I woke up at 8 a.m. this morning, thanks to my phone going off with various texts updating me as to what was going on with my peers landing themselves tickets to tonight's Soundgarden show. Between yesterday afternoon and 10 a.m. today, the number of texts and phone calls I took and made regarding the show crept towards the triple digits. I haven't seen people flip out this much about securing tickets to a show since Nirvana's final performance in 1994.
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At 10 a.m., sales went live on Ticketmaster. Unsurprisingly, the system crashed instantly. Some people gave up, but around 10:30, quite a few people started getting sales confirmations. Another batch was released around noon. I can't imagine any more will surface, but given the amount of successful secret-keeping the SG camp has managed thus far, who knows. I suppose craigslist is an option, but things look pretty desperate on there right now.
Which brings me to what made me so happy this morning, other than knowing tonight I'm going to see one of my favorite bands of all-time: everything surrounding this reminds me of a time when I was just a music fan, and not a music business "professional." These days, I usually know more than the general public when it comes to goings-on about town. That's my job and I do still love it. But there's something romantic about a period in time where there was no insider information, only anticipation. While I've known this reunion was in the works for nearly a year, and I knew the band was rehearsing at Avast! studios in Greenwood all week, I was as clueless as the next fan about how the tickets were going to be released. I'm very much looking forward to meeting up with dear friends ahead of time, theorizing about potential set lists, and generally dorking out about the whole damn thing.
Say what you will about the nostalgia factor or the potential triteness of reunions, this is a big day for the Seattle music community. That it's probably the warmest day we've had so far in 2010 just makes it even better. Doors are at 7 p.m. tonight. Triple Door booking agent Scott Giampino (a.k.a. "DJ Self-Administered Beat Down") will be spinning the jams until the band takes the stage around 9:30.