U2 fans ready for today’s start of general ticket sales take note! Ticketmaster.co.uk’s concert info for the Vertigo tour gigs now includes a warning:
You are strictly only allowed to make
one booking for this tour. There is a limit of 4 tickets per
booking and because you can only make one booking, you can only
book for one venue. Therefore you will be unable to book for
more than one venue and unable to book for more than 4 tickets
at your chosen venue. Multiple bookings will be cancelled
Strong measures, perhaps intended to prevent ticket scalping. However, it’s not just the touts who’ll feel the pain.
Many of U2’s hardcore fans, including the editors of U2log.com, are used to traveling widely to see the band perform. English fans might want to see in London and then go to Dublin to experience the show in the band’s hometown. Dutch fans might choose to see gigs in Germany and Belgium, etc., etc.
Ticketmaster’s unprecedented rule, apparently on request of the tour promoters (and ultimately, the band?), means the band’s hardcore fanbase are now actively being hindered from doing what they like to do best: support the band on tour. After this week’s pre-sale debacle, it’s like rubbing salt into fresh wounds.
U2.com, however, do seem to have a cunning plan to fix up those fans who missed out on GA tickets during pre-sales, as fellow fansite atU2.com reports. ETS customers are advised to read the letter ETS issued today (jpg file).