The way I feel about not getting tickets to either of Adele's Denver shows is the way Adele felt when she wrote her grand songs about heartbreak.
I, web producer Erin Powell, planned to be in the audience, and I would imagine that Adele says "Hello" directly to me. Tickets for every show on her North American concert tour went on sale Thursday morning. She's scheduled to perform on July 16 and 17 at the Pepsi Center.
At 10 a.m. on Thursday, my friend logged onto the website to purchase tickets for us. He watched the virtual green man crawl across the screen and move up in the line. He monitored that green man until 11:22, when he got the red light. All of the tickets were sold.
*Cue it: "I must've tried a thousand tiiiimesss!"*
Altitude officially sold the golden tickets, which ranged in price from $40 to $150. Now, anyone who attempts to get a seat, at any price, is told, "There are no tickets available that meet your request. Please select a different quantity or choose another price range."
Altitude commented on social media that if tickets are still available in the queue at the moment someone "gets in line," then the system will show the wait message, even if there's a chance the tickets sell out by the time a buyer reaches the front.
The tickets went on sale for every city at 10 a.m. local time, so if someone in D.C. couldn't get a ticket to one of that city's performances in their own window, that person may then look west for tickets to, say, a Denver concert. The head start meant high competition for Colorado. Oh, and scalpers were a part of that competition too.
Altitude did say Adele also ran a presale on her site for some fans.
Tickets are available on Craigslist. As of 1 p.m. Thursday, I saw some for going for more than $7,500. Others were $500. Some on StubHub are up to $10,000.
Others here at Denver7 made futile efforts to buy tickets at regular price too. Morning anchor Mitch Jelniker wanted to buy some for his wife. He and co-anchor Kelly Patterson tried on live TV to get them. Mitch said his wife is stuck with oven mitts for Christmas now (kidding!).
Needless to say, the Twitter-sphere isn't having any of this:
Tried to get #adeletickets today for the Denver show. No luck. Now bummed they are over $350.. Not fair. Can't afford.. @Adele @denverpost
— lesley perry (@wynperry) December 17, 2015
@Adele you have a lot of disappointed fans who can't get tix. More shows in Denver!!!
— Laura Rivera (@lsrivera77) December 17, 2015
After trying to get tickets in St. Paul, Chicago, Denver, and Seattle, I think I have finally come to terms that I will not be seeing Adele.
— Kimberly (@KimberlyClair) December 17, 2015
Waited 40 minutes to get Adele tickets in Denver and finally got in, only to be told they were sold out... #RumorHasIt I won't be going :(
— Dominic Barnes (@DominicMBarnes) December 17, 2015
Where was this guy when I needed him?
Just purchased 4 Adele tickets in Denver and gave them away. Consider this a massive deposit into the karma bank.
— James Williams (@james_will) December 17, 2015
Adele's 56 concerts in North America start in St. Paul, Minnesota, on July 5. They end on Nov. 15 in Mexico City.