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All three Bruno Mars shows at Blaisdell sold out

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:40 p.m. HST, Feb 03, 2014

The two originally schedule Bruno Mars concerts were sold out within half an hour and a third show in just over an hour, a Blaisdell Center official said.

Shortly after it became obvious that the two original shows scheduled for April 18-19 were going to sell out after they went on sale at 9 a.m., a third show for April 21 was added a 10 a.m. "because of unprecedented demand," promoter Tom Moffatt said.

This morning Kailani Akana was the first person to buy tickets at the Blaisdell Center for Mars' concerts in his home town of Honolulu.

Akana said that her fellow Stevenson Intermediate School classmate Peter Hernandez was always "very motivated" and very talented.

Akana was in line with nearly 500 people for the chance to see Hernandez, now known as Bruno Mars, in concert at the Neil Blaisdell arena in April.

Akana was the 242nd person in the line, which snaked from the box office to the parking structure and around the block.

But because tickets were distributed using a random token system, Akana was boosted to the head of the line.

"I am really excited," said Akana who had been in line since 6 this morning.

Akana said she was going to buy the maximum tickets allowed each token holder - eight.

Tickets for Mars' Moonshine Jungle World Tour concerts in Honolulu for April 18 and 19 went on sale at 9 a.m. Prices were $99.50 for floor seats in the arena.

Random tokens were passed out at 8 a.m. Despite camping out Sunday night, those first in line may not have been the first to get tickets.

The tickets sales started the day after Mars' performance with guests the Red Hot Chili Peppers during halftime at the Super Bowl.

Alyssa Choi went to the Blaisdell at 10:30 Sunday night with her dog, Roo, hoping for a chance at the best seats.

Choi said that Mars' Super Bowl half time show Sunday night was "amazing."

"I hope he brings that show here."

Jane Morrison was at the Blaisdell at 5:30 this morning to buy six tickets.

"All my six grandchildren love him," Morrison said.

Kevin Haina, who joined the line at 5:45 a.m., said "the half-time show was better than the game."

"Bruno scored more points than the Super Bowl," added Haina referring to the blow-out win by the Seattle Seahawks over the Denver Broncos.

Haina said his wife attended school with Mars' mother, Bernadette Hernandez, who died last year.

Mars began his Super Bowl show with a drum solo tribute to his mother. The bass drum on his kit had a heart with his mother's name on it, similar to a tattoo Mars has on his arm.

Mars and his band The Hooligans performed "Locked Out Of Heaven," "Treasure" and "Runaway Baby."

The Red Hot Chili Peppers sang "Give It Away" with Mars and the show ended with a solo rendition of "Just The Way You Are" amid a fireworks show.

Mars was born and raised in Hawaii and graduated from Roosevelt High School where his portrait is among those that adorn the gallery of distinguished graduates. He performed as Little Elvis in a Waikiki show as a child.

