Ticket brokers

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Today we’re moving on from yesterday’s ticket update to the contentious topic of ticket brokers.

You probably noticed over on the News page that one ticket agency – Getmetickets – has been forced to cease trading by the UK government. We mention it because many fans have written in asking us to give the go-ahead to purchase tickets from similar brokers.

We cannot do this. We have listed the authorised sellers on the Live dates pages and feel it would be highly irresponsible of us to comment on any of the other agents who are selling tickets. With so many worldwide, we simply cannot vouch for their levels of service.

One would imagine that they are indeed offering legitimate tickets, considering the astronomical costs involved, but we do not know for sure and we certainly do not wish for you to find out the hard way.

We stress that it’s much wiser, if not convenient, to keep contacting the authorised sellers to request returned tickets from them. Buying from anyone else is, of course, a risk. We list authorised sellers for good reason and, as with internet auction sites, we have concerns over any reseller and their excessive prices.

As we are based in the UK, we obviously know more about the UK promoters than we do those across Continental Europe and North America. North American fans only have one authorised seller – Ticketmaster – to deal with, so any queries and complaints should be directed at them, not us.

If you’d like to tell us about your experiences with brokers between now and the start of the tour, please do. We will not publish their names (because we do not wish to generate business for them), but we will collate your views and use the information you provide to directly advise fans where required. This is the best we can do.

As harsh as it may sound, if you are not willing to keep contacting the authorised sellers on the off-chance that you will be able to purchase a returned ticket, then you are taking a risk by considering unauthorised sellers – and there’s nothing we can do to help you.

As has been observed several times before, brokers are like many eBay sellers in the sense that they have purchased tickets merely to profit from them, and this means that fewer tickets were available to individual fans. It’s up to you, but the most effective way of stopping any profiteer is by refusing to hand over your money.

Likewise, we strongly urge you to return your unwanted tickets to the point of sale for a refund. As we said yesterday, SEE Tickets will now also give refunds, so please allow other fans the opportunity to attend one of David’s concerts by returning your spare tickets so that they may be resold at a fair price.

Thank you.

Today’s picture is of David with co-producers Phil Manzanera and Chris Thomas. More of Polly’s photographs coming soon.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour's official blog, The Blog ('Features' previously being its rather naff title), affectionately - or lazily - shortened to 'FEd'.

46 thoughts on “Ticket brokers”

  1. Golly,

    I wish all the ticket problems never materialized in the first place. I wish this wouldn’t be such a stain for all involved.

    Good luck to all,

    -Brian

  2. Is today’s audio clip “Smile”? Those awesome chord changes sound like “Smile” from the 2001-2002 DVD.

    Man I can’t wait for this album.

  3. A right kind of topic for me. I’v been moaning about tickets for the Milan show on 24th, probably from the beginning of this blog. I’v bought 2 of them when the sale started, and that whas allmost 2 months ago. They took the money from my account, allmost emediatly and i still dont have them in my possesion (payed extra for fast delivery). They said that they’ll gonna start with the distribution on 6th of feb. They said that i’ll be contacted by the distributor of the tickets to confirm my addy. No news from them, no news from distributor. I’m really getting frightend now…and pissed. I have to make some plans for this pilgrimage to Milan…i have to book a hotel…take wacation..you know the drill…and i cant plan a damn thing without knowing that i’ll have the tickets. They are not anwsering on my mails. And the thing that really scares the shit out of me now is a possibility that i wont see David Gilmour live.

    Now…”They” are TicketOne from Italy. Official seller for Milan DG tickets.

    I’m really loosing my patience now…and there’s not much i can do about it then moan here infront of you.

