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"Metallica sold out in fifteen minutes!"
"Yeah, I know.  Wait...you mean like for a concert, right?"
--from an IRC chat

Uh oh.  Someone decided to look into those awesome numbers Charlie Sheen's live show tour were pulling in.

Remember how those tickets just flew out, setting a record for Ticketmaster sales and such?  Well, Jane Wells of CNBC discovered that the tickets were snapped up by secondary ticket sellers (StubHub, Who Needs Two?, places like that).

And it seems they seriously overestimated demand.

For example, let's say you live in Detroit and want to see Sheen's show.  There are still 1,449 tickets available, about 28% of the total available.  And they are being sold for less than face value.  (I'm wondering about Chicago.  Illinois doesn't have ticket scalping laws.  In fact, every time the news shows people lining up to buy Cubs tickets before the season starts, you will see them interviewing one or two known scalpers.  I'm wondering if any scalpers bought the Charlie Sheen tickets in hopes of flipping them.)  If you're in New York, Boston, or Ontario and want to convince yourself that life is not worth living, they have "Meet & Greet" packages where you can bask in Sheen's aura offstage available.

Me?  I'd rather suffer through Sucker Punch again than try out a Charlie Sheen show.  I just find it interesting that the media juggernaut looks like a Range Rover powered by a flashlight battery.


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Mar. 29th, 2011 08:15 am (UTC)
I thought about going to Sheen's show, but then I figured I'd just go down to the railroad crossing and wait for a train wreck, instead.

Hm ... I should post that.
Mar. 29th, 2011 12:25 pm (UTC)
I have 'friends' (okay, local facebook acquantainces more than friends) who bought tickets to that and I have to side eye them so hard--They never got the memo about how short lived memes are, apparantly. I always wanna say, if by the time the show comes around and you still think the Charlie Sheen train is hip, you are officially out of the loop... But then I sound like an elitist fuck i guess :)
Mar. 30th, 2011 02:09 am (UTC)
Hey, there are times when being an elistist isn't such a bad thing. Like this, for example. ;-)
Mar. 29th, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
What didn't you like about Sucker Punch? I didn't like the ending. I was upset that the loudness of the music gave me a migraine.

Also, you wouldn't catch me at a Charlie Sheen show. ^_^
Mar. 29th, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)
You went and saw Sucker Punch? Would you consider writing a review of it (hint, hint). - from the desk of the editor

I briefly wondered if Sheen's breakdown was just an act to get out of his contract on Two and a Half Men... but then I realized that he isn't as smart as Prince.
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