Posted in music | tour dates on February 14, 2011

LCD Scalpers

As you knew 417 comments ago, one less Radiohead album ago, and back before Arcade Fire had a grammy, LCD Soundsystem added four more NYC shows that will take place at Terminal 5 on March 28, 29, 30 and 31. That gives the band one day off before they play their final show on April 2nd at Madison Square Garden - the show that sold out instantly, but that nobody but scalpers seemed to get tickets for. That made many, including James Murphy (see above tweets), very mad, and so the T5 shows were added, and James wrote this letter (which says tickets will be on sale soon)...

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fuck you, scalpers. terminal 5 shows added

holy shit

this here is just to say that we were more than taken aback and surprised about the speed of ticket sales for the april 2nd msg gig, as well as the effectiveness of scalper pieces of fucking shit at getting their hands on said tickets before fans could, and it's knocked us on our asses.
no--we didn't have a smart paperless ticketing system in place, and no--we didn't have the pre-sale worked out very well, but this is simply because we've never sold anything out so quickly in our lives, and certainly never sold out anything as big as msg. i personally thought i was being bold in suggesting to our manager that we might sell it out "in 10 days". that was my bold claim. everyone laughed at me. it's us and liquid liquid. that's it. we had meetings and meetings about the "other band" we needed to "fill the place", as we were definitely considered to be nowhere near big enough (most of these bands were, like, way bigger than us, by the way).

we didn't sell out hollywood bowl, and that was with both hot chip and sleigh bells. there was, i repeat, no expectation of our selling this out either. my main concerns at the time were things like ticketmaster charges--how they were going to make the tickets ridiculously costly... we never dreamed some shitbags would try to get thousands for our show. it's insane.

but it happened. we all looked at each other in horror and sat there. i mean, aren't you supposed to be psyched? your band sold out madison square garden! i live in nyc, and that's the place. i saw the jackson's victory tour there when i was a kid.
but there it was--the shit was gone, and people--not just people, but fucking proper fans--were pissed. nancy from the band tried to buy tickets. failed. i tried. failed. our best friends--not wanting to hassle us for guestlist spots tried--failed. i bought 2 tickets to my own show for 3 times the value like an idiot to see if real tickets showed up. my family got burned.

it was, to say the least, weird.

we tried getting another day at msg. i'd mentioned this before and most everyone kind of rolled their eyes at me. "2 madison square garden shows, dude? really?" i thought, well, just in case, you know? maybe some people would fly from other places or something. but msg, being one of the most popular venues on the planet, was unsurprisingly booked. (for the record: just because it doesn't look booked on the internet, doesn't mean it's available. just saying.)

we tried calling our lawyer about the ticket scalping. "it's legal". no joke. it's fucking legal. i tramped around with friends and band getting insane. i wanted to buy some expensive tickets and then track the seller down to beat him. i acted stupid. i did some classic, shakespearean vain "fist shaking", etc. i made angry tweets. (i'm wondering now what on earth could be less effective and more of a first-world spoiled idiotic move than "angry tweets"? jesus.) i read conspiracy theories about how this was some cash-grab i orchestrated. i read that there are 50,000 seats at msg (i think our show will have 13k). i read that people had already bought flights, hotels. wanted to bring their kids. waited in the cold. i read that some people thought this was one of the reasons we were calling it quits (check). i read that this was a media stunt we planned. i read very funny comments from my friend aziz, one of which was taken seriously (that msg had given me 30,000 tickets personally for guest list). i read that i was giving all the tickets to my "new celebrity friends" (aziz is about the closest thing i have to a "celebrity friend", and we met at terminal 5 watching hot chip when we were, well, not very "celebrated"). i read that we should cancel the show and put the tickets up on sale in a better fashion. i read that we should not do that, for fuck's sake. i read that we should go fuck ourselves.
i read a lot of stuff, waiting to hear if we could get another night at msg, which seemed like the only option. but it failed. then i kind of sat in my house, trying not to worry for 20 minutes, and made a very, very good coffee.

