American Idol runner-up Alejandro Aranda announced his summer tour earlier this week. Excited fans! But then SAD fans. When tickets went on sale Thursday morning (May 23), they sold out in mere minutes.
When Alejandro initially booked the tour, I assume he had no idea high his star would rise after competing on American Idol. His hometown show at the Glass House in Pomona, California has an 800 person capacity. When the July 17 show sold out, the venue scheduled another for July 18. And then THAT show sold out!
But, the remaining venues are all under 500 person capacity. Here’s what my research turned up: Moroccan Lounge in Los Angeles – 275 capacity; Swedish American Hall – San Francisco – 334 Capacity; Subterranean, Chicago – 400 Capacity; Sonia, Cambridge – 320 capacity; DC9 Nightclub, Washington, DC – 200 capacity; Baby’s Alright, Brooklyn – 280 Capacity.
With the tickets selling out so quickly, Alejandro probably could have booked 1000+ seat venues. He should be playing the House of Blues Boston rather than a tiny club like Sonia. Hopefully, whoever is managing Alejandro will book a big fall tour for him in venues that will allow all his fans to attend.
Unfortunately, the consequence of intense supply and demand is scalpers scooping up the tickets, as a fans on twitter noted. A quick search on reseller Ticket Liquidator turns up $176 for a Cambridge ticket. $182 for Chicago and up to $255 for Los Angeles. These are $15 tickets selling for hundreds of dollars. Shame on the scalpers.
Congratulations to the fans who managed to nab tickets. And to the rest, I am so sorry! Hopefully, the talented singer books more tour dates in the near future.
— Alejandro Aranda fan (@AAHomiefan) May 23, 2019
Dang, tried getting tickets to see Alejandro @scarypoolparty in L.A. but looks like tickets were an instant sell-out. Excited to see him blow minds another time! #AmericanIdol pic.twitter.com/COFZuLkURG
— Mike Roe (@MikeRoe) May 23, 2019