To JeffWalsh -- thanks for confirming the TM resale commission structure. More reason why TM is so EVIL -- the company selling tickets should not also be allowed to offer resale tix to the same events (talk about conflict of interest! Does anybody believe TM can manage this ability to not let new sales and reasles bleed over into each other with the highest ethics and practices?).
To Mia10010, first, thanks for your response. And congrats for being a Propaganda member fan. I, too, am a long time fan of U2 (first saw them in the early 80s in the SF Bay Area), but I have to disagree with you on the high cost of the pre-sale access. IF you are on top of it when the pre-sale happens, you can actually get GA tix. I agree it is difficult (BUT NOT impossible) to get GA tix in the General Public sale, but it can be done (my buddy and I have done it several times this tour) -- plus this further reinforces the value of the pre-sale access.
On top of this, that the band (accidentally or strategically or responding to market demand) slowly released more dates helped get GA tix more easily (though, admittedly, it caused problems for fans who bought tix for far away locations only to learn 2 months later U2 would perform in their backyard -- e.g., Denver).
As for expense of tix, the U2.com subscription cost of $40 split over two $80 tix is TRULY a great deal in this day and age. (In fact, personally I use the $80 GA tix to U2 concerts as my measuring stick for deciding how much I really am willing to play to see a particular band play live -- if it is $80 or more, it better be a damn good band delivering a great performance and giving me an amazing experience... though no band I've seen has come close to matching what U2 delivers show after show on their tours!) For the last 4 U2 tours (2001-2015), the GA price has been roughly the same ($50-$65 plus bullsh*t TM fees), and this is for the best "seat" in the house AND to be with (mostly) dedicated U2 fans which really is another great benefit. The people I've met waiting in the GA line, on the floor and via ticket trades have really been a big plus in my life. Just their stories and enthusiasm is amazing -- I've learned alot from them. (But I digress...) In any case, you HAVE to applaud the band for making this happen for us.
As for the price of tix today compared to the last 35 years, of course I cannot disagree with you. A former girlfriend once showed me a shoebox of old concert tix she saved (she is roughly our age), and it was mindboggling for me to see Rolling Stones tix for $9.00 and Led Zepplin for $10.00 in the 70's -- she was way more hip than I in my teenage years, plus she lived in a big city where bands tour often. But U2 is offering us dedicated fans a (and for U2.com fan club members an even better) shot at buying GA tix at ridiculously low price. (For another comparison, I have to admit not long ago I paid $300 per ticket to see Justin Timberlake in a relatively decent seat with (and for) a former girlfriend -- the things you do for love and to keep your girlfriend happy -- and given my U2 measuring stick, THAT investment in concert tix was extremely painful... though my girlfriend was very happy!)
Finally, for reaching out to the band to address this ticket problem, I really need a good contact. I am not really interested in talking to the media about this because I do not want any public negativity going towards the band in any way; there are enough crazies showing up outside of the U2 concerts on this tour bitching about some distortion of some comments twisted from alleged comments made by Bono or about obscure initiatives supposedly managed by organizations / causes which Bono / U2 champions. I just want to get someone who has a vested interest to seriously look at these problems and make those than can be fixed to go away. I can help those people actually empowered to make changes become acutely aware of the various issues -- I just need to get connected to them. And if they fix these ticketing problems, it'll make fans' lives a little easier (I feel for the fans who were unable to "trade" their GA tix and had to swallow the loss whole simply because their plans changed six months after buying concert tix on a given day).
Contacts please? Names, company affiliation, emails, phone numbers?
Finally as I am heading towards your beautiful city on a red eye tonight, it'd be nice to meet you. You will know where to find me -- in the GA line for NYC. :-) PM me if you are interested in meeting -- if you like, I can share the gory details behind my experiences on this tour dealing with TM!