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March 14th, 2005

Not such a beautiful day @ 10:41 am

gloria269:

As a fan who has seen U2 on every single tour since the Live Broadcast/Achtung Baby tour, I am so disappointed. I woke up on time with my computer set this morning to attempt to get some tickets. I could not afford to get a subscription to the fan club and after the fiasco of what happened with the first leg I thought why even bother? So having woken up on time and sitting patiently at my computer while Ticketbastard does it's stuff, I find that I am unable to get tickets to any of the shows in the New York area, which is where I'll be living in six months time. I even tried Philly as soon as they were available and DC. I can't afford to pay scalper prices of $500 a ticket, and apparently they're all completely sold out.
This is the worst I've ever seen a tour handled in my history of U2 concerts. I've been able to get tickets every single time they've gone on tour for thirteen years. From one poor college student to any others that might be feeling my plight out there, I wish you hope of a beautiful day when scalpers don't get any tickets at all and tickets are doled out in order of fanship. To everyone else who is getting to go, tell Bono, Edge, Larry and Adam that I said hello.
 
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From:themegs
Date:March 14th, 2005 03:55 pm (UTC)
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It's really difficult to get tickets in or near NYC. I've been having trouble getting tickets to every band I try to see. A few months ago I was online to buy Beastie Boys tickets the moment they went on sale and still ended up with crappy seats. :( Tickets for MSG are in high demand.
From:gloria269
Date:March 14th, 2005 04:05 pm (UTC)
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I understand and I know I shouldn't be complaining as I have been lucky enough to see them three times, but I'm just really disappointed. I like Atomic Bomb better than I've liked an album since Achtung and I was really looking forward to seeing them this time around. I guess it's all bad timing. Hope you got some tickets. :)
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From:themegs
Date:March 14th, 2005 04:11 pm (UTC)
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Thanks. :)
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From:rockingthemike
Date:March 14th, 2005 04:08 pm (UTC)
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don't give up! Seriously, it's common for acts to release seats on the day of. You'll likely just have to physically go to the venue to see if any spots have opened up. Also, it's common for press seats to not be all filled. Thos are generally the seats that free up on the day of, but don't give up hope. I'm sure you'll get to see Bono and the boys yet. :)
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From:boomtownrat
Date:March 14th, 2005 04:13 pm (UTC)
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Maybe it's not that it's being poorly handled so much as that they're even more popular now than they've been in recent years? I know it was handled poorly on the first leg, but most people don't seem to have had any problems with this leg. I know I got my tickets with no problems (okay, yes, I did get into the presale, which means I had an advantage).

I hope it works out for you -- in case you didn't know, additional seats are usually released for sale later on. I know the NYC area is probably going to sell out faster than any other, though.

But oh man, I hope we're not about to see another rash of people getting angry and accusing the band of horrible things...
From:gloria269
Date:March 14th, 2005 04:27 pm (UTC)
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Oh no, I wouldn't ever blame the band. They really don't have much that they can do. What with Clear Channel and Ticketbastard, there's not much bands CAN do these days. I did Not know about day of tickets. Never heard of that ever before, but that's absolutely something I'll check into. I've even started looking at other places and such, trying to find where I'd possibly be able to go. I adore the boys as much as any fan can, and I know that they've done all they could to get their loyal troupe seeing them. I'm just not so fond of scalpers who take tickets away from those (anyone on this board for example) who deserve them.
Hopefully I shall not be misconstruing myself with any more posts that say the wrong thing. :)
Thanks though to all for letting me know of the day of idea. For certain something I'll be looking into.
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From:boomtownrat
Date:March 14th, 2005 04:36 pm (UTC)
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:)

If I seemed irritable, it's not your post that did it; it's that I've seen many people all over the net getting angry at the boys themselves and accusing them of greed, not caring, etc. It happened a lot on this community, but I saw it at U2.com and other places as well. I'm sorry if it looked like I was taking it out on you; I tried to word it non-confrontationally because you didn't deserve to be attacked for what others have done. :)

Scalpers need to be stopped. I wish someone could think of a way to do that.

Good luck on the tickets. :)
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From:rockingthemike
Date:March 14th, 2005 04:37 pm (UTC)
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not every act does the 'day of', but it's quite common. And with a band as big as U2, I'm sure they would do the same for the larger venues. I'm confident you'll be seeing them. :)
From:deltawing
Date:March 14th, 2005 05:12 pm (UTC)
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If you are going on the day, take lots of cash with you. I've known people to be selling tickets at face value on the day at concerts because they've got one extra for some reason.
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From:ratherbewater
Date:March 14th, 2005 05:05 pm (UTC)
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It doesn't seem to be just U2 shows. It's been extremely difficult to get tix to every concert that I've tried this year. It seems that the scalpers are really bad. Instead of just taking all the really good seats, they seem to be taking ALL the seats. Now fans are left to pay hundreds of dollars for one ticket to see a performer. I really don't blame the artists themselves, I just wish they'd maybe try to do something to help stop the scalpers.

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