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Tickets for the Hollywood Bowl went on general sale to the public Saturday morning at 10 a.m., and for Alisha Staten, Gwen Corben, Sheila Tunnel and their cohorts, this meant their "one night, once a year affair" had started on Friday "in the evening" -- the exact time a secret. Coming from Pomona, Fontana, Downtown LA and other places, the dozen had set out their recliners, opened a bottle of wine and enjoyed the evening.
"I'm always number one in the line, and they're two and three," said Gwen, miffed that "unknowns" -- a couple who kept very much to themselves -- had beaten them to it this year. There's not much controversy here, though some recalled four years ago when security guards and high temper mixed when late arrivals accidentally got called up first:
"We had never been ghetto before, but this time the shit hit the fan," Gwen added.
A warm night had made sleeping in their chairs bearable, and it was an outdoor "party" until the 2 a.m. "lights off," when the Bowl goes dark and it's generally accepted that festivities end. "That's a great time, because the deer come out," said Gwen.More »