Bruno Mars ticket backlash reaches the state levelUPDATED 7:39 PM HST Feb 10, 2014Video Transcript
Still mad that you or your friends couldn't get tickets to Bruno Mars? At least one legislator feels your frustration. If she gets her way... EVERYONE will have to line up to get tickets to the hottest shows... instead of hopping online. KITV-4's Andrew Pereira joining us LIVE from the Blaisdell box office ... I guess that's where it all started right Andrew? Yeah Yunji, this is where hundreds of Bruno Mars fans left empty handed and upset. Angel Adams scored tickets to Toni Braxton, but when it came to Bruno Mars, she was among the hundreds who found out the hard way they should've been ONLINE, instead of IN LINE. ANGEL ADAMS: "WE WERE STANDING IN LINE AND THEY CAME OUT AND LET US KNOW THAT THERE WERE NO MORE TICKETS AVAILABLE." Only 6 percent of tickets for three Bruno Mars shows in April were purchased at the Blaisdell Center box office. Many more tickets, 42 percent, were purchased by people out of state, most of them through the internet. ANGEL ADAMS: "WE SAW THAT THE TICKETS WERE ON SALE FOR LIKE $1,500, $3,000 AND THINGS LIKE THAT, AND THAT'S JUST SO UNFAIR BECAUSE BRUNO IS LOVED BY HAWAII AND THE KIDS, THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO GO SEE HIM AT $1,500 DOLLARS A POP." Senate President Donna Mercado Kim agrees. She wants to send internet vendors like Ticketmaster to the BACK of the line. Kim introduced a resolution asking local vendors to require in-person ticket sales exclusively for the first 48 hours. SEN. DONNA MERCADO KIM: "THEN ONCE YOU OPEN IT ONLINE, YOU KNOW PEOPLE CAN STILL GET THE ADVANTAGE OF GETTING THE TICKETS." ANDREW PEREIRA: "WHICH MEANS YOU BETTER FIND YOUR FAVORITE CHAIR AND BE PREPARED TO SET UP SHOP IN FRONT OF THE BOX OFFICE DAYS BEFORE TICKETS TO YOUR FAVORITE SHOW GOES ON SALE." ANGEL ADAMS: "MOST OF US DON'T HAVE THE TIME OR RESOURCES TO SIT OUTSIDE AND CAMP OUT, BUT IF YOU HAVE TIME TO DO IT, WHY NOT? GO FOR IT." However the Department of Enterprise Services, which controls the Blaisdell Box Office, isn't hot on the idea. It's director issued a statement saying "Tickets sales are agent and act driven. And the Department of Enterprise Services works with the promoters to implement ticket sale date, time, and pricing." The University of Hawaii meanwhile believes Kim's resolution could impact athletic events. "At this point, UH Manoa will need some time to examine SCR 37 to understand its overall impact on the entire campus" said Elmer Ka'ai. SEN. DONNA MERCADO KIM: "IT CAN BE AMENDED, IT CAN BE CLARIFIED SO THAT WE'RE NOT HAVING UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES." Concert promoter Tom Moffatt believes Kim's resolution is unworkable. He says tickets have been sold by telephone and online for decades, and he says, "What about the guy in Hilo?" KITV4's giving you a couple of ways to sound off on this proposal.. We have a poll on KITV dot com... And we'll post this story to our Facebook page. Log on and tell us what you think.