i don't know what people think about us, really. i'd love to say i don't care, but i do. these people in my band--they are my very good friends. i love them very much. i love this band very much. everything about it. i'm very proud of it--of us, and i get defensive when people talk shit about us. i feel like we've been able to do something sort of special for 9 years: making music we like the way we like it. going on tour and playing, no computers or bullshit. no in-ears. a bunch of weird substitute teachers just trying to play something like the bands we loved growing up. whenever anyone said shit about us being sellouts or something, it stung, because i consider this entire thing--the band, everything--to be a communication between us and whoever is listening, and not just a thing unto itself. i remember being a fan and seeing bands, thinking "this is us. this is you playing and me/us watching" and how real that connection was, and i always wanted to honor that strange relationship with our band. so when someone felt wronged or hurt or outraged, it stung. it stung because, on some level, regardless of the "you can't please everyone" stuff that gets rationally said to you when this shit happens, it meant that i'd failed. i'd failed to communicate. on the other hand, i've had my world turned upside down by a lot of amazing things people have said about us, or to us. i've met fans and made friends, and felt very strongly how that relationship actually works--and how we brought ourselves, each other, finally here, to where we play our last show--and biggest show ever--together, at this amazing place.

and then, this fucking ticket thing happened.

so to the point. you can't make everyone happy, and i'm sure this will wind someone up somewhere ("but i paid $600 for one seat at msg!!!) or seem like some shitty "plan" to someone else ("they were gonna do it all along!!! it's all a big retirement money plan to bilk the fans!!!") or something else that someone who theoretically likes our band thinks (why are you trying to buy a ticket?? how could you even listen to a band that you think is capable of some of this shit!??) but we've come up with the best solution i can think of, as quickly as possible so as to deflate the market for those scalping scumfucks.

we're going to play 4 shows at terminal 5 in nyc leading up to the msg show, and they will include most if not all of the songs we play at msg. the farewell run-up to the last dance. it'll be the 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st of march. obviously we're going to look seriously at the way we sell these tickets. not "paperless, (i've been advised that the "paperless" thing is apparently now illegal in ny... seriously--don't ask me) but there are some ideas floating around that could be just as effective (though it'll take a minute to get folks in the door.)

we'll announce the shows officially early in the week, and tickets will be on sale soon after. we're announcing all the shows at once, and if they don't sell out, i don't care. i just want to give people who actually want to see us a chance to see us. for a reasonable ticket price. and i want to drop the price of the msg tickets being sold by piece of shit scalpers.

oh--and a small thing to scalpers: "it's legal" is what people say when they don't have ethics. the law is there to set the limit of what is punishable (aka where the state needs to intervene) but we are supposed to have ethics, and that should be the primary guiding force in our actions, you fucking fuck.

and to everyone else: thank you. you rule. don't let the shitbags win.
i feel like conan o'brien.
james

As also previously mentioned, LCD Soundsystem will play the Colbert Report tonight (2/14). Stay tuned for more info on the Terminal 5 tickets.

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Comments (57)

first!

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 10:35 AM

400 comments to follow

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 10:37 AM

Totally off topic, but the last time I saw LCD Soundsystem, there was this really annoying couple who was talking about TMI stuff. The guy kept saying to his girlfriend, "You have pee pee cheese! You have pee cheese!" as she laughed and tried to cover his mouth looking quite embarassed. I guess its her own hygeine shortcoming but still, what a douche.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 10:37 AM

He is the best for doing this. Every band should be as passionate about scalping being the worst and making sure their fans can get tickets.

Posted by modage | February 14, 2011 10:37 AM

i like his craigslist idea, gonna try that

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 10:44 AM

who cares? new radiohead album is coming out on saturday

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 10:45 AM

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 10:46 AM

Lefsetz is the man! Great post.

Posted by Venison | February 14, 2011 10:48 AM

Come on hipsters....we can catch up to the ammount of comments on the radiohead new album entry by luch if we all work togeather.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 10:49 AM

Lefsetz piece is chock full of poor assumptions and bile. Pretty bizarre to think that Murphy would use the last show of his respectable career to exploit his NYC fans.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 10:52 AM

If you're so interested in your real fans getting tickets, Mr. Murphy, you should've came down or sent someone to the mercury lounge that 14 degrees (3-5 wind chill) morning, to see how the bowery people counted us in line three different times, the last of which just a minutes before actually strating the sale itself, telling me all three times that i was safely counted in. i had foollowed the counting to see the cut off point which was way behind me. but those tickets ran out way ahead of me in that line. how can you assure people for three hours that they're in and then send them home empty handed?
what had happened to all those GA tickets that were promissed to mercury lounge and were not available for sale? did you keep few dozens for your friends at the last minute, Mr. Murphy?
and one more thing: if i was a band coming out from LES i would made sure those people in line would've been treated to hot coffee / tea and maybe a doughnut while risking their health in that line.

