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  posted on 11/23/2011 at 12:31 PM
just was buying tix for gregg allman at the hardrock in hollyweird.. on at 12.oo sharp best available first 5 minutes all the floor back sections pop up. then finally the last two rows only in the first floor section pop up, call me silly! silly! isnt closer to the stage BEST availabler new word than 50 rows behind?? and theres no way 800 seats were sold in the first 2 sections gone with in 30 seconds!! at least were going but where the LOGIC or SENSIBILITY to all this??? Happy Turkey day!!

 

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  posted on 11/23/2011 at 01:20 PM
Yo Bro, same thing has always happened to me...not with Buddy Guy, not with BBKing, not with Santana, not TTB, not Mule/WHB not even with EC..but always w/ the Brothers...almost like they keep the front for friends, family, someone a little higher on the food chain. I'm only giving my opinion...but like you...I've been like WTF for 22 years...wasn't like that back in the day, but this aint the day...I am certainly open to any explanations or thoughts..Happy Thanksgiving to all BTW

 

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  posted on 11/23/2011 at 01:20 PM
I have found that the first couple of pulls are not the greatest, almost like they throw you some garbage to see if you bite. I might do 10-15 searches before I pull the trigger, and sometimes not even then.

And, they almost always hold some decent ones back and release those about 7-10 days prior.

It may be a hassle, but you can bet it's logical, at least for TM's maximizing sales that is.

 

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  posted on 11/23/2011 at 01:51 PM
My general experience is, is that tickets purchased at the box office the day they go on sale, are generally the best seats.

The ones you're pulling up on TM, are generally not good, because they know the fanatics are going to be on there at the minute of sale.
Plus they hold a lot of mid seats back, looking to get those late purchasers off the fence about going.
But the fanatics? they know you want to go, so why give you good seats?

A lot of this depends on the promoter, and the requests of the artists to hold tix for guests/VIPs, as to how the sections get sold, and when they go up for sale.

If the show is not a hot ticket, waiting is generally the strategy I take, and wait for good seats to drop.

For a hot ticket, I just try to get in the building anywhere, but you usually get a middling seat at the opening. I drew mezzanine seats for the 40th anniversary at the Beacon, going for the 2nd tier price of tix, and was happy with those.

If you want to get in for free, just listen to the radio, and call in.
Usually theres not much competition, and a lot of these bands/promoters are "papering" their attendance totals with freebies, which they end up declaring as a business expense for tax purposes following the tour.
Plus the band gets bodies in the building for buying merch, and the venue for concessions.
A win for everybody.



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  posted on 11/23/2011 at 02:18 PM
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I have found that the first couple of pulls are not the greatest, almost like they throw you some garbage to see if you bite. I might do 10-15 searches before I pull the trigger, and sometimes not even then.

And, they almost always hold some decent ones back and release those about 7-10 days prior.

It may be a hassle, but you can bet it's logical, at least for TM's maximizing sales that is.


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  posted on 11/23/2011 at 02:20 PM
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I have found that the first couple of pulls are not the greatest, almost like they throw you some garbage to see if you bite. I might do 10-15 searches before I pull the trigger, and sometimes not even then.

And, they almost always hold some decent ones back and release those about 7-10 days prior.

It may be a hassle, but you can bet it's logical, at least for TM's maximizing sales that is.


Brock, the last two times I saw TTB, I got tickets within the first 5 rows, floor, by waiting until the 7-10 day period. One show was like 5 days before the day of the show...seat was so close I got a set list and one of Susan's guitar picks. I also do multiple searches if the section that pops up isn't to my liking..so I kinda thought that might be the way to go. My thanks for confirming those thoughts. Have a great and Happy Thanksgiving. Peace John

 

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  posted on 11/23/2011 at 02:46 PM
The 7-10 day rule often works for shows that are sold out too. Grabbed some ok ones for the sold out TTB show at Center Stage back in April. I've had good luck searching between 4 and 5 pm on Tuesdays.
 

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  posted on 11/23/2011 at 03:43 PM
Years ago before Internet I got 2nd row center for Great Woods ( which is like front row if you get the end) by calling on the on sale date. Person on other end of line said I was too early, Tix not on sale. I held her by asking to speak to manager. By the time she went/found manager she got back on the phone and Tix were now on sale, how many would I like?

In recent years I've gotten end seats from center section in rows 6-8 or so which puts you next to the stage in front of Gregg, not too shabby. And just a couple summers ago got 2 front row center seats through a drawing at Hittn' the Note booth.

