Day of EVIL strikes again.

Sun 3/27/2005

On Friday, March 25th at high noon tickets went on sale for the weezer concert here in New York. I had started work a half hour early that day, so that I could be poised at the computer at 11:59, ready to hit "reload" and then "Find Tickets." At 11:59 I hit reload 3 times and watched the page go from "Not Available Yet" to "Not Available Yet" to "Find Tickets." So I was online, trying to get tickets LITERALLY at the INSTANT that they became available.

And I did NOT get weezer tickets.

I didn't understand! WHAT??? I mean, the Roseland Ballroom supposidly seats 6000 people and weezer was playing for TWO NIGHTS. Surely if I was online the INSTANT the tickets went on sale, I would be able to get tickets! But no such luck. Then I found a section of the website where it mentioned an "internet presale" that had happened three days earlier. HUHHHH??? I check weezer.com like THREE times a day! How come they didn't tell us about this???

Then last night, I read Karl's post on weezer.com:

"a note on the pre-sale situation re: the upcoming leg of North American shows - It is true that many of the shows that have been going on sale these days had a pre-sale. Normally in the past we would post the info to the weezer fanbase here on weezer.com and send out a mass email to everyone with what they needed to know, because the whole idea is to give the most hardcore fans who check the site out frequently the best chance at scoring tickets.

However, this time something went wrong. The presale info somehow went from Ticketmaster right to local radio station promotions, bypassing weezer.com's involvement. In fact we were under the impression that there were no presales, and only figured the situation out after fans started drawing attention to their local area radio station's promotions. By this time it was too late, the radio stations were running their promotions and it couldnt be altered. While its totally cool to have the radio stations involved, and they did do an excellent job, We are not happy about having been effectively cut out of the process, and it wont happen again. Regardless of exactly how future presales are done, and regardless of what radio stations or other organizations are involved, weezer.com and the Weezer mailing list will have the info you need, available when you need it.

An important side note: the pre-sales do NOT sell every ticket - they NEVER do this. Pre-sales only sell a set allocation of tickets, leaving most of the tickets for the main sale. However, these venues on this upcoming North American tour are admittedly fairly small for weezer (though no one could have known this before the tickets were on sale, after a 2.5 year break off the road), and this means that the Ticketmaster website and phone offices usually get flooded with fans' ticket requests the moment the tickets become available. For yesterday's New York City Roseland sales, this resulted in immediate sellout status, as all the remaining tickets were accounted for right away. As most fans go for the 4 ticket limit in attempts to get them for their groups of friends, it only takes 100 requests to account for 400 tickets, and so on. as most of these venues fall into the 2000-3000 seat range, you can see how they can apparently sell out 'instantly'. "

So really, I did all I could. And still failed. WHICH TOTALLY SUCKS. I'm still going to go down to the Roseland the night of the concert and see if I can scrounge up some tickets... (from a scalper? UGGGH). I mean, I had to do that in Cleveland once to see them, but feel like I'm not going to have much barganing power here in New York. Any teenager from the upper East side will probably have more pocket money than I make in a YEAR.

The weird thing is that something evil or bizarre seems to happen EVERY year on March 25th. (which is also the birthday of the first girl who ever broke my heart -- NOT THAT I'M READING INTO THIS TOO MUCH). I've been cheated on, broken up with girlfriends, gotten rejection letters from star wars and now THIS! ALL on March 25th.

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