I’m a music fan, but I’m a lazy one. Which is to say, when I hear a song that I like, I can deconstruct why I like it (witty lyrics, soaring melody contrasting with a husky voice, kicky hook), but I’m not likely to go out and search out all information to do with that artist’s back catalogue, learn about his/her gritty childhood growing up in _______, or make a pilgrimage to said town of ______.
Some of my friends are true aficionados, who always seem to know who the latest and greatest bands are, who’s playing in town, and what the next big thing will likely be.
I’m more passive than that, getting exposure to different songs and artists as I drift through the music libraries of others, or hear stuff on the radio. In my life, I’ve probably only ever been to a baker’s dozen of live music events. I mentioned I was a lazy fan, right?
There are only a few bands/musicians for whom I make exceptions, and the Pixies are one of them.
I’m pretty sure the first time I heard them was in the Christian Slater and Samantha Mathis film Pump Up the Volume, which used Wave of Mutilation on the soundtrack. I would just kind of perk up my ears every time I heard that distinctive melody.
Kim Deal’s side project The Breeders piqued my interest too — I would play Cannonball all the time just to hear that little bass ‘doo wee ooh wee’ part (you know what I’m talking about.) Then a few years ago I went to a film festival which was showcasing loudQUIETloud, and I couldn’t get over how dysfunctional the individuals in the group are, while continuing to make fantastic music.
Which leads me to the current reunion tour, which heads to the Orpheum in Vancouver on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011, and Wednesday, May 4th, 2011. I’m super excited about seeing the show, and thought my music-loving friends would be as well.
Turns out, for various reasons, they are not able to attend, which means I have way too many tickets on my hands.
So, Interwebz frendz, who wants to buy?
Tues May 3, Lower Balcony Left, Row 8, Seats 120-115 (six tickets in total, can be broken down in pairs.) I bought these for $75 ea, will sell for $85 ea.
UPDATE: two of these tix sold (thanks D!),
UPDATED UPDATE: this four sold to J, all gonzo.
Weds May 4, Orchestra Left Centre, Row 9, Seats 35-32 (four tickets in total, can be broken down in pairs.) I bought these for $95 ea, will sell for $115 ea.
UPDATE: One pair to V, one pair to A. Thanks everyone!
Weds May 4, Orchestra Right Centre, Row 1, Seats 49-50. THAT’S RIGHT, FRONT ROW!!!! Bought these for $95 ea, and will sell for $135 ea.
UPDATE: Front row tickets sold, to commenter Derek below.
So here’s why I think you should want to buy these from me (of course, I’m biased.)
1. It’s the frickin’ Pixies. Get off your duff and see their show.
2. I’m trustworthy — have to be as a journalist. I have a clearly established actual and web presence. I assure you I haven’t spent the past decade establishing a public persona just so that I could have a cover identity to sell you Pixies tickets.
(This is more reassuring than buying off some random CL or Kijiji person, right?)
3. Sure, you might have the same level of assurance from established ticket resellers, but you’ll also be paying their much higher markups. Just do a quick search for ticket resellers and you’ll see the sharp difference in pricing.
If you’re interested, put in a comment below with some contact information for you, and we’ll sort out the details from there. I’d like to have these sold over the next week or so if possible.