Saturday, June 07, 2008
260. I got tickets! Nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah
We almost never get big names here. So when Elton John decided he wanted to have a performance in every state, everyone got exited. Tickets were $133 each (this includes the official cost and the BS fee they add to every ticket), although tickets with an obstructed view were slightly less. They sold out in under an hour. They decided to add a second concert, and those tickets also sold out within an hour. Stephen called to try to get tickets, but couldn't get decent seats so he didn't get them. (At first I was annoyed, but then I thought about how the Sullivan Arena was not built for acoustics, and there is no point in going to a concert if you can't hear well.)
Stephen ended up buying tickets online from a scalper for the second concert a week before the concert. Then he read a review of the first concert and saw that Sir Elton John did not have backup; it was just him and an acoustics piano, he decided he didnt want to go. I spread the word that I had an extra ticket, we got a few calls, and I ended up going with a friend of my boss.
The concert was fantastic! He did not need backup singers or other instruments. He was great, and sang for about three hours. It was an older crowd; no surprise there. The crowd was so old that some people actually had records with them to try to get him to sign the cover. (Remember records? Big black disks?)