Edit: Second show added.
When do they go on sale??
[UPDATE: Alright! Thank you guys... I was looking at the on-sale date for Madison Square Garden in NYC, which, yesh, don't go on sale until monday. THE MYSTERY (or my cluelessness, at the least) HAS BEEN SOLVED!!]
Better grab it if you want to keep looking at it.
oh and the San Diego Union Tribune even mentioned the presale debacle, and i must say based on u2.com's announcements it made it seem as if the new dates would have presale availability before general sale which was definitely not the case... but i got my tickets so i guess i should just be happy.
moral to the story 2 tries (presale, today) and i yield 0 tickets :(
i believe (like everywhere else) the denver show has sold out, so im crossing my fingers they add another date.
i promise thats the last time i'll be bitching and whining ;)
They added a third show in Boston.
Nope. Sold out right away.
Yeesh. Guess I'll have to deal with my nosebleeds.
Well, that's what you get when you're dealing with the biggest band in the world ;)
U2 apologizes for site's ticket sale debacle
By Greg Kot
Tribune music critic
Published January 29, 2005
Complaints about U2's bungled pre-sale for its 2005 world tour continued to pour in Friday, with ticket brokers and scalpers offering tickets to the shows --including the Chicago dates -- for more than 20 times face value.
The band Friday apologized to fans who paid $40 to U2's official Web site, U2.com, for pre-sale privileges beginning Tuesday only to be left without coveted $49.50 general-admission floor tickets nearest the stage, or no tickets at all. Dozens of prime U2 tickets ended up in the hands of third-party profiteers. By Friday, tickets to U2 shows around the country, including the ones May 7 and May 9 at the United Center with top-end prices of $95 to $165, were being sold on eBay for more than $1,000 each.
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Even better? My boyfriend bought them for me!
Still even better? It's my first concert ever, and it's U2!
This is disgusting.
EDIT: Oops, I was looking at the San Francisco show. Still, 50 GA for SF?
Fleetcenter, Boston, MA
Thursday May 26, 2005 7:30 pm
Seat location: section GAFLR
holy f-ing shit!
scarily enough the first time i tried it was "sold out" of GAs, and i refused to accept that and tried again immediately, and after "searching" and making bizarre clicky noises at me for what seemed like FOR-FRICKEN-EVER it pulled those up.
i didnt even know they added a Saturday date, that's cool though.
and there's still chances guys, my brother got GAs for the providence show on larry'd b-day back on the elevation tour day of show, and that was "sold out" too. there always seems to be a few lucky ones that hold out in the ticket line day of and walk away with tickets.
Then I went to a TM outlet for the San Diego onsale. I was the first in line, the first of three. Two friends of mine were also first in line at two different outlets. We kept tabs on one another via phone.
When the onsale came, the lady behind the computer hit the ticket button as soon as the onsale started, and the very first tickets to come up were section LL. No floor. One level up. The second person in line was like me, wanted floor, so the third guy in line bought the LL tickets. They were $200something. Keep that in mind, because it's important for later.
When the lady printed the tickets, after the guy paid, the tickets were the same price but were in the very back of the Sports Arena, near the rafters. The lady called TM and got the guy's money refunded.
A quick phone call to a friend confirmed that the first tickets out of the other outlets' computers were also for seats.
The second show went onsale, and again, the lady hit the ticket button as soon as TM let her in, and again, the first seats out were LL. In fact, they were the same section that had come up for SD1, but this time, the pair was $400 -- well over $100 more than the same tickets for the first show. No floor tickets came up at all.
Another quick phone call confirmed that the exact same thing happened at the two other outlets.
Something is very wrong here. WHERE ARE THE FLOOR TICKETS??? I have an idea of where they went, and I'm thinking that these were very possibly spoken for before the onsale even started...check this out.
I don't think this is the band's fault. Tuesday was largely their bag, but today seems to involve many factors that have built up over time and have made an incredibly flawed system. PopMart was not this bad. Even Elevation wasn't...I bought tix for three shows at outlets the day of the general onsales, and I had GA for all three. But for no floor seats to come up right when the onsale begins...that waves a big red flag that something is very, very wrong.
While I said that I don't think today's issues are the band's fault, I do think that the band has some responsiblity as an entity that uses TicketMaster to look into where the system failed.
How'd the rest of you do?
SO YAY!! I have two tickets to U2!! To toot my own horn, I am one of the world's best girlfriends, these tickets are my gift to my boyfriend for Valentine's Day. :) hehe
So incredibly frustrating esp because my 15 yr old cousin who hardly cares about U2 gots GAs for May 10th at the UC in Chicago.
But since my brother lives in Vegas, I promised to try for tickets for him when they went on sale. Result?
GAFLOOR in San Diego March 28th!!
I will skip classes.... exams.... papers for this...
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ticketmaster hasn't emailed me the tickets yet though. i got the order confirmation email but not the tickets. is that normal? the email says if i don't get them within 24 hours, contact ticketmaster.
AHHHH I'M SEEING U2<333333 (even if i am behind the stage and far away!)
That all having been said I am going to listen to my bootleg copy of the Oct 15, 2001 Elevation show from the UC.
Take me, I am yours. I surrender.
I am so sickened at what happened this morning on TICKETBASTARD. Like hell I'm gonna give them kudos for ANYTHING. FUCK TICKETBASTARD selling to that fucking scalper scum. What a bunch of BULLSHIT.
***I tried for 10 shows this morning***, as well as my boyfriend and mother (2 different states covered in this...3 different computers).. NOT A DAMN SINGLE TICKET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
How in the hell can 10 shows go onsale and I cant get a single fucking ticket? You cant tell me???? ITS BECAUSE TICKETBASTARD IS A FUCKING MONOPOLY FROM HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah...and I'm not the ONLY one that thinks so. Good GOD this is a fucking ripoff from beyond infinity. DISGUSTING.
2. Demand to the first leg of this tour is phenominally high because they are only playing in 13 cities and missing large swaths of the country. I know a lot of people going to Chicago for the shows that don't live anywhere near there (myself included). This is behavior that would not be occuring as much if they were playing more cities. This demand is causing things to sell out quickly.
3. Work ticket connections in the U2 internet communities before you resort to scalping/ticket brokers-you'll be surprised what you might find.
4. They will be coming back this fall and probably doing more dates in NYC, Boston, Philly, Chicago, etc. in addition to many other cities.
Just some pointers. I've gone to many shows where I've paid no more than face value for tickets and didn't originally get the tickets on the original on-sale date by using a combination of the techniques above.
Don't resort to broker/scalper prices right now either, they are going to be super high right now because demand will be so much higher due to people getting hosed out of the public onsale. Wait a while if you do choose to go this route (and I strongly suggest using some of these other techniques first).
Note: performing a google searc with "ticketmaster complaints" will bring up a lot of articles from this past week regarding the presale.
HP Pavilion's web site: http://www.hppsj.com/hppsj/schedule/
(Choose April, and scroll down to the U2 listing....)
"Arena Setup: 360 degree concert" "
Doesn't sound like an end stage to me!