Tonawanda News

Features

July 7, 2013

MUSIC NOTES: Scoring good concert tickets can be challenging

I’ve been attending concerts for 32 years, and I often get asked what is the best way to get good tickets to a show. Things have changed dramatically since my first show in 1979. Back then, a ticket company called Ticketron was the major ticket company, and even though they had a purchase-by-phone option, the best way to get tickets was to stand in line.

The advantage to camping out overnight, or even getting to a box office or Ticketron locations like Record Theatre, was that everybody that put in a decent effort was virtually guaranteed a ticket. The only time I spent an overnight waiting for tickets and came up short was when Pink Floyd played Toronto in the late 1980s.

The current system makes it somewhat difficult to get decent seats unless you are willing to spend big money. There are a few pointers one can follow to get decent seats in an electronic ticketing age.

Probably the most effective way to get good seats is to join a band’s fan club before tickets go on sale to the public. Some bands actually offer a fan club membership with the purchase of a ticket during the pre-sale period. In other words, you can only buy the ticket early on Ticketmaster with the fan club membership. I did that for a Heart concert once and got early entry to the venue and wound up in the front row.

Not all bands will offer the fan club membership on Ticketmaster, so if you want to participate in a fan club pre-sale you have to know when tickets will be going on sale to take advantage of the benefit. It has only backfired on me twice, first with Chickenfoot. I bought a fan club membership so I could buy tickets to a show of theirs in Toronto at a small venue. The regular tickets sold out in three minutes, and the only tickets available during the pre-sale wound up being $250 seats that included a meet and greet. Inasmuch as I love Sammy Hagar and Joe Satriani’s music, I’m not paying $500 for a pair of tickets and a handshake.

Text Only
Features
  • SUN LIFE Volunteers honored 1 040614.jpg Women Who Move the City (and beyond)

    April 7, 2014 2 Photos

  • SUN LIFE POUND 1040614j jpg.jpg Rock n' roll fitness

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • sig - crib notes RGB Enough of this winter -- it's time for spring

    Midway through separating the bits of dog food from the shredded paper towel pieces on the saturated bed sheet that had been strewn across the dining-room table, I finally realized I’d had enough.

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • sig - critter companions RGB Dear readers, it's me, Kenny

    I have bad knees. I have been told to blame my grandmother. I have also been told to blame her for my love of animals. Today, we celebrate the 100th Critter Companions column.

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • SUN LIFE mummies 1 033014.jpg 'Mummies of the World' exhibit arrives in Buffalo

    As visitors arrived for the recent NCAA basketball tournament games in Buffalo, a much older group of visitors arrived via motorcade at the Buffalo Museum of Science — but these newcomers to the Queen City wouldn’t be seeking out a place to have a beer between games or where to find the region’s best chicken wings.

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • sig - double trouble RGB Years later, still spending sunny days on Sesame Street

    I always knew we’d hit “the Elmo years.”

    Going into parenthood, it seemed like a given. Both my husband and I  were “Sesame Street” fans from childhood ourselves, and we were happy enough to pass it on to a new generation. And we knew, having friends with children of the applicable age, that in this day and age “Sesame Street” equalled Elmo, the squeaky-voiced “furry red menace” (thus dubbed by Oscar the Grouch) of parents everywhere.

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • SUN LIFE Local Restaurant Week 2 033014.jpg Back for another bite

    As spring finally starts to unfold in Western New York, residents are likely eager to get out of their houses — and organizers of Local Restaurant Week hope they’ll consider eating out as they do that.

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wineries invite visitors to take a Taste of the Trail

    If one weekend of food and wine pairings is a good thing, two weekends of food and wine pairings must be even better.

    For the first time, the Taste of the Trail event, which takes place Friday through April 6 and April 11 to 13 on the Niagara Wine Trail, will be split into two weekends, with half the trail’s wineries taking part the first weekend and half the second, said Elizabeth Maute, wine trail coordinator.

    March 31, 2014

  • sig - critter companions RGB CRITTER COMPANIONS: Rewards for playing nice

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • SUN LIFE signs of spring 1 032314.jpg Region's favorite signs of spring gear up for season

    Ah, the signs of spring: The birdsong, the flowers, the green grass, the flowing waters of the Erie Canal or Niagara River ... and the words “Opening soon” on the marquee of your favorite seasonal business.

    March 24, 2014 1 Photo