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Does Paul care about his fans getting tix to concerts?

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      I live in the US. I've been Paul's fan my whole life (A VERY LONG TIME). So, i've been chasing tickets to his concerts this year, and have not been able to get any. They are sold out before they go on sale. I CANNOT afford $3000 tickets. So, finally a concert in Tulsa. Today, sold out before i could even get online at 10am. Where did they all go? They didn't really go to "fans". They went to ticket auction sites, who resell $60 tickets for $250 (in the nose bleed sections). It's basically scalping, but legal. I am SOOOOO upset. Why do artists allow this to happen? Do they forget the fans made them what they are and should put their foot down and demand actual fans to get their tickets? I seriously doubt the fans who made the Beatles and Paul so famous were millionaires. Thanks, Paul for making a fan feel so insignificant and unworthy. I guess now you are just too good for your average, middle class fans. Anyone else having this problem? Ican't be the only one.

        Sorry to hear of your disappointment.

        For each concert there have been regular fan-only pre-sales offered here and via e-mail allowing ticket purchases a week ahead of every main sale.

        Members registered for the e-mail newletter at http://www.paulmccartney.com/newsletter.php and regular visitors to this web-site have had plenty of advance notice of these.

        Reports here suggest that the majority of fans that accessed the pre-sales through the links provided were able to secure satisfactory tickets.

        As Paul is ultimately responsible for the content offered on his web-site I personally feel in answer to your question that he does indeed care for his fans.

        The main web-site carries news items regularly about Paul's activities and should be the first place to visit when news breaks of tour plans.

        I suggest you bookmark the site for future visits:

        www.paulmccartney.com

        Martin

          I'm sorry as well..

          I've been disappointed many times before. For 4 whole years since 2005, Paul has been doing shows and only this year had I gotten the chance to see him. Most likely, musicians do not have the authority over their tickets as they have other people who are in charge of that.

          So, It is not Paul's fault. It's just the ticketing business. And making money for them is making fans like you and me spend up to a thousand on nearly decent seats.

          I was thinking to myself that only "true" fans should get up front seats by answering some trivia questions and get their seats depending on much they scored on trivia. (Like that's gonna happen).

          Some tips are: be on the look out for future concerts and make sure you purchase your tickets at pre-sales, use the phone and internet to make your purchase on the time of the sale, or purchase some from real fans who will sell them at face value.

            Martin,
            I get the newsletter updates and i do have the website bookmarked. Didn't help me in getting tickets. I wouldn't complain about this if i didn't feel i did everything i could do get tix, except maybe get a home equity loan to go see Paul in concert.

              gmeyle:Martin,
              I get the newsletter updates and i do have the website bookmarked. Didn't help me in getting tickets. I wouldn't complain about this if i didn't feel i did everything i could do get tix, except maybe get a home equity loan to go see Paul in concert.

              sometimes people on the board can't go and sell their tickets on here for their face value.
              you can try that.
              http://macca.paulmccartney.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=71316&highlight=tickets

                Wow your post made me upset - so true But I've only tried to buy tickets for Paul's concert once - London last year. Just because I've always been a fan, but before I joined the forum i didn't check much to his tour dates, or Ringo's for that matter. But for his next tours I'll be straight in to buy a ticket - I'm determined to buy and see him this year or next. I'll be depressed for years if I don't. That's a bit dramatic, but I'll be very upset!!

                  Wow, the first post here made me sad! That's awful! I think honestly that Paul would be disappointed if he knew about goings-on such as those regarding the tickets.

                    I've never been to a Paul gig myself, how much does he usually charge for tickets?

                      Don't know in the UK, but decent seats in the US cost $250. For some reason, they usually aren't that high in Europe.

                        maccascruff:Don't know in the UK, but decent seats in the US cost $250. For some reason, they usually aren't that high in Europe.

                        Good to know as far as the US goes... now I have an idea of what to be setting aside. Thanks!

                          The $250 price range encompasses most of the venue. Floor and lower level of the balcony at a minimum. There are usually two more tiers of ticket prices. The lowest price seats are very limited.

                            I was also somewhat upset in trying to get tickets on the presale and the reg sale, and it was already sold out (Hollywood Bowl). There were plenty of good seats for the concert in Phoenix - but it just wouldn't work for me - but the point is that, other fan clubs, assign each member to a specific code in which you use to log on the pre sale - and allows you to use it for a selected number of venues of you choice - this is my experience with the Madonna tours, which all fans had a fair chance to score excellent seats - at face value... during the pre sale for the fan club only. It really made you feel that you are cared for... I don't mean that Paul doesn't care about us, I hoped to feel a little more special... oh well , now ticket brokers have my money - I can't wait for march 31st!!!!!