    Cheers, and God bless you!
    Bran

  4. poor bran. i hope they shape up and let you know where you stand soon.

    this is a nightmare for everyone involved. i also think all tix should have names printed on them so they can’t be used by anyone other than the named person. then ebay sellers are stuffed. only the venue should sell the tix and no one else. then the brokers are stuffed. if the venue doesn’t have the staff, then the performer should tell them that that’s not good enough and look for another venue. that would make the venue get the staff in quick sharp. they have a part to play in this. if they want the money (think how much they take at the bar alone when there’s a show on) then they need to earn it by having the staff to sell and check tix. with so much unemployment, wouldn’t it be good to create jobs? when there’s an election and votes need counting, people manage to get casual workers in to count all the votes. same at xmas when the postal service has more mail to sort. couldn’t the venues do the same and get people in to do a simple id check at the door? i’d do it. then the fans wouldn’t be the ones getting stuffed all the time and the only ones complaining would be those who didn’t get tix in time (and that would only be their fault because they’d have a fairer chance of getting tix the day they go on sale and if they missed out, they should have been faster). people missed out this time and they were waiting for the clock to strike 12, hence the ‘gone in 60 seconds’ story. that’s wrong and that’s why they’re thinking of ebay and brokers. it’s simple: make the venues earn their money. that’s all i have to say.

  5. Confirm: Italy, MIlan, ticketone. No one single ticket delivered yet. No information available.

    All fans waiting for tickets without being told anything. The only thing we know is: no more money in the credit card.

    Hope to receive ticket next week.

    David we love you!

  6. I have to admit that I have used ticket brokers in North America before. I’ve done this when shows sold out so fast there was simply no way to get through to Ticketmaster. We all know the frustration of waiting by the phone or the computer (sometimes both at the same time!)for the on-sale time only to *still* not get through. I actually miss the days of camping out for tickets becuase you knew that with a little hard work and perseverence, if you were willing to brave the wait, then you were getting a ticket. These days, it’s very hard. I managed to get lucky with Ticketmaster for the Radio City shows, but that’s not always the case. I have a fast internet connection – those with dialup are crippled from the start. And while you’re on hold (using the telephone method), you know tickets are being snapped up by the hundreds as you wait…

    I used a broker to see Cream at Madison Square garden. Expensive? Yes. However, not only did I get 4th row seats, I was treated like a king during the entire process, with followup calls and personal delivery of my ticket outside the Garden the night of the show. In the past, I’ve purchased tickets through the same broker and received my seats via FedEx the following day. No problems whatsoever.

    I don’t use them often, but when I want to give a special gift ( 2nd row seats for Simon & Garfunkel for my parents, for instance) or ensure myself great seats for really special concerts – I use the brokers. I’ve never been cheated or denied a ticket – the good ones will substitute equal or better seats, if the ones you purchase are not avaialable for some reason. Or you get your money back.

    I’m not defending scalping. It’s painful for a fan not to be able to see their heroes the official way and very unfair. However, the Catch-22 of it all is that the services exist because the market will bear it. People will pay money to ensure themselves seats without jumping through several hoops to get them. Most of these agencies are in a business and have everything to lose if they don’t deliver what they promise. There a those who, from time to time can afford their prices and are willing to pay for the convenience of not camping out in line for three days or fighting through to Ticketmaster only to get the back rows, if they’re lucky enough to get that. The irony is that the good seats are mostly purchased through people who can go through the trouble to camp out because they work for the agencies. In a twisted way, it’s a service – turning good seats into a delicacy of convenience that people are willing to pay for.

    And this is why the front rows are increasingly filled with older folks and their girlfriends/wives – people who have the incomes to afford these seats. It doesn’t mean these people are not fans – quite the opposite. I sat front row center for the Timothy White benefit because I won my seats at auction simply because it was worth it to see Roger Waters that close. I had tears in my eyes and when he gave me a nod of approval as I sang along to Flickering Flame (long before it was ever released), he knew I was a true fan. Did I pay a lot for that seat? You bet. But I did it *because* I was such a fan and all other efforts to get seats failed.

    My seats for Radio City are pretty good – Orch 2. Not front and center. I could use the broker to get pit seats – AAA center if I wanted. I won’t though, because my official seats are good enough. But somewhere out there is a true Gilmour fan with the means to get those seats – and fulfil a dream. If they know they can get them and be sure that the deal is real? Why not? I’ve purchased tickets this good and given them away to friends as gifts. The smile on their faces and the joy that they experience is worth every penny.

    So I guess my take on it this is. If you’re a true fan and not just some corporate knucklehead who buys these tickets as vanity seats to impress clients (which does happen and I hate sitting near those people), then you have a system in place to make your dreams come true. I do believe that the average concertgoer should have just as much of a shot at front row as the brokers’ buyers, and maybe the answer is ticket lotteries. You buy a shot at the seats at a certain price level and Ticketmaster pulls them randomly. You can’t pick your seats with the current system as it stands, so why not go with a random draw? That way, we’re all in the same boat.

