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Music by Turner: VIP deals offer access for price

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You’ve wanted the 30,000-foot view for years.

These days, instead of paying scalpers, eh, ticket brokers exorbitantly high prices for the best seats in the house, you can get that second mortgage you’ve been putting off and pay the artists’ promoters themselves. Gee, how very accommodating of them!

These “VIP Packages” vary in price and some include seats in the front or first few rows, dinners, T-shirts and other “special” swag. A few even offer “meet and greets” before the show with one or more of the musicians.

Let’s take a quick peek at just how much it will set you back to mingle with the extremely well-heeled fans:

• Van Halen: $395 to $895 (Philips Arena, April 19)

• Beach Boys: $175-$450 (Chastain Park, April 28)

• Tom Petty: $250 (Verizon Wireless, April 29)

• Eagles: $495-$895 (Verizon, May 2)

• Roger Waters: $375-$550 (Philips, June 13)

• Madonna: $250-$1,750 (Philips, Nov. 17)

ATLANTA’S CHASTAIN PARK has announced their “Series A” schedule for the coming months, and as usual it’s a terrific lineup.

The Beach Boys begin the wave at Chastain on April 28 with Brian Wilson back in the band for the first time this century. Other acts at Chastain include Steve Winwood (May 19), KC and the Sunshine Band (May 25), Sting (June 7), Willie Nelson (June 15), Earth, Wind, and Fire (June 27), Al Green (June 29) and Sarah McLachlan (July 3). The twin-bill of Chicago and the Doobie Brothers on July 24 rounds out the series. Don’t forget the candles.

HIS SONG DEPT. It was the highest grossing concert in the history of the arena. Locals are still raving over the Elton John show at James Brown Arena, and rightfully so. The three-hour performance was stunning in every sense of the word, as the strong, 31-song set indicated. But to me, it was the staggering number of hits that he didn’t play – that includes a whopping 26 top-40 hits.

Among those tunes not played were Island Girl, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Little Jeannie, Nikita, Blue Eyes and Don’t Go Breaking My Heart. Yes, truly great artists always leave you wanting more, and that’s what Sir Elton did that magical night in Augusta.

PET DEPT. Heartfelt thanks are due to everyone who purchased tickets for Number 9’s four sold-out shows at Le Chat Noir. The concerts raised $14,000 for the dogs and cats at the CSRA Humane Society, the “no-kill” shelter behind Green Jackets Stadium.

Limited bar seating is still available for the final two shows March 23 and 24 at the door. These all-ages, no-smoking classic rock concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

TURNER’S QUICK NOTES: It’ll be a Night in White Satin on March 24 when Justin Hayward and the Moody Blues visit Atlanta’s Fox Theatre … The Eagles have added a second show at Atlanta’s Verizon Shed May 2 … Andrew Bird’s CD Break It Yourself is new this week with a bonus DVD to boot.

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