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Posted: 11 Mar 05, 09:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I've really lost patience today... let's summarize how this special Brixton lottery, based on some UEFA system (or whatever), actually worked:

- it was strictly for QOL & QFC - VERY controversial but still relatively acceptable
- several people won more than once (some guy won three times)
- people who haven't entered the lottery, won too
- people who joined QOL as late as in February, won too

I didn't win so I had to get a ticket via my German friends - so I paid some extra money, I have to rely on other people whom I have to meet in London (otherwise I won't get the ticket) etc. Pretty complicated for me.

After two months, the concert is still not sold out. The whole lottery system is suddenly abandoned and QOL sends out an email with a link, via which everyone can purchase tickets. The link works about half an hour, then ticketweb changes it. QOL publishes the new link on their main page (at the moment it doesn't work though).

And - people, who bought the tickets in the past (via the complicated QOL & QFC links) are now being asked to forward to ticketweb some old email, otherwise the ticket will lose its validity. As a result, some people (Jeroen) are in deep shit because they're (for various technical reasons) unable to forward the original mail.

Now don't tell me this was a fair system. It's a HUGE SHAME how all this ended (although I guess it hasn't ended yet :-) and the original idea of a "concert for the fans" was literally raped and killed.

Fuck the lottery, fuck QOL, fuck Ticketweb. IF I manage to get to the Brixton gig, it will be definitely a big miracle.

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Posted: 11 Mar 05, 09:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Angry words Martin, but I can't disagree with anything you say- it's all true. When my sister- who didn't win the Lottery- told me about the new way of selling the tickets, I couldn't believe it. I thought the whole purpose was to (a) let the big Queen fans have a fair chance of going to a relatively intimate gig- especially as its effectively the first show on Tour - and (b) stop touts from getting their hands on these tickets and making huge profits.

Its one big mess; the fact that the system has been unreliable and ridiculous, and now the allowance of anyone to get tickets makes me laugh, and also feel sorry for people like Mr. Scully.


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Posted: 11 Mar 05, 10:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

A follow-up to Martin's story -which is correct-, from my own experience.
I ordered tickets in Januari. Got a confiramtion, creditcard got charged and everything. Booked a trip.
Indeed I got a mail from Ticketnet asking to forward them back the first e-mail from januari about ordering Brixton tickets. I have it in my web-mail account that does not support forwarding image-attachements. So I technically CAN't.
I asked them, but nothing else I can do.

This morning, I was one of those hearing early about the general sale. I sat at my computer (at work even!) clicking a dead link for over an hour.

After much stress I then find the new link and guess what: I'm in time and I am able to order again two standing tickets for the show. What a relief!
But while I'm waiting for my purchase-confirmation, after completing the whole order, I get the following message:
I am not able to buy any more tickets for Brixton because "I already used my creditcard to buy the maximum amount of tickets for this event!"

No response from Ticketmaster ever since...



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Posted: 11 Mar 05, 10:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It's just amazing that they have managed to fuck this whole thing up. A concept that is so very simple has turned into a complete disaster and ended up alienating a vast number of truly dedicated fans.

Frankly, both the fan club and those connected with QOL should feel mighyily embarassed about the whole affair and, I would hope, Queen & Paul Rodgers display thair gratitude to people that have hung out for the show in some way.......

This show had better be fucking good.


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Posted: 11 Mar 05, 10:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

How the hell can they do that to you Jeroen? I don't understand why it has come to this and its sure no way to treat a customer.

If you're really stuck I may have a spare ticket for Brixton if my brother doesn't want to come with me.

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Posted: 11 Mar 05, 11:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Jeroen, please consider the offer in my email - it could be acceptable and useful for both of us.

[edit] Made a link to this topic on my front page... with ~1000 visitors on my site every day I hope QOL will get a nice promotion :-) Or whoever is responsible for this mess...

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Posted: 11 Mar 05, 11:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

0870 771 2000 is ticketweb's number, I know its a cross country call for you, but I'm that they would sort it out over the phone.

Have the reference number you would have originally been given when you got the tickets from ticketweb ready and they are pretty good.

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Posted: 11 Mar 05, 12:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I agree this is a bit of a mess. I recieved an e-mail saying I've one the Brixton lottery last Saturday and booked tickets the next day - hopefully everything will be okay. It seems to me QOL are trying to at least keep fans updated on whatever issues Ticketweb are having, but c'mon... it's not like they want to cause trouble, and a lot of fans have booked MANY shows to attend - at the worst you're gonna miss out on the warm up gig right?

And Mr. Scully - I don't mean to sound bad of you, but it wasn't so long ago that you and a few others said that you would never attempt to see 'Queen' again after the 46664-Latino concert was concelled... hmmm?

