“I may be old, but I got to see all the cool bands.”
This quote certainly applies to how I feel, although I would have to be honest and say “most of the cool bands.” I remember my mom taking me to my first concert in the 70s, which was Rod Stewart and the Faces with Peter Frampton as the opening act at the Nassau Coliseum. Unfortunately, I do not have this stub. But over the years, I have built quite a collection of ticket stubs from concerts I attended.
The concert ticket stub is a piece of music history, and for a while was a work of art. After thinking about ways to organize my ticket stubs, I thought that it would be cool to scan them, post them online, and include my thoughts and memories of the show or artist.
When I attend shows now, I see people scanning bar codes on their cell phones to get in, or holding sheets of paper with printed “tickets” to gain access to a concert. It makes me kind of sad that the stub may be disappearing, replaced by the virtual ticket. Hopefully, this will inspire people to start requesting physical tickets again and saving their stubs. The ticket stub is memorabilia and should be treated as such.