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Phishy Ticket Sales Stink


02/03/2009
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(MusicRadar) When tickets for Phish's reunion tour went on sale on Friday, over one million fans simultaneously jammed Live Nation's new ticketing service page - causing the site to freeze and, in some cases, lose purchases altogether.

The long-awaited Phish tour was the first rest test for Live Nation's online ticket site, and depending on who you listen to, it was either a success or a disaster. "[The demand] overwhelmed the system for a minute," a Live Nation spokesman told Rolling Stone, who added, "We sold all the tickets to all the shows. At the end of the day, it was successful."

Tell that to the countless fans who either experienced waiting time hassles to getting shut out of tickets completely. Todd Leavy, writing on Jamtopia, called the sale an "epic fail." In a lengthy post, he recounted, "Here's just a sampling of the painful cries your online ticketing system expelled as it crumbled under the weight of Phish ticket buyers this Friday and Saturday: An error (500 Internal Server Error) has occurred in response to this request. Sorry! You are not authorized to view this page. - more on this story



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