I tried, like many other people, to buy tickets for the current U2 tour, Toronto stop. I decided against a presale and thought I would have a better chance with the general onsale. I'm logged in before the sale time, waiting to strike the second it goes on sale. Can't get any GA tickets! Those are the ones I want because they're very affordable and good seats. How can there be no GA tickets available the moment it goes on sale!? Of course within no time there are all kinds of tickets available at StubHub.
I haven't missed a tour since the initial American leg of the Joshua Tree tour in 1987. I guess that's coming to an end. I refuse to buy the inflated prices offered at places like StubHub. I also refuse to buy the inflated over the counter prices that you now have to pay through TicketMaster. $300 for the 300 section. Has everyone lost their fuckin' minds!? Who are the scalpers? The shady looking guys outside the venue when you're coming in or the promoters?
I'm disappointed, more disappointed than I'd thought I'd be. I kinda felt that the last few tours weren't that exciting. Too many of the same hits played at every tour. For me that started on the Elevation tour. But when they played a lesser known gem like "Out of Control", you could feel the energy level in the building go up a couple of notches, it was awesome! I don't understand then why they stick to the hits so much when a song like that was so well received. That was one of the reasons why I didn't think if I couldn't get an affordable ticket to the show I wouldn't miss it so bad. That's not turning out to be the case. The closer we get to the date the worse I feel. I don't want to start missing U2 tours 28 years into it!
I saw U2 on their Fallon appearance just prior to the tour kick off. Larry said something like "they really care about the fans" which I've always believed and I still do. But that attitude hasn't made its way to the price of tickets nor to the access to those tickets. Who can afford $300 for a legal ticket price? Why is there an almost unlimited means to buying those tickets? We know they'll sell out right, without any promotion whatsoever! There's more than one presale, there's the general onsale. Anyone with internet access can roll out of bed and buy tickets. That accounts at least partially for the insanely quick sellout.
In any case I wanted to relate my story in trying to buy tickets and my disappointment in not getting any. I'll be quite sad if I do miss the show. It seems a shame that an ardent fan has to go through so much trouble and still can't come out on top. It's a real shame.