    Just my 2 cents…

    [Thanks for taking the time to share them with us, Terry. – Features Editor]

  7. Ok I know tihs is off topic but I must say David looks great in faded blue jeans like in todays photo and the day of Live8. Levi’s jeans I bet. Best looking bottom in Pink Floyd! :)) Lucky Polly!!

  8. I hope everyone finds the legal tickets and enjoys the shows. Can’t wait for the American swing.

    I know more than a few Grateful Dead band members want to catch David’s show when it hits California.

  9. Alice, you make some very good points.

    I’m not convinced that printing the names on the tickets is a great thing, simply because there will always be situations where people buy tickets in good faith, and are unable to attend a show. How are they to sell their tickets, if their names are on the tickets?

    The only way that this would work is if the legitimate ticket vendors would routinely accept returns. Over here in Canada, it is standard with Ticketmaster that there are no refunds, period. You are stuck with your ticket. So I am in complete agreement with names on tickets, and checking id at the door, so long as there is some kind of system set up to allow you to return them to the vendor or TRANSFER your tickets to someone else.

    I think we all agree that the whole ticket-selling system needs to be changed so that fans have a reasonable opportunity to buy tickets. Scalpers will always exist, but we need to limit the dominance that they have developed.

    So, how do we stop this? First, there needs to be some way of preventing the brokers from purchasing tickets. I am aware that they set up teams of people who use the internet and phone lines to get tickets. In the “old days” they would pay people to stand in ticket lines. They succeed through the force of numbers, I suppose. The convenience that can be so helpful to ordinary people like us, who can’t be lining up for tickets, also helps out the brokers.

    Another problem, as we know, is eBay. They need to stop turning their heads the other way. I believe that they should have a policy of only allowing ticket sales at face value. I know that this would eliminate the bidding process, unless you had it set up that the maximum bid would be for the face value.

    This would allow fans with extra tickets to sell their tickets without making a profit.

    It is probably incredibly naive for me to think that the practice would work, or that eBay would allow it. A much more viable approach would be for eBay to simply ban ticket sales period.

    That would not put the brokers out of business, but it would help.

    I admit that I purchased tickets to the Toronto show from a broker, as there were no tickets available from Ticketmaster, even though I was on their site the exact moment that they went on sale. I was lucky. The price that I paid is nothing near what they are charging now.

    This is actually the second show that I have purchased tickets for from a vendor. This was the only way that I could get Stones tickets, too. It is really frustrating to me as a normal music fan to have to buy my tickets this way.

    Of interest, I was listening to the radio the other day (CHEZ in Ottawa), and the dj’s were telling listeners that tickets for David’s Toronto shows could become available, as they were going to cancel all the eBay tickets. I almost had a car accident when they said that! I phoned them immediately, and told them that this policy ONLY applies to the RAH. They must have logged onto this site to verify the info after I called them, as they corrected their statements shortly after.

    I bring it up because it’s interesting that this news has made its way over to Canada. Perhaps it will make everyone stand up and pay attention.

    I fully support putting ticket brokers out of business. All tickets should be available to music fans. The ticket vendors need to make it perfectly plain BEFORE tickets go on sale that tickets found to be resold by brokers will be cancelled.

    For this show, I am obviously pleased that Ticketmaster will honour my tickets, but I hope that for future shows that some policies wil change.

    (I really can’t afford broker prices…)

    [More good points. Thanks for that, Peter. Glad to hear that you didn’t crash your car! These radio stations should really get their facts straight before they cause accidents. – Features Editor]

  10. Dear Fet Ed,

    while I’m sure the ticket issue coverage is appreciated by many fans directly affected by it, I’m glad to see you are finishing it up. But for those of us who are not affected please include nice happy thoughts/news/ideas for blogs along with the ticket info. Many of us look forward to what you will post especially now that it is an every other day update. Its a real bummer on a Friday to have the last entry til Sunday be on ticket stuff…. with that in mind… have a great day and weekend!

    Tim

  11. I have never seen this level of care and selfless devotion given to someone’s fans. I couldn’t be more proud of Mr Gilmour and his team, including our Fed.

