Hey, what do you know… Bill Hancock’s talking.
How much would you pay to watch the first College Football Playoff championship game?
Try $650 for club seats in AT&T Stadium. Try what is believed to be the highest-priced face-value ticket in the sport’s history.
While CFP championship game ticket pricing has been out there for a while it’s not widely known. And there are qualifiers.
The $650 price for the CFP championship game on Jan. 12 is only for the stadium’s 15,000 high-end club seats. The general seating in the 80,000-seat stadium is $450. Student seating and standing room is $200. The participating schools will each receive approximately 20,000 seats for the game. Last year’s final BCS championship game tickets topped off at $385.
“The price is a bargain for the most important, most talked-about, most in-demand college game of the season,” CFP executive director Bill Hancock said in an email, “arguably the most compelling game ever.”
Who’d want to argue with the über flack? Not the little guy who can’t wait to swing that kind of jack.
Instead, let’s hear an obvious pick from The Who.
Hell, let’s get the joint jumping with a little Los Lobos. From their underrated The Neighborhood, here’s the roots-rockin’ “Jenny’s Got A Pony”.
Speaking of underrated, how come nobody makes much of how good their guitar work is?
Damn, Tommy. Now they’re all gone.
I saw the Ramones on a twin bill with Graham Parker and the Rumour, Thanksgiving night, 1976, at the old Agora. There were less than 10 people in the audience. I felt privileged to be there.
Here’s a reason to smile today.
It’s set to be released August 1st. Mick Jagger is one of the producers.
Is it too much to expect “Dooley’s Junkyard Dawgs” in it?
I’m gonna wrap up my R&B run with a cut from a guy with a rather interesting story.
Eddie Hinton was one of the top session musicians working out of Muscle Shoals and Memphis. Per Wikipedia, as a session guitarist, Hinton played on hit records recorded by Wilson Pickett, Arthur Conley, Aretha Franklin, Joe Tex, Solomon Burke, Percy Sledge, The Staple Singers, The Dells, Paul Kelly, Johnny Taylor, Elvis Presley, The Box Tops, R.B. Greaves, Boz Scaggs, Evie Sands, Looking Glass, Toots Hibbert and Otis Redding. (He played guitar on the Toots in Memphis cuts I posted yesterday.)
Hinton was also a singer/songwriter who managed to cut a handful of albums. His voice is remarkable. Some of you may remember from my Frankie Miller post a few years back that I have an affinity for white guys who can channel Otis Redding. Well, in that regard, Eddie Hinton makes Frankie Miller sound like Frankie Valli. Check out what I think is his best, “Hard Luck Guy”.
He passed away a couple of decades ago. If you can find his first album, Very Extremely Dangerous, give it a listen.
I’m not sure what made me decide to buy Toots in Memphis when it came out in the late ’80s. I liked reggae, but I wasn’t a fanatic about it. So the concept of combining the legendary Dunbar-Shakespeare rhythm section with Stax/Memphis session players sounded interesting, but maybe not compelling.
Then I took the album home, put the record on the turntable, dropped the needle and heard this:
Damned tasty, no? If your appetite is whetted, here’s a bonus cut.
I’m not through with my R&B kick just yet and today’s offering is special. “I Can’t Stand The Rain” was Ann Peebles’ biggest hit for Stax (okay, technically Willie Mitchell’s Hi Records), but I’m not playing the original single today. Instead, you get a remarkable stripped down version that oozes pain and loss in every note.
My Gawd, that’s just something else.