The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 821: The Truth About Concert Tickets

The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 821: The Truth About Concert Tickets
Buying concert tickets used to be easy. Today, buying concert tickets not only confusing, it’s also one of the most frustrating and maddening consumer experiences know to humanity. Scalpers, always a problem, became more sophisticated. Some tickets were sold through the mail, Credit card purchases over the phone. Songs heard on this show:
Pearl Jam, Alive (Live at Wrigley Field)
Beastie Boys, Sabotage (Live)
Tragically Hip, New Orleans is Sinking (Live)
U2, Vertigo (Live in Milan)
Florence + the Machine, Dog Days Are Over (Live)
Queens of the Stone Age, No One Knows (Live)
Our Lady Peace, Naveed (Live)
As usual, Eric Wilhite has provided a playlist of the songs on this program. The Ongoing History of New Music can be heard on the following stations:

102.1 The Edge/Toronto – Sunday night at 7
Live 88-5/Ottawa
107.5 Dave-FM/Kitchener
FM96/London – Sunday night at 7, Monday night at 11
Power 97/Winnipeg (Sunday nights at 11)
Rock 97.7/Grand Prairie – Sunday nights at 6. Sonic 102.9/Edmonton
The Zone/Victoria
The Fox/Vancouver
Live 105/Halifax
WAPS/WKTL The Summit/Arkon, Canton, Cleveland, Youngstown The show runs at 11 am Sunday. Bar codes got scanned instead of tickets getting torn. Then local ticket sellers vanished, replaced by a big mega-corporation. Same thing with the back end of the business: promoters, ticket sellers, secondary markets, governments. This, by the way, is a great option for American listeners who are prevented from listening to the show live because of geo-blocking,

We’re still looking for more affiliates in Calgary, Kamloops, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Brandon, Windsor,  Montreal, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, and St John’s and anywhere else with a transmitter. When you heard of a show you wanted to see, you went down to your local box office, plunked down some cash and in exchange, you were given, some stiff pieces of paper with words and numbers on them. Physical box offices started disappearing. I’m going to give you the honest brutal truth about concert tickets. Don’t forget that you can get the podcast version of this podcast through iTunes or wherever you get your on-demand audio. Bots. As time went on, buying concert tickets got more complicated. Meanwhile, the concert industry grew into a multi-billion-dollar business. It really was that simple–in theory, anyway. It wasn’t, but we’ll get to that. When it came time for the gig, you presented those pieces of paper to a person at the door who tore them in half, allowing you into the venue to enjoy the show. We still exchange money for admission to gigs, but the way we acquire those tickets and the prices we pay for them has little in common with the so-called good old days. Then the Internet shifted everything to online sales. It’s a situation far, far more complex than you’ve ever dreamed. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do. TIcket brokers got bigger. Gather ’round, kids.