RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
So I had even
more U2 tickets for Manchester and Birmingham. I was *excited*.
This was going to be wonderful! I had decided to stay away from
London during the U2 shows there, though. After Manchester, I was
planning on heading north to admire Scotland before boarding a ferry
for Dublin and Slane. It would be too hard to be in London at the
same time as the shows that I wasn't going to.
One day, I
had to work at night so I was home and I decided I might as well
check the Ticketmaster UK site just to check. Just another compulsive
die-hard fan behavior pattern, I guess. Anyway, I checked the BuyUpFront
site and they were still listing London as sold out. Then, I went
to TM and logged into the U2 Earl's Court option. Every show had
a little "On Sale" sign next to it that hadn't been there
to get too excited since TM America does this all the time even
when there isn't a ticket to be had, I clicked on one date and filled
out a request for two tickets, International Mail delivery. I hit
the Search for Tickets button and the next page that should have
loaded didn't. Then I remembered. TM America is closed for the night
after a certain time in order to reprocess itself for the next day.
Maybe given the time change and everything, TM UK was doing that
So I waited
as it got later and later. I had to work that night at 11PM so I
didn't have all night to stay up and try this. At just about 10PM,
when it would be 3AM in London, I logged in again and tried for
a ticket for the last night in London. I asked for two tickets the
first time. The page I think every fan trying to buy tickets online
is familiar with came up. "We are sorry, but we cannot fulfill
your ticket request..." Blah, blah, blah. So they were sold
out or something even when they had the little For Sale signs up.
I think I tried for the rest of the nights asking for two tickets
but couldn't get anything.
Maybe I should
have given up since they all seemed to be sold out, but some desperate
hope kept me going. I think I only persisted since the For Sale
signs had just appeared that day.TM UK is guilty of less false advertising
than TM America. If the For Sale signs were up, they were bound
to be selling *something*. I just had to fool the server into letting
me buy tickets.
Going to a
concert by myself wasn't part of the plan for the UK shows, especially
London. But the server wasn't giving me any pairs and I was running
out of time. So, I put in for one ticket for the last night in London
and waited as the reply page loaded. It was amazing. AMAZING. Instead
of the stupid "Sorry we don't have any tickets" page that
I've seen more times than I care to count, BOOM there was a little
order sheet. My heart just about *stopped*. I couldn't believe what
I was seeing. One ticket to see U2 their last night in London. I
hated to go by myself but this was a godsend and I *had* to jump
on it. I filled out the order sheet, hoping that the ticket would
arrive in the mail before I left for England on the 23rd of July.
What was even more exciting as well as kind of scary was that this
was a GENERAL ADMISSION, standing room only ticket. My God... on
the FLOOR in LONDON... by myself. Oh, well, if I died in the crush
or something, at least I'd die happy :)
I was psyched.
I couldn't believe I had gotten through. This was good news, though.
I mean, this had to mean that other tickets for London were going
on sale that very day and I had probably logged on just as they
had started to become availale. Looked like I'd be camped out in
front of the computer at work all that night.
It was already
well after 1030PM so I grabbed my bag, shut the computer down and
trotted off to work and no this is NOT the end of this story! :)
at work had been waiting for me to arrive since I got there pretty
late (priorities, priorities). I got the scoop on everyone and set
up meds etc in record time. Ticketmaster's website and the available
London tickets were swimming around in my head like tantalizing
surprise packages, just out of reach. Thank God it wasn't a horribly
busy night and by 1AM, I was back online and Ticketmaster.
I tried ordering
tickets for the Tuesday show, Earl's Court #3 and I marked the Overseas
Mail option since I'm overseas and I wanted them mailed to me, right?
Anyway, I hit the Look for Tickets button and something must have
been horribly wrong. The page that loaded was neither the 'Sorry..."
or an order sheet. It was just blue. Blue, blank and useless. I
hit reload about 4million times and still the same thing. Maybe
it was just the