Unless you had a finger on the refresh button of the Granada Theater's ticketing website promptly at 11 a.m., you missed the opportunity to secure a spot at Willie Nelson's two upcoming shows in Dallas.
Tickets to the Jan. 3 and 4 concerts were all claimed and in digital check-out carts within minutes of going on sale, confirmed Mark Kennedy, Granada Theater's marketing and artist relations manager. The shows sold out, meaning all tickets had been purchased, shortly thereafter, making them the venue's fastest sell-out to date. (By comparison, tickets to The XX's back-to-back concerts in 2013 sold out in 50 minutes.)
Ticketfly also made 400 tickets to each performance available for pre-sale on Thursday, which were gone in 20 minutes, says Kennedy.
A record sell-out, however, means many fans were left high and dry. We're guessing there were more than a few hopefuls based on the popularity of our announcement: In the first 45 minutes after we posted the story, more people had viewed it than would fit into both shows at Granada.
Upset fans took to social media to express their frustration.
Some lamented scaplers, and apparently with good reason.
Not even an hour after they went on sale, tickets to both Willie Nelson shows are going for up to $750 on StubHub.
This will seem like deja vu if you tried to purchase tickets to see Adele in concert last year. Fans experienced such trouble that the Twittersphere united around the hashtag #adeletickets to detest the ticketing website's technical issues.
Granada Theater is one stop on Nelson's relentless tour schedule, which will hit San Antonio on Nov. 22-23, and Austin on Dec. 29-31. He recently cancelled a couple of shows due to an unnamed illness, but publicist Elaine Shock confirmed he is feeling better and got back on the road again on Nov. 16.
Nelson and Family will also play the WinStar World Casino in Oklahoma on March 13, 2017.