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Thanks to state lawmakers, however, the paperless-only option is no longer available in New York. In July, legislators backed strongly by then-Governor David Paterson passed a ticket-reselling measure that takes the teeth out of the paperless system by requiring venues offering paperless tickets to give each individual buyer the choice of buying either a paperless or hard ticket.
So LCD Soundsystem settled for the next closest (some might say practically the same exact) thing, selling regular tickets for the Terminal 5 shows via Ticketmaster, but requiring buyers to pick up their passes—again with an ID and credit card—at will-call on the day of each show and enter the venue immediately. As additional measures against scalping, sales were limited to two tickets per person, and Ticketmaster pledged to delete multiple online purchases from the same IP address. Everything went on sale last Tuesday at 9 a.m. By noon, they were sold out.
Despite oversleeping, Douglas Bleggi snagged a ticket for one of the final shows—his alarm clock was just another in a string of obstacles in getting to see the band live one last time. "I wish it could be as simple as just getting a ticket, but these days you have to play this game of trying to outsmart the scalpers," he says. "It's pretty irritating."