I finally know what happened to online pre-sales this afternoon for the Alice In Chains concert on the Live Nation site. I interacted with Live Nations Western Canada via Facebook, then email, and finally phone to get the answer I was looking for.

I got the impression from Live Nation Western Canada that Alice In Chains themselves decided that they would not sell pre-sale tickets for the show as of Wednesday, Dec 2nd, 2009. Then I guess there was an agreement either made or decided by the band to sell pre-sale tickets through Cfox , the local rock radio station here and Ticketmaster on Friday, December 4th, 2009.

So did Alice In Chains themselves or their record company boycott Live Nation Western Canada? It sort of sounds that way to me. Although I do not like Live Nation because they are a huge monopoly, I do have to respect the people I spoke with at Live Nation Western Canada through all channels of communication, all the way to the top senior managment. They did try to please me, and answer my questions. I must admit, they were pleasent to deal with. I do however feel that they should not post any pre-sale information on their site until a full contract is made by the record company, the band, and Live Nation. Lets see if Live Nation is listing to what fans and bands alike are saying.

“…the one thing that would make the current ticket situation even worse for the fan than it is now would be Ticketmaster and Live Nation coming up with a single system, thereby returning us to a near monopoly situation in music ticketing”.

– Bruce Springsteen