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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Live Nation Announces Club Passport

Posted By on Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 10:23 AM

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Faced with declining concert revenues, mega-promoters Live Nation have come up with a unique solution--a "passport" to select shows throughout the end of the year with a one-time fee. Titled "Club Passport," the new service costs $49.99 and allows patrons to see unlimited live performances at LN venues, including SF's Fillmore.

The official press release explains the process: "Here's how it works. Beginning today concert fans go to LiveNation.com and purchase a Club Passport. A list of participating shows will be immediately available. Every Monday thereafter, Passport holders log on to LiveNation.com/Passport or follow LiveNation on Facebook or Twitter to see the list of participating club shows in their city and to reserve their ticket. From here, Club Passport holders just bring their Live Nation Club Passport number and photo I.D. to the club's box office and get right in, no extra charges, no hassles."

Here's the catch: the service isn't available for every Fillmore show, just certain ones. Click on the Club Passport link on Live Nation's website, and you'll find CP participants are eligible for the following shows between Sept. 23 and Sept. 30: Revolting Cocks, Manic Street Preachers, 7-Eleven Slurpee presents Honor Society, Kailash Kher, and Perez Hilton presents Ida Maria with Ladyhawke. Also at the Fillmore that week: Galactic, Hope Sandoval, and Alice in Chains.

In other words, if you'd rather see Galactic or Alice in Chains than RevCo or Manic Street Preachers, you'll have to pay full price for those shows. So while Club Passport isn't exactly the all-inclusive "all-access pass" its PR touts it as, still, it's a cheap way to see a lot of live music - as long as you're not picky about who you see.

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