But my general experience regarding presales is the same as above posters. It can be very frustrating. And you begin to panic. And then days or weeks after you buy your tickets you do a search and good stuff (and sometimes better) seats come up.

 

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  posted on 11/23/2011 at 04:20 PM
It's a random system, always has been. I've been saying that for years, but nobody listens.

Just because a particular seat comes up at a particular moment in time, that doesn't mean that better seats won't be available AFTER that. Unless a show sells out, a seat could pop up in the front row right before showtime. I got a front row center seat at the Beacon on 4-8-07, the last night of the run, a week before the show by CALLING TM because my first transaction didn't go through for some reason and I sweetalked (or guilted! LOL) the TM customer service person into giving me a better seat.

In '02 I also scored 2 front row center Beacon seats by turning down ticket after ticket, including some balcony seats, until I got the seats I wanted.

If you don't like the seat that comes up, TURN IT DOWN. DON'T BUY IT. someone else will....there is no rule or law that says you HAVE to buy the FIRST seat that comes up. Too many people panic and think, "Oh sh!t, if I don't buy this one I won't get a seat!"
Bullsh!t. You just have to be patient and have the guts to turn down seat after seat until the one you want comes up. Obviously though, if you're trying to buy multiple seats together this all goes out the window. It only works for singles.

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  posted on 11/23/2011 at 04:49 PM
I just bought tickets, Wed at 4:35 pm. I tried online. They have a map you cansee what's available(plenty). I couldn't make it work(I have used it before, no problems.).
So I called and was on hold only two minutes. I gave him the seat numbers and paid for seats.

We like 200 level all the way in the back due to my knee problems, no steps. These seats would probably not be considered good seats by some. I have always had better luck calling.

I saw some seats Orch. left, 2 aisle seats together, back of sec 106. Also still plenty of seats on level 2.
The back floor seats and the back balcony are not open for this show.

Good luck to all searchers!

 

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  posted on 11/23/2011 at 04:58 PM
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I have found that the first couple of pulls are not the greatest, almost like they throw you some garbage to see if you bite. I might do 10-15 searches before I pull the trigger, and sometimes not even then.

And, they almost always hold some decent ones back and release those about 7-10 days prior.

It may be a hassle, but you can bet it's logical, at least for TM's maximizing sales that is.


Brock, the last two times I saw TTB, I got tickets within the first 5 rows, floor, by waiting until the 7-10 day period. One show was like 5 days before the day of the show...seat was so close I got a set list and one of Susan's guitar picks. I also do multiple searches if the section that pops up isn't to my liking..so I kinda thought that might be the way to go. My thanks for confirming those thoughts. Have a great and Happy Thanksgiving. Peace John


And I was in the front row of the Pit at that show!

 

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  posted on 11/24/2011 at 12:38 PM
Yo Richie it looks like we are sitting together at Gregg Allman unless you upgrade. Look forward to it and Happy Thanksgiving.

 

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  posted on 11/24/2011 at 01:41 PM
My Ticketmaster philosophy

set an entry point in quality and keep trying till you hit it. If you are screwed judiciously buy on the secondary market.

The only exception is a one off concert in a small arena. Then I'll take anything and try to sell on the secondary market if other seats open up later that are better or if I decide to buy on the secondary market

 

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  posted on 11/25/2011 at 12:33 AM
A lot of venues have seating charts and you can see what is available.
You reserve the seats you want and then go pay for them online.
This is available on Ticketmaster. Not all shows. Good luck!

 

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  posted on 11/25/2011 at 01:55 PM
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A lot of venues have seating charts and you can see what is available.
You reserve the seats you want and then go pay for them online.
This is available on Ticketmaster. Not all shows. Good luck!


It is great when they have this, especially when deciding if the difference between two price levels is worth it.

 

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  posted on 11/25/2011 at 02:23 PM
At the Harrahs here in Metropolis, this year they started useing Ticketmaster as the ONLY way to buy for the shows....
Forced to pay them....

I did go to a Jammie Johnson show that was sold out & bought a $ 27 ticket @ the door, which was unmarked , not even comp. , tix started at $20 - $75 , my seat was about 5th row.....not bad for walk up....

But I don't like not being able to BUY at the Venue, If I want a ticket to a show @ The Ryman , I go to the box office & can buy with a small fee depending on cash or credit. Same as most places I go in the area [ St. Lou, Memphis, Nashville, Indy }.

So I'll choose to buy the night of from Harrahs from now on......

Don't get me wrong I buy in advance some times when it's out of town.
The one I like to buy from is mixtix [ I think ] for shows at the 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville because its only a $2 charge...... Thats fair enough on a $25 ticket....

OK my rants over....

 

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