Jen and I had plans to try to get tickets to one of the Arcade Fire's run of five shows at the Judson Memorial Church next month -- tickets theoretically went on sale at 9 AM this morning. It was supposed to be a tickets.com online exclusive -- so no calling out-of-state Ticketmaster numbers or any of the other tricks people used to get Radiohead tickets last summer. Just click when the clock rolls over, and first come, first serve.
Of course, well before 9 AM the site is swamped, and everyone gets put in a waiting queue. But eventually Jen and I both managed to get into the actual ticket purchase screen (albeit for different nights), so we thought we were golden... only to be told that the system was too overloaded to actually take our money. And after several minutes of frantic clicking, all of the tickets -- including the ones that we'd thought we'd scored -- were gone.
May the tongue of the tickets.com CEO wither and die in his mouth, and then be consumed by a thousand tiny maggots. And may a worse fate await this usurious eBay scalper.