LCD Soundsystem adds new shows, lashes out at scalpers
James Murphy and his band LCD Soundsystem say they were caught off guard by the demand for tickets to the band's farewell performance at New York's Madison Square Garden. In response, they've hatched a plan they hope will give more fans a chance to see them play while deflating the bottom line of scalpers who snapped up tickets for the sold-out April 2 show.
According to reports, tickets for the Madison Square Garden show sold out within a minute of the general onsale on Friday (2/11), and the $50-face tickets quickly appeared on secondary ticketing sites for, in some cases, more than $1,000.
"We never dreamed some s---bags would try to get thousands for our show," Murphy wrote on his band's website "It's insane."
In response, the band announced the addition of four additional shows -- March 28-31 at New York's Terminal 5 -- leading up to the MSG show.
"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 scumf---s," Murphy wrote.
Ticket onsale information for the new dates hasn't been announced, but steps will be taken to keep those tickets out of the hands of scalpers, Murphy said.
"I've been advised that [paperless tickets are] 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)," Murphy wrote.
He added: "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 s--- scalpers."
28-31 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
2 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden (sold out)