It’s Black Friday weekend. People fight in stores over a television that will be obsolete in 5 years. They get gifts they will then re gift. How about getting something for the rocker or music fan on your list? It’s something they will keep. The Philly Expo Center is having their annual show. Today November 28 and tomorrow, the 29th, 2014. It’s called Not just Rock Expo. Before we go any further, it must be noted that the Expo Center is in Oaks Pa. not in Philly. It’s near the Valley Forge Casino. There are not a lot of signs directing you to the building, which needs to be rectified. Once you find it, off of Station Ave. maneuver around to where the cars are, and it is in D Hall.
Tickets are $11.00 and are available at the box office. Once inside, you can get to meet such rockers like Peter Criss from Kiss, and Mickey Dolenz from the Monkees. A rare treat is to meet Denny Laine, who played with Paul McCartney and the Moody Blues. The line was steady for Peter Criss who was charging $50.00per autograph. For Dolenz, the line was hit and miss. The same for Laine. Denny was charging $30.00 for a CD of Wings over America signed by him.
Also there, you can meet Jade Starling from the local group Pretty Poison. She is now a solo artist and recently released a solo effort, Captive. You can meet her and pick up a copy at the convention. Legendary Rocker Vince Martell from Vanilla Fudge is on hand to meet fans . Saturday you can meet Artimus Pyle from Lynyrd Skynrd. Check the website to see if there are any last minute additions. Eddie Trunk, radio personality and VH 1 host is there as well.
The convention also has a good number of dealers that will sell anything from t shirts to CD’s. Some of it is over priced and some of it is dirt cheap. House hold names on CD can be had for a few dollars. Dealers are trying to sell their wares and they usually can work a deal , especially if you have cash or if you are buying in bulk. Some of it is so rare,only the most seasoned collectors have seen it.
Look at it this way. in 1980, you could have purchased a television for someone for $50.00. They appreciate it but where is the tv now? In a landfill,or in an attic? If you purchased for them an autographed copy of a record, or tape, they would still have it. Posters and photos are prominently displayed. The stuff for sale at this event never goes out of style.
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