Friday, February 1, 2008

Kitchener Tickets Will Sell Out in Under 1hr


The Ticket Master showed up for work around 10 a.m. yesterday, about 24 hours early.

Randy Berdan -- The Ticket Master to his friends for his ability to get prized seats -- started building a shelter fit to withstand a long, cold night of snow and sub-zero temperatures.

Last night, he and his buddy Dave Yoworski were going to need every one of those tarps, gas heaters, propane tanks and blankets.

That's the kind of preparation and dedication it took to be first in line in at Kitchener's

The Ticket Master showed up for work around 10 a.m. yesterday, about 24 hours early.

Randy Berdan -- The Ticket Master to his friends for his ability to get prized seats -- started building a shelter fit to withstand a long, cold night of snow and sub-zero temperatures.

Last night, he and his buddy Dave Yoworski were going to need every one of those tarps, gas heaters, propane tanks and blankets.

That's the kind of preparation and dedication it took to be first in line in at Kitchener's Memorial Auditorium for Elton John tickets. About 6,700 tickets will go on sale today at 10 a.m, and promoters expect they'll sell out within an hour.

The John concert, one of only a handful outside Las Vegas this year, caught many fans by surprise. The 60-year-old pop legend, who has sold more than 200 million albums, only announced the March 3 show on Monday.

With another bitter storm forecast to start overnight, Berdan and a ramshackle group of other diehards were hunkering down for the long haul yesterday.

"I'm from the country," explained Yoworski, from West Montrose and also a realtor like Berdan. "I know how to handle the cold. These other people, I'm not so sure."

Berdan, who says he camped out for his wife -- a longtime John fan -- knows he could have stayed inside and tried his luck on the phone lines or the Internet.

"Phone lines can be down, the website can crash," he said. "This way you're guaranteed tickets. This will be a moment you'll always remember."

Yesterday afternoon, others in line admitted they were also there for other people.

"B-b-b-b-b-b-Benny and the Jets," broke in Ted Strelau of Kitchener, who plopped down a camp chair and sleeping bag. "That's the only song I know."

He was holding a spot in line for his mom, Tracey, a British-born fan who "was screaming" when she heard the news John would play a show in Kitchener.

He and his mother planned to take shifts in line during the night.

Beside Strelau were three Cambridge teenagers: siblings Tyler and Sarah Shoenau and their friend Erin McLean -- all born more than two decades after John released his hit Your Song.

They were also there for their parents.

"We could just buy them online, but how much fun is that?" asked Sarah, 16.

"We're pretty much only doing this because we get to camp out," added Erin, 17, who can recite the entire lyrics to Tiny Dancer. Well, almost.

They set up a tent built for summer weather, filled it with blankets, and hoped for the best. Erin said they would snuggle to keep warm.

By 5 p.m., the temperature hovered around -6 C. Tyler looked cold already.

"Somebody said something about freezing rain," he said, looking at the sky. "It's going to get colder than this?


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

This show sold out in about 2 MINUTES!!!!

And I have tickets! haha

Anonymous said...

I ended up with 1 ticket for the Kitchener show; geez.... I clicked in at exactly 10:00 am, trying to get 4 tickets and right away they weren't available. I then tried 1 ticket and got it on Ticketmaster. Got another one at Centre in the Square box office but their checkout kept hanging up and I lost it.