B-b-b-b-b-big shot concert pre-sale is over already?

Billy Joel is coming to Taco Bell Arena. We all know it. IT'S EVEN LISTED ON POLLSTAR. But the concert STILL hasn't officially been announced. Recently, I was surprised to discover that they've been selling pre-sale tickets since Oct. 2. These silly games that artists and promoters play are disappointing — and, in my mind, it shows a certain lack of respect for fans. If you're going to pre-sell tickets, at LEAST admit to the general public that a Billy Joel concert is going to occur. Why pretend it's a secret? That said, pre-sales aren't about to end anytime soon. So whenever I can publicly release the super-secret password to a major concert pre-sale, I'll be tempted to do it. (Although it's a double-edged sword; see update below.) I'll depend on readers who come across these "special" pre-sales to alert me so we can share the wealth with the rest of the world.

UPDATE: The pre-sale is history — at least for now. It ended soon after we printed the password in the Statesman. Why? Possibly because spilling the beans didn't just give access to you, the average bear, but also to ticket brokers — aka the minions of Lucifer. I'd expect an official announcement about this phantom concert — including all the ticket prices for the public on-sale Oct. 19 — later this week. Oh, the drama!

UPDATE AGAIN: The show got announced, and the pre-sale got relaunched and continues to operate with a new password.

thanks

let me know when we can pre order van halen tix

Will do

Very funny, BTW. After reading positive reviews of the tour, I'm actually backpedaling on my "Van Halen = P.T. Barnum" stance ... a little bit. Sigh. I'm becoming such a softie.

Likely after our headstones

Likely after our headstones are designed. Britney will get a flat tire on Vista before then...

Your Mission, If You Decide To Accept It...

I'm glad to see we can finally interact with the famous mdeeds. One demographic that's been musically under-represented in live Boise music is the "techie cubicle geek" -- and believe me, there are plenty of us here in the Treasure Valley. Can you bring your influence to bear to get geek troubadour Jonathan Coulton to come to Boise? (I posted some links to fan-created videos of some of his best songs here a while back, for those not familiar with his music.)

What say you, Michael? Will you accept this quest to use your power and influence for the benefit of all music-loving Treasure Valley techno-geeks?

That depends ...

Do I get a free lifetime subscription to Popular Science?

No and you still have to pay

No and you still have to pay through the nose to get the swimsuit issue because you lost when you got the Dallas Cowbys premium years ago and can't get the ridiculous initial discount.

Maybe Not That Much...

...but I think I can set you up with a pretty substantial interest in a local francium mine.

Time out

I need to phone my chemical engineer brother and see if this would be a good deal for me.

Mineral Animal Vitavegewhatever Lucy said

What chemicals does this brother of yours engineer?

OKay

Francium is an element, one o' them happy new models with a HEMI

Actually, It's a Geek Joke

Even the longest-lived isotope of francium has a half life of just over 20 seconds, so even if you did "mine" some it'd essentially all be something else within a couple of minutes.

AHHHHH...

So he DOES want a chemical engineer. Kinda sounds like a chemical thing as I understand it.

MICHAEL?! ;-p

LOL x 2

Say Mike...

What's the worst show you've ever been to?? Even if it was one you weren't actually reviewing?

Good question

Hmmm. Maybe I need to do a weekly chat about music like Josh, aka J. Freedom du Lac, does at WashingtonPost.com. (He assigns me my CD reviews for the Post and is one of my favorite music writers.) ANYHOW, I'd say it was probably Ted Nugent's concert at The Big Easy a couple of years ago. But that's not really fair, because I had no problem with the music. It was Terrible Ted's MOUTH. (And the fact he was waving rifles around on stage.) I wanted to flog Nuge with that stupid racoon tail. To be honest, I have no cut-in-stone answer to that question. I did not like Yanni in concert. Ditto for REO Station Wagon. I've been driven out of the club by local bands who shall remain nameless.

I try not to remember the bad ones and focus on the good ones. It keeps me excited to go see live music every week, even if it is something like Insane Clown Posse, and I'd rather be at the dentist.

My least favorite shows

My least favorite shows would be...
Queensryche-1995? Opening act Type O Negative, was a good band but a poor choice to open for the Ryche as their styles are pretty incompatible. Queensryche is a very talented band, but they were touring for the Promised Land album and did like 6 long drawn out piano songs in a row. I got bored

Tool-1998 They played for about an hour before they left the stage due to clowns in the audience fighting and throwing crap on stage. I don't blame Tool, but it still sucked.

Queensryche has some stupid ideas for opening acts/Laserdiscs!

Tried to watch the Operation Mindcrime show and the opening act was Red Vulcan?

