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Getting tickets for Paul McCartney shows sometimes takes a little bit of luck

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Paul McCartney fans from all over the country worked to get concert tickets April 29 and for some there was jubilation, for others frustration. The tickets went on presale through his website beginning at 9 a.m. local time April 29 for the Aug. 10, 12 and 14 shows in Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Francisco.

Darcy Purkhiser was one of the lucky ones who got what she was after, but it wasn't easy. “Today was the worst presale I've been in as far as error messages and the website going down," she said. "I was lucky to get any tickets and I was using two laptops, three browsers and six tabs."

Livia Edwards said she also was fortunate. “Ticketmaster was pretty busted, it seemed. I would grab some tickets, try to purchase them while safely in the countdown window, and would then get an error message. Eventually I got what I wanted, but it was scary there for a little while!”

Linda Rita Morgan wasn't as lucky. “Been trying to buy tickets for 27 minutes! Can't get in! All I get are error messages! Oh, well!,” she told us on Facebook.

If there's any good news out of this it's that more tickets will be available during the general and American Express card sales, McCartney's representatives confirmed to Beatles Examiner today. Tickets for all three shows will go on general sale May 5 (that's a Monday) at 10 a.m. local time.

In addition, American Express card members will be able to purchase tickets before the general public beginning at 10 a.m. local time May 1 (Thursday) through 10 p.m. May 4 (Sunday). Tickets for shows can also be found here and here.

Rick Glover, who has attended hundreds of McCartney concerts for Beatlefan magazine, gave a few tips for the best ticket strategy. “I have gotten some good tickets directly from PaulMcCartney.com presales, but not for this run of shows," he said.

“As easy as it is to be included in the PM.com presale that seems to be not much advantage any more. I've have also had luck with regular sales as well. For packages, it is always directly through the dreaded Ticketmaster. And I am usually going for a single, so that is sometimes easier.

"But the only real 'tip' would be three words: refresh, refresh, refresh. be persistent, and give the initial glut a while to settle down. Sometimes even an hour or so after start time, good tickets show up on the sites as credit cards get declined or other glitch reasons. And check regularly!"

If anyone's confused about all the why the turmoil about getting tickets, there's a song that answers the question. Tracey Ullman's "They Don't Know," with Ullman and a famous friend, which you can see on this page, says it all.

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