AC/DC fans get another crack at Ford Field tickets
It was "Rock or Bust" when tickets to AC/DC's Sept. 8 concert at Ford Field went on sale two weeks ago, and many ticket buyers ended up busted.
Computer glitches between the ticketing system and the third party that processes credit card transactions failed, leaving thousands of ticket buyers receiving error messages and feeling like they had been thunderstruck.
But for those about to rock, there is still hope. Another batch of tickets for the show, at all price levels, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, and this time promoters say the system is ready for the demand.
About a quarter of the seats for the show will be available, says Dave Clark of Live Nation Detroit. "We spent the last two weeks combing through data and working with Ford Field to make it right," he says.
Tickets, $25-$110, will be available at fordfield.com, the Ford Field box office or by calling (877) 212-8898.
The initial failure caused promoters to shut down ticket sales about an hour after they were made available on Feb. 16. Those with pending transactions were dealt with and allowed to finish their transactions in the days that followed, though for many it made for a frustrating ticket buying experience.
The issues were local and did not affect other cities on the Australian rockers' tour itinerary, says Clark. He cited "unprecedented demand" as one of the causes of the problem.
The show marks AC/DC's biggest-ever Detroit concert. It is part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers' "Rock or Bust" tour, which kicks off Aug. 22 in Foxborough, Massachusetts and wraps up Sept. 28 in Los Angeles. The band is also headlining April's Coachella festival in Indio, California.
The tour comes on the heels of the band's latest album, "Rock or Bust," which was released in November. It's the group's first album without founding member Malcolm Young, who left the group in 2014 due to health reasons. It debuted at No. 3 on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart, selling 172,000 copies its first week.
The show is part of a busy year for concerts at the Detroit Lions' home. In addition to AC/DC, the venue is playing host to Taylor Swift (May 30), Kenny Chesney and Eric Church (Aug. 22), One Direction (Aug. 29) and Luke Bryan (Oct. 30).
AC/DC's last area performance was an August 2009 date at the Palace of Auburn Hills.