Amidst high demand, third Bruno Mars concert sells out, too

Published: Jan. 27, 2014 at 11:16 PM HST|Updated: Feb. 3, 2014 at 9:11 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Bruno Mars concert tickets were gone in record setting time. Fresh off a huge Super Bowl performance local boy Bruno Mars sells out three Hawaii concerts. So will there be a fourth one added? It's too soon to tell but there is hope.

"Ugh, I'm disappointed!" exclaimed Wendy-Ashley Lim, of Makiki who came down to the Blaisdell box office for a chance at tickets.

Hundreds with high hopes fell flat. Not even those who camped out got tickets because numbers were passed out on a lottery type system, not first come first served.

"I'm just disgusted. They give us tickets and we're here all night and then we still don't get tickets. The mainland bought them all. Everybody on the computers bought them all," said Jury, of Honolulu who said he camped at the box office all night.

"I was online for an hour and I couldn't get in on three computers," said Brent Kuniyoshi, who failed to get tickets online and came to the box office but that didn't work either.

Roosevelt High alum Bruno Mars sold out three concerts in less than two and a half hours. The Blaisdell holds about 8,000 people. So why not have the concert at Aloha Stadium that can seat upwards of 36,000 in concert settings?

"We sent figures off. We looked at both venues and I think, you know Bruno has performed in the arena as a little kid with the Love Notes and I think Bruno wanted to come back where he did his first shows," said Tom Moffatt, A Tom Moffatt Production and long time promoter.

Nostalgia aside there's logistics as well. The tour production is geared toward indoor arenas which is another reason the Bruno Mars people opted against the outdoor Aloha Stadium.

"I wish at this point we could have gone outdoors but I think Bruno wanted to play in the arena where he grew up," said Moffatt.

Then there were the complaints seats weren't blocked off for locals only. Fewer than 100 people who showed up in person got tickets. The rest were sold online.

"They should have accommodated at least the people they gave the tokens to. We stood in line. We were patient and no more tickets," said Gary Martinez, of Mililani who didn't get tickets.

"I'm hoping it was just luck that some people got it rather than some people had connections," said Robert Lipman, of Kuliouou.

"Kept clicking, clicking, clicking and got some nice seats on the bottom at face value," said Louie Ferreira of Waikiki who was able to get tickets online, but only when he put in single seat orders.

"All I know is Ticketmaster has the contract with the Blaisdell. So we have to book tickets through Ticketmaster," said Moffatt.

So will there be a fourth show? There is a chance, but no timeline on an announcement.

"I can't talk about it now. Right now we have three shows, they're gone and hopefully there will be a fourth show, but there is nothing on the table right now," said Moffatt.

Now tickets online are being resold online at sites like StubHub. Pairs of tickets are going for $230 and front row seats are more than $3,000.

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