Friday, February 08, 2008

My Rock And Roll Life

More thoughts from my continuing Rock and Roll adventures.....I'm sure some of you remember my recent daily thoughts about my lunch time adventure trying to secure tickets for a Robert Plant and Alison Krauss concert here in Louisville. A few days ago I received an email from the Alison Krauss website alerting fans that a second show was being added in Louisville and that tickets would go on sale yesterday to fans only before they went on sale to the general public. The only catch was that you had to know the secret password which, of course, I did. So, my partner in crime and I hopped on the ticketmaster website during our lunch break. Moments before the green light went on, and the tickets were on sale, we were poised, each on our own computer, with fingers ready to key or click as needed as fast as possible. We both made a direct hit immediately and we quickly compared who got the best and most affordable tickets. With split second timing and aggressive decision making, we made the choice and hit enter. Seconds seemed like hours but we got a confirmation. Now all of our friends are in! The whole time this is going on I have another friend in the Cincinnati area driving to the Riverbend Music Center to buy other tickets for us to see Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers along with Steve Winwood. This kind soul was doing this to hopefully save my friends and I approximately $75 in service charges from Ticketmaster. Alas, it was a failed attempt and we still had to pay service charges. Ticketmaster service charges are ridiculous but, as they say, they're the only game in town. My friend in Cincinnati still gets a gold star for having a big heart and a generous spirit and for offering to do this. Now. this friend has a sense of humor. She left me a voicemail that said, "Michael, there's a problem. I guess so many people saw Tom Petty during the Super Bowl that everyone wants to see him live so they sold out of tickets already". Just as my heart was sinking, her voice said "I'm just messing with you! I got you four tickets"! My rock and roll partner and I feel like Project Managers. All of this was almost out of control. We're standing in lines, we calling people on our cell phones, we logging on the Internet, we're sub-contracting to friends in other cities. Man! I need a rest. It's hard work being a rock and roll Pa Paw! Seizing the day is wearing me out!

I picked up Chloe at the day care yesterday. It was wonderful to see her. All went well until we got to McDonalds. It's challenging to be the Pa Paw of a little girl when the cashier tells you they are out of "girl toys" for the Happy Meals. "I don't want a boy toy"!!!!!!!!!!! said Chloe. I finally got her to calm down and we had a pleasant meal. Pa Paw will have to make it up to her when she spends the night this weekend.


Unknown said...

I am heartbroken; my husband and I live outside Philadelphia. He said we could go to Louisville for Alison Krauss! I was overjoyed too, when I saw the 2nd show, and I too, had my fingers poised at 11:59 yesterday. Sold out totally. Then there are the websites selling the tickets for $730. What a total rip. Oh WELL. Thanks for listening!

Michael Brown said...

Debby, I barely got two tickets the first try. Most seemed to go to scalpers. The second show was limited to fans with a password. I think it sold out almost immediately, too but at least it was fans that got the tickets. The Palace is a small venue holding approximately 2000 seats. I hope you have luck in another city. +Michael