As expected, both French shows, Paris and Nice, were sold out within two hours last Friday. The best – the most expensive – seats vanished in less than 4 minutes. This was a record in the young but already mythical Stade de France rock shows history.
To prevent the national sales network from crashing, like it happened in 2001 as soon as U2 tickets went on sale, the Fnac network divided France in two. Only the northern stores were allowed to deliver tickets for Paris, when the southern ones were able to sell tickets for Nice.
Like everywhere else in the world, people started gathering in front of every ticket store from the early hours in the morning, creating endless lines of anxious, tense fans. Anyway, in spite of their desperate efforts, many people went home empty-handed at the end of the day.
Nevertheless, a Stade de France representative would have dropped unofficially that up to 10.000 (!) Paris tickets would still remain to be put on sale later, in stores and through the Internet network. These unannounced future waves of sales are supposed to discourage scalpers. According to a few lucky ones, a handful of GAs were available again as soon as Saturday morning.
There’s still hope, then.
And let’s hope that this scenario will happen in every other country visited by the Vertigo Tour.