Posted by danny | February 14, 2011 11:02 AM

Bob's theory would make sense for the fact that Murphy could probably make way more money going on a 30 year Final Show tour like his favorite band The Stones.

Posted by Justin | February 14, 2011 11:05 AM

I can't decide if I want to wait until close to the MSG show to see if they have tickets, OR to buy for terminal 5... decisions decisions

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 11:07 AM

the best thing everybody can do is not buy tix until the day of show.

scalpers will get scared and drop prices to face or below, happens all the time.

the trick is to keep scalper inventory high until the day of.

united we stand.

Posted by mr. supply and demand | February 14, 2011 11:07 AM

U chose to freeze....not Mr. Murphy. Pussy.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 11:07 AM

danny you sound like a royal whining scumbag. ooooh poor baby didn't get a ticket to see his favorite band and wants free coffee and a donut for being a privelaged new yorker. be grateful you're not living in a third world country where people beg for scraps of food just to survive. idiot.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 11:07 AM

"risking their health in that line"

Seriously?! "Risking their health"????

You are the biggest douchebag of all time. What a retard.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 11:10 AM

"and one more thing: if i was a band coming out from LES i would made sure those people in line would've been treated to hot coffee / tea and maybe a doughnut while risking their health in that line."

are you kidding me??!?! DOUCHE. there are people risking their LIVES in afghanistan and iraq and you want and you're complaining about not getting hot coffee and a doughnut for CHOOSING to stand in line. you are everything that's wrong with this generation.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 11:11 AM

Weren't LCD soundsytem songs better when David Bowie wrote them?

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 11:13 AM

hahahaha. 1102, that has to be parody. Right?

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 11:14 AM

wow danny/11:02. really? i was following your story until you mentioned that the band owed people in line at Mercury Lounge hot coffee/tea/doughnuts. why? you chose to stand in line in the freezing cold with advance notice. it's not like your flight was cancelled and you're stuck in a random airport and you're OWED compensation for your time/money. how self-entitled are you?

other than you annoying me on that point...I was in line too and dressed appropriately so i wouldn't "risk my health." i was in line around 7:45 am with friends and was told that we were definitely in by the line counter guy. at one point he told much further behind me in line that they had a better chance of buying tickets online than staying in line but people didn't want to listen.

but once we bought our tickets, my friends used the bathroom and they were out of tickets around 8 people behind me. we were shocked bc we were not aware of how we barely got the tix. to answer your question, A LOT of people skipped in line, joining friends that were already there. it sucks, but it's what happened. whenever there's a sale like this, there should be a numbered wrist band system so there's no bullshit. and ideally, i would love to have a cop (but that wouldn't happen) OR James Murphy or someone from DFA/Bowery Presents, kicking scalpers off the premises. it'd be both an ugly sight and awesome altogether.

Posted by cool it danny | February 14, 2011 11:14 AM

it's not a parody, there are people as heartless and douchey as "danny". he was probably the ass blasting LCD on a boombox the entire time on line.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 11:15 AM

@11:02

WHITE WHINE

People are being hacked up with machetes in Rwanda right now and you're pissed because Season 3 Disc 2 of The Wire didn't ship from Netflix today. You need to take a seat on your ichair and take a staycation. Maybe check out one of the other 50 shows going on in the city that night unless you're not an actual music fan and just a hipster DOUCHE.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 11:18 AM

Lefsetz truly hit the nail on the head this time.

"Print media and TV have done this story again and again, but the public refuses to believe it. It’s easier to just blame Ticketmaster and the scalpers than the acts and the promoters and the venues.

