Got your plan of attack mapped out for tonight's Judas Priest concert at CenturyLink Arena? Thinking you'll just elbow your way toward the stage and rock out right up front?
Go back to your seat, old man.
You might not be breaking the law, but if you think nobody's going to complain, you've got another thing comin'.
Tonight's Priest show is 100 percent reserved seating.
Part of my fondness for hard-rock and heavy-metal shows stems from the traditional standing-room-only floor situation. It's called "festival seating" - as in no seats. You go wherever you want.
My initial reaction to reserved floor seats at Judas Priest? Cynicism, naturally. I was ready to wag a finger at a promoter looking to make an extra buck. Organizers generally can charge more for a reserved seat than for a general-admission situation.
But the truth of the matter?
Blame the graying audience.
Older fans tend to prefer reserved seats. It's as simple as that, according to promoter CTTouring.
The truth hurts. But I get it, even if it's sort of depressing. Shucks, maybe I'll headbang while being served caviar up in the suites.
That said, one of my favorite memories of concert chaos is when Nirvana performed in 1993 at the BSU Pavilion (now Taco Bell Arena).
"Now remember, don't leave your seats," Kurt Cobain preached sarcastically to the crowd. "Don't get out of line."
Fans responded by dismembering rows of folding chairs, which were held together by metal clasps and zip ties. Security had to haul away loads of seats, which were being kicked out of the way and passed overhead.
It was beautiful.