    If I were the father of these folks the buttons would be popping off my vest.

    Keep up the good work!!!

  12. I’m sorry there’s been such ticket confusion, but I have to admit I’m getting a bit tired of reading about it. We’re in countdown mode.

    Let’s talk about the music!

    Anyway, I’ve been thinking a bit about whether David will play any songs from his previous 2 albums. As much as I loved About Face, I’m kind of hoping he stays away from that album, although I wouldn’t mind hearing Near the End or You Know I’m Right. I still hold out for the infinitesimal chance he’ll play Raise My Rent (I’ve been holding out for 22 years for that one. I can’t believe it’s been so long) but realistically, I’d be delighted if we saw Mihalis and Short and Sweet.

    My guess is that we’ll hear at least 2 from Division Bell (the usual suspects) and a handful of the older Floyd tunes he likes to cart out. I always love hearing WYW and Money, but secretly, I’d love for him to throw in more like Fat Old Sun or Childhood’s End.

    Regardless, I’m having fun speculating about the album and upcoming shows. It’s fantastic to have a new helping of soulfood.

  13. It is sad to hear the plights of others about ticket problems. I purchased tickets for NY and London. The NY tickets were thru ticketmaster and I was able to print them at the time of purchase. No problem there. The London tickets were purchased thru the authorized agent trinity street direct. They told be tickets will arrive 4 weeks before show. I have not purchased airline tickets or made hotel reservations yet based on all this ticket hoopla. I am certainly nervous about spending all the money for travel to find out I have a ticket problem. It would be better if they mailed me the tickets now, put my name on it for all I care and ID me at the door so I can make my travel arrangements without anxiety. I have no intentions of making profits on my tickets. I held out in 1980 when I was offered $1000.00 USD for the wall show at Nassau Coliseum. A better ticket guarantee should be available before we spend money on travel expenses, don’t you think?

    [Maybe I’m being stupid – it is Friday night after all – but if you got them from Trinity Street, doesn’t that mean that you got them via the Advanced Booking facility? There should be no problems there, Stephen. Four weeks is the norm. I’ll find out for you, OK? Bear with me and we’ll soon have you making your travel arrangements. – Features Editor]

  14. I know this is a bit off topic, but seeing David with the other producers for the album makes me wonder something. Does anyone know how long it took to record the album? I know that David likes for everything to sound just right, but it seems like this is a more loose, free-flowing album. So he may not have spent much time “cleaning” it up. I know he’s been writing for this album for a while now, but I was just curious how much time he spent in the studio actually recording the record. Hope ya’ll are have having a great day! God bless.

  15. Why do I have to be tortured for two days now about tickets? This ticket thing needs its own blog. Just give me info on the album, or what is going on behind the scenes. I would even rather read about what you had for lunch before I read another page on tickets.

    [As it happens, I had a very nice prawn salad. But this section is called ‘Features’ and it exists for us to inform you of the issues that we feel important enough to write about. Judging by the volume of ticket-related mail we receive daily, this is a topic that clearly requires attention and is actually proving quite helpful to some people. You are free to comment, but it’s not a forum. A few people could do well to remember that. – Features Editor]

  16. Really looking forward to seeing David at the Albert Hall on 30th May and the album snippets i’m hearing are really wetting my appetite.

    Coming down from Davids birth place Cambridge,is there anybody else going from here?

  17. i think alice has some excellent suggestions. i think the entire computerized ticketing process is flawed.

    anecdote: before Ticketmaster (we have a pet name for them which contains a ‘b’ and a ‘d’, and rhymes with Ticketmaster) went online, we had a strategy. in atlanta, some Ticketmaster outlets were in grocery stores, and each branch had a good variety of seats. we went to a grocery in an ethnic neighborhood. odds of getting a good seat were in direct proportion to the degree of neighborhood interest in the performer. :o)

    i was waiting online at the Ticketmaster website for David’s tickets to go on sale. i knew the process would be a random draw – the only choice being ‘best available’ – so i had given my credit card info to my friend deborah, and just told her to GO FOR IT. we were willing to travel the 700+ miles to NYC, but certainly we wanted decent seats, so we would both try.

