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I posted this on tompetty.com as well - sorry if you are reading this twice. The press release they posted pisses me off.

Yesterday afternoon I logged on to www.ticketmaster.com looking for a seat to the May 7th Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ concert, the first one of the 2010 summer tour. Hoping to land a single one up close, a stray ticket in the middle of deuces and foursomes, I pressed enter - no premium Mojo packages were available. A ticket in Row WW, way to far back for a die hard fan like me, popped up. Not meant to be. Bummer, I thought.

Later, listening to the Eagle, KHPT 106.9 in Houston, hoping to hear the traffic report, as I weaved my way home, the disc jockey said, “Stay tuned, we have breaking news on the Tom Petty concert tour.” I thought ‘oh no, I hope the guys are ok.’ At the book launch for the Traveling Wilburys just a few weeks ago, Tom was pictured with a cane. Could those 59.5 year old knees carry him through the summer?

When I reached home, I turned on my computer and logged on to www.tompetty.com. Blaring in front of me was a poorly crafted press release stating that since the album launch is now going to be June 15th, ten concert dates have been rescheduled. I thought, ‘When do copyright rights kick in, before or after publishing?’ I’m not a lawyer, so I don’t know. Thank heavens fan’s love for this band runs deep inside their veins for that press release says almost nothing. It must have been blessed by attorneys. I get pissed off just reading it. It doesn’t tell the real story. And when has Tom refrained from telling the real story?

What is the real story? I ask myself. Here are potential scenarios I came up with. Keep in mind that I have no idea how the music business works:

A) Tom’s knees need a bit longer to heal.

B)Copyright issues don’t kick in until work has been published, June 15th in this circumstance.

C) The band was so excited about this tour that they have acted like little kids setting it up, planning before thinking, adding no time buffer for potential obstacles/set backs.

D) Tom and Mike are still painstakingly still mixing the tracks, trying to create perfection.

E) Executives moved the launch of the CD to a week with less competition, so it could climb up the charts, setting records.

F) The marketing folks have just started to plan the launch of Mojo, the delayed album, pissing off the band, pissing off the fans, generating more bad karma (let’s not bring up presale A and B)

G) Mojo is lacking mojo.

H) Mojo is turning into a mofo.

Whatever the reasons are, for there is bound to be more than one, why are they communicating so poorly? Why not tell the fans, not the whole story, but a good story. One that will lead us to say, “Hey I get it. Even though this is costing me hundreds of dollars to change my flights, the band is trying to stay true to the music.”

After all, isn’t it about the music, generating something meaningful, something that will fill our souls, make our hearts jump like they were still 17 years old again?

Come on, tell us the real reason. Or will that get you in trouble with the lawyers, the record company?

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Ugh, Amy did you just delete a post? Now I look like an idiot, oh well.

Nope - didn't delete anything here -though I've been posting all over the place this morning so you could have seen my post elsewhere.

And rest assured, my favorite little Canadian, elections for Town Idiot were held months ago and you were not even on the ballot! ;)

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So sorry for all those affected by the postponed concerts. I'm having a little survivor's guilt, in that my shows weren't affected (so far anyway).

I feel especially bad for those coming from overseas. There seems to be quite a few on the officials.

Besides The Last DJ tour, it seems to me that I saw the Highway Companion tour before the album came out as well. If the delayed album release were really the reason, why didn't they reschedule all shows that fall before the release? Besides being really unacceptable, this situation doesn't make any sense to me.

(((HUGS))) to all the disappointed Farmers :(

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Ugh well I replied just now to someone on the officials and by the time I'd posted it the damn post of theirs had disappeared. For Chrissakes LMAO. Can't these people just commit to what they've just said? Pffft.

Oh and to the post above yours here...actually, over the years the band has been extremely secretive about a number of things...I think indeed, they do have good lawyers.

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Sorry to read this, guys! This would really piss me off as well, if I were affected! It's not only the anticipation that's spoiled, it's also the money involved - and that's tight these days...

Keeping my fingers crossed that everything will work out alright for all of you!!

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^ You know Ryan, I am really thinking low ticket sales, at the very least, play a HUGE part in this. Emmie said, Amy said it, others said it and I was having a hard time letting that one sink in because the shows I go to always seem so packed. But, I just checked the July 31st. Philly show and I pulled up 9th. row center!

I'm kind of dumbfounded, I really am. :confused:

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Out of curiosity I just checked out the Air Canada show. All floor seats and highest price tickets are gone. Howwever, there are still plenty of tickets to be had in the 100's sections.

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Maybe to add a bit of humor to the situation: I was supposed to see Willie Nelson a few weeks ago, and he cancelled and re-scheduled several shows. Never got a reason other than "scheduling conflicts". The last time Willie cancelled a show he said it was because of his carpal tunnel acting up and he couldn't play. Then the police reports came out and his bass player and several crew members had been busted for marijuana and moonshine. Now THERE is a reason to cancel a show!

I don't know what the real reason for this is, but I don't know how it could be due to the album delay. Obviously several songs have been released already, and reviews have already been written so the album must be done as far as the bands work anyway. Maybe there was a eff up in manufacturing the CD's or something...but still no reason to delay the start of the tour.

I'm sorry to all the people who had tix to these shows who now can't go; that sucks. I love TPATH and always will, but this is pretty sad. I really hope they will give us a true explanation.

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My heart is bleeding for all of you who are affected by this and can't go, lose money and are pissed off and disappointed in general.

