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Old 11-13-2001, 06:15 PM   #1
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What the heck is going on with these shows!!!!????

I know this was a topic a couple days ago, but the situation isn't much better. NONE of the new shows have sold out!! The sacraligous california and kansas city crap Missouri shows both have yet to sell out the lower level! What can a fan do to help these shows along? I've convinced three groups of fans to get tickets, but it's looking very grim. Living in the Kansas City area, I have to say I am very disappointed with the lack of advertising. Nobody goes to shows they aren't even aware of!!! I've seen nothing on tv, heard nothing on the radio, and have only seen one print ad in the papers. WTF??!!!
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I think it's that some of us have gotten so spoiled that it's GA or nothing at all. I believe those other shows will eventually sell out.
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I think it's that some of us have gotten so spoiled that it's GA or nothing at all. I believe those other shows will eventually sell out.
Entirely reasonable, given the ticket prices...
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Entirely reasonable, given the ticket prices...
GA definitely are a great price. My parents and I had the $85 seats though...luckily, they paid.


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Maybe you are right, I tried for GA in KC and it seemed they were gone in 3 minutes or so... Yet there are tons of seats left. Still, Johnson County is one of the wealthiest counties in the U.S. I can't imagine price is the only reason. (Although most of the die-hards around here are college aged and not exactly rich.)
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*shrug*
maybe U2 just sucks. I mean come one, they are old hasbeens. Bon Jovi and DMB are waaaay better man.
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I had an extra ticket for Denver--it was one of the best GC's in the house (2nd row by the heart) which I couldn't sell. I couldn't believe it. The seat was a dream come true for any fan--I know $130 is a lot of money, but U2 has their share of well-salaried fans and I really couldn't believe I had no takers. I kept looking at that empty seat and shaking my head. It sure would've beat standing out in the cold, rainy GA line.


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Maybe if bon jovi opened for U2, then they could sell out every venue from here to Osaka...
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maybe U2 just sucks. I mean come one, they are old hasbeens. Bon Jovi and DMB are waaaay better man.
LOL @ Bon Jovi and U2 as old hasbeens...
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Umm...maybe it's because they've already been around two times before this? Just a thought...

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I've spent some time thinking about this since they announced these "particular" additional shows.

I've wondered why they decided to announce these so called "smaller markets" after the larger cities. My thought process is the following: I traveled to NY/NJ, Providence, Austin and this week to Vegas. Had they announced St. Louis/Kansas City first I/and possibly other people might have travelled to those cities, thereby supporting the possible slower sales. On the other hand, I don't think that NY/NJ/Providence/LA/Chicago would have had any problems selling out with a last minute announcement. And now many people have already travelled around a lot and can't/won't be hitting any of these shows. Personally, if I'm going to travel to any of these additional its surely not going to be St Louis or Kansas City, (still considering Dallas/Miami).

I don't know, I guess they must have had some marketing people that are doing this type of market study, and decided this was the best way to do it.
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Just goes to show the 3rd leg should of been in Europe or South America or Asia! Theres such a thing called overkill you know, and just think of the places they could of sold out as yet unvisited on the Elevation tour!
They could of sold out 4-5 nights in every city in Asia, Australia, South America instead of touring America once more, it just doesn't make sense! And don't give the crap about currency, that its too low they won't make any money ect, it never stopped them before!
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Call the Radio stations in your Area, and find other ways to spread the word.
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Stop complaining about ticket prices, U2 charge what their Market value is and no more, just like every other artist in the Industry.
The Third Leg has been a MASSIVE Success! The first 22 shows of the third leg were all SOLD OUT! Most SOLD OUT in RECORD TIME! U2 could easily sell out two more shows in Both Philly and DC!
If 5 or 6 more shows are added in December, the Elevation tour will be come the HIGHEST GROSSING TOUR in the History of the UNITED STATES!
The markets that were recently added are "soft" markets, and they were added only two weeks before the shows would happen. Most artist including U2 put shows on sale MONTHS before the date with boat loads of promotion.
The marketing team for U2 did a Kick Ass Job, 72 sellouts in North America this year, and now with the new shows and the possibility of more, the grand record might fall.
Dave Matthews wishes he could do business like this, and for Bon Jovi its a wild dream that they could do this in the USA. In Fact, Bon Jovi even in its heyday in the late 80s couldn't do business like this.
So yes, there are some surprises at the slow sells in these soft markets. But last minute, no promotion, and a weak market, these are really not bad results. Dallas and Phonix will sell out. I think Atlanta and Miami will too. Tampa, Sacramento, Kansas, and St. Louis, may not, but they will be close.
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Who gives a shit about them--I'm still waiting for a WHAM! reunion...

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I did some checking on the Ticketmaster site. Most of the shows are side-stage or rear stage tickets left only.

Sacramento, was an initial slow seller but now it is mainly tickets on the side stage or extreme upper deck. I doubdt there will be rear-stage tickets for this show so it will be soldout.

Phoenix, is rear stage only. It will definately be soldout. Probebly in a couple of days.

Dallas, is also only rear stage for the most part so it will most likely sellout.

KC, here is the concern. This show is not selling well at all. Good seats are available in the $85 and $130 ranges but there are no more tickets in the $45 range. Despite what some of you in KC said I dont think they sold any rear stage tickets and they will most likely have the black backdrop like Lexington, Columbus and Indy.

St. Louis, this is a weird one. I asked for the best available and it gave me $85 upper decks. I punched in $45 and it gave me GA's!!! I dont think they will sell rear stage to this show, they are only selling up to the extreme side of the stage but not rear-stage. So this show will most likely sellout.

Atlanta, surprisingly this show was a little sluggish but it is now down to rear-stage tickets only. It will be soldout, probebly in a few days.

Tampa, obviously it has not gone on sale yet but I'am concerned about this market. This market had the lowest turnout of the Popmart tour, with an attendance of 18,000 in a 45,000 seat stadium and this show had 6 months to sell that amount of tickets.

Miami, I think this will be more sluggish than expected. It took several weeks for the 2nd Ft Lauderdale show on the 1st leg to sellout. But the fact that this is probebly the final Elevation show will cause it to sellout.

So the bottom line is you are looking at possibly 2 markets that may not sellout. While I think it is embarrassing for the fans in those markets it certainly doesnt mean the tour is selling poorly. Even the sluggish markets will be near sellouts most likely even if they dont sellout.
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I didn't go to the 1 show in Baltimore this leg because I couldnt get GA and didn't want to pay $85 or $130 for less favourable seats... now I don't care what the marker value is, so don't give me that nonsense, this is why most of us don't go to concerts or sporting events on a regular basis -- this is why I took a pass this time, simple economics 101

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Old 11-13-2001, 09:51 PM   #20
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Simple Economics 101 indicates that most people do pay these prices for concerts as all the tour so far has soldout at these prices. So that IS the market value and there are obviously plenty of people willing to pay these prices to see U2. THAT is basic economics, supply and demand dictating the price.

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