Opinion | Taylor Swift Fans. You Should Have Dealt With Concert Tickets in the 70s. Now An Antitrust Suit Is Next.

Colin Munro Wood

Taylor Swift fans jammed up a weary Ticketmaster this past week. On Friday morning, sales were frozen, due to an overflow of a record 14 million fans vying for only 1.5 million available tickets to see Taylor's "Eras" tour.

Prior to Friday, there seemed to be a wild rollout of presale tickets. Fans waited for many hours, and most of them ended their fretting hours without a ticket and plenty to say about it.

We've seen humor about it.

Senators and fans have chimed in with their sensible concerns, alike.

Then some were downright angry.

Some in the music industry have rumored that both Ticketmaster and Swift are to blame.

I've grown to become a "Swifty," and respect her lyrics, music, talent, and persona in interviews. I don't know her personally. She seems to be a sweet, kind, caring, compassionate, empathetic, and brilliant woman, who is tilting the world on its axis.

We are living in a time when we need musicians, actors, artists, doctors, nurses, counselors, and leaders of her style, mannerisms, respect for others, and her blunt truth and honest vibes and words.

If I could physically get out to see Taylor Swift in concert, not only would I also spend hours possibly, online, to get even one ticket, I'd rock that place like any other teeny-bopper and college student there.

Taylor Swift deserves the demand for what she's created to give to the world. She is a true world star. I understand her detractors, and those who might have a "Barbie" conscience about her, or think she is too perfect, or too this or that. But Swift is the real deal.

She isn't fake, she writes her music, and lyrics, and works very hard every day on her career, and loves being around many people through it all. She spreads joy, love, education, and wisdom beyond her years, and can also act quite well. I hope you have been lucky to see her in a couple of recent things she has done.

The 70s Were So Much Harder To See A Concert

I have a vague memory of my older brother coming home from a couple of concerts but also struggling to find tickets for others. He wasn't one to get in line to go see someone put on a show. It was probably a girlfriend that convinced him to go, but also why he may have felt pressure to obtain tickets his way. Which was usually through connections.

I didn't go to my first concert alone until I was thirteen. It was Tommy Shaw & The Kinks at The Arena, in Binghamton, NY. At least, I believe I was 13, or so. It wasn't too hard to get tickets for them, or many concerts in our War Veterans Memorial Arena in those days.

However, there were those big names that came to town, and mom or dad would drive by the Arena with us boys in the car, and we could see a line that would go out the door from the ticket sales area, and wrap around the entire Arena, and then some.

I mean, Bryan Adams. BRYAN ADAMS. People stood in lines for hours. Not only for concerts but other big events in those days, including the 80s. You would even see campers out there for a day or three.

I can't tell you who those acts were now. Too long ago. But if you feel that waiting in your living room or bedroom comfortably, in front of a screen, with all the food and snacks you need is a horrible predicament, I think you should consider your predecessors.

Please, take homage to those of us who suffered in heat or cold, needed to find a bathroom, starving, or were cotton-mouthed, dying to get a ticket to a concert we, too, had to be at.

Younger generations now don't comprehend how some things were before the personal computer age, just like my generation didn't get the Greatest Generation or the Baby Boomers certain life choices and personalities.

Maybe I'm just saying to chill out a little. Hopefully, most of the fans were young and will get plenty of chances to see Ms. Swift, one day. In the meantime, it looks like a watchdog will be intervening in this situation and deciding if any charges should be filed.

I always wanted to see Billy Joel. I've performed tons of his music, and never got a chance. Life happens. I wish everyone luck with doing their favorite things when there are monopolies in those situations.

I hope this doesn't drag down the righteously bold Taylor Swift, and that fans relax and those who got tickets enjoy their opportunities to remember something special, for a lifetime.

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Colin is a former entertainer. But he became an avid reader in the second grade, thanks to his father constantly reading classics, Agatha Christie, and other novels which included character voicing, to he and his younger brother. Colin began his love for writing at the age of 6 when he wrote his first short story called, "Jake and the Eye of Jack." He continued writing, into his early 20s, but his earliest career took off and he began writing poetry and lyrics. It wouldn't be until he was 44 in 2015, when Colin began to return to his old hobby. In 2016, he decided to self-learn online writing. Colin has now written over 200 articles for several platforms amd magazines, including Newsbreak, Heart of Hollywood Magazine, BizBoost, Inc. Magazine, Yanks Go Yard with Fansided, 9.0, and the Canadian magazine Wing'd. Colin has written in several genres, but lately has honed in on music and film reviews, as well as news stories. Colin is proud of his grown children and hopes to continue growing in the writing community, with your help. Truth can never fail. A Voice In The Wilderness Feel free to create a free NB profile and to follow Colin Wood. https://colinmunrowood.com

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