Note from Rob
Rob Thomas posted a very informative note on his facebook page today, and we thought we should share it here:
So, it’s tour time again and we all know what that means. More messages about everyone’s problems getting the tickets they want. I can’t say everything I need to in 140 characters, so I thought I would direct everyone who cares to here.
Please understand that my twitter site isn’t the “ticket complaint” dept., so after this, I am not going to answer any questions regarding tickets. If anyone sees any concerns, please direct them here.
We’re working hard to get the best seats we can but there are many layers of commitments that we have to work within outside of a normal headlining show. It’s hard to explain but there are a lot of “hands in the pot” in terms of inventory for this tour. Normally, there would be a headline tour and you’d have to deal with the following:
-MAYBE TM PLATINUM SEATS
Because we are doing this tour together with the GOO-GOO DOLLS, there is a lot more going on in terms of what demand is put on the tour for inventory. You have everyone below fighting for great seats:
-GOO GOO PRESALE
-MB20 FAN CLUB BUNDLE
-GOO GOO FAN CLUB BUNDLE
-MB20 VIP PACKAGE
-GOO GOO VIP PACKAGE
-CITI CARD PRESALE
-TICKETMASTER PLATINUM SEATS
-LABEL HOLDS FOR GOO GOO
-LABEL HOLDS FOR MB20
All of these elements to the campaign are assigned holds or pull from opens (availability after holds). Also, because this is a Live Nation tour in sheds, most of the venues have season ticket holders that hold a license to the seats in the venue. These patrons get first pass at tickets and because this is a popular tour, I would guess most of those license holders jumped on the opportunity to purchase tickets.
Generally, VIPs and Platinum seats are assigned holds after the season ticket holds. Then, from there, fan club opportunities (both the bundle and the coupon code protected sale) are tied to 50% of the venue being open - basically the next best 50% of the house that's available. Then all additional requirements get peppered to serve as a middle ground to the fan club inventory (citi, label, etc.).
Also, we have gotten more replies from people that are happy with their seats than unhappy. Happy people don’t usually complain.
This is a complete list of why anyone may be having problems. I hope it answers everyone’s questions. See you out there.