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Thursday / December 14.
  • Coming up Short on Clapton Tickets

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    NEW YORK – So last night I had hoped to see my third Allman Brothers Band show in this run.

    Why last night?

    Because Eric Clapton played with the band at the Beacon Theater on Thursday and Friday.

    So I go up to the Beacon around 3 p.m. to see if the box office has released any extra tickets and a guy on the street offers me two tickets in the third row from an envelope he’s holding in his hand.

    “Are these real tickets?” I asked him several times.

    “Oh, yeah,” he reassured me.

    So I go into the bank machine to get cash, I come out  and hand the guy the money in exchange for the tickets. He walks away.

    I look at the tickets again and I notice they say “The Allman BROTERS’ on the face. First off, “brothers” is spelled wrong. Second, they’re called “The Allman Brothers Band.”

    So I  run back out on the street where the guy is negotiating with another woman.

    “These are friggin fake tickets,” I say to him.

    Then I hand him the tickets back and basically grab the money out of his hand.

    I’m fortunate that he wasn’t that big of a guy, that he didn’t actively resist and that he hadn’t taken off.

    Otherwise I’d be out a couple hundred bucks!

    Anyway, the wife and I went to dinner and a movie instead of seeing Clapton and the Brothers…Too bad.

    Here’s last night’s setlist:

    Set 1

    Little Martha (Just Oteil)
    Mountain Jam
    Trouble No More
    Midnight Rider
    44 Blues w/Danny Louis
    Wasted Words
    Gambler’s Roll
    Ain’t Wasting Time No More
    >Mountain Jam

    Set 2

    Melissa
    Leave My Bues At Home
    No One Left To Run With
    Key To The Highway w/Eric Clapton
    Stormy Monday w/Eric
    Dreams w/Eric
    Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad w/Eric
    Little Wing w/Eric
    In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed w/Eric

    Encore

    Layla w/Eric and Danny

    Thursday’s setlist included these gems with EC.

    Key to the Highway

    Dreams

    Little Wing

    Anyday

    Leyla

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

    • My friend and I were taken for $240 on Thursday night.
      We should have known better, he was 1 block from the Beacon.
      Last time I will try to scalp. We did meet Warren and Derek on the street
      about 1/2 hour before the show started.