Losers weren't any good and threw more F-bombs than during Desert Storm just to make the kiddies squeal. I found out why the balconey requires ear plugs and by the fourth song in Queensryche's set it was time to stew and fuss about I could've bought two of their albums and supersized my McDonalds all-inclusive!

Got back in my Dart sore about it and heard back from the junior high secretary about her kids coming back hard of hearing.

Rod Stewart had a concert in Salem at about that time that could be heard halfway across town so that I got to Maggie May, Stay With Me and about 1 hour of all that before it was bedtime. The next week a curfew and noise ordinance was passed and that was the end of those things past Junior's bedtime.

None of those events cost me $70-80-97-enough to make M.C. Visa wet it's expiration date!

The solution? LASERDISCS

5-30 dollars and shipping rates almost like records for a defunct format that has virtually every artist that no longer has any NEW hits on it UNLIKE DVD.

I've got James Taylor and the Eagles' Hell Freezes Over already.

Forget Michigan's 10 cent refunds and get your revenge over the same nice weasels we already heard for 40 years!

And Don't Forget, the format was developed and marketed by MCA, an AMERICAN company (then).

(even if nobody made them worth a darn until Pioneer)

MR DEEDS GOES TO NEBRASKA !@#$%^&*

IT IS A SORROWFUL DAY FOR ME TODAY, TO READ MR DEEDS' BIO, AND LEARN THAT HE HAILS FROM NORTH PLATTE, NEBRASKA. A PLACE DEAR TO MY HEART. AS A YONGSTER, I SPENT MANY A SUMMER OUT THERE, AND IN OGALLA, ON A RELATIVES FARM, BEFORE MR DEEDS WAS OLD ENOUGH OR TALL ENOUGH TO PUT A DIME IN A JUKEBOX (bAbEE).

AS I GREW UP IN THE QUAINT TOWN OF BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, AND PERSONALLY HAVE ONCE MET MR WILLIAM JOEL, WHOSE OLD SAXAPHONIST, MARK RIVERA IS FROM MY OLD NEIGHBOORHOOD, ITS TIME FOR MR DEEDS' " 2 X 4 MOMENT."

YOU DONT MESS WITH PEOPLE FROM NEW YORK, ESPECIALLY BROOKLYN GOOMBAS,, OR INSULT BILLY JOEL.

ITS TIME FOR THIS NEWSPAPER TO GET DEEDS A STALL IN MINNESOTA !!

OR BETTER YET, TWO SHOPPING BAGS FROM MACYS AND SEND HIM TO THE MENS ROOM AT PORT AUTHORITY OR GRAND CENTRAL STATION, NYC.

OH,, PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN GLASS HOUSES, SHOULD NOT THROW STONES...

JOEY D

FUNNY WHO WOULD MENTION NORTH PLATTE...

IIRC one of the two guys that bought 100.1 KQPD and sent it on it's merry way to becoming the X came from North Platte.

Oh well, it can't be TOO bad.

Me, I came from Canyon County.

Another thing... What the

Another thing...

What the hell is wrong with Minnesota???

Some of you freaks were outta ammo and you got thrown fresh carne, that is all there is to it. There is nothing special about Minnesota otherwise.

Except lakes, and maybe the PAN automobile saga.

Yo Mikey

Gonna be at the Interpol show tonight???

Nope ...

I'll be at the doctor getting my eyes checked after that all-caps 2x4 beating from Brooklyn. My next concert review is Neil Young on Thursday at the Morrison Center. However, Statesman writer Chad Dryden plans to write a few words about the Interpol show in Scene on Friday.

Oh yeah,...how can a

Oh yeah,...how can a Brooklyner type, talk, and wave his hands around at the same time????

HEY, KNUCKLES-HEAD

BECAUSE IM A GOOMBA, THATS WHY...

Goomba?? Oh yeah now I

Goomba?? Oh yeah now I remember...isn't that the weakest bad guy on Super Mario Brothers? Simmer down now...

Thank you Mario, but the Princess is not here!

I seem to recall Goomba is the easiest one to hit by accident though.

SCRATCH HEAD TIME: THE VIDEO EDITION

How do you restart a sold-out pre-sale?

Yo hablar Merriam-Webster, Senor Bloghombre?

The pre-sale wasn't sold out

It was abruptly put on hold by Joel's agent (I'm guessing), after it became known that I'd published the password in the Idaho Statesman. After pondering how to proceed, concert organizers revived the pre-sale with a fresh password (which was almost immediately posted by a reader in the story comments section of my column last week.) I figured the new password would be "deedssux," but, lo and behold, it wasn't.

heh ehe Is it over yet?

heh ehe

Is it over yet?