Risky business: The biggest ticket scams of recent years
Buying tickets off sites such as Craigslist is certainly risky business. These tickets have often been found to be nothing but fakes, causing much embarrassment and disappointment for the individuals that end up being denied entry and questioned at the door. Three notable ticket scams to arise in recent years have targeted a Broadway musical, a popular outdoor festival, and even the Super Bowl.
Trouble on the Great White Way
Instances of ticket forgery to Broadway shows are rare, though they have been known to occur. One of the most recent examples targeted the highly acclaimed musical Book of Mormon. The comedy, written by the creators of South Park, opened to rave reviews in 2011. Unfortunately, the incredible popularity of the show made it a target for scam artists looking to make a quick buck. The possibility of forgery was first brought to the company’s attention when a group of eight found that each of their tickets, when scanned, were linked to the same mezzanine seat, despite being sold as separate orchestra tickets. It seemed someone had bought a single ticket and then made copies of it, changing the seat location on each copy.
Coachella, the popular outdoor music festival that takes place in Southern California every year, was the victim of a cyberscam by hackers who created a false ticket-ordering page. In this instance, a fake website was built to look like a login site for ticket-holders. They were asked to enter in their ticket information, which was then stolen from them by those who built the website.
Super Bowl prank
The 2013 Super Bowl was played between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans. One 49ers fan thought she had found a great deal on tickets to the game, paying $5,900 to see her favorite team play. After wiring the money to the account of a Craigslist seller, Sharon Osgood received an overnight package in the mail that contained no tickets, just a note that read, "Enjoy the game!!!! Goo Ravens!!! LOL." It was Osgood, however, who had the last laugh. After going public with her story, she received four free Super Bowl tickets from Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard, as well as an extra free ticket from the San Francisco 49ers franchise. This is rare instance of a scam story with a happy ending.
The ring of the death knell is on the horizon for one of the greatest rock and roll groups of all time: Motley Crue. Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars and Vince Neil have signed a legally-binding agreement to hit the tour circuit one last time. Before the contract goes into effect, the rock legends will launch the Motley Crue Final Tour 2014, offering fans one last chance to experience their mind-melting displays of pyrotechnics and guitar riffs before retirement.
Motley Crue has been selling out stadiums since the 1980s, so why stop now? For the band that defined a generation of hair metal, it is all about going out on top.
1. Motley Crue Made Hair Metal
Hair metal defined a generation and a genre. Big hair, loud music and heavy makeup dominated the glam metal movement. Motley Crue was at the forefront, pioneering the power ballad. Hits like "Home Sweet Home" swept the airwaves and resonated with fans the world over.
Such pure expressions of the pain and the emotional depths of love are what got us through turbulent hormonal tempests of our youth. The band's unique blend of glam, punk and metal pioneered the popularity of power ballads. From Motley's first fans to those of us belting out their ballads on karaoke night, we all know the power of the ballad.
2. Girls, Girls, Girls
Motley Crue has a reputation for putting on truly theatrical performances at their live concerts. Fire, stunts, costumes, sets; it all comes together in a rock concert experience. Fans of every genre flock to Motley Crue, not just because they're hardcore hair metal fans, but because they know they're in for a show. The band brings the music, and the fans amplify the excitement…Since this is the final run for these party animals, you can expect a larger-than-life live concert experience.
3. They Inspired A Generation
Motley Crue was one of the first bands to inject a youthful energy into the heavy metal genre. They proved that metal can have a lighter, cleaner feel without losing its edge. This opened doors for a whole host of glam metal bands such as Poison, Van Halen and Guns n' Roses.
4. Witness History in the Making
Motley Crue's emergence from the rock clubs on the Sunset Strip in the early 80s was a milestone in music history. Consequently, Motley Crue Final Tour 2014 will be written in the books as the end of an era. You have a chance to be a part of music history by attending this final tour. Don't mess this up.
5. I Love Rock 'n' Roll
The only real reason you need to go to the Motley Crue Final Tour 2014 is the opportunity to experience the rock and roll lifestyle, even if only by proxy. While it was their music that made them famous, it was Motley Crue's style and attitude that made them infamous. Motley Crue lived a life that the rest of us could only dream about.
Who's Going to Motley Crue Final Tour 2014
- "The MTV Generation"
- LIVE music fans
- Girls, Girls, Girls
From the 80s to today, the band's work as been featured on VH1 and MTV countdowns, including The Greatest Air Guitar Songs, "Dr. Feelgood," the Greatest Power Ballads of All Time, "Home Sweet Home," and they're counted among the Top Ten Heavy Metal Bands of All Time.
The Motley Crue Final Tour will feature Alice Cooper as a special guest and will kick off in Grand Rapids, Mich., on July 2. While this will be the last time the band tours together as Motley Crue, fans will have a few things to look forward to, including their tell-all, behind-the-scenes movie titled "Dirt" set for release in 2015 and a country music album honoring the band's discography.
Their epic concerts have wide appeal, providing entertainment to a variety of different types of people. Everyone, especially those who have never seen Motley Crue LIVE, need to see the band that Rolling Stone described "parlayed whip-lash, hard-rock songs, melodic power ballads and a hedonistic image into platinum-level heavy-metal superstardom."
Do yourself a favor. Listen to "Girls, Girls, Girls," "Knock 'Em Dead Kid" and a rousing rock and roll cover of "Smokin' in the Boy's Room."
And, get your Motley Crue Final Tour 2014 tickets before you miss your last chance to see the band perform LIVE!