The Tickets I Didn't Get
This what MusicToday originally offered me when I hit the Buy link at the stroke of Noon EST. Of course I hit continue. Then I had the audacity to attempt to change the shipping method, and that's when the server errors started. Needless to say after the 45 minutes it took to get their server to agree to interact with my browser again, all tickets were long gone, never mind the halfway decent floor seats I thought I had. If you can't make it out that's MSG, Section 11, Row J, seats 9 and 10. I'm so happy MusicToday chose to rely on Microsoft technologies for their server application. Just another example of their commitment to robust, stable, scalable, and standards-compliant software.
I hope everyone who didn't get screwed because of inherent bias in the underlying technology has a good time at the show. Wish I coulda been there.
I was so very disappointed this morning when i was unable to purchase pre-sale tickets. I went on at 10:30pm knowing I woulndt be able to get any tickets, I just wanted to make sure that there werent, by some miracle, still tickets left. At 11:00pm I was able to purchase tickets to Grensboro, DC, Albany and Worster. I was not able to get tickets to MSG
I'm not so sure it was entirely Musictoday's fault. I have bought presale tickets through them before with no problem for other bands. What was different about this is that all of the presales for this tour were up on the same day. This was the most poorly managed operation I have ever experienced.
After 2 hours in the "waiting area", I was offered 2 tickets in the first tier, possibly furthest from the stage for Hartford. This was for the more expensive tickets. No thanks. Where's the $60 tickets, in the bathrooms? I'll wait for the regular sale and if I can't get floor, forget it. I saw my first show 25+ years ago, bought tickets for face value on the street. If this is what "The Dead" has come to, I don't need to relive my youth. I've seen plenty of excellent, current bands playing relevent music, touring with professionally managed operations, for much less than 60 or 100 bucks lately.
Oh, and its spelled Worchester, since you may have to find it on a map or bus schedule or something.
RasberryJam: it's actually spelled WORCESTER, but the Dead hotline always called it "Warchester"
It's pronounced just like the sauce, without the "shire".
but ...i hope you can get what you need.. ..a miracle every day ! ..really..
Totally misleading. They had two price levels for Chicago. I selected the more expensive tix, what they called FI and they landed up charging me over $100 for upper bowl all away across from the stage. I emailed Music Today right after but have not heard back. I am hope they make this right. I would hate to complain to the BBB.
I think the problem might be that the secondary market crashed the sysytem. I have seen this before with other bands / sports events. The scalpers and secondary market companies get around the sysytem and crash the site. They scoop up all the tix then sell them for CRAZY prices. I checked the secondary sites last night and they were loaded with tickets....average prices for Worcester shows were $144 - $675. Sorry.....but I just can't see Deadheads plunking that kind of money down for shows. My thought is that they will sell some....and get stuck with tons. If that does happen then closer to the date of the show the prices will drop...sometimes even below FV. I have a policy of only paying face or less for event tickets. So I plan to give my luck a shot one more time and if I strike out...then I play the wait and see come April game. Never thought I'd see the day that Red Sox tix were easier to score than Dead tix!!! Have a Grateful night!!
Call me cheap but there is no way I would pay 100+ dollars to see the band without Jerry. I'm sure the shows will be cool but after paying max of $40 for tix to see the Grateful Dead over the years there is no way I'm spending that much for shows now. I wonder if Phil, Bob, Billy and Mickey even have a say in how much tix cost for these shows. I hope all the people that got tickets really enjoy the shows because for the price you should get a happy ending and no I dont mean an Alligator encore. :P
Having all the pre-sales at once and the servers get overloaded is part of the marketing scheme. Getting all the scalpers in there is too. Creates artificial demand and makes people think that these shows may actually sell out.
Only real sell-outs are the boys themselves.
The Dead is one of the few bands still out there that does actually care (where and when they can) about the fans!! Been dealing with all things Dead for a long while!! We should consider ourselves lucky that the band cares enough to set up pre-sale events (lucky or not in the score aspect) and other perks. As far as FV ticket prices…if the price seems high….blame the venue (as they set the official price) not the band. The band is one of few that offer taper tix still and not only do they offer pre-sale tix, but they offer them at a discount. I bought tix from TicketMaster this simmer for the CT show the boys did with the Allman’s and I paid $20 in fees on top of the ticket price. The way I see things….the last Dead tour didn’t sell out in my neck of the woods. With that said….I just can’t see how the scalpers think they might get those crazy prices they are asking…especially with the economy the way it is. I get a happy little chuckle every time I think of the scalpers being offered phatty grilled cheese and “brownies” for trade. My advice is to keep trying…and keep checking…if come show time and you have no tix….go and see what is being offered around the show grounds….AND talk those scalpers down to below face value. ;-) May we all find our miracle!!! Have a grateful night!!
OK - so pre-sale was a cluster fu%k...but whats really disappointing is that I'll be at the show with all the negativity of some of the folks posting here. By reading through the posts it looks like more than half of the people complaining here GOT TICKETS! So what gives? Did music today come to your house and steal your CC number? Get over it. It's 2009. Tickets would be $120 if Jerry was here so PLEASE don't give me that "if Jerry was here" crap. PLEASE.
I have an idea. If you bucked up and bought the tickets, let's all get together and have a good time. Remember that? Isn't that what was cool about the old days? I clearly (ok not SO clearly) remember having some of the best times of my life hours before the show began in miscellaneous parking lots around the east coast with tickets in my pocket that said 300+. It didn't BUG me. Those were the tickets I had that day. Some days they were better, but some days not. Why do so many people here feel they are owed floor seats or 100's seats?
You want PERFECT sound? Go buy Dicks Picks #19, a Denon receiver, and a $300 pair of headphones. I promise it will blow your mind.
BUT - if you wanna have a good time...stop your whining, do your best to get a FV ticket and stop by and say hi in the parking lot. I'll even fix you a grilled cheese. I promise.
One final note: Warren is NOT Jerry obviously. His style is very different, BUT I hope no one was questioning his guitar prowess. That would be nothing short of ignorant.
Smile. Smile. Smile. Please.
Why did somebody label all these tapes with "mono sodium glutamate"?