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Re: “Buying Foo Fighters Ryman Tickets on Secondary Market Probably a Bad Idea

The decision to see tickets via ticketmaster rather than only in person at the box office is the root of all the bad feelings. Tickets to the first two Sonic Highway shows in Chicago and DC were only sold at the venues, so why is Nashville different? Given how many tickets ended up on the secondary market via brokers it should be obvious why this has been a source of frustration. Yes, some scalpers may have gotten a few tickets in person if they were sold at the Ryman box office, but it would have been a much smaller number since they couldn't have used bot programs to game the system.

Also, the whole point of holding these 'special' shows is to celebrate the city where that week's episode of the Sonic Highways program was filmed. Presumably, the concert at the Ryman is intended for Nashville residents (and residents of the surrounding area). By choosing to sell the tickets on ticketmaster the process was opened up to anybody that could buy tickets on Wednesday and travel to Nashville in time for the show on Friday. I'd love to know how many of the people at the show tonight will be from Atlanta, Birmingham, Louisville, etc. Nothing against those fans, but if the show was intended to spotlight Nashville it's a shame the tickets weren't distributed specifically to the Nashville fans.

Has the Ryman explained why they made the decisions to sell tickets through ticketmaster? Or was the decision made by the Foo Fighters?

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Posted by fsutall on 10/31/2014 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Buying Foo Fighters Ryman Tickets on Secondary Market Probably a Bad Idea

Brad, I don't know you, so I'm not going to take your post personally. Clearly you're flaunting your ignorance. I can assure you I am neither an idiot or a BS'er. The last time he had this same surgery we celebrated with a concert - with his Doctor's permission, but I'm sure you know more than his Doctor.

The procedure they were doing was a heart cath, with possible stent placement. If it goes well, there's a 24 hour recovery. They didn't have to put in the stent (good news), so he's back in school today.

My advice is don't be a douchebag just because you can hide behind the internet. We've been dealing with this for 15 years. I'm not going to do anything to harm my son. But, thanks for caring.

Posted by George Welty on 10/31/2014 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Jason Isbell w/Sturgill Simpson at the Ryman

I saw Isbell last year at the Ryman, really great show, and decided to sit this one out seeing there was nothing new. I wish I'd got to see Sturgill, I would've made an effort if I'd known he was playing sooner. I recently discovered Simpson, I hope he continues to break out along with the likes of Isbell. Anyone record the show and want to share?

Posted by katysdad777 on 10/31/2014 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Buying Foo Fighters Ryman Tickets on Secondary Market Probably a Bad Idea

A lot of you people are acting like it's the last chance in the world to ever see Foo. They've been around for 20 years, and of course they're going to come back here once they've released this new album. Going to an iconic venue like the Ryman to see them perform would have been amazing, I tried every way I possibly could to acquire tickets. But I refuse to buy the high priced tickets. The Foo Fighters and Ryman were trying to do an honorable thing by offering the tickets at such an amazing cost to their fans. They easily could've asked $100 or more per ticket, and still would've sold out I believe. So quit getting your panties in a wad, and just go see them when they come back and play another larger venue in the near future. If you're truly a Foo fan, then you will understand and appreciate all the hard work they've been doing trying to make all the ticket issues right. I commend them and thank them for all that they did.

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Posted by Kellogs on 10/31/2014 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Buying Foo Fighters Ryman Tickets on Secondary Market Probably a Bad Idea

Amen Doyle.

The whole point of these shows are to play unique venues in the cities featured on the same day that episode airs. It's not a regular tour date. And the very nature of shows like this means even people who may not be a huge fan of the band want to be there, just for the "it" factor. And they have every bit the right to attend as a card carrying member of the Foo Fighters fan club. You don't get priority access just because you knew who Franz Stahl was before you watched Back And Forth.

I understand being disappointed. I'm among those who tried every avenue and came up empty handed. Would I like to be at the show tonight? Hell yeah. But that's life. There were 30,000 people trying to score 2000 tickets. Do the math.

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Posted by Darrin on 10/31/2014 at 1:15 PM

Re: “Buying Foo Fighters Ryman Tickets on Secondary Market Probably a Bad Idea

The Foo Fighters are doing a promotional tour for the Sonic Highways show, underplaying small venues in each of the 8 cities where they recorded the album. The Ryman is the largest venue on the tour by almost double. Other rooms are 500 capacity (they played the Black Cat in DC, where Dave played his first-ever club show). How upset would everybody be if the Foos played Exit/In or Mercy Lounge? This is not a show you can just assume you'll get into because you're a big fan or you have a fast internet connection and fleet fingers. The idea of creating debit cards to use one time just to get into a show sounds ridiculous to me. There's so much great music in Nashville every night. Go support a band on the way up and catch the Foos when they do their proper tour in appropriate-sized venues where you WILL be able to get a ticket if you try hard.

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Posted by Doyle on 10/31/2014 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Buying Foo Fighters Ryman Tickets on Secondary Market Probably a Bad Idea

You all should all blame the FOO FIGHTERS for picking the Ryman to have their show. They knew that a ton of you were going to shut out and be upset. Somehow the blame gets shifted to ticket sellers when the reality of it is that 98% of people were going to be shut out anyways. A bunch of complainers who can't identify the source of a problem.