So it’s just like the rest of America. The rich profit and the poor get screwed. I wish the poor knew the concert industry better, but they can’t seem to figure out politics, so the odds of them figuring out the concert industry…"

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 11:19 AM

wow, i'm glad everyone is as united as calling danny a douche as i am. thought i was just uppity on a monday. dude is a scumbag

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 11:19 AM

I'm glad Danny didn't get a ticket. I only hope you realize how idiotic you sound. Don't come to MSG, there's not an all you can eat buffet for LCD Soundsystem fans. And I'm pretty sure Dunkin Donuts won't be passing hors d'oeuvres.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 11:20 AM

"the best thing everybody can do is not buy tix until the day of show.
scalpers will get scared and drop prices to face or below, happens all the time.
the trick is to keep scalper inventory high until the day of.
united we stand."

yes! i'm waiting till week or day of. will not by for above face. fuck scalpers.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 11:20 AM

well said, sir. particularly appreciate this:
"and to everyone else: thank you. you rule. don't let the shitbags win.
i feel like conan o'brien."

Posted by mirseven | February 14, 2011 11:23 AM

"Don't come to MSG, there's not an all you can eat buffet for LCD Soundsystem fans. And I'm pretty sure Dunkin Donuts won't be passing hors d'oeuvres."

hilarious, and well said

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 11:24 AM

Danny Donuts DEMANDS sustinence for waiting on line. We all know he's not a real fan because people who dance don't eat donuts. Dancin Donut Danny ladies and gentleman. Such a douche, forever and always.

Posted by Justin | February 14, 2011 11:24 AM

you guys are mean

Posted by Danny | February 14, 2011 11:27 AM

sony music to lay off hundreds in the coming weeks

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 11:27 AM

"you guys are mean"

try paying your own rent and call us mean all you want, asshat

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 11:29 AM

Danny, let's be serious for a second.

The line counting, yes, that's a shame, but you can't trust those counts. The line before me increased by 10 people from start to end. People will always hold a spot for a friend, if not more. You're at the mercy of the people near those cutters to shame/weed out any egregious failures to do so. The people behind that old guy were completely slacking on making sure he wasn't a scalper and trying to goad him out of the line.

"and one more thing: if i was a band coming out from LES i would made sure those people in line would've been treated to hot coffee / tea and maybe a doughnut while risking their health in that line."

Nobody was risking their health in that line unless they came unprepared, in less than adequate clothing. That's their own damn fault if you ask me.

I got there at 7am, was near the corner across from Katz' and I showed up with okay layering, and while I was cold, I wouldn't blame that on anyone but myself. This was a good way to weed out the people who don't care enough.

Finally, regarding the doughnuts and tea, is that directed to LCDSS, or to up and coming bands? If you meant the former, you're a child who is expecting hands on treatment at that hour from the band themselves? Was your Mom okay with you using her debit card to take $100 out of the bank? The latter is the only reading of your language that makes logical sense. You know what, though, we don't need to baby people online. There were open deli's and bodegas a block away. Someone could hold your place on line, which did happen.

Grow up.

Posted by Henry | February 14, 2011 11:33 AM

people in Rwanda didn't get tickets either. Damn you StubHub!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 11:34 AM

Danny, I'm okay with being mean, as long as I'm being mean to a spineless wimp like yourself.

Posted by Henry | February 14, 2011 11:36 AM

Where's my burrito? Where's my burrito? Where's my burrito?

Posted by Double Dunk Donut Danny Dickhead | February 14, 2011 11:48 AM

So many wasted words over such a crappy band.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 11:48 AM

i'm also a little upset no one held my peepee when i went to the bathroom later that day at katz's

Posted by dancing donut danny | February 14, 2011 11:49 AM

So are the real fans in line to see Colbert right now?

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 11:49 AM

Wow, didn't realize you kiddies cared about world events like Rwanda Afghanistan, Iraq and Egypt. Thought it was all about who had the best record collection and who can hurl the wittiest insult on a message board.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 12:18 PM

dear 11:18,
i agree with the white whine but, umm, i work in rwanda and i'm pretty sure there hasn't been much machete-hacking going on there since 1994. the DR congo might be another story. anywho, it's probably best to not bring up things like genocides and holocausts to compare to someone complaining they didn't get a ticket.
signed, someone who tried to get pre-sale and regular sale tickets to msg, failed, and is now happy to go to t5 for a dance party at the end of march.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 12:22 PM

You know, this has got to be the worst comments sec put of any bv post. And that's saying something.

Don't you guys have lives? Friends? Do you ever go outside? You've become a group of comic book geeks arguing the semantics of a new spider man issue.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 12:24 PM

I can't wait till this band breaks up for good.

