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House of Blues, Anaheim: Extreme

My coworker Stacey is a huge fan of the 80s hairband, Extreme.  She found out they were at the House of Blues in Anaheim, and I tagged along to keep her company.  We arrived early at 5:00 for dinner, and so we wouldn’t miss the show.  The food was actually very good, and my chicken dinner was $19, while her sandwich was $14.  We lucked out that they had a Happy Hour every day from 3:00 to 6:00, so her beer was only $3, same price as my iced tea!

While eating, we overheard the manager tell a table that if we spend $30 per person, we could get a “front of the line” pass for the show.  The show was general admission, so that would give you an advantage to get a good spot near the stage.  Unfortunately our bill came to $42, so we told the server we’d take advantage of 1 pass, and Stacey could stake out a good spot.  The server took pity of us, and on the down low, gave us an extra pass.  We tipped him generously for such a kind gesture.

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When we got to the turnstyle, we found out our tickets were for LA Guns, who was playing at the venue next door.  Fortunately our show was not sold out, but before we got out our $40, the girl standing next to us said she had 2 spare tickets we could use.  How lucky could we get?  Stacey offered to buy the 2 girls drinks, but they had to go to their “meet and greet”, so they scurried away, but not before Stacey gave them $20 for their kindness.

The doors opened at 7:00, and Little Bad Sister opened up for Extreme at 8:00.  The band Extreme didn’t start playing until after 9:30 pm, and we were out by 11:30.  I didn’t know their songs, but they were entertaining.  Overall, not bad for a $40 show.

The venue is not that big.  Here’s a video of the venue from my spot, which was about 10 feet from the stage.

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