Matchbox 20’s fan club didn’t provide pre-sale codes for 24 hours, so if you attempted to purchase a fan club membership to get access to their pre-sale, you had to buy the membership well in advance.
There are other ways to get decent seats, but they come with a risk. One little known fact is that many people buy tickets in the first few rows within a day or two of a show. If the band does not sell premium ticket packages, they often release the tickets right before the show. I can’t tell you how many times I hear people in the second or third row bragging that they “bought these tickets yesterday.” You really have to keep checking the ticket sites to see when the good seats are released.
You can also check Stub Hub the last few hours before a show as well. Stubhub usually stops selling day of show tickets around 5 p.m., so from about 3 to 4:30 p.m. there can be some amazing deals. I once purchased two $250 tickets for $60 at 3 p.m. on the day of the show. They were in the second row.
Finally, you can take a chance and get tickets from a scalper outside the gate. I have a buddy who talked a guy down from $200 a ticket to $30 for two tickets. It’s risky and you really have to be aggressive, but it can pay off.
I hope some of these methods work for you, and if they do please shoot me an email and let me know.
Thom Jennings writes a weekly column on the music scene for Sunday Lifestyles. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.