Pathetic bunch of people arguing about stuff I don't care about.

Radiohead!

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 12:36 PM

Do they sell hummus at dunkin donuts?

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 12:37 PM

wait, there's a new spiderman issue?! when?

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 12:40 PM

12:22 is awesome and if there wasn't a new Radiohead album announced today would be my moral and ethical hero. My grandma's a halocaust survivor so I probably throw around mass genocides in conversation more than I should but I'm a tad de-sensatized. I think you understood my point though, and I'm not TRYING to compare our ticket spat to genocides, genocides are much more efficient. Also Double Dunk Donut Danny Dickhead is my hero.

Posted by Justin | February 14, 2011 12:45 PM

New spiderman issue guy knows to use the word semantics but doesn't wanna get caught up with little details like what their name is.

Posted by Justin | February 14, 2011 12:46 PM

@supplyanddemand....go ahead and try that theory. lemme know how that works for you. boy genius.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 1:04 PM

I survived a "Halocaust" over the weekend utilizing my xbox 360.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 1:44 PM

LCD at MEH-SG.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 2:03 PM

LCD Houndsystem + Daft Punk + Liquid Liquid at meh-sg. I'll be in the hummus only section next to the chickpeas and pitas.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 2:30 PM

kiss + lcd soundsystem playing a state fair near you

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 3:19 PM

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Posted in music | tour dates on February 14, 2011
recapping: LCD Soundsystem's addition of 4 shows, James Murphy's letter, evil scalpers, Colbert Report tonight

LCD Scalpers

As you knew 417 comments ago, one less Radiohead album ago, and back before Arcade Fire had a grammy, LCD Soundsystem added four more NYC shows that will take place at Terminal 5 on March 28, 29, 30 and 31. That gives the band one day off before they play their final show on April 2nd at Madison Square Garden - the show that sold out instantly, but that nobody but scalpers seemed to get tickets for. That made many, including James Murphy (see above tweets), very mad, and so the T5 shows were added, and James wrote this letter (which says tickets will be on sale soon)...

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fuck you, scalpers. terminal 5 shows added

holy shit

this here is just to say that we were more than taken aback and surprised about the speed of ticket sales for the april 2nd msg gig, as well as the effectiveness of scalper pieces of fucking shit at getting their hands on said tickets before fans could, and it's knocked us on our asses.
no--we didn't have a smart paperless ticketing system in place, and no--we didn't have the pre-sale worked out very well, but this is simply because we've never sold anything out so quickly in our lives, and certainly never sold out anything as big as msg. i personally thought i was being bold in suggesting to our manager that we might sell it out "in 10 days". that was my bold claim. everyone laughed at me. it's us and liquid liquid. that's it. we had meetings and meetings about the "other band" we needed to "fill the place", as we were definitely considered to be nowhere near big enough (most of these bands were, like, way bigger than us, by the way).

we didn't sell out hollywood bowl, and that was with both hot chip and sleigh bells. there was, i repeat, no expectation of our selling this out either. my main concerns at the time were things like ticketmaster charges--how they were going to make the tickets ridiculously costly... we never dreamed some shitbags would try to get thousands for our show. it's insane.

but it happened. we all looked at each other in horror and sat there. i mean, aren't you supposed to be psyched? your band sold out madison square garden! i live in nyc, and that's the place. i saw the jackson's victory tour there when i was a kid.
but there it was--the shit was gone, and people--not just people, but fucking proper fans--were pissed. nancy from the band tried to buy tickets. failed. i tried. failed. our best friends--not wanting to hassle us for guestlist spots tried--failed. i bought 2 tickets to my own show for 3 times the value like an idiot to see if real tickets showed up. my family got burned.

it was, to say the least, weird.

we tried getting another day at msg. i'd mentioned this before and most everyone kind of rolled their eyes at me. "2 madison square garden shows, dude? really?" i thought, well, just in case, you know? maybe some people would fly from other places or something. but msg, being one of the most popular venues on the planet, was unsurprisingly booked. (for the record: just because it doesn't look booked on the internet, doesn't mean it's available. just saying.)

