Another big-name tour went on sale today through Ticketmaster with the predictable outcome: People getting screwed by ticket-buying bots. Here are a few emails sent my way:
I was online at noon and didn’t get a thing. Not even super expensive tickets. I then switched to Amex front of the line and that was also sold out. I included a screen shot in another tweet of a third party site advertising about having a bunch of tickets available and they’d posted that ad an hour before tickets went on sale. It’s so frustrating.
I’ve been listening to the new album like crazy since it was released. Just loving it. I’ve really fallen in love with their new stuff, which made me explore some of their other recent releases (I’m also very into the I’m With You outtakes – so many great songs in that bunch). My wife is a HUGE fan from way back as well – she picked up Mother’s Milk on vinyl a while back… so good.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get lucky with the presale for tickets here in Vancouver. This morning, though, I was ready – 15 minutes ahead of time.
The clock ticked down, the page loaded (for a noticeably long time). When it fully loaded, I quickly selected two tickets and searched, and BAM. “No tickets, but keep trying”.
I’ve been trying pretty much non-stop for oh… 54 minutes. Nothing.
It’s rare that I get excited about a concert these days, and even rarer that a great band from my childhood makes ANOTHER great album. I really wanted to see them, but it looks like this is a bust.
The sad part is, last night before any of this happened I was pretty sure it’d go down like this… it’s such a letdown.
As a programmer, I’m fairly certain this could be organized in a better way, but Ticket Master probably has no interest in that since they get their money either way, as does the band. In the end, it’s the fans that bite the bullet, and due to our admiration of some awesome bands end up getting exploited by… I don’t even know who. Scalpers? Or a Ticket Master / Stub Hub arrangement?
In any case, I’m disappointed… yet again. I hope someone implements a fair system for this stuff sometime soon.
I attempted getting tickets three days in a row for the Toronto show: for the fan presale; for the Spotify presale; and finally for the general public sale. Same conclusion for each time: no tickets available within seconds of the start time. Smells like Ticketmaster bull**it!
I’m so incredibly disappointed as I really wanted to see the Peppers at least once.
Looking forward to your views on this.
Anyone else have stories?