Hope for Gaga fans as third show is set
Lady Gaga fans who missed out on prized tickets for the singer's first two Hong Kong shows may have a glimmer of hope - Mother Monster is staging a third performance.
Live Nation, which is promoting the Born This Way Ball, said the American would be back at the AsiaWorld-Arena on May 5 after 'Monday's overwhelming ticket sales resulting in two sold-out shows'.
Gaga will play the same venue on May 2 and 3 in a tour that also takes the Poker Face and Bad Romance singer to Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo, Bangkok and Jakarta. Hong Kong will be the only city with three shows. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10am.
But 'in the interest of public safety' tickets would be available at only 10 HK Ticketing outlets at select Tom Lee Music Stores, as well as over the phone and online, the promoter said.
The decision came after angry scenes on Monday outside the 29 venues where the original tickets were sold. Fans who had queued for days missed out, while many of those who made their way to the front of the queue were scalpers seeking a quick profit on the black market.
On Monday, several disappointed Gaga fans who had failed to buy the tickets filed complaints at the Independent Commission Against Corruption's office in Yau Ma Tei.
They alleged that the concert organisers might have withheld some of the tickets, which were supposed to be sold publicly, for sale later. They waited four days in a queue at a Tsing Yi box office, but the tickets were sold out before they reached the counters.
A police spokesman said the Commercial Crime Bureau had received complaints regarding ticket sales and was investigating.
It was reported that tickets were going for more than HK$10,000 on the black market, but prices tumbled as more shows were announced.
Last night, in the AsiaXPAT website's classified section, the priciest HK$1,580 ticket was on offer for HK$5,000; a HK$1,280 ticket could be had for HK$3,000 to HK$4,000.
Live Nation did not return phone call or e-mail inquiries about the ticketing situation.
A HK Ticketing customer service officer said local fans were competing with those from the mainland and Taiwan in buying tickets online.