Our Tale of Ticket Woes
What's a Neil Young fan supposed to do?
So we go to the venue Box Office this morning and get there thinking we're a little late, but realize we're first in line?!. Cool. We can see inside but it's dark. Hmm. Not good.
As the time approaches 10AM, we realize it doesn't look like tickets will go onsale at the venue itself. Not that our motivation was to avoid Ticketmaster fees (although that's incentive enough), we thought we'd give it a try given the fiasco of on-line ticket sales we've experienced.
Desperately trying to go online with our mobile was hopeless. Ever tried typing CAPTCHA decoding on a handheld mobile? Good luck.
By the time we got our laptop connected to TM it was 10:15. But then we saw tickets weren't onsale yet? Huh? Maybe a delay? Sold Out already???
After about 15 minutes of re-freshes, it dawned on us that maybe we were wrong about the sale today, Friday @ 10? So we checked and there it is (above). WTF???
You know, all a Neil fan wants is good concert seats with minimal hassle.
Screw the posters & memorabilia. Screw the bootlegs. F* the autographed photos.
Just give us fans a fair shot at decent seats. We refuse to pay more than face value for concert tickets on principal. It is a rule amongst fans that tickets are sold at face. No profits between fans is the operating assumption.
So we wasted half our morning for NOTHING.
You know, we're big fans of Pearl Jam, as well. We're in the PJ fan club 10 Club. Recently, we picked up seats for their tour. If you're a member, they send a mail with instructions. Login with member ID and buy a pair. Had a pair in less than 5 minutes. Very easy. Very fair. Hassle free. Zero stress.
PJ fan seats are allocated by member seniority. We've been members for 10 years or so, so we get pretty decent seats down in front. In the pit.
You go to venue, show ID and pickup the tix. No fan ticket re-sales permitted.
What's going on now with the horrid, horrid TicketMaster/Live Nation Corporations oligopoly merger will only make matters worse.
The corrupt, rotted system is blatantly rigged against the ordinary people fans and tilted in favor of the wealthy elite.
That's a fact.
f* it all.