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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Them Crooked Vultures tickets hard to get, reminiscent of Led Zeppelin reunion concert

Great report today, with ongoing updates, about this morning's ticket sales for the Them Crooked Vultures debut show on Sunday night at Metro in Chicago: Click here.

Reminds me of the ticket fiasco to the 2007 Led Zeppelin reunion concert at the O2 arena in London: So many people logged on to get tickets that the system crashed. Click here to relive some memories.

And we're already seeing Them Crooked Vultures tickets on eBay and Craigslist. Reminds me of this.

Let the buyer beware: Don't forget, to get admission, the person whose credit card was used to purchase tickets must be present to receive the tickets upon entry to the venue. So don't buy a complete pair second-hand as the tickets will be unusable to you! You may buy a single ticket secondhand if you trust that the other person bought the pair himself or herself and will be attending with you. Only that buyer's identification will gain you entry!

One difference between the ticket sales method used by Them Crooked Vultures and that of the reunited Led Zeppelin in 2007 is the Ahmet Ertegun tribute concert involved being notified by e-mail and given a unique passcode with which to purchase tickets. Click here to recall why that didn't work smoothly.

Update: Jim DeRogatis of the Chicago Sun-Times reports tickets sold out in three minutes! He quotes a spokesperson for the band as saying, "They're doing paperless [tickets], so no scalpers. Make sure your readers know not to get ripped off!" See above; that's my advice.


Wyatt said...

A three minute sell-out is not exactly the full story. A friend of a friend of mine stayed online after the website was crashing initially and then turning up messages of "no inventory available". He finally got tickets around 10:30 or so, and I know they didn't put up the SOLD
OUT indicator until almost 11am (onsale was 10am).

If the report would have said that the website was only able to
process ticket requests for a grand total of three minutes of that hour, then THAT would be believable, so perhaps that's what they meant...

John Milazzo said...

From my experience the tickets were up from 10:00 to about 10:03 then the "no inventory currently available" screen popped up. I refreshed many, many times from then on out until ~11:00 and tickets were again available about 4 for times, roughly at 10:25, 10:30, 10:35 and 10:40. Each time for about 1 minute. After that it finally said, "Sold Out".

I never got passed the error screen that appeared after selecting 2 tickets and putting in the 6 character code. Although, strangely, the last two times the tickets were up (at 10:35 and 10:40) the 6 character code portion did not show up and the error screen on the next page was different.

So, my guesstimate would be that tickets sold out in about 7 minutes.

Michael said...

What typically happens is that a small percentage of buyers' credit
cards are overcharged, the transaction is rejected and, 15 or 20
minutes past the hour, those tix are re-released into the pool...

In similar situations it can be worth it to keep trying for a good
half-hour or 45 minutes after the onsale time.

Another tip: with Ticketba$tard and Live Nation onsales that use a
two-word captcha system, only the longer of the two words needs to be

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