    we ended up with two pairs of tickets, PLUS i lost my mind and got us two ‘Hot Seat’ tickets ($350 each; even the ‘legit’ Ticketmaster is a wee tad bit pricey – hence the pet name.) the Hot Seat deal promised a seat within the first 7 rows, the CD, a vaguely-described laminated object and some sort of a special mystery-something item unique to the tour.

    i got all the tickets, and thanks to this blog was able to pass along AT FACE VALUE two to angelo and one to becky. (the other went to someone who apparently already had several other tickets to see David, but didn’t bother to tell me that…) it feels really great that we were able to help out angelo and becky, F.Ed. good karma.

    i don’t know when we will get these other Hot Seat extras. we want the CD last week. we are dying to hear all of On An Island!! do you have any info on this, by any chance? any idea what these magickal mystery items might be? (backstage passes? sand?) or when we might receive them?

    oh, p.s. David Gilmour, there is a bass player you must check out, his name is Chris Maresh.

    [I’ve no idea as to the Ticketmaster goody bags, I’m afraid, but I will find out. Unfortunately for some, we do have other ticket issues to cover next week. – Features Editor]

  18. thanks peter. you’re right about accepting returns. everyone should do that. these people charge big enough booking fees after all. i still say that, if someone can’t attend, they should be able to return their tix for a refund (even if they lose their booking fee) and a new one be printed for someone else, even if it’s the day of the show. venues will always be able to resell tix because people will always be ready to buy at the last minute. ebay should help but as long as they’re getting a cut, they’ll always turn a blind eye. don’t they get more money the more someone sells an item for?

    to the ed: you tell the cheeky buggers! a lot of us need the info you’re putting here and are very glad of it.

  19. First of all, I would like to extend an extremely excellent thank you to Mr Gilmour and everyone all the way down the chain from the other artists to the producers to the crew and all that have made this sort of thing possible. To see Mr Gilmour on tour again is a real treat.

    Secondly and probably at this point even more significant, I would like to offer the most complete form of gratitude that there has ever been (not exactly sure what it would be though…) to the Features Editor(s) and staff that take care of the website and the intake and output of information.

    I am pretty certain that you must have lives outside fo the life of the weblog type. Your time, effort, patience and often cunning responses are much appreciated.

    You have created something that has a life of it’s own and gives us “regular Joe’s” a feeling like we could actually be connected to David Gilmour somehow. Sometimes we offer our words in hopes that David Gilmour himself sees them and really gives a lump about what we might have in mind.

    Whatever it is that happens here, you have created with many of us a sort of culture that wishes to commune with the musicians that we adore and grew up listening to. It goes beyond the music for most of us. It goes to the very fabric that makes up some very important parts of our lives. Sincere and humble thanks for all that you do. I hope you are justly rewarded for your kindness, patience and creativity.

  20. Tickets: so much greed. Me (& 14yr old son) can’t wait for Albert Hall event/UK. Someone could offer me £1million… and I still wouldn’t sell ’em.

    Anybody know the situation regarding photographs at the events? Don’t want to start taking snaps (for wife who is left back in the hotel).. and get chucked out…

    Great site… lots to tease the fans with 🙂

    [Their website states that “Cameras, video equipment and tape recorders are not permitted.” – Features Editor]

  21. ebay has a history of changing their policies pretty fast if someone hints at litigation. of course, in the case of fans, it would have to be that boycott (personcott?) thing.

    one more thought: to those of you annoyed by talk of ticket issues on this blog: THESE PEOPLE CARE. plus, last i checked, actually getting hold of a legitimate ticket is the first thing you have to do to get into a performance by a master like David Gilmour. tickets are pretty important. other artists have hashed out these issues, but none to my knowledge has involved the fans to this degree.

    i appreciate all the effort, F.Ed. (awwww — you DO care!)

  22. Hello from the States. I’ve had a few wee drinks and am feeling a bit too ebullient.

    It’s bad to “drink and blog”….

  23. In response to Justin Kreutzmann: You should get the boys on stage with Dave. Now that would make a hell of a nice show.

    What’s your opinion of the Paramount in Oakland? IMO it’s a beautiful theater, but the sound can be poor if you’re seated in the wrong place.

  24. In the Province of Alberta (Edmonton and Calgary main cities), Canada it is illegal to scalp tickets for sports and performance venues. However, many still do it here.It’s hard to police.BTW, David played in Edmonton with Pink Floyd in 1994, and in 1970 in Calgary when his group was becoming known.

