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.