There was much excitement when Temple of Dog, the retroactively-labelled grunge supergroup, announced that it would reunite (sans Eddie Vedder) and tour for the first time. The occasion: the 25th anniversary of the release of their one-and-only album.
Grunge/Pearl Jam/Soundgarden fans freaked out. And with only a handful of shows scheduled, demand for tickets was bound to be high.
Enter the bots.
When the 20,000 or so available tickets went on sale, they all disappeared in three seconds. Not minutes or hours. Three seconds.
Within minutes, fans claimed those tickets started showing up on the secondary market for up to 50 times their face value. I must call bullshit on this one because I just did a quick look on Stubhub and found no such thing.
However, there are plenty of tickets available. When I checked, there were 1,731 seats available on Stubhub for the November 12 show in San Francisco with starting at around $160 USD each. They obviously found their way into the hands of opportunistic secondary sellers (read: scalpers) instead of real fans.
Goddam bots. The sooner they’re outlawed, the better.