  25. the amount of front row/other floors seats i have seen on ebay plus broker sites leads to me believe that literally 99% of the best tickets must have gone to scalpers. Afterall, these are tiny venues but there are still a number of amazing tickets you can get at ridiculous prices. As most other fans, i was on ticketmaster the exact moment they went on sale but wasnt lucky enough. I finally gave in today and spent $600 on a pair of 4th row seats. Im so excited about being able to see david and co from that close. I never thought id even have the chance considering last time pink floyd toured i wasnt even born! I guess the down side is im completely broke for at least a few months but it should be well worth it !!

  26. seems to be a lot of uncertainty (wc?/sp) about the tickets. glad mine are in hand, un-hindered, and ready to go. good luck everyone. hope it works out for the best, as i’m sure it will.

  27. Today’s blog is a sad state of affairs in the ticket industry, hand over fist, over fist. I do hope in the future that this will encourage other venues to look into this mess and come up with a solution. Let’s get to the music and face it. HOPE to hear with all the fans for Wearing the Inside Out with Dick Parry. I forgot to mention previously on top 5, to include David with The Ventures, my idols as a kid, and didn’t sing a word barely. You remember them David? Only the Shadows know. Peace All.

  28. My sister in law who lives in Italy phoned ticketone.it on thursday, and basically told them how unhappy we are waiting for tickets we have paid for. (she was not that polite, though!) It looks like the tickets will be despatched next week, but dont hold your breath!!

    [My fingers are crossed for you, David. Let us know what happens. – Features Editor]

  29. Hey all, it really is sad about the ticket industry. I think maybe if tickets were sold first to people who live within say 200 miles of the venue based on zip code (or whatever code they may use in Europe). Once local fans have had a chance to purchase tickets, then it could be opened up to people further away (I only picked 200 miles because that includes the venue I’m seeing David at… he he he). Anyway, there is no easy answer…. anyone remember Pearl Jam and their attempt to sue Ticketmaster as a monopoly charging large handling fees? They tried to put on a tour without using any Ticketmaster venues. They ended up cancelling the tour- Ticketmaster controlled too many venues to make the tour work. It is indeed a sad state of affairs. Give any one species too much rope and they’ll f*** it up!

    Tim

  30. Hi everybody. I’m from Italy near Milan and I booked the tickets for the 24th of March show in Milan on the 9th Of December, just after the tickets became available!!! You might guess that I haven’t got my tickets yet. Well I didn’t receive anything, while my money was withdrawn from my credit card long ago. There was also a big trouble because some assholes in ticketone assigned wrong prices to tickets so everything was cleared. They told us to book again new tickets, then they decided to keep the first bookings and phoned everybody asking us what to do!!!!!

    I hope I’ll receive tickets on time.

    See you Mr Gilmour in Milan, don’t forget “Comfortably Numb” for the show!!

    Heard the new single “On An Island” today for the first time on Capital.it radio and it’s wonderful!!!!

    Have a nice Day

    Gianluigi

  31. I was the first person in line to purchase tickets for one of David Gilmour’s two Los Angeles concerts. I was told they were sold out. When I got home I went on the Internet and found hundreds and hundreds of tickets being sold by ticket brokers. It’s no secret that Ticketmaster regularly prints out tickets for concerts and sells them to the ticket brokers, NOT the general public. True fans will NEVER be able to attend the concerts unless they are willing to pay the unbelievable prices being charged by ticket brokers. Sorry Mr. Gilmour, I can’t afford $1000 for 2 tickets. Shame on Ticketmaster.

  32. William,

    I understand your frustration with Ticketmaster. Like you, I wanted to buy tickets to a show, but could not. I purchased my 2 tickets from a Broker, but not at the outrageous prices that are being charged now.

    It is true that the Brokers seem to get their hands on far too many of the good tickets, but I find it hard to believe that Ticketmaster knowingly sells them blocks of tickets. In short, why would they? They don’t “need” the Brokers to sell the tickets.

    I believe that the Brokers succeed through numbers. They have teams of people with computers and telephones, and likely also have others line up at ticket windows.

