Many of the concert goers stay outside the gates

Posted: Friday, February 15, 2002

SALT LAKE CITY -- It was 25 degrees Wednesday night as we stood on the streets watching Bear Naked Ladies.

Hey, clean it up.

The pop group drew an estimated 20,000 spectators to the Olympic Medals Plaza for the nightly post-awards concert. People say they go to hear the anthems and see the tears in the athletes' eyes, but I suspect they're really there to hear Foo Fighters, Smash Mouth and the other acts who'll play there through next week.

But not all concert goers are inside the gates. Nightly, several hundred street fans gather in one or two positions were you can watch the show on the big-screen monitors.

So there we were on the street, singing "If I had a million dollars...'' when it occured to me that if I did have a million dollars, I sure as heck wouldn't be trying to peer over a fence at a Bare Naked Lady. The awards/concert tickets were initially given away free, but then the scalpers got 'em and now they're asking $75 for Dave Matthews, $25 for Macy Gray and Sheryl Crow, but $100 for Brooks and Dunn on Saturday.

Not for me. If I'm shelling out a C-note for Brooks and Dunn, being a Hard Working Man, I'm watching from a warm, indoor venue. Or, out on the street for free. -- Rick Dean

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