                              gmeyle:I live in the US. I've been Paul's fan my whole life (A VERY LONG TIME). So, i've been chasing tickets to his concerts this year, and have not been able to get any. They are sold out before they go on sale. I CANNOT afford $3000 tickets. So, finally a concert in Tulsa. Today, sold out before i could even get online at 10am. Where did they all go? They didn't really go to "fans". They went to ticket auction sites, who resell $60 tickets for $250 (in the nose bleed sections). It's basically scalping, but legal. I am SOOOOO upset. Why do artists allow this to happen? Do they forget the fans made them what they are and should put their foot down and demand actual fans to get their tickets? I seriously doubt the fans who made the Beatles and Paul so famous were millionaires. Thanks, Paul for making a fan feel so insignificant and unworthy. I guess now you are just too good for your average, middle class fans. Anyone else having this problem? Ican't be the only one.

                              I think that Paul cares if his fans get seats in general but not specifically. If you went up to him and said that you couldn't get seats he'd say that's too bad but I don't think he'd pull first row seats out of his pocket and give them to you. He really can't stop scalpers from selling seats. Only the government can and they are bribed by Tickmaster, etc. not to.

                              I'm lucky enough to be able to afford the best seats but I'd like them to be cheaper too, like everyone else. Between Radio City and Citifield I spent between $3,000 - $4,000 on McCartney tickets last year. And that was mostly box office prices, not even scalpers. I bought a few seats for friends who are financially challenged. Was it worth it? Sure it was.

                                here we debate about the price of tickets..
                                availability of seats to the 'loyal' fans..cities and countries he needs to or should play..set list..his voice..use of autotune?..his banter between songs..why Ringo didn't show..the dvd of the tour..too many crowd shots..interviews that cut-in during songs...and why he just doesn't care about the average fan..

                                my first Paul concert was in 1989..
                                and since then I've been lucky enough to see him everytime he's toured America, including Coachella.

                                and except for '89 (Ticketron outlet) and '93 (2nd in line Angel stadium)..
                                i've purchased all tix online..thru Ticketmaster

                                and many, many times..I was informed that there were 'no tickets available' or 'sold out'...
                                and I treated it like I did when I got a busy signal calling for tickets..

                                I ReDialed

                                or in this case, refreshed the web page..
                                and tried again..
                                and again and again and...
                                up to 20-30mins after the tix went on sale

                                ..i did it for the Hollywood Bowl..

                                first thing..
                                NO Tickets Available!
                                ...20mins later..
                                I purchased 4tix

                                were they the best seats?..NO

                                I don't care.

                                it's Paul, BLOODY, McCartney!

                                "..at the Hollywood Bowl...
                                we'll be there..
                                oo yeah!"

                                point is..don't give up!

                                just realize this...
                                you are ONE of many millions of fans..

                                and you are ONE..of many thousands trying to buy tickets to a venue that holds a fraction that size

                                and you are using a ticketing system that is clearly a monopoly..and is actively participating in legalized scalping practices

                                so you need every edge:[list][*]join the fan club [*]try to buy tix on the early 'fan club only' date [*]try again when general public goes on sale [*]failing that..try sites like Craigslist, StubHub, TicketsNow, etc. [*]or try local ticket brokers [*]or, try the box office, the day of the show, tixs are sometimes re-released [*]if all else fails..there are human scalpers at said venue[/list:u]
                                The only question is..
                                How bad to you really want to see him?

                                the ticket price goes higher..the lower down the list you go

                                you have a few months to plan and/or save the appropriate funds

                                i say..GOOD LUCK to ya!

                                  I feel sad for the initial story. The stars must have aligned when I got my tickets, b/c I got very lucky. I got a Live Nation e-mail that said Sir Paul was coming to Miami (funny enough, I got the e-mail on my phone while leaving The Moody Blues concert), and then I was raring to buy tickets.

                                  I misjudged the date though and the tix actually went on sale the next day; I thought it was 2 days from when I got that e-mail. Anyway, I actually got tix for $79 each a whole day after they went on sale. Granted, they weren't floor seats, but I wasn't planning on buying those anyway b/c I got 3 tickets and couldn't afford $600 for tickets.

                                  This was even before I joined the boards, but I had got into a habit of periodically checking paulmccartney.com to see when he'd be nearby. If it wasn't for that e-mail though, I may have never known -- it was only a month's time between the concert being announced and the concert itself.

                                    Maybe it is because I have seen Paul numerous times, but I will no longer pay anything more than face value. Face value is bad enough.

                                      I was willing to pay my $180 total for my SLC ticket. Granted, I can't exactly afford even that, but I'm getting to see Paul, who cares? This is something I've been waiting for for a looooong time. It's worth it.

                                      So basically, just keep trying, you never know what will happen!

                                        Keep trying. And spread the word among your friends. Post on FaceBook's Paul/Beatles groups. Even a ticket in "nosebleed" is better than nothing.

                                          Keep checking Ticketmaster as the show date gets closer for a ticket drop, when better seats can become available. I've gotten pretty lucky doing this for other shows.

                                            After today's experience, I do not care for Crowd Surge at all.

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