Saturday, March 02, 2013


The day after the show ended, a big project began that consumed more of my time and energy in February than I care to willingly admit. If you are keeping score at home, then you recall that my show ended February 2. Can you remember what was on February 3?

That would be Beyonce at the Super Bowl, putting on the best show I'd seen in years, including the eleven I just did myself.

Immediately following the game, she announced her worldwide tour. I scrolled and scrolled through the US dates until I saw it: a stop in Nashville. This is the point where I began breathing into a paper bag.

I started assessing my options and pulled together a quick plan: get as many tickets as I could, whenever I could, at whatever price I could. The end.

Here's the deal: I've never seen her in concert. I have always known that when the opportunity presented itself, it would be a bucket list thing to get as great of a seat as possible. Knowing the demand for the show would be crazy, I also started calling in favors. My coworkers know a lot of people, and I was waiting for the day to ask them to start calling some of those people. This was that day!

The tickets went on sale over a two week spread: a little more than half the shows one week, and the second batch of shows (including her Nashville stop) the following week. To get a feel for what I'd be up against, I attempted to get on Ticketmaster for some of the first batch of shows the week before Nashville went on sale. The presales started on her web site, then a Mastercard presage another day, then a Live Nation presale another day followed by the general public on sale date. The first day, her website crashed. The rest of the presales via Ticketmaster seemed to sell out in minutes. I knew I would be in the same boat. It was frustrating. I did my homework and realized that there was only one other show in the second "batch" of shows that was in the same time zone as Nashville, so I was hopeful to avoid crashing websites and the like.

I had my sister and other friends on Ticketmaster for each presale to try to help me get tickets. It was a madhouse. One day I had a pair, but then my internet at work went out. True story. Another day, I had a pair on the Ticketmaster mobile app, but I didn't realize if you closed the app (AKA read a text message) you lost your tickets. So, by the time all four of the presales had come and gone, I had ZERO tickets in my name. Womp womp.

But hope was not lost. A coworker connected me with a friend who works at Live Nation, who sent one little e-mail to the West Coast office and helped me get an amazing seat. Simultaneously, my boss's husband was able to get me another pair of great seats, and in a matter of days I went from having no Beyonce tickets to having three Beyonce tickets!

So, I can now officially and proudly announce that I AM GOING TO SEE BEYONCE! After all that work and effort, I AM SO EXCITED! I'd better start brushing up on that new choreography she whipped out at the halftime show!

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