What happens when the presale lays an egg? And when did the presale stop mattering and lose its exclusivity?

The live concert business is a mess, and we could spend hours pointing fingers and laying blame on everyone that contributes to it:

The promoters for overpaying with ridiculous guarantees years back that started this cycle

The government for allowing unrestricted resale of tickets with no cap on the multiple

The artists for their greed

The unions for making some buildings ridiculously expensive to play in

The consumer for supporting all or any of the above

But let’s concentrate right now on the presale and the shortly thereafter resale. Awhile back some artists did a cool thing, they offered advance tickets to their core fans. These were thank yous and if you were in that band’s fanclub, you got access. And that access was a great seat that would never see the public light. That access also came with a responsibility, you had to show up at the venue with your id and credit card and then enter the building. If you somehow were able to resell that ticket and were caught you would lose all future privileges. That model worked and still does; you never see the prime fan club seats for Pearl Jam or Dave Matthews on the open market, the risk of losing future access is not worth the risk.

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Arcade Fire Review at Mann Music Center 8/2/10

At times it was like a Canadian Fire Drill or a Hipster Lord of the Dance, but in essence it was the arrival of a band that now needs to be reckoned with for consideration of best live band. Arcade Fire has always been a dynamic live show, but at times awkward. Win Butler didn’t always fully understand the magnitude of being a showman. He always let the music do the talking along with the onstage chaos of his band, with the switching of instruments and stage positions every song, and it always delivered. But on the eve of the release of the highly anticipated “The Suburbs” on August 2 in Philadelphia, Butler became Springsteen-esque at times and Bono-esque as well and we know that’s a great thing.

Whether he was jumping in the crowd to lead sing alongs or downstroking his guitar with urgency and force, Butler let the crowd know he’s in charge and he’s beyond comfortable with it now. The band ripped through a mix of old and new with a breakneck frenetic pace and even sent out a cover of a Jay Reatard song to the late singer.

This is show not to be missed, this is a band not to be ignored.

Here’s a video I shot with my iPhone from the front row at the show of “Intervention” Enjoy!

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