Sometimes, just sometimes, Ticketmaster is kind

It was a great day. Two nights before the Candlebox reunion/anniversary show I’d alright bought tickets for a month prior. Nothing doing. I sat on the sidelines, hoping something would change. I’ll resell it! The moral of this story? Thousands of people across the GTA wanted to go to this show, Radiohead’s first trip back to Toronto in almost a decade! On the very same night. That, maybe, the Scotiabank Arena (what?!) would change its mind and allow tickets to be sold. Within a few hours of emailing Ticketmaster, explaining that I couldn’t make the show and I hated the thought of the seat going empty, I received a perfectly pleasant email saying my purchase had been refunded. I lucked out. I emailed Ticketmaster, knowing full well that the company has a policy of not allowing sales on tickets for certain shows, or with certain artists. Ok, no problem – I’ll just transfer my ticket! No problem! Easter Sunday. Except… yeah, this was one of the shows where you couldn’t just resell it via Ticketmaster. Or transfer it to someone else. The first time I saw them was at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1998. I got a ticket during the initial sale a few months back. For the past two years, at least, my byline has been associated with cynicism and skepticism when it comes to ticket sellers. Why wouldn’t I want to see them again in my favourite city? Like hundreds of others (thousands?), I anxiously tried to get tickets for the Radiohead show in Toronto next week. This is my exact luck. Just reach out, explain the situation, and maybe, just maybe, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. No muss, no fuss. It’s a policy that’s been shrugged off as no big deal – an elected official I used to cover on the regular in Virginia had rallied against just such a policy because he was stuck with tickets to some schmaltzy band and I laughed at him. Finally, a week out from the show, I gave in. (Profanity)
For weeks, I waited. And then… Pearl Jam announced a special fan club night at the Seattle Mariners game. Or sell it through Ticketmaster’s resale site, TicketsNow.com. Today, I share with you a positive story about (dare it be said?!): Ticketmaster. Or the show would appear on the resale site. It was glorious. If you can’t resell your ticket, purchased through Ticketmaster, don’t despair. He introduced legislation to prohibit Ticketmaster from forbidding selling tickets on certain shows in certain venues and such legislation was deemed ridiculous here.
Sometimes, just sometimes, Ticketmaster is kind