Phish + Red Rocks + Ticketmaster = Fiasco
We were following this crazy event through Phantasy Tour over the past few days. Who’s to blame? Jambands.com:
Last night, Ticketmaster accidentally put its allotment of four-day passes to Phish’s upcoming Red Rocks shows up for sale nearly a week before the show’s March 26 onsale date. Word quickly spread through the internet and hundreds of fans were able to purchase tickets to the group’s first Red Rocks dates since 1996. Internet rumors ranged from a simple internet glitch to an official radio promotion presale to a conscious effort on Phish’s behalf to avoid scalpers.
As it turns out, the advance onsale date was a mistake and all Red Rocks orders place last night were promptly cancelled. This is not the first time Phish has entered into a ticking fiasco since reuniting: Earlier this year Live Nation’s new ticketing service nearly crashed when a flood of fans tried to purchase tickets for Phish’s summer tour. Others fans were boxed out of Phish’s high-profile reunion shows after ticketing providers on eBay reneged on their secondary market ticket sales.
Tickets to Phish’s upcoming Red Rocks shows will officially go onsale on March 26.
Sometime near 8PM, Ticketmaster put their allotment of four day passes to Phish’s just announced Red Rocks concerts up for sale nearly a week before the announced onsale date of March 26. Either Phish just came up with an incredibly inventive way to beat the scalpers – the sneak attack, or Ticketmaster screwed up. It remains to be seen whether Ticketmaster will honor the orders placed today. Let us know if you scored tickets. (more…)