Tickets for Springsteen’s Nov. 2 appearance at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul went on sale at 10 a.m. today. Knowing I have a mind like a sieve that’s rusted enough it’s got more holes in it, I put it on my electronic calendar for work, marked it a “High Priority” item and double-checked that it would start giving me reminders of the “appointment” starting 10 minutes beforehand.
At about 10:55 this morning, I got this sick feeling. I glance at the clock on my desk and the time sunk in with the realization I didn’t get any reminder of the on-sale time. I went to the Ticketmaster site and, of course, all that is left is obstructed view seats behind the stage. Of course, even GA tickets ($95 face value) are now running well over $125 apiece on eBay with reserved seats running at twice or more their $65 to $95 face value. My bid on a couple at just slightly more than face lasted less than 10 minutes on eBay. At at least one ticket brokerage site, virtually all the tickets are in excess of $300 each.
As I already have a hotel reservation across from the Xcel that night, the question becomes whether we simply go and see if “drop” tickets are released shortly before the show or if there’s any decent prices from local “ticket vendors” outside the site? Or do I just hope Omaha and/or Fargo and potentially another Twin Cities stop will be on the schedule when the band resumes U.S. touring after the first of the year?
I want a thousand guitars
I want pounding drums
I want a million different voices speaking in tongues
“Radio Nowhere,” Bruce Springsteen, Magic