Tickets

Last updated 7/27/2017

NOTE: An asterisk (*) next to a description of an item indicates that more than one copy of that item is available.

Alan Freed Show, 4/22/60, Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh, PA; original unused ticket. Ticket is black on pink stock, complete, unused and in near mint condition .See illustration. Alan Freed was one of the first radio DJs to play rock and roll music in the 1950s. Later he put together annual package tours featuring, if I remember right, artists such as Chuck Berry, Little Richard, and many others. I don't know offhand who played his 1960 tour but it is probably easy to research as programs for the show list the artists in question. Freed was implicated in the so-called "payola" scandals not long after this show and died in poverty. A great, historic item for collectors of rock and roll memorabilia. Several copies available, $25 each (*)

Louis Armstrong, 4/27/61, Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, original unused ticket; ticket is black on gray stock and is unsused and in near mint condition; see illustration. Great vintage item for one of the most famous and influential jazz musicians of all time. See illustration.. Several copies available; all NM $15 each, good price! (*)

The Yardbirds, 7/21/1967, Santa Rosa Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, CA; black ond pale blue ticket with psychedelic lettering similar to that used on the poster, very cool vintage lettering, unused ticket, these apparently were hand trimmed as the outer margins are somewhat irregular (my collection copy is identical), very cool and super-rare ticket for very local fairly late Yardbirds show before they eventually morphed into Led Zeppelin a few months later. One copy left. Asking $250.

San Francisco Pop Festival, 10/27/68, Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA. Scarce UNUSED ticket for this event that featured Iron Butterfly, Chambers Brothers, Procol Harum (misspelled "Harem"), Jose Feliciano, Johnny Rivers, Eric Burdon & the Animals, Canned Heat, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Grassroots, Fraternity of Man, Deep Purple, and others. 2" x 4.25" ticket on yellow stock, with swirly lettering logo used on the posters, flyers, and other images for this event. I was able to obtain a few more unused copies (all that were left) from my source and am now offering them at the substantially reduced price of $30 each. Interesting ticket, have some with sequential numbering if you want more than one. (*)

Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band, The Cockettes, 11/13/70, Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley, CA; standard printed ticket; black on goldenrod stock admission $2.50, unused. NM $20. Scarce artist.

Coyote (Hookers') Ball, 10/29/76, Hilton Hotel, Continental Ballroom, San Francisco; scarce original tickets for a very early incarnation of this legendary San Francisco event; approx. 3.5" x 5.5" on banknote paper with an engraved background like a banknote, with the event name and logo overprinted in black. This one has a green background with a missing piece at the side, overall condition VG-/G+, $20.

Pink Floyd, 5/7/1977, Anaheim Convention Center, scarce unused ticket from a famous stadium tour, standard printed ticket with pink/red printing on wavy green background, nice NM condition, $35.00

The Who, 9/25/1977 (I think), The Palace, Manchester, UK; very scarce unused ticket for seat in the "Grand Stalls"; perforated in 4 different places, fully intact, lettering in red and black, rather nice looking, $25. Second copy also unused but has an irregular somewhat frayed edge on the far LH side, so cheap at $12.

Thunder & Lightning (Nick Gravenites and John Cipollina), Zero, 11/29/86(?), Italian Athletic Club, Larkspur (not sure about the year, could be anywhere from 1982-1986 period), first annual Harvest Moom Ball. B & W image tickets for this show (poster is very hard to find). Very local Marin show presented by Artista and California Homegrowers. Alton Kelley designed it and the art is really cool. For image, click here. First time I've ever seen these tickets. Neat item for John Cipollina fans or Kelley/Mouse collectors, last one NM $20.

Grateful Dead, 4/1/1980, Capitol Theater, Passaic, NJ (Presented by John Scher); nice UNUSED ticket with gren and red block lettering on silver foil background; this is a promoter- issued ticket, not one of the style issued by the Dead's ticket agency; scarce in this condition $40.

Rolling Stones, "Tattoo You" tour, 10/11/1981, Los Angeles Coliseum, this is a very unusual "meal ticket" which apparently entitled the bearer to dine at the promoter's expense, says "Compliments of Wolf and Rissmiller Concerts, no refunds, no exceptions." Approximately 1.5" x 3.5", serially numbered 064 so probably not many of these were issued, considering that the Coliseum seats 90,000 people or thereabouts. Clean condition, appears unused $35.

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, 7/6/1981, Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ, blue-gray ticket with black and blue lettering, stub torn off, $3

Bruce Springsteen, 5/3/1981, Scandanavium, Gothenburg, Sweden, computer-printed ticket with venue logo, looks complete but perforated on all sides so hard to tell, approx. 5.5" across, $5.

Bruce Springsteen, 5/20/81, New Bigley Hall, Stafford, UK, small 1.5" x 2.75" stub, printed "box office duplicate" at bottom, $3.

Original Fillmore Image Tickets (images similar to the corresponding posters, but sometimes different colors): I don't usually carry many of these, but here's a selection for those of you who may be interested. If they catch on, maybe I'll list some more in the future. All are NM unless noted otherwise:

Grateful Dead, Steve Miller Band, 5/29/92, Sam Boyd Silver Bowl, UNLV, Unused ticket, mail-order type with Grateful Dead jester logo on it; NM $10.00.

Grateful Dead, 8/22/92, County Fairgrounds, Veneta, Oregon (field trip), Unused ticket, mail-order type with Grateful Dead logo on it; NM $7.50. 3 copies available. (*)

Grateful Dead, 1/25/93, Oakland Coliseum Arena, Unused ticket, mail-order type with Grateful Dead bear on it; NM $7.50.

Grateful Dead, 5/27/93, Cal Expo, Sacramento; Unused ticket, mail-order type with Grateful Dead logo on it; NM $7.50.

Grateful Dead, 8/26/93, Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View; Unused ticket, mail-order type with skeleton in swimming pool on it; NM $7.50.

Miscellaneous ticket stubs, standard electronic printed tickets, stubs for 1980's SF Bay Area shows, $1.50 each except as noted below: