

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2008 12:50 PM

Mandy, are you Mandy Morbid, by any chance? http://www.mandymorbid.com/

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2008 1:17 PM

"Mandy...THANK YOU lol...its so dumb seeing people so drunk at concerts where they cannot remember the show. i think there should be a parking lot for 21+ that allows tailgating for ONE hour b4 a concert and is shut down an hour b4 doors. i think an hour is plenty enough time to sober up.
but the choices to ban drinking at are great choices. i wanna enjoy 311 without dealing with a 16 yr old puking next to me hah"

1- 16 yr old don't listen to crap like 311.
2- Parking lot for 21+.... Are you high or on something? A parking lot for minors and another for adults.... This is so dumb, you need to get medicated again.
3- Are you Mandy's mom?

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2008 1:40 PM

This just reinforces why, despite living in NJ, I almost never go to shows at PNC. Besides the shitty selection of bands, the ridiculous rules that decide to regulate tailgating just prove that it's a lot easier to take the train to Jones Beach and get hammered on the ride out and back.

Posted by Robert | April 24, 2008 1:47 PM

yes! I can still get my drink on for the Police and Elvis Costello

hells, I'm a growns up man - I can drink responsibly!

I agree with another poster that this is a bit of a misguided idea that hopefully they won't find out as the result of a DUI death from someone on their way IN to the venue

Posted by drinky drinkerton | April 24, 2008 3:49 PM

I think they should allow drugs, alcohol and weapons. Advise any non-hipsters to stay off the road, then await the natural selection.....DEATH TO HIPSTERS

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2008 8:51 PM

From what I hear, Mayer's got no problem with a little 'tailgating' from time to time.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2008 11:27 PM

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