The past couple of months have been a rollercoaster for Turnpike Troubadours fans. When the sun rose on the first of November, the band was still on an indefinite hiatus. However, a couple of days before Thanksgiving rumors of a reunion started flying. The band’s website changed to a “coming soon” announcement and they scrubbed their Instagram. Not long after that, they posted a brand new group photograph. Finally, on November 30th, Turnpike announced their long-awaited return with a show at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado.
Turnpike Troubadours fans across the internet rejoiced. Finally, everyone’s favorite Oklahomans were officially coming back. Fans of the band weren’t the only ones that took notice, though. Ticket scalpers armed with bots and an utter lack of conscience rejoiced as well. They loosed their bot armies on TT tickets in hopes of reselling them for astronomical prices. Before long, tickets for the highly-anticipated show were going for thousands of dollars online.
To say that the scalpers effectively priced out most of the Turnpike Troubadours fanbase would be an understatement. Fans everywhere took to social media to make jokes to deal with the disappointment of not having a chance to see the band make an official comeback. Even after Turnpike set a second date at Red Rocks most fans assumed the bots would be back. Many hoped that the band would do something about it. Yesterday afternoon, TT took to social media to announce that they were, in fact, trying to combat the scammers and scalpers.
Turnpike Troubadours: “We Hear You”
In the announcement, Turnpike Troubadours said that the demand for tickets for Red Rocks had been overwhelming. They added, “We want to let you know that we hear you about ticket resellers and that we are doing what we can to address the issue.”
The first step in fighting scammers, they said, would be a limit on ticket purchases for the second show at Red Rocks. “We’re going to limit purchases for the Sunday Red Rocks show to 4 tickets per order,” the announcement said. Hopefully, this will allow more Turnpike Troubadours fans to get tickets before unscrupulous individuals.
Additionally, the band stated that they are working with AXS, AEG Presents, and Red Rocks to identify bots and cancel some of the fraudulently-purchased tickets.
However, they understand that even if they take all the scalped tickets off the market, some people will still be disappointed. “There are far more people wanting to come to the shows than the venue can accommodate.”
Even if they are able to get those tickets back in the hands of actual fans, they’re going to sell out fast. For many, their best bet will be to wait on Turnpike Troubadours to hit the road in earnest which will most likely happen in the coming months.