Tickets for Jack Johnson's Aug. 1 concert at the Waikiki Shell went on sale Saturday morning for Hawaii residents only. But many were still disappointed when they were confronted with a "sold out" sign at the Blaisdell Box Office.
Tickets for the first day of sales were limited to billing addresses with a Hawaii zip code. Promoter BAMP Project said tickets sold out less than an hour after going on sale at 10 a.m. Die-hard fans went to the box office to try the old-fashioned way of getting tickets after failing online.
"I logged on right at 10 a.m.," said Melissa Jackson. "I was refreshing (the browser) and trying to get tickets, but there wasn't anything. I was hoping that maybe I'd have luck if I came down here."
"We couldn't get them online, and we kept pushing and pushing," said Patti Garcia. "We had a whole group of friends who wanted to go, and I guess some did and some didn't."
Sean Thompson was trying to get tickets as a gift for his wife, who has an August 1 birthday.
"Her favorite artist in the whole wide world," he said. "And we tried, and we drove all the way in traffic, just trying after we got kicked off online a few times."
There was controversy in February when tickets for Bruno Mars' three Honolulu concerts sold out, many of them to out-of-state buyers interested in re-selling them at a higher price. But in an interview earlier this week, Johnson said the policy to sell to local residents first wasn't related to what happened with the Mars concerts.
"It's selfish," Johnson told Hawaii News Now on Wednesday. "I just don't want to hear my friends complaining any more, so I gave them one day to get tickets."
Apparently, Johnson has a lot of friends. BAMP Project announced that it was adding a second concert, set for Saturday, Aug. 2, also at the Waikiki Shell. Ticket sales for that show haven't been announced yet, but BAMP Project said the first day will likely be limited again to local residents.