Fall Out Boy’s return to the top of the alternative music world has essentially dominated our newsfeed over the last two weeks. Many of you have been happy about this, but others have expressed a growing distaste in the frequency of these posts. We’ll be the first to admit that the initial days following their confirmation of a comeback were a bit overboard, and now hope to return to our regular posting routine moving forward. That said, here’s another FOB story for all you overcast kids.
To the surprise of no one, tickets for Fall Out Boy’s spring tour quickly became one of the hardest to find items of the Spring when they went on sale earlier this week. Nearly every city sold out within minutes, even in places where limitations were placed on the number of tickets people could buy, and the resulting outcry from fans who were unable to purchase passes to the nearest them has been deafening. To address this, Fall Out Boy released a message to fans via their official website insisting they did everything in their power to make the opportunity to purchase tickets as fair as they could. You can read their message below:
Holy smokes, this has been an amazing week for us. In the past three shows we’ve done (our first in three years), we’ve been utterly humbled to see so many familiar faces.
The thing we’re not as happy to see is that, along with the most amazing audience in the world, there was also the inevitable return of folks looking to exploit and cheat that audience.
So here’s a few bullet points:
1) We don’t see (and wouldn’t want) any extra money from the unreasonable ticket prices scalpers are asking.
2) Neither do (to the best of our knowledge) the promoters we choose to work with.
3) Most importantly: We don’t want our audience to get cheated out of reasonably priced shows.
4) Combating this stuff is tough and we (along with our promoters) employed everything in our arsenal. We set 2 and 4 ticket limits in some places. In others we’ve required will call.
5) Outside of the official vendors linked on our sites, there are plenty of folks out there selling 100% fake tickets so please please be very careful.
We’d rather play to 10 excited people than 30,000 who are disappointed at having to pay 2 months rent to be there. We’re not saying this to fix PR or because we want to protect the “Integrity,” of our “Brand name,” but because we’re fans of music ourselves and we remember getting screwed by scalpers too.
To anybody who managed to get legitimate tickets to our shows, we’re so excited to see you. To the rest of you; We plan on being a band for a long time. Hopefully this isn’t your only chance to see us and hopefully by the time you do, there’s some better way to fight back against scalping.
-fall out boy”
Fall Out Boy’s new album, Save Rock And Roll, hits stores in May.