It is a terribly disappointing thing that happened to you.

I am so sorry for you all.

That said; I would like to put in some faith in Tom and the boys. Maybe I'm gullible, but I can't believe any of them would put their faithful fans in a situation like this unless they had a very valid reason.

I am blessed not being affected more than I have to wait for the re-scheduled show and at this time I don't know if I can make it, but since there IS time I am confident it will work out.

8 years ago I was in a similar situation, with a ticket from Sweden in my hand. It was a non refundable one, but I decided to go anyway since my daughter's birthday came up at the same time and I planned to go anyway. That time I met the best of friends here in CA and surroundings, although I didn't get to go to any shows.

Looking back - I will always make sure my tickets are refundable in the future.

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I think if it was poor ticket sales they would have just cancelled the shows completely instead of rescheduling.

I don't think so. Moving the shows later creates more time for the hype to build from the other shows, which drives sales later in the year.

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I'm blaming the economy. I think you're right, Ryan. It gives them more time to promote the tour, and the economy might improve a little.

If you ever want to see a good movie about a bankrupt tour, check out "Festival Express". Janis Joplin and the Dead are great.

I'm so sorry for everyone who lost money and can't see the shows.

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I don't think so. Moving the shows later creates more time for the hype to build from the other shows, which drives sales later in the year.

Yeah, that makes sense but isn't it weird that some of the cancelled shows are in major markets. I mean, Hollywood Bowl is usually a bear to get tickets for. One would think that sales in the major cities would be the strongest. Why reschedule those?

We probably won't get the real story but it's disappointing. Maybe I'm getting old and jaded, but going to a concert these days is getting to be WAY too much work. My life is complicated enough without worry about shows being cancelled and losing this kind of money. I doubt I'll ever buy package tickets again. Too much risk.

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I had started counting down the days.

No way I am going to stay at home. I will leave for L.A. anyway, so it's just a holiday without the concert.

Must figure out what to do with the ticket. May be difficult to call Ticketmaster from abroad?

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Yeah, that makes sense but isn't it weird that some of the cancelled shows are in major markets. I mean, Hollywood Bowl is usually a bear to get tickets for. One would think that sales in the major cities would be the strongest. Why reschedule those?

We probably won't get the real story but it's disappointing. Maybe I'm getting old and jaded, but going to a concert these days is getting to be WAY too much work. My life is complicated enough without worry about shows being cancelled and losing this kind of money. I doubt I'll ever buy package tickets again. Too much risk.

I feel the same way actually these days Andrea. The Eagles are coming to Toronto soon and I would have loved to have had tickets to see them, but I just couldn't afford it, I've got tickets for the TP Toronto show, and I'm going to Europe for just over 2 weeks at the end of July, so really low on funds. But truthfully, I have definitely lost interest in doing the live shows, as I've got older I have more things that I really would love to do, more travel and different things to try before I end up senile in the "home". Live concerts...been there done that...swimming with dolphins? Nope not yet..but I'm planning on it.

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Wow, what a shock to learn about the re-scheduling. I'm so sorry for everyone that is having to re-plan their schedules now. I'm not affected myself but it was close...by only a week...guess now Omaha will be one of the first on the tour. Imagine that. C-line, I agree with you - if it were low ticket sales they wouldn't even be re-scheduling in those same venues. But I don't for a minute believe it's the CD release date either. We're all smarter than that! Very, VERY inconsiderate...

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I had started counting down the days.

No way I am going to stay at home. I will leave for L.A. anyway, so it's just a holiday without the concert.

Must figure out what to do with the ticket. May be difficult to call Ticketmaster from abroad?

How long do you plan on staying?? maybe we can meet?

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I didn't get a chance to check the site yesterday. Tonite I probably will not sleep. I can't believe this! I, too, have a hotel room that they will not refund--$100 just flew out the window. I had to take a day from work--screwed there now. I can't go to the rescheduled September date in Charlotte. I feel so badly for those of you that had airline tickets, etc. and will lose money there too.

Has anyone gotten a refund yet? Is the best way to call or fill out that form on Ticketmaster? I am so depressed!

Edited by HeartbreakerFan

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Errrrr... I have some Phoenix tix.

IMHO-

This had better be something more serious than low ticket sales. Poor ticket sales is no excuse for screwing fans.

Do concerts support album sales? Many of us, I guess, were getting free CDs anyway because we spent money for the club. I guess it would be weird for Tom to play songs we had never heard? But how many songs would be played in concert off of the new CD?

Does a new CD support concert sales? Probably most people who had bought tickets would have bought them without a new CD, besides, we haven't heard the CD yet anyway. Does Tom think that the new CD is so great that it will sell out all concerts?

Maybe Tom should support Anthology on this concert tour. I'd love to hear "Something in the Air".

Maybe the time has come for Tom to consider touring venues besides huge arenas. Next month, I have tickets for C,S,&N at a casino near here. They played the same casino 2 years ago and the show was great because it was a smaller place (4-5,000? seats). I saw Robert Plant there a while back, also. I didn't mind paying more because of the intimate place.

But wait, we are already paying premium prices for TPATH in these large arenas. Volume should should mean lower ticket prices. My 2 tickets for the Phoenix concert cost more than two airfares to Phoenix.

Now I'm wondering if I should try to get tix to an earlier concert. What if the Sept. concert gets cancelled?

Sorry for the ranting,

Peace, Boss

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