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FrankieT wrote:
After yesterday Super Bowl Half Time show you could probably sell out four or five times. Great show
on February 3,2014 | 06:47AM
Fred01 wrote:
The Chili Peppers saved it.
on February 3,2014 | 11:39AM
dsl wrote:
k fred i'll respond to you - dats all you got?
on February 3,2014 | 11:50AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
Everybody has to remember that Fred01 also thought that the Broncos did a great job during the game....
on February 3,2014 | 01:15PM
tutulois wrote:
Best thing about the Super Bowl -- Mars, and Renee Fleming
on February 3,2014 | 07:06AM
bobbob wrote:
Random tokens passed out? Lol im sure the people who.got there early are going to be pleases that someone that showed up at 8am will have the same chance as they will.
on February 3,2014 | 07:22AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
You must be too young to remember the days before ticketmaster.com. Random tokens are the best way to prevent safety issues that arise when people camp out overnight for tickets. I guess some either didn't get the memo, or didn't care.
on February 3,2014 | 09:37AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Googly is right, had some near riots in the old days when guys camped out overnight
on February 3,2014 | 09:55AM
Songoboy wrote:
Yes the riots! like the 5 night run for Journey....getting tickets was hell! But that couldnt top getting tickets for Michael Jackson at Aloha Stadium
on February 3,2014 | 10:07AM
iwanaknow wrote:
So how many kids played hooky from school today to get tickets..........................and how many parents called in sick today too?
on February 3,2014 | 07:47AM
Kuokoa wrote:
"Random tokens were to be given out at 8 a.m. to those in line, meaning those first in line may not be the first to get tickets." Duh! How stupid can these people be? Oh I see, line up just in case they run out of tokens.
on February 3,2014 | 08:09AM
GeoDiva wrote:
No need to stand in line. I got tickets on-line, no problem.
on February 3,2014 | 08:26AM
busterb wrote:
Maybe some don't have a computer. Got ours kinda easy.
on February 3,2014 | 10:59AM
kahu808 wrote:
With the kind of ticket prices being charged, you don't think they can afford a computer or smartphone?
on February 3,2014 | 06:15PM
KammyKam wrote:
I got 16 tickets
on February 3,2014 | 08:42AM
lowtone123 wrote:
Schedule the ticket sales to begin on the day after he perfoms at the Super Bowl. Brilliant! I agree with Frankie T, you could add multiple shows and sell them all out.
on February 3,2014 | 08:45AM
lowtone123 wrote:
How many in the pics called in sick or cut school. You've been outed by the SA.
on February 3,2014 | 08:49AM
momotaro53 wrote:
Went on-line at 9:00 am...NADAS! Tickets were scooped up fasssssssssssst! I thought the limit was 8 per person. How did that peep end up with 16? Only the premium tickets were left ($300 and higher per ticket) Hope the promoter schedules a third concert....
on February 3,2014 | 08:53AM
KammyKam wrote:
bought 8 at blaisdell/ another 8 on ticketmaster
on February 3,2014 | 09:45AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
on February 3,2014 | 09:56AM
KammyKam wrote:
gonna make $$$$$$$$$$$$
on February 3,2014 | 10:16AM
Hawaii001 wrote:
Shame on you -- snatching up 16 tickets. It's people like YOU that the limit should be ONE per person.
on February 3,2014 | 11:14AM
KammyKam wrote:
LOL Get lost..... I paid with my own money. Shame on you for being so ignorant.
on February 3,2014 | 12:39PM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
You know scalping tickets is illegal and you have now given the Feds a IP address oh and your account information to the Star-Advertiser to follow up on - since you have just announced the plans to commit a crime. I hope you look good in orange!
on February 3,2014 | 01:17PM
false wrote:
Chancellor You would have to have a last name like Kam to take advantage of people.
on February 3,2014 | 12:59PM
KammyKam wrote:
LOL Funny. U guys are in a dream world, asuming things. No one is scalping. All friends and family are going. Get real people trying to stir up something.
on February 3,2014 | 01:58PM
PTF wrote:
Your previous post states that you're "gonna make $$$$$$$$$$$$".
on February 3,2014 | 03:58PM
Poipounder808 wrote:
Guess what, scalping is not illegal in Hawaii.
on February 3,2014 | 08:01PM
hanoz808 wrote:
ticket master screwed us this morning with that BS....i ended up being able to get for monday
on February 3,2014 | 10:09AM
hanoz808 wrote:
yay! got mines online for monday
on February 3,2014 | 10:08AM
momotaro53 wrote:
@KammyKam:Next time I'll hire you to buy my tickets... : ) Even with the third concert, I couldn't get any...
on February 3,2014 | 10:13AM
CaraKF wrote:
They are now on sale at EBay for $237 and up
on February 3,2014 | 10:28AM
HawaiiGirl wrote:
I got mine as well easily through ticketmaster.com. If at first there is no match for what you are wanting, keep clicking on "find ticket" button over and over again to see what opens up- that's what I did. Some people may have a ticket on hold while they are checking out the website, then change their mind and don't buy it so the ticket then becomes available. I couldn't believe how convenient it was to buy online for Friday night's show and not have to wait for hours in person. Good luck everyone. Bruno rocked it at Super Bowl!! Yeeeeooooow!!
