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  posted on 3/12/2009 at 09:22 AM
I've been keeping my U2 fan club membership up to date in anticipation of the upcoming tour, hoping to get in on the fan club presale. Today I get the presale email....I'm so excited...then I open it. You can't just be a fan, now you have to be a 'subscriber' and get a paid membership, then there is still no guarantee. When will this madness end. I'm been dying to see these guys, now I just don't know. Damn.


From U2's website
PLEASE NOTE: When you complete your paid U2.com subscription and you log-in to the subscribers site, you will find your unique personal access code to take part in the tour presale, as well as links to the ticketing sites. Please be aware that while tickets are available at all price levels, all tickets are offered on a first come first served basis. Due to capacity limits, there is no guarantee that the price level you are seeking will be available.

 

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  posted on 3/12/2009 at 10:19 AM
That's a joke. I've decided that I won't be held hostage any longer by bands that pull this "stuff." No matter how much I want to see the show.

How much are they looking to grab for your chance for a chance to get a ticket?

 

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  posted on 3/12/2009 at 10:31 AM
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That's a joke. I've decided that I won't be held hostage any longer by bands that pull this "stuff." No matter how much I want to see the show.

How much are they looking to grab for your chance for a chance to get a ticket?


I don't know how much it costs to 'subscribe'. I didn't look because it doesn't matter, it's the principle.

I'm with you. I'm really struggling with this one. Between the economy and the ethics associated with this scam, I may just pass on seeing the band who has been No. 1 on my must-see list for years.

 

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  posted on 3/12/2009 at 10:35 AM
AC/DC did it right...while I paid the $40 fan club membership fee, they offered to REFUND MY MONEY if I didn't get fan club tickets. That was a deal I couldn't refuse. Check it out:

If you do not purchase tickets in our Fan Club on-sale, you are entitled to a full refund of your Fan Club fee if you no longer wish to be a member. Refunds must be requested within 90 days of joining. Go here for full details.

Does U2 do that?

Mentally, I just added $20 to the price of the concert, and charged my friend who came with me the extra 20 bucks. She was MORE than happy to pay that, considering our 7th-row seats were selling for over $1000 on the broker sites.

 

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  posted on 3/12/2009 at 10:36 AM
I hope you get backstage passes with that membership...FOR LIFE!!! sheesh

 

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  posted on 3/12/2009 at 10:37 AM
I noticed this today also Rhonda. I think they have enough money where they didn't have to do this... The membership is $50.

On another note, here in Mass at the Gillette Stadium where they'll play in Sept there will be priority tickets to season ticket holders. It ends up whatever seats you have for the Football games can be used for the U2 show and other shows that go on at the stadium. Some of my brothers friends who do not plan on going told my brother he could use the tickets.

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  posted on 3/12/2009 at 10:38 AM
hmmm - pay me some money to pay me some more money ...

 

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  posted on 3/12/2009 at 10:53 AM
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I noticed this today also Rhonda. I think they have enough money where they didn't have to do this... The membership is $50.

On another note, here in Mass at the Gillette Stadium where they'll play in Sept there will be priority tickets to season ticket holders. It ends up whatever seats you have for the Football games can be used for the U2 show and other shows that go on at the stadium. Some of my brothers friends who do not plan on going told my brother he could use the tickets.

[Edited on 3/12/2009 by susea]


Wow, hadn't heard that. I have season tickets.

 

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  posted on 3/12/2009 at 10:58 AM
Maybe U2 is owned by LiveNaion or Ticketmaster?

 

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  posted on 3/12/2009 at 11:14 AM
JCB, I'm sure if you call the Stadium or a membership number they can fill you in. I'm not sure if they do it for all the shows but supposedly for U2. My brothers friend said with the stage so high that he wouldn't see well with his seats but I told my brother to tell him that the plan was for the stage to be in the middle of the field and rotate so everyone can see well.

 

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  posted on 3/12/2009 at 11:23 AM
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JCB, I'm sure if you call the Stadium or a membership number they can fill you in. I'm not sure if they do it for all the shows but supposedly for U2. My brothers friend said with the stage so high that he wouldn't see well with his seats but I told my brother to tell him that the plan was for the stage to be in the middle of the field and rotate so everyone can see well.


That's cool, just to the right of the end zone in the 200's (mid level) so normally I'd imagine our tickets would be obstructed by the stage. I'm not a big fan of stadium shows but I suppose if the chance is there I might as well grab it. Even if I don't go I can sell them on Stub Hub.

<Just kidding>

Plenty of friends who would love a chance to see U2, I'll only charge them a "reasonable" markup

BTW I do recall they offered season ticket holders access to Bon Jovi a couple of years ago. I'm certain it's not for every show. Maybe it is for the luxury seats, not privy to that info...

 

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  posted on 3/12/2009 at 11:35 AM
and when all is said & done, you pay for your subscription, get a presale password, order tickets...the scalpers still beat you out.

