MetalGod:I guess I'll be the one to say that is sort of BS for the PM.com fan club - wish it sort of was an exclusive club once again for those perks.
Agree. The 2005 tour year seemed to be the height of greatness. That tour they emailed passwords specifically for your tickets, and the seats were awesome! Can't beat 4th row ... Unless you're in rows 1, 2, or 3!!! Now the credit card holders get better presale seats than members of the club, and on top of it a CD, too! I don't even think this time around you had to be signed up on th website to get "fan club" tickets, do you?
In fairness, yesterday I got seats I was happy with through the pm.com presale for 3 of the 4 venues within the first half hour and went with those, including 6th row floor in one case. Only for the 1 remaining venue did I need to wait for the Amex presale. That was definitely not the case the week before, though, when the fan presale seats all seemed to sell out immediately or were way worse than what I could get with other options. I assume demand had something to do with it and there was less for the second set of shows (they do that so we'll overpay for the first shows). I'm sure that demand was inflated by the fact the unlock password was easily accessible all over this site as opposed to being sent directly only to registered users. I agree that I felt like it was much easier to get good seats through the fan presale in previous years, especially 2005.
Meanwhile, I've also yet to receive an email about the album offer despite buying an Amex Preferred seat for the one venue yesterday -- with my gold tier Amex, along with the rest of the tickets. I also received an email from Amex about the presale yesterday, but it didn't mention the album.
The whole album offer strikes me as weird -- only some people receiving heads-up emails, the redemption emails being sent unpredictably, etc. It seems odd that MPL would choose to have Amex effectively steal their announcement thunder, especially when it's being done in such a subtle, haphazard way.