    Brokers also watch out for presales. It is worth their while to purchase memberships for sites (Stones and U2 come to mind), so that they can get a shot at those tickets. U2 at least would not allow recently joined members to participate in the presale.

    In short, the Brokers are in a business. They have people who do nothing but hunt for ticket resale opportunities, and they will find ways to get those tickets.

    Unfortunately, it becomes increasingly difficult for fans like us to get tickets. What choices do we have, when it is a show that we really want to see? No knock against David, but choosing such small venues just makes it worse.

    Toronto’s Massey Hall only holds 2,000 or so. It is no surprise that a ticket frenzy occurs. With only 10 shows in North America, there is going to be intense demand. Those Brokers know that they can make a bundle on these shows.

  33. I am a frequent user of ‘ticket brokers’ . . . “frequent” meaning that the few concerts I want to see at this point in my life (47 yrs old), I want to see from the front row. I’ve been going to concerts for 32 years and have seen everyone . . . . just not from the front row. I purchased tickets from a “broker” to sit in the front row to see Rush, Marillion, Roger Waters, Live and a few others – and it was worth every single cent to sit that close, have such an ‘intimate’ experience with the musicians I admire – playing the music that moves me so much, songs that have been a soundtrack for life . . . . worth EVERY SINGLE CENT. I know that I will probably never have another chance to see David Gilmour or Pink Floyd live . . . . and to me it’s worth the price (steep as it is) to sit in the front row on April 12th . . . . . worth EVERY SINGLE CENT.

    and THANKS for the fantastic website !!!!

    [Thanks for that. Good to hear a positive story about brokers for a change. – Features Editor]

  34. Hi I am new here… Just wanted to tell you guys my story… I am a 21 year-old fan. Here’s how I got my tickets for the Kodak Theatre show… funny story… I don’t really spend much time on forums and blogs but I was saerching the internet the day of the re-sale tickets for US shows, I was actualy looking for infformation on the pulse DVD (I own all of floyd’s and gilmour releases) when I stumbled across a pink floyd forum, there was a message that said “Gilmour tour dates” and my jaw dropped! I hadn’t heard any recent news on gilmour (the most recent being the live 8 reunion) so I read the thread and quickly went to ticketmaster and searched for tickets, then I saw that they were released that same day (not knowing they were extra tickets- or ticket re-sale) so I looked for the tickets but sadly they were all gone!! so I went on eBay and was forced to buy them there…. I don’t have the kind of money for front row seats, and all of the decent ones were TOO expensive, finally… I was able to buy 2 3rd mezzanine tickets for $300.00 (front row though- I figured it was better to be front row at the 3rd floor than 2nd or 1st floor 50th row!!!) I didn’t even check what the regular prices were (I thought they were something like 60.00), nevertheless when I got the tickets I was happy to know that the original price paid was (including fees and everything) $220.00, and I piad $290.00 with shipping, therefore at most the seller only made a profit of about $65, so it’s not too bad!! anyway I’m just excited that I’ll get to see Gilmour, I am sure it will be a once in a lifetime opportunity!!

  35. As a Floyd fan for many years with limited financial ability, I am saddened that I can’t see David Gilmour in concert in the UK mainly due to the pathetic hippies of the old time that are now pretend wealthy individuals with credit cards to cry for and attitudes/values to make you puke, buying all and sundry and then trying to sell them on ebay at 300% increased charges.

    I would have thought Gilmour would have known just how massive his tour would be and playing meagre 5,000 seater places was well short of the need. I know the Gilmour would have sold out Murrayfield and it’s 70,000 seats easily, maybe then I may have had a chance to see him. Oh well at least his bank account is £500 – £1,000 in credit from my purchases over the years and I can still see other talent such as Paul Buchanan and John Martyn without much fuss, jings I can even see The Eagles again in June.

    [Fair enough, but I must add that I’m also going to see The Eagles in June and their tickets cost more than tickets to see David… And at least I won’t need binoculars to see David. – Features Editor]

  36. It’s sort of a Catch-22, isn’t it? Seeing David in a small venue will be very special, but it means that tickets are that much tougher to come by!

    Personally, my son and I are delighted to be seeing David in Toronto. My broker tickets had a premium added to the price, but it was nowhere near what some of these people are charging.

    For us, it is worth every penny to see David in concert. In fact, we’re planning a whole weekend in Toronto around his show. For my 20 year old son, this is a big deal, as David is his favourite musician.

