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Posted at 2:48 PM ET, 05/ 8/2008

Radiohead Tickets: More Than a (Nice Dream)

By Fritz Hahn

Take Mom to see Thom Yorke and Radiohead this weekend! (Mark Humphrey /AP)

Q: When is a sold-out concert not a sold-out concert?
A: When tickets become available late in the game.

Tickets for Radiohead's Mother's Day gig at Nissan Pavilion went on sale right after Valentine's Day, and sold out almost immediately -- or so we thought.

At the risk of being labeled spoilers, as we have been in the past, we wanted to let everybody know that tickets for this weekend's show are currently available on Ticketmaster. A quick test of the system found everything from four seats together in section 101 (that's the first tier, close to the stage, $61 each) to lawn seats ($41 each).

Just don't forget to call Mom before you head out to Bristow.

BTW, those of you who are going are in for a treat, if the setlist from the tour's first show is any indication.

-- Fritz Hahn

By Fritz Hahn  | May 8, 2008; 2:48 PM ET
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Fritz,

Thanks for the heads-up. You rule.

Posted by: Matt | May 8, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Fritz you're the best! Haven't seen them in 10 years.

Posted by: Ang | May 8, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Mega-thx, but if their performance on Conan is a predictor, I'm really concerned that we'll all have to tromp all the way out there just to listen to an anti-Bush screed instead of a concert.

Posted by: Will | May 8, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

OK, if you're going to quote ticket prices and Ticketmaster in the same article, you can't leave out the MASSIVE SERVICE FEES that monopoly lays on people: $11.50 per ticket?! Nearly a 20% mark-up just forr using their d*mn website! No competition at all, over a decade after Pearl Jam's Capitol Hill effort; still nothing.

Posted by: Sven Juice | May 8, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

The show should have been cancelled. It rained so hard that roads were washed out. Detour signage was virtually nonexistent, until our second time around. Sitting in traffic for 3+ hours with hundreds and hundreds of cars not moving anywhere.... Suffice to say, we didn't see the show, and there were miles of cars behind us.

The whole thing was a sham. So is Ticketmaster, so is Nissan Pavilion, so are the local cops and anyone else that put on this fiasco. Radiohead, we're disappointed in you too for encouraging driving to Western Nowhere in a Flood Warning scenario.

Posted by: Angry in DC | May 12, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

The show should have been cancelled. It rained so hard that roads were washed out. Detour signage was virtually nonexistent, until our second time around. Sitting in traffic for 3+ hours with hundreds and hundreds of cars not moving anywhere.... Suffice to say, we didn't see the show, and there were miles of cars behind us.

The whole thing was a sham. So is Ticketmaster, so is Nissan Pavilion, so are the local cops and anyone else that put on this fiasco. Radiohead, we're disappointed in you too for encouraging driving to Western Nowhere in a Flood Warning scenario. Quite a lot of people have been lost as fans of the venue and perhaps the band.

Posted by: Angry in DC | May 12, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

The show should have been cancelled. It rained so hard that roads were washed out. Detour signage was virtually nonexistent, until our second time around. Sitting in traffic for 3+ hours with hundreds and hundreds of cars not moving anywhere.... Suffice to say, we didn't see the show, and there were miles of cars behind us.

The whole thing was a sham. So is Ticketmaster, so is Nissan Pavilion, so are the local cops and anyone else that put on this fiasco. Radiohead, we're disappointed in you too for encouraging driving to Western Nowhere in a Flood Warning scenario. Quite a lot of people have been lost as fans of the venue and perhaps the band.

Posted by: Angry in DC | May 12, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

The show should have been cancelled. It rained so hard that roads were washed out. Detour signage was virtually nonexistent, until our second time around. Sitting in traffic for 3+ hours with hundreds and hundreds of cars not moving anywhere.... Suffice to say, we didn't see the show, and there were miles of cars behind us.

The whole thing was a sham. So is Ticketmaster, so is Nissan Pavilion, so are the local cops and anyone else that put on this fiasco. Radiohead, we're disappointed in you too for encouraging driving to Western Nowhere in a Flood Warning scenario.

Posted by: Angry in DC | May 12, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Who could even make it to the show?

Posted by: Bitter | May 12, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

We got into the show, but took more than two hours to get out of the parking lot. People were irate, hysterical teens couldn't find their cars, and we were directed to circle around for nearly an hour before we could get on the freeway.

Radiohead deserves a chunk of the blame here as well. I really can't think of anything less "green" than choosing a venue in the middle of nowhere with well-known traffic problems, where thousands of cars idled for hours on end. On Mother's Day, you and the Nissan Pavilion gave Mother Earth a slap in the face.

What a debacle. The show should have been cancelled, it was extremely hazardous and I'm surprised nobody wound up in the hospital with hypothermia, and that nobody died in any car accidents. It was treacherous and chaotic out there.

Posted by: Shannon | May 12, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

There's a lot of talk on this at Green Plastic. Consumerist too, and there's a petition forming.

http://www.mortigitempo.com/too_bored/showthread.php?t=82903

Posted by: Punk'd by Nissan | May 12, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

There's word that Nissan is offering people makeup tickets to the August show in NEW JERSEY! http://www.washingtonian.com/blogarticles/artsfun/afterhours/7765.html

Posted by: Emily | May 13, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

i heard a recording of the show. you did not miss much.

Posted by: freedom | May 16, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

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