Daily Archives: August 11, 2012

Mike Nesmith Touring with the Monkees Broke Ticketmaster

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As I blogged this past Wednesday, Michael Nesmith posted on Facebook that he would be doing twelve shows late this year with Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork. As they don’t, at this time at least, have any shows scheduled for the DC area, the hubster and I decided that a Friday show in NJ would be the best bet.

I am a Ticketmaster pro. In the old days before the internet (yes, there used to be a time when everyone did not have a computer in their home), I’d head to the local TM outlet and wait in line for tickets. Then they went online and I learned to have the page loaded and to keep refreshing at onsale time. I’ve snagged second row seats to shows, fifth row to Paul McCartney, more ticket #1’s to general admission shows than I can count – it’s usually not an issue.

The word must have been out about these tickets going on sale. I have never, ever gotten a pop-up from Ticketmaster telling me basically to just relax as so many people are trying to buy tickets. I have never ever had the Captchas load so freaking slowly. I have never ever had so many pages that said from the first search right as tickets go on sale “nothing available”. I searched for 10 minutes before finally seeing a single seat available in what had to be the last row of the venue. After about 30 minutes what did I see?

SOLD OUT. In about 30 minutes. Man…

OK. On to venue choice number 2 – Huntington, NY. Their onsale was at 10:30. Again – with searching best available – nothing to look at, search after search. Finally found seats in the balcony in the back. Not worth it. Next show choice is Chicago with onsale at 11:00. My initial thought was tie the show in to a weekend visit with the big kid. After about six empty searches found seats about 30 rows back. Then I realized I’d have to pay $1,000 in airline tickets to get there. As the Medium Fry is in school, we’d have to fly in the afternoon of the show. In November. To Chicago. With my luck, there’d be a snowstorm here and there and we’d miss it. No Chicago for us.

As this is a concert I do not want to miss, I sucked it up and went to StubHub. I found 6th row seats at the Huntington Show. I would love to ask the seller what their secret is to Ticketmaster.

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