we tried calling our lawyer about the ticket scalping. "it's legal". no joke. it's fucking legal. i tramped around with friends and band getting insane. i wanted to buy some expensive tickets and then track the seller down to beat him. i acted stupid. i did some classic, shakespearean vain "fist shaking", etc. i made angry tweets. (i'm wondering now what on earth could be less effective and more of a first-world spoiled idiotic move than "angry tweets"? jesus.) i read conspiracy theories about how this was some cash-grab i orchestrated. i read that there are 50,000 seats at msg (i think our show will have 13k). i read that people had already bought flights, hotels. wanted to bring their kids. waited in the cold. i read that some people thought this was one of the reasons we were calling it quits (check). i read that this was a media stunt we planned. i read very funny comments from my friend aziz, one of which was taken seriously (that msg had given me 30,000 tickets personally for guest list). i read that i was giving all the tickets to my "new celebrity friends" (aziz is about the closest thing i have to a "celebrity friend", and we met at terminal 5 watching hot chip when we were, well, not very "celebrated"). i read that we should cancel the show and put the tickets up on sale in a better fashion. i read that we should not do that, for fuck's sake. i read that we should go fuck ourselves.
i read a lot of stuff, waiting to hear if we could get another night at msg, which seemed like the only option. but it failed. then i kind of sat in my house, trying not to worry for 20 minutes, and made a very, very good coffee.

i don't know what people think about us, really. i'd love to say i don't care, but i do. these people in my band--they are my very good friends. i love them very much. i love this band very much. everything about it. i'm very proud of it--of us, and i get defensive when people talk shit about us. i feel like we've been able to do something sort of special for 9 years: making music we like the way we like it. going on tour and playing, no computers or bullshit. no in-ears. a bunch of weird substitute teachers just trying to play something like the bands we loved growing up. whenever anyone said shit about us being sellouts or something, it stung, because i consider this entire thing--the band, everything--to be a communication between us and whoever is listening, and not just a thing unto itself. i remember being a fan and seeing bands, thinking "this is us. this is you playing and me/us watching" and how real that connection was, and i always wanted to honor that strange relationship with our band. so when someone felt wronged or hurt or outraged, it stung. it stung because, on some level, regardless of the "you can't please everyone" stuff that gets rationally said to you when this shit happens, it meant that i'd failed. i'd failed to communicate. on the other hand, i've had my world turned upside down by a lot of amazing things people have said about us, or to us. i've met fans and made friends, and felt very strongly how that relationship actually works--and how we brought ourselves, each other, finally here, to where we play our last show--and biggest show ever--together, at this amazing place.

and then, this fucking ticket thing happened.

so to the point. you can't make everyone happy, and i'm sure this will wind someone up somewhere ("but i paid $600 for one seat at msg!!!) or seem like some shitty "plan" to someone else ("they were gonna do it all along!!! it's all a big retirement money plan to bilk the fans!!!") or something else that someone who theoretically likes our band thinks (why are you trying to buy a ticket?? how could you even listen to a band that you think is capable of some of this shit!??) but we've come up with the best solution i can think of, as quickly as possible so as to deflate the market for those scalping scumfucks.

we're going to play 4 shows at terminal 5 in nyc leading up to the msg show, and they will include most if not all of the songs we play at msg. the farewell run-up to the last dance. it'll be the 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st of march. obviously we're going to look seriously at the way we sell these tickets. not "paperless, (i've been advised that the "paperless" thing is apparently now illegal in ny... seriously--don't ask me) but there are some ideas floating around that could be just as effective (though it'll take a minute to get folks in the door.)

we'll announce the shows officially early in the week, and tickets will be on sale soon after. we're announcing all the shows at once, and if they don't sell out, i don't care. i just want to give people who actually want to see us a chance to see us. for a reasonable ticket price. and i want to drop the price of the msg tickets being sold by piece of shit scalpers.

oh--and a small thing to scalpers: "it's legal" is what people say when they don't have ethics. the law is there to set the limit of what is punishable (aka where the state needs to intervene) but we are supposed to have ethics, and that should be the primary guiding force in our actions, you fucking fuck.

and to everyone else: thank you. you rule. don't let the shitbags win.
i feel like conan o'brien.
james

As also previously mentioned, LCD Soundsystem will play the Colbert Report tonight (2/14). Stay tuned for more info on the Terminal 5 tickets.
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first!

