But the story doesn't end there. There were some very restrictive stipulations on the website where tickets were being sold. From the show's description
Admission to this event is STRICTLY NON-TRANSFERABLE. At the venue you will be required to present the credit card associated with your order and valid photo ID in order for you to be granted admission to the show. All members of your party must be present when your credentials are being verified for admission & enter the venue together. Name changes, refunds or any other revisions to your order will not be permittedI have heard of and seen artists doing lots of this lately. Because concert tickets can be purchased online, people have developed pieces of software that are able to automatically buy up large swatches of tickets which someone (a scalper, let's be honest) can then resell potentially at a huge profit (which seems to have happened already for this show). It's a practice which makes artists pissed because it turns concerts into elitist events where only those able to pay the 300% markup are able to get in, and it means the majority of "real revenue" generated from ticket resales goes to scaplers and not to the promoter or the artist or literally anyone else doing all of the work.
My interest in this particular show was reignited when I spotted a reddit thread on the topic. It also made me angry about scalpers all over again. I know that we're all capitalists and money talks and you can basically buy whatever you want for enough money. I also know that I have done this for a show which turned out to be one of the greatest performances that I have ever seen, but I get so angry about the injustice in all of this. Someone does work in concert with a pile of other people to put on a concert. You get an artist (or group of artists), a booker, a promoter, a ticket resale company (I'll complain about them another time), sound and lighting people, ticket takers, concession staff, and a landlord that has a venue worth using for shows. All of these people divide up these ticket revenues between them. But then on the side a bunch of greedy scalpers discover that they can buy a piece of that pie and sell it for two more whole pies, all for the small price of setting up some bots, communicating with desperate concert goers, and ignoring the shame that this whole process should bring about.
I wish there was a solution to this problem, but sadly it's about incentives. There is an incentive for people to put on shows, there are incentives for people to go to them, and there are incentives for you to be a terrible person and game the system for huge profit. Yet another example of things that make me endlessly angry.