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    Exclusive Roseland Ballroom Performance by The Black Keys Thrills VIPs but Frustratres Fans

    Six-time Grammy Awards winning rock band The Black Keys performed a special-access concert at Roseland Land Ballroom in New York City, January 31. Co-produced by Live Nation Entertainment, the show was part of the Citi Presents “Evenings With Legends Series” of cardmembers-only events leading up to Superbowl Sunday. The show’s opening act was Albert Hammond, Jr. of The Strokes who was so pumped for the gig that he “got the pre-show jitters.”

    Not surprisingly tickets for the for the dream double bill in a relatively small venue were sold out before 2 p.m. on January 28. There was confusion regarding the initial sale time when the Citi website Fans without Citi cards were left without any options other than to purchase second-hand $66.50 general admission tickets at two or three-times the price from ticket brokers. Reporters from the entertainment and sports media clamored for an unspecified allotment of press passes.

    Zumic.com’s Brad Bershad points to official Black Keys announcements that confirm that the original public ticket date was pushed back from January 27 to 28, then the time was postponed from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.. However, it appears that tickets were actually released at noon and were gone within minutes.

    “I planned for a week to buy tickets for Black Keys at Roseland,” said Taylor Brody, who logged onto the Citi website for tickets “three minutes late and they sold out.” In another few minutes, resale tickets were being offered at inflated prices through third-party vendors such as StubHub and TicketTrail.

    Through the Citi Private Pass program, a limited number of quick-acting Citi cardmembers can gain access to more than 10,000 annual events across the country for music, sports, dining, comedy and family events. These premium experiences range from preferred tickets and early access to top concert tours and sporting events to curated special events such as youth clinics with sports heroes, and VIP concert experiences including pre-show performances and Q&A. Upcoming events include Manchester Orchestra at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, the Jerry Rice Football ProCamp in San Francisco, preferred seating for the Arcade Fire in Austin, and preferred ticket access for dates on One Direction’s “Where We Are” stadium tour.

    But that isn’t much consolation for Black Keys fans in New York who tried to purchase tickets with and without a Citi card before the sell-out. “I understand that credit card membership has its privileges, and why bands take on these gigs for the extra sponsorship income,” said fan Joanne Brown, who was unable to use MasterCard and American Express to purchase tickets in the brief window when tickets were still available.

    Of the "suspicious" pre-noon sell out, Matt Desrosiers wasn’t so understanding in his Twitter posts to Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney on Twitter: “On a serious note, does this bother you?“
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