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Thread started 09/17/17 4:48am

SoftSkarlettLo
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Was it easy to secure Prince concert tickets in the USA?

I'm from Australia and only had 2 chances to see him live here - both were blown simply because tickets here sold out like pancakes.

2012: the Welcome 2 Australia tour was only touring in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. I was living in Adelaide, South Australia, at the time, and simply couldn't afford the tickets to, say, a Sydney show because there was the added cost of flights and accomodation. I was a starving student and really wanted to go but nothing could work out.

2016: I was now living in Melbourne and heard that Prince was performing to perform at the Arts Centre. An American friend of mine said: "(you seeing Prince) is expected!" I said I naturally agreed and tried to secure tickets for me and my sister, but alas tickets sold out again like pancakes.

Now I suppose the reason why Aussie tickets sold out is because Prince rarely toured in Australia. So Prince making any appearance down under was literally an event in itself, something bigger than even Barack Obama coming here.

So you were more likely to catch him in concert if you were living in USA. As far as I know, travelling between states in USA isn't that expensive.

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Reply #1 posted 09/17/17 5:28am

NorthC

Depends. The Lovesexy tour, for instance, was a hit in Europe, but played to half empty halls in the US,so getting tickets for that one must have been pretty easy. In later years, Prince's habit of doing everything hit-n-run made things complicated. There were plenty of complaints on this site from people who couldn't get time off and make travel arrangements at such short notice. Also, ticket prices became higher and higher throughout the years.
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Reply #2 posted 09/17/17 7:17pm

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They were difficult to get. At least the shows i tried - Piano & Microphone at PP for instance. Impossible.
Traveling within the US may be less hassle, or less expensive, but i'm not sure. I've never traveled in Europe. In the US you either have to drive or fly both of which can get costly. (Travel via train is quite limited.) Plus the distsnce could make it impractical aa well depending which part of the country you reside.
All that aside i think many of us would agree more opportunities to see him performing live would have been a wonderful thing. Yet the man deserved his downtime too. Touring is grueling they say.
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Reply #3 posted 09/18/17 12:23pm

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I'm sure it is. Yet Bob Dylan has been on the road every year since 1988 doing approximately 100 concerts a year, making it possible for people in small towns to see him for a reasonable price. So it can be done, but yes, it does take some stamina from the artist and his band.
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Reply #4 posted 09/28/17 2:03pm

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I remember when he came back to Dallas in 1997 after being away since 1988. He booked a small venue and it sold out in minutes. I had to purchase general seating on the grass. Not a good experience. I was so ticked off. He came back about 6 months later, booked a larger venue, and the place was nearly empty. Things began to turn around for him in 2000 or so. People appreciated him more and he was selling out places. The NPGMC made getting fantastic seats much better. I was front/center for the Rainbow Children tour. Even had a chance to talk to him during the sound check. Had a great time.

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