The second show was announced about 40 minutes after his Nov. 28 concert sold out in what seemed like seconds after they went up for grabs at 10 a.m. on Ticketmaster.
What a surprise.
Also not a surprise … fans who didn’t get tickets to the former Beatle’s first show in Edmonton are using Twitter to complain about Ticketmaster’s process, resale sites, etc.
“I selected 2 ‘any section’ a maximum of 5 seconds after went on sale (hit re-fresh twice) and was greeted by ‘NONE AVAILABLE,’ tweeted Colin Priestner.
“apparently one can’t even find even ONE best available at 10:02. how is this logistically possible?!” tweeted Nino Roy.
“If there are 14,000 tix available (probably less) and 140,000 trying at 10:00 (definitely more), 90% of people won’t get tickets,” wrote Aaron Vanimere.
“At 10:04, there are 1,580 Paul McCartney in Edmonton tickets available on Stub Hub,” posted Mike Morrison.
“Dear scalpers: I hope it’s -40 and you are standing outside Rexall still trying to get rid of your $500 Paul McCartney tix. Assholes,” tweeted Tanya.
The speedy sell-out even started a brief and barbed game on Twitter — reworked Macca song titles.
“Hey Screwed,” tweeted David Bailey.
“Can’t Buy Me Tickets #NewPaulMcCartneySongs,” added Courtney Theriault.
“My Seat is Far Back in the USSR #NewPaulMcCartney Songs,” wrote Marty Chan.
A pair of tickets in the third row are now selling on StubHub.com for $10,000. One ad on Kijiji reads: “Over-Priced Paul McCartney Tix Side By Side.” The seller is asking for $2250 for four tickets: “Expensive …… but what the heck!” and “No food stamps/Paypal/sisters/boyfriends accepted as payment.”
Another Kijiji ad reads: “Will trade kidney for Paul McCartney tickets.”
I’m still waiting to hear how fast the show officially sold out … but based on my own experience and many fans on Twitter, tickets were gone in 30 seconds.