Agreed. Most of us are travelling to go to the show anyway and should be relatively flexible given the dates are 7 months+ away. The key is to be patient and wait for the added shows. given all the uproar, maybe they throw the diehard fans a bone and open up even half as many GA's as they did for Citi I want red zone tickets (old, don't like to wait in lines) and those seem way harder to get this time around. we'll see.
God himself couldn't convince me that this whole thing wasn't completely deliberate though. Like I said, leveraging diehards is the easiest way to hedge your bets out fo the gate when booking a new tour. And that is exactly what they did. Charged us to do it too. I suspect the tickets get allocated like this after tour announced:
1. announce about 50% of the shows you plan on doing if you have the demand pegged right.
2. Immediately make deal with secondary markets. Spread the risk. Let them try and gauge demand and price the tickets to maximize profit. Give them a bunch of awesome seats though. They deserve it!
3. Set aside the best seats for the rich people who can't be bothered and will pay $650 for a crap buffet and cheap wine to go along with their souvenir lanyard. Most won't show up for it anyway. The "Platinum Package"! lol
4. Stir up the diehard fan base. Con them (that's right, I said "con") into thinking that they will have early access to good tickets if they shell out another $50 for the fan club.
5. Do the diehard pre-sale first. Only make available the tickets that occupy the promoter's sweet spot (weak tickets at maximum prices). These are your second deckers on the side in the 10th row + or your back of the arena lower deckers for $325 that only a rich person or an idiot would buy. Many diehards will bite though. Exploit the fuck out of that.
6. have a second presale with your corporate bed buddies. Bought and paid for. Second hedge here. Give them (Citi) lots of tickets as these are more casual fans. 4 tickets for these people instead of the 2 for the diehards. Way better access to cheap floor tickets too. These people aren't paying $325 for crap tickets. Are you kidding me? Sell, sell, sell!
7. General sale. Time to start really turning a profit. Release a small amount of tickets that haven't already been addressed in points 1-6. Well, except for point 4. release those. they are overpriced shitty tickets anyway. some people will buy them! Make it difficult enough to get good tickets that it stirs up demand and people start talking. Hopefully funnel people to the platinum roast beef dinner and barely drinkable wine tickets.
8. Add shows. people are talking. Repeat steps 1 -7 for those. Maybe throw the diehards a bone on the added shows, but maybe not if demand is through the roof. they will find a way to get to the show anyway...
9. As show draws closer both the promoter and the secondary market start dropping prices to close the delta. Bigger risk here for the secondary market. Osery and co. already made their money on that block of tickets before one was sold to the public. And, Osery and Co only really have to get rid of the seat/roast chicken/all-the-StellaArtois-you-can-drink tickets. Those will be dropped in price right up until showtime. (see: Arcade Fire)
Anyway, this is business. I get it. But don't piss on our leg and tell us it is raining. It is really distasteful to pretend you care about the fans, when all you really care about is drinking that '86 Chateau Petrus next summer on whatever Yacht you and Bono stumble onto hungover (does Bono even get hungover?) after partying the night away in his Castle in Eze.