U2 Tickets Go On Sale For Their 2017 Tour… Is It Worth The Energy?
It has become very difficult to get a decent ticket for a big concert event. U2 has announced a tour for the 30th anniversary of ‘Joshua Tree’, and getting tickets for their stop at the Rose Bowl will probably be more epic than their show itself. I was thinking about getting a ticket, I have never seen them live and I guess this anniversary would be the perfect occasion, even though Bono is getting more and more unbearable…. but it won’t be easy.
When I reached the Ticketmaster page for the Rose Bowl show, I didn’t find one or two dates and offers as it is usually the case, but 3 dates and 7 different offers: there is the U2.com Redhill Group Presale, the Fan Club VIP Access on sale on January 11, the U2.com Wires Group Presale, the Fan Club Bundle, the VIP Package Presale on sale on January 12, and finally the General Public Onsale, with a VIP Package Public option on sale on January 17. But what’s exactly left for the general public after all these presales?
As Iman had already noticed back in 2014 when he was getting ready to get tickets for U2 2015 tour, you have to subscribe to U2.com to be part of the fan presales,… and yes, it’s not free, it will cost you $50. But according to a few webpages I have encounter, if being an internet fan club subscriber would guaranty you access to tickets a few years ago, it’s not the case anymore. ‘However, last year for the North American tour it was a fiasco to end all fiascos, which could be blamed on typical Ticketmaster troubles,’ wrote Cindy Rosenblum here. In 2010, this other blog even asked ‘What’s the point of a U2.com membership?’ as some 2009 pre-sales happened before the U2.com pre-sale!
This year the U2.com subscription is $50, which already increases the price of the ticket, but what if this doesn’t even guaranty a ticket?
Also keep this in mind, subscribing to U2.com today will not get you very far. There are two presale groups, “Red Hill Group’ and ‘Wires Group’, and to be in one of these groups, you have to be a paid subscriber of U2.com. However, the ‘Red Hill’ Group, which enters the presale first, is described as ‘Long Time Subscribers’, and in the past, those who have kept their subscription current have had priority access, whereas the fans, who let subscriptions lapse and have just re-subscribed, fall into the second group ‘Wires Group’…meaning that U2 keeps track of everything you are doing, they are worst than Big Brother. As a brand new subscriber, I would not even fall in any of these categories, so I am not sure what presale would be open to me if any.
As it is always the case for big shows like this one, tickets for U2 at the Rose Bowl are already offered by Vividseat, or by StubHub and probably every other intermediates between brokers and buyers in the country. These sites can offer you tickets before any sort of presale has even occurred, and as absurd as it sounds, it may be the best way to get a ticket. Even if I am on Ticketmaster website on time on January 17, what are my chances to get a decent seat?
And, in the unimaginable option that I grab a GA ticket on Vividseat at $300-400 (I am not a U2 fan, why would I pay that much?), I don’t have the energy to compete with all these U2 fans, especially when I read something this, coming from a true fan: ‘in U2’s case, arriving early means at least 24 hours beforehand, which I can guarantee you, is cold in the middle of October, but so so worth it’. I have been waiting 7 hours for Nick Cave or LCD Soundsystem, but there’s no way I am waiting 24 h for Bono!