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 10:35 AM

400 comments to follow

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 10:37 AM

Totally off topic, but the last time I saw LCD Soundsystem, there was this really annoying couple who was talking about TMI stuff. The guy kept saying to his girlfriend, "You have pee pee cheese! You have pee cheese!" as she laughed and tried to cover his mouth looking quite embarassed. I guess its her own hygeine shortcoming but still, what a douche.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 10:37 AM

He is the best for doing this. Every band should be as passionate about scalping being the worst and making sure their fans can get tickets.

Posted by modage | February 14, 2011 10:37 AM

i like his craigslist idea, gonna try that

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 10:44 AM

who cares? new radiohead album is coming out on saturday

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 10:45 AM

http://lefsetz.com/wordpress/index.php/archives/2011/02/12/lcd-soundsystem-fiasco/

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 10:45 AM

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Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 10:46 AM

Lefsetz is the man! Great post.

Posted by Venison | February 14, 2011 10:48 AM

Come on hipsters....we can catch up to the ammount of comments on the radiohead new album entry by luch if we all work togeather.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 10:49 AM

Lefsetz piece is chock full of poor assumptions and bile. Pretty bizarre to think that Murphy would use the last show of his respectable career to exploit his NYC fans.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 10:52 AM

If you're so interested in your real fans getting tickets, Mr. Murphy, you should've came down or sent someone to the mercury lounge that 14 degrees (3-5 wind chill) morning, to see how the bowery people counted us in line three different times, the last of which just a minutes before actually strating the sale itself, telling me all three times that i was safely counted in. i had foollowed the counting to see the cut off point which was way behind me. but those tickets ran out way ahead of me in that line. how can you assure people for three hours that they're in and then send them home empty handed?
what had happened to all those GA tickets that were promissed to mercury lounge and were not available for sale? did you keep few dozens for your friends at the last minute, Mr. Murphy?
and one more thing: if i was a band coming out from LES i would made sure those people in line would've been treated to hot coffee / tea and maybe a doughnut while risking their health in that line.

Posted by danny | February 14, 2011 11:02 AM

Bob's theory would make sense for the fact that Murphy could probably make way more money going on a 30 year Final Show tour like his favorite band The Stones.

Posted by Justin | February 14, 2011 11:05 AM

I can't decide if I want to wait until close to the MSG show to see if they have tickets, OR to buy for terminal 5... decisions decisions

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 11:07 AM

the best thing everybody can do is not buy tix until the day of show.

scalpers will get scared and drop prices to face or below, happens all the time.

the trick is to keep scalper inventory high until the day of.

united we stand.

Posted by mr. supply and demand | February 14, 2011 11:07 AM

U chose to freeze....not Mr. Murphy. Pussy.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 11:07 AM

danny you sound like a royal whining scumbag. ooooh poor baby didn't get a ticket to see his favorite band and wants free coffee and a donut for being a privelaged new yorker. be grateful you're not living in a third world country where people beg for scraps of food just to survive. idiot.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 11:07 AM

"risking their health in that line"

Seriously?! "Risking their health"????

You are the biggest douchebag of all time. What a retard.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 11:10 AM

"and one more thing: if i was a band coming out from LES i would made sure those people in line would've been treated to hot coffee / tea and maybe a doughnut while risking their health in that line."

are you kidding me??!?! DOUCHE. there are people risking their LIVES in afghanistan and iraq and you want and you're complaining about not getting hot coffee and a doughnut for CHOOSING to stand in line. you are everything that's wrong with this generation.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 11:11 AM

Weren't LCD soundsytem songs better when David Bowie wrote them?

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 11:13 AM

hahahaha. 1102, that has to be parody. Right?

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 11:14 AM

wow danny/11:02. really? i was following your story until you mentioned that the band owed people in line at Mercury Lounge hot coffee/tea/doughnuts. why? you chose to stand in line in the freezing cold with advance notice. it's not like your flight was cancelled and you're stuck in a random airport and you're OWED compensation for your time/money. how self-entitled are you?

other than you annoying me on that point...I was in line too and dressed appropriately so i wouldn't "risk my health." i was in line around 7:45 am with friends and was told that we were definitely in by the line counter guy. at one point he told much further behind me in line that they had a better chance of buying tickets online than staying in line but people didn't want to listen.

but once we bought our tickets, my friends used the bathroom and they were out of tickets around 8 people behind me. we were shocked bc we were not aware of how we barely got the tix. to answer your question, A LOT of people skipped in line, joining friends that were already there. it sucks, but it's what happened. whenever there's a sale like this, there should be a numbered wrist band system so there's no bullshit. and ideally, i would love to have a cop (but that wouldn't happen) OR James Murphy or someone from DFA/Bowery Presents, kicking scalpers off the premises. it'd be both an ugly sight and awesome altogether.

