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Gavin Rossdale on Taylor Swift ticket fiasco: ‘Everyone wants to crash the servers’

Gavin Rossdale, who is set to go on tour with his band, Bush, weighs in on Taylor Swift’s recent Ticketmaster mayhem.

When Swift’s “The Eras Tour” presale went awry on Tuesday night, Ticketmaster announced the next day that the public ticket sale, which was scheduled to take place on Friday, had been canceled “due to extraordinarily high demands on ticketing systems. box office and insufficient remaining ticket inventory.”

The announcement left Swift fans “deeply upset” by the announcement.

Asked by Fox News Digital on the American Music Awards red carpet on Sunday night about his thoughts on the incident, the Bush frontman said, “She’s so popular, I guess she crashed the server, which is a high class problem.”

“I don’t know why everyone is annoyed. It’s exciting. Everyone wants to crash the servers,” Rossdale added of the artists.

Gavin Rossdale doesn’t understand why people are annoyed by the Taylor Swift Ticketmaster fiasco.
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Rossdale compared Swift crushing Ticketmaster to the moment a speaker caught fire during one of her performances in New Orleans. He mentioned his loudspeaker saying, “It’s our loudspeaker on fire and Taylor Swift crashing Ticketmaster, two cool things.”

Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei previously explained on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” that the presale was open to verified fans who received a code that would give them access to the sale. They expected around 1.5 million verified fans, however, the site was visited by almost 14 million, with Maffei saying the request “could have filled 900 stadiums”.

Many fans have complained about being stuck in the Ticketmaster queue for hours.

“Sitting in the Ticketmaster queue while she’s on hiatus makes me really wish I’d never heard a Taylor Swift song in my life and didn’t know who she was,” one fan wrote. .

In its apology, Ticketmaster explained that the high demand for tickets had affected the site’s ability to properly manage the sale.

“By requiring signups, Verified Fan is designed to help manage high-demand shows…Keeping bots out of queues and avoiding overcrowding helps reduce wait times and facilitate sales,” explained Ticketmaster. “Never before has a Verified Fan Sale garnered so much attention – or traffic. This has disrupted the predictability and reliability that characterizes our Verified Fan platform.”

Taylor Swift fans had to wait hours for tickets to "The tour of eras."

Taylor Swift fans have waited hours for tickets to ‘The Eras Tour’.
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The site also mentioned that 2 million tickets were sold during the presale, the most ever in one day.

After the announcement of the cancellation, resale ticket prices for many venues soared, with even seats in the nosebleed sections selling for up to $1,000 – with tickets at the top of the stadium Arrowhead in Kansas City, Missouri, exceeding $2,000.

Swift opened up about the ordeal on Friday, saying “it goes without saying that I’m extremely protective of my fans.”

“We’ve been doing this together for decades and over the years I’ve brought so many elements of my career in-house,” Swift continued. “I did this SPECIFICALLY to improve the quality of my fan experience by doing it myself with my team who care about my fans as much as I do. It’s really hard for me to trust any entity external to those relationships and loyalties, and excruciating to me just to watch mistakes happen without recourse.


“There are a multitude of reasons why people have had such a hard time getting tickets, and I’m trying to figure out how this situation can be improved in the future,” she added. “I’m not going to apologize to anyone because we asked them, many times, if they could handle this kind of request, and we were assured that they could. It’s really amazing that 2, 4 million people got tickets, but it really pisses me off that a lot of them feel like they’ve suffered multiple bear attacks to get them.”

She concluded, “And to those who didn’t get tickets, all I can say is that I hope to give us more opportunities to come together and sing these songs. Thank you for wanting to be there. You have no idea how much that means.”

Fans were initially upset with Swift for keeping quiet about the fiasco. Swift finally spoke on Friday, November 18, 2022.

Fans were initially upset with Swift for keeping quiet about the fiasco. Swift finally spoke on Friday, November 18, 2022.
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Fans had previously expressed frustration with Swift’s silence regarding the situation, with one saying, “@taylorswift13 staying quiet through it all says a lot. We’re all just dollar signs.”


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