    I think he has rather good taste, don’t you??

    [He has excellent taste, Peter. I hope you both have a wonderful time. – Features Editor]

  37. I, Like Terry, Have used a SCALPER before. I don’t know why anyone uses the word broker. I used one twice. The first time was for a Floyd show in Madison WI. It was only $5 above cost the day before the show, no big deal there. The second time was for Floyd in Chicago. I was fortunate enough to have bought 4 tickets to this show at face value but I wanted closer seats. So I sold my 4 seats at face value to earn the money for 2 16th row seats from a guy selling them in the news paper at a higher rate.

    Now Like Terry, I miss the days of sleeping out for tickets. It was fair and we all had a clean shot at good seats. The best I did was when a friend and I slept out 2 nights at the UIC pavillion in Chicago and we each scored 8 front row tickets for Davids “About Face” tour. I had 8 seats on the right side from center out and my freind had 8 seats from the center to the left.

    Those days are gone in the US and I stongly believe the reason is that Ticketmaster has thier hand in the pot or somehow have a deal with Brokers allowing them to “secure” certain seats for shows. Terry my friend,a lot of those seats will never see the light of a bit on a ticket screen and that’s why some of these shows sell out so fast.Also, have you ever gone up to the box office window the night of the show and find out they have something like 5th row available? Maybe the “broker” couldn’t sell his seats?Maybe that’s why they were released back into the pool?

    It’s just a theory and if I’m wrong and offend anyone, I’m sorry. But if I’m right, then we need to do as mentioned above and not buy tickets from these people. And force them to release the tickets back into the pool for the “true” fans at the more respectable price that was printed on the tickets.

  38. I have two sets of tickets for Albert Hall. 5/29 and 5/30. My problem is that I am in the US and cannot make the show. I just want to sell these things and not have any empty seats at the show. Please help me. My wife and I are still going to the show in California. It is not that we are not fans. We just got excited and bought too many tickets.

    Thanks

    [We’re onto it, Lucas. You will receive an e-mail regarding this matter shortly. Please be patient. – Features Editor]

  39. Hi

    I really enjoy your updates every day on the site but I am not surprised On an Island only charted at No16 this week ( I have my copy and its excellent as expected ). Apart from Dublin its nearly impossible to get a new release in the first week of its release as many retailers only carry the top 40 UK chart so until its charted in the UK it doesn’t even get on to the shelves of Tescos or similar retailers which is a real shame considering it was released 3 days earlier in Ireland than the UK.

    I have seen David many times with Pink Floyd over the years and was also on the famous seating that collapsed in Earls Court in 1994. I also saw him on his solo tour in Ireland sometime in the 80s I forget the exact year now but he was excellent then too. It would be great if he added an Irish date to his tour at a nice small venue like Vicar St or The Olympia ( but hey let me know in good time because I didn’t manage to get tickets for the RAH and would hate to miss out if he played Dublin).

    Many thanks for years of wonderful music

    Bob Clohessy

  40. i tried see tickets every day for about a month before giving up and bidding on tickets over ebay so are no tickets being sent out to ppl who bought tickets over ebay? i would like to know asap so i can think about getting my money back

    scared Gilmour fan
    Shane

    [Which show are you referring to, Shane? – Features Editor]

  41. i am refering to the RAH gig.

    [The chances are that the eBay seller who sold you those tickets will never receive the tickets to pass on to you. Royal Albert Hall staff are monitoring eBay and they know who is reselling their tickets, so they can refuse to despatch them when all the tickets are sent out in April. We’ve been warning fans since 27 December, so I’m afraid it’s a risk you’ve chosen to take. You can either ask for a refund (which you may or may not get) or wait until April and hope for the best. – Features Editor]

  42. just like to add i think that every penny i have spent on those tickets is worth it and i would prob pay it again for a chance to see David Gilmour play that guitar! it makes the hair on my whole body stand on end and i REALLY REALLY want to see him!!!!

    Shane

  43. I can’t believe the price that the ticket ‘touts’…as that is what they are…are selling tickets for. My husband really wanted to go so much and since it is our 10th wedding anniversary I decided to buy them for us both only to find that I’d have to sell my granny to pay for them.

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