Tuesday, April 01, 2008
R.E.M. Tickets - Phase 1 Complete
Nothing stresses me out quite like buying concert tickets. Sweaty palms...butterflies in my stomach...the works.
Today was the presale for R.E.M. tickets. It was a mixed bag, to say the least. The surprising ticket limit had me rethinking things at the last minute. I got some great seats (Merriweather/Atlanta), some mediocre seats (Raleigh/MSG) and nothing at all for a couple shows (Philly/Jones Beach). Actually, my Raleigh ticket is really close, it's just off to the side. It might not be too bad. I got greedy at MSG. I had a decent pair about halfway back on the floor, but threw 'em back. The seats just got worse and worse quickly. I ended up buying 2 single seats. One is terrific (11th row!). The other is about halfway back. Sorry, Dinger. I'll try again for Philly/Jones Beach during the regular sale.
Oh yeah - Their new record came out today. Stream it here. I've avoided listening to any of the leaked versions. Quite a few people seemed to have copies. I wonder if it was leaked on purpose. hmmm.... Anyway - I'm listening to it for the first time as I type. So far, so good. SO good. They're definitely rocking again. Thank God.
So it's been a helluva day. New R.E.M. record. Lots of good tickets. I took the morning off work. Chinese food for dinner. Yay for me.
photo by Anton Corbijn. Taken from remhq.com.