Let it forever be etched in country music history…
Friday, January 14th, 2022… the day that the Turnpike Troubadours broke the internet.
Ok, maybe not the internet, but they crashed a number of websites this morning once tickets went on sale.
Turnpike recently announced a run of shows at Cains Ballroom, Billy Bob’s, and John T. Floore Country Store, and much like the Red Rocks Amphitheatre shows, people are still foaming at the mouth to see these fellas take the stage.
The tickets were set to go on sale at 10am this morning and according to Billy Bob’s Texas, they had a whopping 22,000 people waiting to purchase tickets. Naturally, that amount of traffic crashed the site, with Cain’s Ballroom and Floore’s Country Store experiencing similar technical difficulties.
And while there may be some amount of bot activity (and people looking to flip tickets for a buck), Billy Bob’s also added that the sheer demand is unlike anything they’ve ever seen.
It’s no secret that the Turnpike Troubadours are the hottest ticket in town right now, and while I can completely sympathize with folks who didn’t get any tickets… the demand is just astronomical. This is unprecedented for Billy Bob’s whose had artists like Miranda Lambert, Kid Rock and more perform there in the past year.
And unlike the Red Rocks shows, I actually know people who got tickets this time around, but at the end of the day, it’s simple supply and demand… unless you were one of the lucky to few to actually get tickets this time around, you’re gonna have to pay a pretty penny for them on a resale market.
The good news is that Turnpike is BACK, they’re playing shows, they’re going to announce more shows, and if this demand keeps up, they’re gonna be playing much larger venues in the very near future.
And as much as it sucks for fans who wish they could see them front row at their local dive bar forever, Turnpike deserves every bit of the acclaim. I think the hiatus made fans realize just how volatile the music industry can be. Your favorite band can call it quits in a second, and fans aren’t taking that for granted anymore.
Call up Jerry Jones… these boys are almost ready for AT&T Stadium… (kidding… sorta).