I went to see the Tom Petty show on June 12, 2010. We arrived roughly an hour and a half before the opening act started. We paid for "VIP Parking" ($28) in advance of the show. But the people directing parking would not permit us to go to the VIP parking area. We ended up with general parkers. The Box Office claimed they could do nothing for us and we had to call Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster claimed they could do nothing for us since they gave all money, less their fees of course, to the Gorge. And so it continued...
We had also purchased seats, unlike most concertgoers who choose to find a spot on the hillside. Nevertheless, we had to wait with all the concertgoers for nearly two hours in a large, mostly drunk and stoned crowd pushing into each other, yelling, vomiting, farting, etc. Every few minutes, the crowd lurched forward two or three feet until finally we made it to the gate where we were patted down and shoved through. We waited in the mob until 8:40 or so, when the opening act had just finished.
Oh and beers are $9-$12 a piece. I know you'd pay a premium at any venue for beers. But $12 for one beer?
The show, however, was amazing. Tom Petty puts on a wonderful concert. I just can't suggest to anyone that they should go see a show at the Gorge. It is absurdly disorganized and primitive considering how highly this venue is regarded. And the Gorge stole $28 from me.
Pros: breathtaking scenery
Cons: absolutely disorganized