So up until five minutes ago, I didn’t know anyone who actually got tickets to LCD Soundsystem‘s farewell show. Nobody really knows what happened, but at least for me, the show sold out in .5 seconds. (Side note: I was using the United States Naval Observatory’s clock. It was really .5 seconds!) LCD’s mastermind, James Murphy, doesn’t know what happened either, but in a newly posted note, he had a thing or two to say about the scalpers who were able to purchase tixs to the April 2nd show at Madison Square Garden in New York City and then subsequently listed them for $1,500 on StubHub. Oh, and he also announced four more farewell shows at the much smaller Terminal 5 for the week proceeding the MSG show.
The Terminal 5 dates will take place March 28th, 29th, 30th, and 31st, and according to an issued press release, tickets will go on sale Friday, February 18th for $40 each. Ticket holders will be required to show ID day of show to gain entry. There will be a 2 ticket limit per customer.
Here’s Murphy’s note in full, because it’s fucking awesome:
fuck you, scalpers. terminal 5 shows added.
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 its knocked us on our asses.
nowe didnt have a smart paperless ticketing system in place, and nowe didnt have the pre-sale worked out very well, but this is simply because weve 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. its us and liquid liquid. thats 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).
we didnt sell out hollywood bowl, and that was with both hot chip and sleigh bells. there was, i repeat, no expectation of our selling this out either. my main concerns at the time were things like ticketmaster chargeshow they were going to make the tickets ridiculously costly we never dreamed some shitbags would try to get thousands for our show. its insane.
but it happened. we all looked at each other in horror and sat there. i mean, arent you supposed to be psyched? your band sold out madison square garden! i live in nyc, and thats the place. i saw the jacksons victory tour there when i was a kid.
but there it wasthe shit was gone, and peoplenot just people, but fucking proper fanswere pissed. nancy from the band tried to buy tickets. failed. i tried. failed. our best friendsnot wanting to hassle us for guestlist spots triedfailed. i bought 2 tickets to my own show for 3 times the value like an idiot to see if real tickets showed up. my family got burned.
it was, to say the least, weird.
we tried getting another day at msg. id mentioned this before and most everyone kind of rolled their eyes at me. 2 madison square garden shows, dude? really? i thought, well, just in case, you know? maybe some people would fly from other places or something. but msg, being one of the most popular venues on the planet, was unsurprisingly booked. (for the record: just because it doesnt look booked on the internet, doesnt mean its available. just saying.)
we tried calling our lawyer about the ticket scalping. its legal. no joke. its fucking legal. i tramped around with friends and band getting insane. i wanted to buy some expensive tickets and then track the seller down to beat him. i acted stupid. i did some classic, shakespearean vain fist shaking, etc. i made angry tweets. (im wondering now what on earth could be less effective and more of a first-world spoiled idiotic move than angry tweets? jesus.) i read conspiracy theories about how this was some cash-grab i orchestrated. i read that there are 50,000 seats at msg (i think our show will have 13k). i read that people had already bought flights, hotels. wanted to bring their kids. waited in the cold. i read that some people thought this was one of the reasons we were calling it quits (check). i read that this was a media stunt we planned. i read very funny comments from my friend aziz, one of which was taken seriously (that msg had given me 30,000 tickets personally for guest list). i read that i was giving all the tickets to my new celebrity friends (aziz is about the closest thing i have to a celebrity friend, and we met at terminal 5 watching hot chip when we were, well, not very celebrated). i read that we should cancel the show and put the tickets up on sale in a better fashion. i read that we should not do that, for fucks sake. i read that we should go fuck ourselves.
i read a lot of stuff, waiting to hear if we could get another night at msg, which seemed like the only option. but it failed. then i kind of sat in my house, trying not to worry for 20 minutes, and made a very, very good coffee.
i dont know what people think about us, really. id love to say i dont care, but i do. these people in my bandthey are my very good friends. i love them very much. i love this band very much. everything about it. im very proud of itof us, and i get defensive when people talk shit about us. i feel like weve been able to do something sort of special for 9 years: making music we like the way we like it. going on tour and playing, no computers or bullshit. no in-ears. a bunch of weird substitute teachers just trying to play something like the bands we loved growing up. whenever anyone said shit about us being sellouts or something, it stung, because i consider this entire thingthe band, everythingto be a communication between us and whoever is listening, and not just a thing unto itself. i remember being a fan and seeing bands, thinking this is us. this is you playing and me/us watching and how real that connection was, and i always wanted to honor that strange relationship with our band. so when someone felt wronged or hurt or outraged, it stung. it stung because, on some level, regardless of the you cant please everyone stuff that gets rationally said to you when this shit happens, it meant that id failed. id failed to communicate. on the other hand, ive had my world turned upside down by a lot of amazing things people have said about us, or to us. ive met fans and made friends, and felt very strongly how that relationship actually worksand how we brought ourselves, each other, finally here, to where we play our last showand biggest show evertogether, at this amazing place.
and then, this fucking ticket thing happened.
so to the point. you cant make everyone happy, and im sure this will wind someone up somewhere (but i paid $600 for one seat at msg!!!) or seem like some shitty plan to someone else (they were gonna do it all along!!! its all a big retirement money plan to bilk the fans!!!) or something else that someone who theoretically likes our band thinks (why are you trying to buy a ticket?? how could you even listen to a band that you think is capable of some of this shit!??) but weve come up with the best solution i can think of, as quickly as possible so as to deflate the market for those scalping scumfucks.
were going to play 4 shows at terminal 5 in nyc leading up to the msg show, and they will include most if not all of the songs we play at msg. the farewell run-up to the last dance. itll be the 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st of march. obviously were going to look seriously at the way we sell these tickets. not paperless, (ive been advised that the paperless thing is apparently now illegal in ny seriouslydont ask me) but there are some ideas floating around that could be just as effective (though itll take a minute to get folks in the door.)
well announce the shows officially early in the week, and tickets will be on sale soon after. were announcing all the shows at once, and if they dont sell out, i dont care. 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.
ohand a small thing to scalpers: its legal is what people say when they dont 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. dont let the shitbags win.
i feel like conan obrien.