Here’s hoping this comes up during their Colbert Report appearance tonight: By now you’ve probably heard about or experienced firsthand the frustrations of trying to purchase tickets to LCD Soundsystem’s last show ever at Madison Square Garden in April. There was a pre-sale and in-person sale, both left out many fans looking to get a jump on the general Ticketmaster sale. Then the tickets starting appearing on Stubhub, for up to a couple thousand dollars (Ebay has a pair for over $2,400). On Friday LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy put a lengthy post on the LCD Soundsystem website about the situation. It gets intense.
Murphy begins by apologizing for the ticketing fiasco around their April 2nd show. He mentions how he didn’t even expect the show to sell out, let alone to have scalpers snatch up thousands of tickets for resale. Then he ends by announcing that the band will do five shows at Terminal 5 leading up to the MSG show. His reasons and conclusion:
i just want to give people who actually want to see us a chance to see us. for a reasonable ticket price. and i want to drop the price of the MSG tickets being sold by piece of shit scalpers.
oh—and a small thing to scalpers: “it’s legal” is what people say when they don’t have ethics. the law is there to set the LIMIT of what is PUNISHABLE (aka where the state needs to intervene) but we are supposed to have ethics, and that should be the primary guiding force in our actions, you fucking fuck.
and to everyone else: thank you. you rule. don’t let the shitbags win.
Murphy even got into an argument via Twitter with whatever marketing person runs Stubhub’s Twitter account:
Ticket sales haven’t started yet for LCD Soundsystem’s Terminal 5 shows, but Murphy says it’ll be sometime this week.