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Posted: 11 Mar 05, 12:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

From what I hear, the only ppl getting the good stuff are personal friends of Jacky, or the ass kissers on QOL.
starting to see what good is this tour when it is not really for the fans who wanted it.


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Posted: 11 Mar 05, 14:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I've booked and recieved tickets for Birmingham and Cardiff, I've just booked tickets for Dublin. I am a lottery winner since January but haven't got the tickets yet. Has anyone got tickets for Brixton, as I'm travelling from Cork in Ireland I'm starting to get worried.

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Posted: 11 Mar 05, 16:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Where is the announcement that all previous sales have to be re-confirmed?

I need to see it before I go to trading standards, and for that matter Customs & Excise, cos if Ticketubergruppenfuhrer don't have records of who has bought what then the chances of them submitting accurate VAT statements are zero.

I reckon we could actually get them closed down for this, and based on what's on this thread, I'm willing to give it a go...

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Posted: 11 Mar 05, 17:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Mr. Scully wrote:




And - people, who bought the tickets in the past (via the complicated QOL & QFC links) are now being asked to forward to ticketweb some old email,


Huh??? I bought my ticket in february have still access to my "Status" that you can see thru a weblink they sent you after the purchase - so far it just hasn't arrived?!?! Where did you get the news that you have to re confirm?? I already paid and the money is gone so everything seems ok so far?!?!?!?!?! I hope
I have a bill and have paid - so what??!!

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Posted: 11 Mar 05, 17:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"It's a machines world
Don't tell me I ain't got no soul
When the machines take over
It ain't no place for rock and roll"

I'd like back to old classic way to buy tickets, I'd like back to old good CDs than download tracks from iTunes...

Most of people in Eastern Europe doesn't use credit cards so since this lotteries (Queen, World Cup 2006 etc.) started we all know here - these things are not for us. Well...

Send link to this topic to Brian.

I feel very sorry for Martin and Jeroen and hope they'd get tickets or money back!

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Posted: 11 Mar 05, 18:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Something that seems to be forgotten in these lists of fuck-ups is that there are people like SkyBaby on QOL who rejoined the fan club (after several years) only after the tour was announced, and still managed to win in the first round of the lottery...
I wonder how many extra members Jacky added to the list of participants. :/

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Posted: 11 Mar 05, 19:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

What is the story? I have just booked one standing ticket and everything went fine. I have a reference number and an email saying that they will send me the ticket by registered post. I have not won any lottery, I just followed the QOL link that was posted a few hours agat. What is the situation, should I wait to see the credit card charge to book the plane tickets?

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Posted: 12 Mar 05, 02:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

my credit cards been charged so i still have my nerves after all and hope to receive the tix in time - have booked flight and hotel - if sth goes wrong i will sue these w*****!!!

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Posted: 12 Mar 05, 03:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Other oddities of this lottery:

While some American fans from the Breakthru list received emails, many English members received snail mail. In some cases the letters arrived too late and the winning FC members could not buy the tickets although they won. Nobody was in charge to help them to get the tickets.

In the "We are desperate-please buy our tickets" email from yesterday QOL says more tickets are available now. Apparently the VIPs and EMI people don't care enough for the gig, so now the fans are good enough to fill the gap. Rather than play in a half empty hall they take the money from the fans now. Really poor show after two months of dragging along with that totally useless lottery.

All in all it's fair to say that an initially good idea was ruined by a lot of incompetence and many mistakes and apparently because the "powers to be" were not sure in the first place who the fans are. While some think members of the official website are good-enough fans, others think a "true" fan should be a fan club member.

It's quite weird that Austrian, French, Czech, Hungarian and other fans did not get any privileged tickets in their own country while fans from over the world got 6 tickets for each of the English gigs because they are in the fan club in a presale leaving thousands of other English fans without any ticket.

I just hope that the fans who paid weeks ago will get their tickets without further harrassment and that we all can put this behind us and enjoy the show.




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Posted: 12 Mar 05, 04:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

runner70 - maybe it's just Jeroen who had bad luck, maybe other people who ordered the tickets successfully, don't have such a problem. If you haven't received any email, don't be worried.

Darren - yes, I know I'm a coward, I swore I would never go to see Queen again but... I couldn't resist :-( However, if the tour had been happening last year, I would have travelled to many more gigs than just 7.

pirrakitas - I think you are among the luckiest people because you bought the ticket without any problem, without having to worry about some lottery etc. I should have done the same as you, if I wasn't so impatient... :)


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Posted: 12 Mar 05, 11:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Haven't you got a Brixton ticket yet Scully?

QOL have a thread that takes you to a page where they are STILL available. I can't quite beleive this myself but i managed to get two yesterday.

Good luck...

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Posted: 12 Mar 05, 11:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sorry, Ignore my last post - you do have a ticket.