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The Great LCD Soundsystem Ticket Fiasco

James Murphy and StubHub face off as the band's MSG farewell sells out instantly

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.

James Murphy doesn't want to hear it.
Angela N.
James Murphy doesn't want to hear it.
James Murphy doesn't want to hear it.
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James Murphy doesn't want to hear it.

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."

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Squareonenyc
Squareonenyc

Promoters scalp the tickets. Fact. The agent who books the show scalps the tickets. Fact. People who work at the venue scalp the tickets. Fact. THE ARTISTS THEMSELVES scalp the tickets. FACT. And by the time everyone has dipped their hands into the pot, there's nothing left to go onsale to the general public. This is the reality of live music today. Someone should demand an audit of the box office and the ticket agent.

Squareonenyc
Squareonenyc

...and this is all 100% legal, my friends. Thank you Elliot Spitzer and David Paterson.

Vraxartifice
Vraxartifice

So the crazy, stupid priced tickets on stubhub right now, the ones over 10 grand, are owned by a registered ticket broker called The Ticket Experience. Those seats went to a broker below face value and were NEVER available to the public. Need someone to blame? Blame the artist and the brokers, and ticketmaster for giving big brokers first dibs on the best seats to every single show. It's a dirty system, and ticketmaster has been doing it for years and years.

Squareonenyc
Squareonenyc

But Ticketmaster isn't the biggest culprit... The artists THEMSELVES are selling tickets to brokers. I'm not saying Murphy is guilty of doing that, but I'm saying that when his camp evades a valid question about how many tickets actually were available to the public and tells the media "We're not going to dignify that StubHub bullshit with a response..", something is fishy.... Either he DID give tickets to brokers, and/or he knows that Bowery Presents is giving tickets to brokers, and he does not want to bite the hand that has been feeding him for the last few years. I give him credit for saving his own ass by making those Terminal 5 shows available, but I still think the box office and the ticket agent handling the show should be audited.Check out this blog by Trent Reznor, regarding corruption in the live-music industry: http://forum.nin.com/bb/read.p...

Shittyshittybangbang
Shittyshittybangbang

WHY GOD WHY???!!!!!!! I've never been to one of their shows and I will never be able to- EVER!

Squareonenyc
Squareonenyc

Why isn't anyone questioning how many tickets were being held back by the promoter and the venue, when it went on sale? Why isn't anyone asking for an audit?

Timtsoup
Timtsoup

The same thing happened to me Saturday morning when I tried to buy tix for Rammstein at the Graden. 15 seconds before 10am I tried ti buy tix at Ticketmaster online. It replied that they aren't on sale yet. Exactly when my PC's clock turned to 10 I reloaded the page, asked for the best ticket available and all I could get was balcony at the far end of the arena. It almost sold out in 5 seconds???? There is some serious inside scamming and favoritism going on here. This is borderline false advertising.... when we cannot buy a ticket for the advertised price.

Paulina
Paulina

What Deborah and Hariholo DON'T know- you could just about squeeze into the Grand Canyon. StubHub merely hosts the site for people who want to sell tickets (the motive ranging from "I have to work and can't go, hopefully i can get some money back" to "this is the LAST show ever for a popular "indie" band in their own hometown and I think people are going to be willing to pay a lot to see them so I'm going to get up early and get on ticketmaster the MOMENT they go on sale and try to make some money to pay for my new Orange TH1000 head." If this show sold out so quickly and tickets were immediately available via Stubhub, it sounds to me like there are more people interested in making money than seeing LCD's swan song. That's neither LCD's nor StubHub's problem. That's capitalism I highly doubt StubHub nor it's parent company, eBay waste money buying and attempting to re-sell tickets (or crochet doilies). They merely host the site that enable others to do so - sometimes at a profit for that individual and sometimes at a loss enabling another 'true fan' to see a sold out show for UNDER face value. I suppose that should be illegal too? Does anyone know what the re-selling laws are for tickets anyway? What if you couldn't re-sell your Hawthorne Heights CD back to your local record store, is that fair? Besides, who wants to see LCD in such a big venue anyway? Haven't most of you seen them a "million times" in smaller clubs anyway? You should have.

Squareonenyc
Squareonenyc

This is not StubHub's fault. All the provide is a marketplace for the tickets. I'm sure James Murphy knows that Bowery Presents holds back way too many tickets from the general public, but won't throw them under the bus. If there are only 2000 or so tickets available for sale (out of 15,000), of course it's going to sell out fast. And if Bowery Presents (or others that they give tickets to) put tickets on StubHub, it's not StubHub's fault.

Deborah
Deborah

The same thing happened in MA for Jeff Magnum (Neutral Milk Hotel) tickets. How is this legal? Stub Hub is obviously lying big time.

franky5000
franky5000

"We're not going to dignify that StubHub bullshit with a response."

why not disclose the number of tickets offered to the public during the pre- and general sales? that would put the whole matter to rest. in other words, tell us who is holding back tickets, is it the promoter? the venue? . . . the artist?

I personally doubt LCD is knowingly holding back tickets but it's kind of disappointing that they don't want to dig deeper into this (legitimate) question

SomeGuyinLA
SomeGuyinLA

It would not surprise me if LCD and their management held back about 1000 tickets for the show.

Hariholo
Hariholo

Hate to disagree but the tickets online sold out immediately or within seconds. At least that was my experience and i checked stub hub at 11:02 and there were many many tickets at very high prices. How did they get on their so fast? This was a fiasco and Terminal 5 shows is not the remedy.

 
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