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    Today I tried to book tickets to the Ian Anderson concert at Qpac (Brisbane)
    Tickets went on sale at 10.00am and I was trying to book at 10.01 but found that almost every seat in the first 17 rows were already sold.
    I contacted Qpac who said that an outfit called Live Nation (who I had never heard of until I had a look at their website) had a "Pre-sale" of Qpac tickets!
    How does that work? Why would you bother trying to book on the Qpac site if all the good seats have already been pre-sold on some other site?
    This happens to me every time. I don't believe 550 people beat me to the punch by one minute after sales opened. Can anyone explain this.

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    Probably doesn't help you much, Rocky, but I guess the Qpac people see a benefit in a long-term deal with another mob who pretty much (or actually) guarantee a certain level of ticket sales for them across multiple events. Or maybe there are a lot of agricultural historians in Live Nation.

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    • #3
      The 18th Row wouldn't be too bad

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      • #4
        Nuh - if I can't see their facial expression I'm not interested in going. I'll just stay home and listen to the albums.
        I was in a row 12 seat at their last concert here in 2005 and it was too far away.
        Just paid $1500. for two row 5 seats at the Eagles concert next year.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Rocky View Post
          Nuh - if I can't see their facial expression I'm not interested in going. I'll just stay home and listen to the albums.
          I was in a row 12 seat at their last concert here in 2005 and it was too far away.
          Just paid $1500. for two row 5 seats at the Eagles concert next year.
          You've got to be joking.

          $1,500 to look at the expressions of a bunch of old age pensioners.

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          • #6
            Bite your tongue Brevillista! saw them last concert and was fantastic. Would be there again but will be os when they are here.

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            • #7
              Yeah, it's silly money, I know, but they are one of only a very small handful of 'Supergroups' who are still touring.
              And they have all the band members that you would want to see - not just one or two long-term members.
              And they probably won't do another tour.

              I rate the Eagles in my top 10 groups ever and I could never afford to see them when I was raising kids on one income so this is our big chance.
              If I am going to pay $300. a seat to sit in row 20, I would rather double it and actually SEE them.

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              • #8
                The Eagles aren't a 'supergroup'.......... just to stir a little with some pedantics but supergroups are groups consisting

                of members from multiple other iconic bands........ like Static X for instance!! ;-)

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Fard View Post
                  Bite your tongue Brevillista! saw them last concert and was fantastic. Would be there again but will be os when they are here.
                  It's not for you to tell me to bite my tongue if I find something amusing, so do one.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by chokkidog View Post
                    The Eagles aren't a 'supergroup'.......... just to stir a little with some pedantics but supergroups are groups consisting

                    of members from multiple other iconic bands........ like Static X for instance!! ;-)
                    Yeh, but they are comprised of solo stars like Glen Frey, Don Henley and Joe Walsh. Kinda like Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (NOT!).

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                    • #11
                      OK, I think I get the drift.
                      I phoned Live Nation and Qpac and it appears that they BOTH had "Pre-sales" well in advance of the general release of tickets by Qpac on the 23rd June so that explains why all the good seats (about 500) were gone when the ticket sales opened at Qpac at 10.00.
                      There was no mention of these "Pre-sales" on the Qpac website so you wouldn't know unless you were getting their newsletter which supposedly alerts subscribers to "Pre-sales".
                      Obviously there is some benefit to Qpac to allow another ticketing company to pre-sell their tickets - financial?
                      Anyhow I am now a subscriber to both companies so I will have to put up with all the advertising bumf each week in order to be (hopefully) alerted to the occasional show in which I have some interest.
                      That's life.

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