Huey Lewis: The Photo Pass

Huey Lewis, a harmonica, and the best lights of the opening set

Huey Lewis, a Harmonica, and The Best Lights of the opening set

I picked up my photo pass at the Will Call window. I then flashed it to the four or five ushers I needed to so I could get that far down the theater and next to the stage. The photo pass was a standard 4 x 6 inch size for these things. You can take off the backing and stick it to your shirt. That’s what you’re supposed to do.

In the past, I’ve been wearing a black work dress shirt, which has a pocket in the front. I just stick it in there and away I go. For this concert, I had a black polo shirt on since it was 100 degrees out during the day. I kept the photo pass in my camera bag, instead.

So, of course, during the second song, I could see in my peripheral vision a large man coming down the aisle, dressed all in black with a little name tag on. I turned towards him and he yelled something in my ear I couldn’t hear as we were standing in front of the speaker stack. But I knew what this was about.

“I have a photo pass,” I said to him while motioning with my hand in the shape of a rectangle.

“I need to see it,” he said.

Huey Lewis and the News at the Bergen PAC photo pass

Fair enough. He’s doing his job. It took thirty seconds out of the second song for me, but I walked three steps back to my bag and dug out the envelope and showed it to him. After that, we were cool and I had my run of the place.

But I learned my lesson. Keep the photo pass in a front shirt pocket, stick it to my shirt (which I hate to do because I like to keep the memento), or get some sort of lanyard with an alligator clip to keep it around my neck.

I went with the last option, and I’ve ordered a lanyard made for photo passes via eBay. I’ll let you know how that turns out the first chance I get to use it.

Tomorrow: The Big Finish (i.e. Everything Else)

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