OK I made some negative posts about O'Seary and the presales but after the dust has settled I want to recant some of my emotional posts in the midst of these ticketing changes:
1. U2 has always been on the forefront of tech advancement and change, and so I can see how Live Nation would want to experiment with their fanbase because we obviously are drawn to this band because of their engagement in the world and involvement with their fans.
2. The goal is to shutout the bots and get tickets in the hands of their biggest fans first and also extracting some of the profit that used to go to scalpers. That's fine with me.
3. The value lies in the scarcity of the commodity (the tickets), especially GA tickets which, let's face it, are the best USD deal in live music right now.
4. Arena show tickets are even more scarce, more so when only 20 USA shows in major markets are announced.
5. If you really look at it, every option is available to fans now. VIP packages to pay for convenience and extra perks, waiting in online queue for presale tix of every level, and finally you can still go to a secondary reseller if all else fails and get the seats you are looking for. GA seats on Stubhub about $300 which is a good deal actually when you consider face prices of some lower level seats in the stands.
6. The new album and music are terrific, the band is outstanding right now as a live act, and as decades long fans we know that this isn't going to keep happening every 3-4 years as we all get older and I want to enjoy all of it in a positive way. I LOVE U2!
7. I have to acknowledge the concern, efforts, and caring of a band and management that love music, love live music, and are making sincere efforts to serve their customers"the fans" and be a success in business. THANK YOU
8. In the end, I got GA tickets to both shows I wanted to see in Chicago and Las Vegas using various purchasing avenues.