A first time concert goer told me this story.
He bought tickets to The Neil Diamond Concert at the Palace on August 4, 2005 as soon as he heard that it was coming to our area. He did not like the idea of going to a large arena to see a singer because of the lack of intimacy but he made an exception for this event for his personal reasons. The tickets were $87.50 a piece and he wanted to get the best available seats So he contacted Ticketmaster and paid the $201 for the tickets plus the fees charged by Ticketmaster and printed out the tickets for section 223.
It was not until just before the concert that he tried to get better seats since he found out that the tickets he bought were about as far as one could get from the stage. Remember these were supposed to be the best available seats when he bought them very early. Ticketmaster did exchange the tickets for seats closer to the stage one day before the concert.They were much better and he wondered why his tickets bought more than two months before the event were not as good as the ones he bought one day before the event.
Upon arriving at the Palace the opportunity to purchase two very good tickets for the same price without the Ticketmaster fees presented itself and he bought those two tickets. When he tried to redeem the tickets from Ticketmaster he was told tha the Palace could not refund them and that they could not be sold to anyone coming into the arena.
Upon inquiring at the boxoffice, he found out that there were many tickets available that were better than the second Tickemaster tickets.
Therefore the lesson he learned is, buy your tickets at the boxoffice not Ticketmaster because Ticketmaster apparenty does not get the good tickets to sell.
By the way the concert was great. Neil Diamond was on stage for about 2 1/2 hours and had the sellout crowd in the palm of his hand.
I was very happy to find some photos that the Peggy Jo Studio took back in the sixties that were not damaged in my basement flood.