Philadelphia... GA Style
It was April
in Philly. News from across America was making it onto the Internet.
The Elevation tour was in full swing and America had gone up in
flames. Delirious journalists were writing up a storm of superlative
reviews for every show. It seemed that once again, U2 could do no
wrong. Their tickets were sold out just about everywhere in spite
of the cruelly high prices. Everyone who came out of the arenas
after a show, whether die-hard fan or critic, came out raving. This
band was *hot* and the music was electrifying. What else could you
I had tickets--
seated tickets-- to the second Philly show. The seats were expensive
but in the upper bowl of the First Union Center. After reading all
the rave reviews, two things became apparent. The floor was the
place to be, no matter how packed. And I needed to get there. But
how? Both Philly shows were sold out. Seated tickets were hard to
come by... let alone the cheapest, most sought-after General Admission
tickets. I needed those, but how???
Ads would come
up on the online mailing lists. People regretting they couldn't
make the show and selling their GA tickets for face value. I answered
more than one of those ads and every time, someone else had gotten
there first. It was frustrating. All I needed was one, but with
the popularity of the show, one was too many.
I had checked
Zoonation a ways back and they had had a link saying "Get your
U2 tickets here!". The link went to a place called Tickets
Plus, an online ticket broker. I had checked the place out looking
for Madison Square Garden tickets but the astronomical prices and
the absence of GA tickets for that venue led the link to just sit
there listless in my Favorites menu. I hadn't even thought of looking
for Philly tickets there. Maybe because I thought I wouldn't be
able to afford them. Maybe because I actually believed the online
mailing lists would help me out in finding face value GA tickets
(I was naive,okay).
Well, one night,
after reading another amazing story of U2 up close and personal
on the floor, I went to the Tickets Plus link again and this time
checked out what they had for June 11th. 4 GA tickets for sale.
$95 each. All I needed was one... But how did I know this place
was credible? Would they send me the ticket? Or would they take
my hard-earned cash and run? At this point, I really was getting
desperate. How could I NOT go see U2 from a perch on the floor???
I needed to and Philly was my best chance to get close. Some people
suggested I wait cuz Ticketmaster releases really good tickets the
day of the show. But was that a risk I was actually willing to take???
After reports that the band had taken to performing the heart-rending
"Kite" in concert, I decided that I had to be there in
the very worst way.