Posted by cool it danny | February 14, 2011 11:14 AM

it's not a parody, there are people as heartless and douchey as "danny". he was probably the ass blasting LCD on a boombox the entire time on line.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 11:15 AM

@11:02

WHITE WHINE

People are being hacked up with machetes in Rwanda right now and you're pissed because Season 3 Disc 2 of The Wire didn't ship from Netflix today. You need to take a seat on your ichair and take a staycation. Maybe check out one of the other 50 shows going on in the city that night unless you're not an actual music fan and just a hipster DOUCHE.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 11:18 AM

Lefsetz truly hit the nail on the head this time.

"Print media and TV have done this story again and again, but the public refuses to believe it. It’s easier to just blame Ticketmaster and the scalpers than the acts and the promoters and the venues.

So it’s just like the rest of America. The rich profit and the poor get screwed. I wish the poor knew the concert industry better, but they can’t seem to figure out politics, so the odds of them figuring out the concert industry…"

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 11:19 AM

wow, i'm glad everyone is as united as calling danny a douche as i am. thought i was just uppity on a monday. dude is a scumbag

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 11:19 AM

I'm glad Danny didn't get a ticket. I only hope you realize how idiotic you sound. Don't come to MSG, there's not an all you can eat buffet for LCD Soundsystem fans. And I'm pretty sure Dunkin Donuts won't be passing hors d'oeuvres.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 11:20 AM

"the best thing everybody can do is not buy tix until the day of show.
scalpers will get scared and drop prices to face or below, happens all the time.
the trick is to keep scalper inventory high until the day of.
united we stand."

yes! i'm waiting till week or day of. will not by for above face. fuck scalpers.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 11:20 AM

well said, sir. particularly appreciate this:
"and to everyone else: thank you. you rule. don't let the shitbags win.
i feel like conan o'brien."

Posted by mirseven | February 14, 2011 11:23 AM

"Don't come to MSG, there's not an all you can eat buffet for LCD Soundsystem fans. And I'm pretty sure Dunkin Donuts won't be passing hors d'oeuvres."

hilarious, and well said

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 11:24 AM

Danny Donuts DEMANDS sustinence for waiting on line. We all know he's not a real fan because people who dance don't eat donuts. Dancin Donut Danny ladies and gentleman. Such a douche, forever and always.

Posted by Justin | February 14, 2011 11:24 AM

you guys are mean

Posted by Danny | February 14, 2011 11:27 AM

sony music to lay off hundreds in the coming weeks

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 11:27 AM

"you guys are mean"

try paying your own rent and call us mean all you want, asshat

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2011 11:29 AM

Danny, let's be serious for a second.

The line counting, yes, that's a shame, but you can't trust those counts. The line before me increased by 10 people from start to end. People will always hold a spot for a friend, if not more. You're at the mercy of the people near those cutters to shame/weed out any egregious failures to do so. The people behind that old guy were completely slacking on making sure he wasn't a scalper and trying to goad him out of the line.

"and one more thing: if i was a band coming out from LES i would made sure those people in line would've been treated to hot coffee / tea and maybe a doughnut while risking their health in that line."

Nobody was risking their health in that line unless they came unprepared, in less than adequate clothing. That's their own damn fault if you ask me.

I got there at 7am, was near the corner across from Katz' and I showed up with okay layering, and while I was cold, I wouldn't blame that on anyone but myself. This was a good way to weed out the people who don't care enough.

Finally, regarding the doughnuts and tea, is that directed to LCDSS, or to up and coming bands? If you meant the former, you're a child who is expecting hands on treatment at that hour from the band themselves? Was your Mom okay with you using her debit card to take $100 out of the bank? The latter is the only reading of your language that makes logical sense. You know what, though, we don't need to baby people online. There were open deli's and bodegas a block away. Someone could hold your place on line, which did happen.

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