by / February 12th, 2011 /

“F**k the scalpers”: LCD Soundsystem add more farewell shows

After LCD Soundsystem’s hometown farewell show at Madison Square Garden on April 2nd sold out super fast, scalpers got a hold of tickets and were selling them at exorbitant prices, in some cases at $1500 a pop.

Never one to let obstacles, be them erupting volcanos or ticket scalps get in the way of fan’s enjoyment, James Murphy, after spending a whole day yesterday venting about it on Twitter, announced that four other shows would be added before the MSG show at the smaller Terminal 5 venue from March 28th to 31st.

Be sure to read the lengthy, honest and entertaining blog post from Murphy about the whole situation:

this here is just to say that we were more than taken aback and surprised about the speed of ticket sales for the april 2nd msg gig, as well as the effectiveness of scalper pieces of fucking shit at getting their hands on said tickets before fans could, and it’s knocked us on our asses.

no—we didn’t have a smart paperless ticketing system in place, and no—we didn’t have the pre-sale worked out very well, but this is simply because we’ve never sold anything out so quickly in our lives, and certainly never sold out anything as big as msg. i personally thought i was being bold in suggesting to our manager that we might sell it out “in 10 days”. that was my bold claim. everyone laughed at me. it’s us and liquid liquid. that’s it. we had meetings and meetings about the “other band” we needed to “fill the place”, as we were definitely considered to be nowhere near big enough (most of these bands were, like, way bigger than us, by the way).

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