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January 25th, 2005

(no subject) @ 04:13 pm

aznbomb:
I thought I'd weigh in with my two cents here. I didn't pay the $40 but after having gone through a couple of internet pre-sales through the years with U2 (Elevation), Radiohead, and Coldplay, I've pretty much come to the conclusion that internet pre-sales are a piece of shit (though I understand that when you pay $40, you'd expect a piece of shit to be a little less smellier). Internet pre-sales make about as much sense as a Bush economic plan. First of all, it seems to me that internet pre-sales at the very most release only a couple of hundred tickets per show and with this internet pre-sale, I'm assuming only a small percentage of those were GA. If you put that in mind, with a band as popular as U2, you're going to get lots and lots of people who are going to get majorly pissed. It pretty much becomes the equivalent of a radio call-in contest.

Also, let's not have an overreaction about how U2 don't care about their fans. Let's count the ways, shall we?

1. U2 have the tendency to sign autographs for fans who wait outside the backstage area.
2. They still managed to do shows while Bono's dad lay dying an ocean away. They then performed at Slane days after he died.
3. When a bunch of fans waiting in line signed a letter asking them to play "When I Look at the World," they learned the chords and performed a snippet of it.
4. They didn't cancel the our after 9/11 while acts left and right were.
5. They pulled random fans out of the crowd and they got to jam with the band.

We could go on and on here.

Honestly, unless they're willing to release as many tickets as the people who signed up, U2 just shouldn't do internet pre-sales. They're a big fucking hassle and they piss too many people off to be worth it.
 
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From:hot_coffee
Date:January 26th, 2005 01:02 am (UTC)
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Man, that was heart felt. I think I love you. (platonicly)
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From:arcmorality
Date:January 26th, 2005 01:04 am (UTC)
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Your points are valid. I agree with you about the presale thing. But the UK gigs are not sold out at the moment.
Some people are still able to buy tix for these shows. Whilst people like me have been sent codes that dont work. So far have been sent 3 codes from ticketbastard (original prop code got reset at 10:30am apparently) each of which since have been duff.

Whilst yes U2 may care about fans, that still does make them money grabbing cunts.
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From:camiloj
Date:January 26th, 2005 01:07 am (UTC)
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Great post. And dont forget, they make bad ass music. I've been more than a little perturbed with this generation of U2 fans that whines because they don't get what they want. Did U2.com GUARANTTED THEY WOULD GET TICKETS or did guarantee the ABILITY to pre-order tickets? Anyway your post was refreshing amidst the whiney U2 backlash.
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From:arcmorality
Date:January 26th, 2005 01:11 am (UTC)
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or did guarantee the ABILITY to pre-order tickets?

Thats exactly what they guaranteed. I've yet to be given that chance. So far many in the UK who are paid-up members haven't been given the chance to purchase tickets for events that are nowhere near sold out.
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From:ladyreo
Date:January 26th, 2005 01:37 am (UTC)
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U2 did not guarantee you, there website run by a company in agreement with pm and ticketmaster made that promise. No one kows how much of this had to do with the band and how much with their management until a statement is made. But with that many very human middlemen something was bound to fuck up. Not saying you do not have a right to be pissed off just that wait to find out who is really behind it before you place blame.
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From:arcmorality
Date:January 26th, 2005 10:40 am (UTC)
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U2 did not guarantee you

Who said they did?

You said... Did U2.com GUARANTTED THEY WOULD GET TICKETS or did guarantee the ABILITY to
pre-order tickets?
That is who I'm refering to, U2.com. Not the 4 band members themselves. Not sure what makes you think I'm blaming Bono & Co!
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From:desert_sky
Date:January 26th, 2005 01:18 am (UTC)
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"Honestly, unless they're willing to release as many tickets as the people who signed up, U2 just shouldn't do internet pre-sales."

Exactly. The management of U2.com, Ticketmaster, and Fanfire are idiots for "not anticipating the demand" (this is a direct quote from one of their employees). Not anticipating the demand?! This is U2, not some garage band down the street! They should have anticipated the demand and released tickets accordingly. If the management knew they couldn't release enough tickets to accomodate the members, they should have either cut membership off at some point before it got so large, or not done the pre-sale at all.

But that doesn't change the fact that they did do a pre-sale, it was handled terribly, and a lot of people got screwed. Not just people who were unable to get GA tickets, but people whose code wouldn't work, who were unable to access anything whatsoever due to Ticketmaster's endless errors, and who ended up without any ability to buy tickets at all. These people are perfectly justified in complaining all they want after paying $40 for nothing.
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From:unorthodox_muse
Date:January 26th, 2005 02:55 am (UTC)
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I managed to score two GA's for the show I want to see.

I've met the band while waiting outside for them and they have signed autogrpahs for me and, well, basically I love them. Their music means the world to me.

But they are still greedy bastards!
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From:drive_away18
Date:January 26th, 2005 03:30 am (UTC)
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I think U2 shouldn't be blamed, but everyone who was running the presale should.
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From:boomtownrat
Date:January 26th, 2005 03:30 am (UTC)

YES.

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Thank you so much for saying that.

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