on February 3,2014 | 10:37AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
Lucky girl! I searched tm.com for over two hours with nothing coming up but platinum and premium packages.
on February 3,2014 | 11:04AM
HawaiiGirl wrote:
This is going to sound "lolo" but I have to mention it just in case: I initially had a hard time too cause I didn't put the number of tickets and price range in there (been a while since I did this process and was super excited so I skipped that part by accident). As soon as I put in all the details and kept on clicking on "find ticket" when nothing would show up, I finally got some options. Hope you can get something! They also have some tickets for sale on craigslist for face value too. Good luck!
on February 3,2014 | 11:17AM
foliefolie wrote:
At 9.05 am on Ticketmaster they already only had platinum and premium tickets. My guess is that everybody bought the 8 tickets limit and now they are trying to sell the extra on the internet. But how would we know who is selling legit tickets and who are scamming people. Would hate to buy a ticket by 3rd party and then show up at the concert, and the ticket won't scan so they won't let you in.
on February 3,2014 | 03:37PM
hanoz808 wrote:
i think all 3 days are sold out now
on February 3,2014 | 11:10AM
HawaiiGirl wrote:
I think you may be right. I went to check it out and it appears only the "premium" seats available for $300 plus per seat.
on February 3,2014 | 11:28AM
PTF wrote:
I did the same as you by clicking "find ticket" over and over. I got tickets at 9:15.
on February 3,2014 | 04:00PM
huponews wrote:
Hottest ticket in America today....should be at Aloha Stadium, at $50.00 or maybe upper seats at $25.00 a pop. Promoter, what are you thinking...remember Michael Jackson concert????
on February 3,2014 | 12:33PM
false wrote:
Exactly! Especially when you know that Bruno was going to get exposure from the Super Bowl. What was the promoter thinking!
on February 3,2014 | 01:06PM
BH1 wrote:
It's a shame Tom Moffatt doesn't have an exit clause with Blaisdell. This concert should be move to Aloha Stadium. With floor seats, the NBC capacity is 8,000 people. He's already sold out 3 nights or 24,000 seats. Imagine how much more people wanted in but couldn't get tickets? One end zone closed off behind the stage and you could have 36,000 screaming fans properly welcoming back a local boy all at once. U2, Michael Jackson, Janet have all played the Super Bowl and have all "sold out" Aloha Stadium as well. No, I'm not warranting a comparison between Bruno and those megastars with longer histories... But I think the 3 sellouts warrant a consideration of change in venues.
on February 3,2014 | 12:42PM
iwanaknow wrote:
All good suggestions by BH1.......................hopefully Tom is checking things out................the last time I enjoyed an Aloha Stadium concert was with Stevie Wonder back on Nov 14, 21982 (boy that dates me!), tickets were only $15.00...but you needed binoculars..........................I just checked on the internet......T-Shirts from that concert are now $36.00, tickets go for $75.00 and posters run $475.00............somebody is making $ and it's not me.
on February 3,2014 | 02:29PM
lucky181 wrote:
Tom Moffatt just said on KHON that he was looking at the stadium, but Bruno's team decided they wanted to use Blaisdell.
on February 3,2014 | 05:19PM
hanaboy wrote:
And within another hour the scalpers were on the internet selling those very same tickets for a ton of money. It's a shame that a lot of people won't be able to see Bruno because of the greed of others. Sure, there's the rule of supply and demand, and making some extra money, but there is a time and place for that. So many honest, hard-working people won't be able to afford those higher priced tickets since the regular price were a stretch for many of them. Even TM was selling platinum seats for $1900 each. Another sign that the gap between the haves and have-nots keep growing larger. Anyway, for those that got tickets to go the concert, enjoy! Based on his performance at the Super Bowl it will be a tremendous show. For those that bought extra tickets just to make an extra buck, hope you find yourself in the same predicament one day and your view at the concert is constantly blocked by a 6'5", 300 lb person that won't sit down!!!!!!
on February 3,2014 | 04:49PM
tigerwarrior wrote:
According to Forbes magazine, Mars didn't get paid a penny for his half-time gig in the Super Bowl--but in my opinion he'll more than make up for it with sell out concerts across the nation as well as even greater international fame.
on February 3,2014 | 06:10PM
kahu808 wrote:
Too bad no neighbor island shows. Uncle Tom, how 'bout it?
on February 3,2014 | 06:17PM
localguy wrote:
Clearly the Blaisdell Center has outlived its usefulness, too small, out of date, on and on. Aloha Stadium could easily serve for the concert, outdoor stadium worked for the super bowl. Right. The stadium Nazis are in control, no Aloha there, the reason why UH football attendance is on a downhill spiral. Not to mention overpriced junk food, shoddy parking management, on and on. Ok, would recommend the Blaisdell Center be replaced by a larger, more professional center for concerts.
on February 3,2014 | 09:07PM
Kahaluuboy wrote:
Ticketmaster.com SUCKed...never could get tickets. We tried for hours. Very disappointed.
on February 3,2014 | 11:13PM
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