The Art of Buying Lollapalooza Tickets

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Lollapalooza’s Website at 10am = The Blue Screen of Death:

Lollapalooza 3-day tickets/passes/wristbands (whatever you want to call them) officially went on sale today and sold out in about an hour. If anyone tried to purchase them as 10am, they might as well have been seeing the image above.

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Lollapalooza’s homepage and Front Gate’s website crashed in an endless loop. For those of you lucky enough to get beyond it still reached the dreaded Lollapalooza “stand-by” page. Yes, internet limbo. This thus created:

Social Media Backlash:

Now before I continue, I did get past the dreaded “stand-by” page and will officially be going to Lollapalooza 2014:

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So, this gif essentially introduces a Dickens’-like Tale of Two Cities.

Those able to get tickets were unabashedly arrogant. The other half…well, I believe Kimberly Wilkins aka Sweet Brown can concisely express their sentiment:

Facebook and Twitter exploded with expletives and Illuminati theories as to why some people got passes and others didn’t. Some people waited 40+ minutes on this page while others breezed right through it.

Reality:

Plain and simple…you have to cheat the system to get Lollapalooza tickets now.  The demand is exponentially increasing. Does anyone remember Minority Report?

That’s exactly what’s expected of anyone planning to buy Lollapalooza tickets: multiple interactive screens, virtual hand gesturing, Tom Cruise navigating in a backward pod…you get the idea.

But, sometimes you just need plain luck (as the Lollapalooza lottery draw proved the previous night).

Either way…I lucked out.

Sorry internet buying community.

Single day tickets and the official lineup will be available tomorrow.

 

 

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Led Zeppelin 2 – House of Blues Chicago – 3-22-2014

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Chicago-based Led Zeppelin 2 played to a packed and rowdy sold out House of Blues last night.

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The Show:

The caveat, this time around, was the fact that they played Led Zeppelin’s sixth studio album, Physical Graffiti, in its entirety.

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I will add that Physical Graffiti is my favorite Led Zeppelin album. So, yes, when I heard they were going to play the album, my initial reaction was similar to this man on Maury:

They still played the perennial favorites like Lemon Song, Black Dog, Stairway to Heaven, and When the Levee Breaks (which they ended the night with). But the monolithic riffs from Kashmir, the brain melting slide solo from In My Time of Dying, and the underrated Ten Years Gone clearly stole the night. These guys can play! If you’re a Zeppelin fan, you owe it to yourself to see these guys in concert.

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 The Beer:

The House of Blues provides a decent arrange of domestic beers at strategically placed stands. Full bars are also readily available anywhere you turn. Nearly everyone was drinking $11 Miller Lite or Bud Light tall boys though. Which leads to:

The Crowd:

Very drunk. Which is not a shocker I suppose. Led Zeppelin 2 crowds do attract happy drunks, however. Everyone was having a good time and singing along to the music.

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As an aside, as a 6′ foot tall person, I can’t help but get in the way of people’s view behind me. So I tend to stand as far back as possible just to be polite. The folly in this logic is that other tall people think just like I do. So, of course, the tallest people in the building immediately stood in front of me to start the show. It comes with the territory.

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One More Cup of Coffee ‘Fore I Go:

A couple pointed at an elevator in the building and asked me if it goes to heaven. I told them no the stairway does. And they rolled their eyes at me.

This is not a stairway to heaven. Just a stairway to catch the Orange Line.

This is not a stairway to heaven. Just a stairway to catch the Orange Line.

A very drunk person yelled out to the band, “Echale, Vampiro!” (Spanish to English translation: play it vampire). If you’re fan of the Spanish rock band Maná then you are familiar with their song Me Vale. I seriously think he thought he was at a Maná concert. That’s how drunk he was.

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Overall Rating:

10 out of 10 burning Hindenburgs

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