Congratulations to those who managed to get tickets to Tom Waits’ Glitter and Doom tour, for which all US dates went on sale today (Friday.) I surmise it sold out in about 20 minutes, give or take. It goes without saying that I’m offering my congratulations here out of bitterness and petulance. But beyond that, (if there’s any getting beyond that — which I doubt), I was kicking around the break room at the office today thinking about how important my opinions are, and I wanted to make a note of the ticket policy for these shows.
For the majority of the tour, Ticketmaster implemented a "Paperless Ticket" system whereby tickets were limited to 2 per purchase, and to get into the theater you have to swipe the credit card with which you bought the ticket(s) and show an ID. It’s an anti-scalping system Waits has previously employed, and I think should be used more widely. I mean, let’s call it like it is here: these ticket broker places are a den of thieves and fascists, all of whom should be drawn and quartered or at least sent to Git-mo for a solid water-boarding.
Witness the Police tour last summer. Granted, that tour kicked so much ass it can’t begin to be quantified. Nonetheless, fans were held hostage by scalpers. If, like me, you had to get your tickets off of eBay, you started to notice a backlash among bidders against these shit heel price-gougers. $3,000 for 4 2nd-row seats? How about you engage in an act of sexual congress with yourself, sir.
It’s a fact that ticket prices in general seem to keep rising at a stupid-ass rate. Tickets for the Waits tour are I believe around $85. That’s not pocket change, but at least Ticketmaster is willing to accommodate artists like Waits who think fans shouldn’t get screwed over by some shut-in scalper in sweatpants with nothing better to do.