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Posted by F the FFs on 10/31/2014 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Buying Foo Fighters Ryman Tickets on Secondary Market Probably a Bad Idea

George Welty, a scalper probably saved your kid's life. How stupid can you be to let your kid attend a rock concert two days after heart surgery, even if it was a minor procedure? You're either the biggest idiot around, or the biggest BS'er around.. Most likely a combination of both.

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Posted by Brad on 10/31/2014 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Buying Foo Fighters Ryman Tickets on Secondary Market Probably a Bad Idea

Wonder where these articles of outrage are over tickets being sold on StubHub and other sites for half face. Oh right, we only complain when the true market price ISN'T in our favor...

Posted by True Fan #786578 on 10/31/2014 at 12:22 PM
Posted by LD Suckith on 10/31/2014 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Buying Foo Fighters Ryman Tickets on Secondary Market Probably a Bad Idea

This is simple supply and demand. If we are willing to pay, somebody is going to pocket the proceeds. I knew the show was going to be totally sold out on TM within seconds and didn't even waste my time there. I invested all my time looking at the broker sites and snagged great seats as the price bottomed before the upturn. My embossed debit card showed up via FedEx this morning and I will be going in the door tonight. They can't turn me away when I have a Visa card and matching ID. Duh ... don't fight the system - just use it.

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Posted by Foo Fan on 10/31/2014 at 9:53 AM

Re: “Buying Foo Fighters Ryman Tickets on Secondary Market Probably a Bad Idea

These third party sites should be able to set some kind of limit on the resale price. This scalping situation is OUT OF CONTROL!!! #diescalpers

Posted by Mel A Palooza on 10/31/2014 at 5:05 AM

Re: “Buying Foo Fighters Ryman Tickets on Secondary Market Probably a Bad Idea

@George Welty

Have you tried reaching out to the band's management or PR about your son's situation? Could be worth a shot.



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Posted by letmegooglethatforyou on 10/31/2014 at 3:15 AM

Re: “Buying Foo Fighters Ryman Tickets on Secondary Market Probably a Bad Idea

The deal with the tickets has been very disappointing. My 15 year old son, who is a huge FooFan, had heart surgery on Wednesday. The day before he went in he begged me to get tickets. I spent the hour before they went on sale (while he was in surgery) refreshing the TM site. My hands were ready, my fingers were fast, yet I was denied. It was the first thing he asked me about when he woke up.

All this is very sad. One of those empty seats could have gone to a true fan who thought about his favorite band as soon as he woke up from surgery.

The good news is, he's doing fine. Recovering in record time. Hopefully we will get to see them down the road.

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Posted by George Welty on 10/31/2014 at 2:36 AM

Re: “Billy Corgan Must Be Stopped: Smashing Pumpkins Have a New Song and It Is Garbage

Idk maybe after reading this article my expectations were just super low but I really didnt mind it. honestly I'll probably listen to it a few more times. Smashing Pumpkins have the ability to vary their music a lot in a record so I'll most likely buy it as well. I grew up on all of the 90's albums since my mom was a huge fan, and as a person who is burdened by a generation of mostly shitty music I would say this would still stand as an improvement over anything Miley, or Iggy, insert any other industry made pop sensation here.

Posted by Wes Nichols on 10/31/2014 at 12:32 AM

Re: “Buying Foo Fighters Ryman Tickets on Secondary Market Probably a Bad Idea

No, Cap'n Conspiracy Theory, the page's existence raises no such flag. StubHub has pages for any major show, not sure what exactly that proves. (And fwiw, Vivid doesn't even have an event page for this.)

StubHub itself does not purchase and resell tickets. StubHub is a marketplace for users to buy and sell tickets. It's some of those users that penetrate Ticketmaster, buy up tickets and then re-sell them on sites like StubHub.

Does StubHub benefit from any sale? Sure. But what exactly does StubHub have to gain by pro-actively killing this or any other event? And why does it seem like that? Because they built a page? That could be the work of a data scraper, no? Whatever.

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Posted by Gold on 10/30/2014 at 11:24 PM

Re: “An Inside Look Into Nashville's Secret Cabal of Queen Superfans

Jesus, "Anne." You're killing me. Well said.

Posted by AbbyW on 10/30/2014 at 10:52 PM

Re: “Watch Sturgill Simpson Play 'Turtles All the Way Down' on The Tonight Show

I can't stop playing this New cd by Sturgill. It's better than good.

Posted by Edwin Guzman on 10/30/2014 at 10:42 PM

Re: “Lunchtime Poll: Do You Have a Band Tattoo?

It's not a band tat per se but I have one on my wrist that says d.i.y. It's from the cover of the 1978 Peter Gabriel single by the same name, in the same cool font that he used for the covers of his first four solo albums. It's simple and elegant, and it stands for a great song and a great philosophy to live by. Why would I ever regret that?

Posted by anne m. on 10/30/2014 at 10:41 PM

Re: “Buying Foo Fighters Ryman Tickets on Secondary Market Probably a Bad Idea

Whoa there, pard! They built the page to sell them and that doesn't raise a flag for you there Cap'n Obvious? Ah, youth is wasted on the young.

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Posted by Tony Amaro on 10/30/2014 at 10:10 PM

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