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  posted on 3/12/2009 at 11:38 AM
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and when all is said & done, you pay for your subscription, get a presale password, order tickets...the scalpers still beat you out.

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Ya, that's pretty much my point. Lots of season ticket holders couldn't give a rat's a$$ about U2 but will buy the tickets just to resell to the secondary (scalping) market.

 

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  posted on 3/12/2009 at 12:57 PM
I purchased the Santana Fan Club last year just so I could get pre-buy tickets. The Derek Trucks Band was the opener and we love Chicago, so I bought in. To my amazement, the pre-buy tickets where sold to us at HALF OFF! By far the best fan pre-sell ever! Kudos to Carlos.

The best run pre-sale by far had to be the Tom Petty pre-sale. You could only purchase two tickets and they were WILL CALL ONLY the day of the show. It totally screwed the scalpers and put the tickets in the fans hands. That is the way all pre-sales should be done. Limit 2 and will call pick up the day of show only! FANtasctic!

 

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  posted on 3/12/2009 at 01:04 PM
Amazing! First you have the greedy Chicago Cubs selling themselves their own tickets to scalp at a much higher price (CBOE). Then you have Ticket Bassturd selling themselves their own tickets to scalp at a much higher price (Tickets Now or whatever itís called) Now you have U2 holding their fans hostage over tickets by requiring them to join a paid club membership in order to qualify to PURCHASE tickets. I realize the reality for bands today is that they have to tour much more than they used to in order to make money due to the fact that their recordings can be copied for free so easily, but man, in the name of love, when is this madness going stop? Probably when most of us decide to just stay home. Thank goodness for Pay-Per-View, or Moogis as itís called here. Iím curious, what else, if anything, does your $50.00 U2 membership get U?
 

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  posted on 3/12/2009 at 01:08 PM
Actually this is nothing new. Clapton, Santana, and Petty all have pay to order fan club memberships. Heck, even Willie Nelson does too. Clapton did send you a t-shirt and a bag for your purchase. I had amazing luck with these clubs last year scoring tenth row or less for all of these shows. I am sure I was just lucky though.

 

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  posted on 3/12/2009 at 01:11 PM
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The best run pre-sale by far had to be the Tom Petty pre-sale. You could only purchase two tickets and they were WILL CALL ONLY the day of the show. It totally screwed the scalpers and put the tickets in the fans hands. That is the way all pre-sales should be done. Limit 2 and will call pick up the day of show only! FANtasctic!


I liked TP's too, and you could search for tix on the presale and if you found something to your liking, you then ordered and the $40 fanclub fee was added. I think the limit was 4 tix because I ordered 3, but anyway. Also, when the general sale happened, it turned out the presales were $25 less each, so I profited on my fanclub fee.

Another benefit of them being willcall, my 26th row tix magically became 14th row center two weeks before the show. It's easy to move fans up if they don't have tix to swap out.

 

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  posted on 3/12/2009 at 02:17 PM
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The best run pre-sale by far had to be the Tom Petty pre-sale. You could only purchase two tickets and they were WILL CALL ONLY the day of the show. It totally screwed the scalpers and put the tickets in the fans hands. That is the way all pre-sales should be done. Limit 2 and will call pick up the day of show only! FANtasctic!


Prince was doing that back in the mid 90's. After purchasing your tix at an earlier time, you would arrive a short time before showtime, pick up you tix at will call and then enter the venue right away. (this could be a problem for stadium type shows, though)

And for schneile: sounds like the only real difference between U2 and AC/DC fan club was the money back thing if you DIDN'T buy tix. If you DID buy the tix, you still paid the membership fee, right? I don't find that any more comforting.

 

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  posted on 3/15/2009 at 03:11 PM
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And for schneile: sounds like the only real difference between U2 and AC/DC fan club was the money back thing if you DIDN'T buy tix. If you DID buy the tix, you still paid the membership fee, right? I don't find that any more comforting.


When the seats I had (7th row at the Garden) were selling for a thousand dollars or more on the black market, you bet your butt I was happy to pay a lousy extra 20 bucks! No problemo! And my companion didn't even flinch at the extra $20. Plus, for my trouble, I get some kind of fan club gift in the mail. It hasn't come yet so I'm not sure what it is, but I like the value add and the money-back guarantee. Worked just fine for me.

Even Pearl Jam charges a $20 fee for their fan club. Granted, that's half of what AC/DC charges, but they don't provide a money-back guarantee. But with Pearl Jam, I don't need it. Because the Ten Club operates on a seniority system and I have 15 years behind me, I always get excellent seats to the PJ shows I want. Same thing with Eddie Vedder's solo tour this summer: I was in the 8th row at NJPAC for one of the most amazing solo acoustic shows you've ever seen.

Bottom line: if I get the expected return for my investment, I'm totally okay with a fan club fee.

 

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