Does the math – 3.5 billion requests for 2 million tickets?
Things are bound to get ugly.
But ugly is an understatement for the millions of fans who have spent hours trying to get pre-sale tickets for Taylor Swift’s upcoming IRAs tour only to be frozen, thrown, or kicked to the back of the line, their only recourse to spend thousands more on resale sites.
On Friday, the 11-time Grammy winner spoke about last week’s Live Nation/Ticketmaster debacle on “Blank Space.”
“There are so many reasons why people are having trouble trying to get tickets and I’m trying to figure out how this situation can be improved moving forward,” she wrote on Instagram.
Among the fans who stood by her in The Nightmare is the Beazleys of Mount Greenwood.
Although Ed and Nadia Paisley didn’t get caught up in the buying frenzy of the June concerts in Chicago, they remain lifelong fans of the “sweet and caring” pop star who took time out of her busy schedule to call their late daughter Emily just weeks before she died of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. 2015.
They are for life in the fan department, Nadia said, and the couple and their youngest daughter Olivia, who is now a student at Marist High School.
“Taylor Swift is a classy representation,” said Nadia, just hours after the singer released her statement. “Imagine breaking a website because you’re so wanted. Her fans mean everything to her. She’s how every celebrity should be.”
In her statement after the chaos, Swift said, “I’m not going to make excuses for anyone because we’ve asked them many times if they can handle this kind of request and made sure they can. It’s really amazing that 2.4 million people got tickets, but it just pisses me off.” Many of them really feel like they have had several bear attacks to get them.
And for those of you who didn’t get tickets, all I can say is that my hope is that there will be more opportunities for us to get together and sing these songs.
“Thank you for wanting to be there. You have no idea how much that means.”
Nadia said she’s not sure how Emily, who was 12 when she died, became such a big fan of Swift, embracing her songs “Shake It Off” and “Love Story.”
“She’s been in love with her for a long time. I think she thought Taylor was like any other girl, like someone who lives down the street,” Nadia said.
“Emily would close her eyes and blast those songs. She really felt it, you could tell. She was holding her nose and pinching her eyes,” Nadia said.
And now, Ed, Nadia, and Olivia are doing the same with many of Swift’s new songs. Their favorite is a 10-minute version of “All Too Well,” which Nadia said is a great motivator when cleaning the house.
And of course, she said, “Love Story” will always have a special place in their hearts, just as it did for Emily.
In the final weeks of their eldest daughter’s life, when doctors were doing their best to keep the girl comfortable, Swift’s publicists placed a call to the now-retired Chicago police station. Ed Paisley Phone.
Ed would take Emily to “cozy” radiotherapy whenever he could, while Nadia stayed home to collect Olivia from school.
The regular sessions became a kind of father-daughter outing, after which the two would head to the mall for Cinnabons.
But when Emily took the phone that day, she asked if the singer would mind calling back a little later.
“She lied and said she was on her way to radiation, even though she was already done with it,” Nadia said. “She did it because she wanted Olivia and I to be there for the call. She wanted us all to have that moment, that memory.”
And the already famous Swift comply.
The family was in the car when the call came again. Through bluetooth, everyone was able to listen in.
Nadia said she watched her confident and intelligent teenage daughter melt during the conversation. But she managed to turn Swift’s attention to her little sister.
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Nadia recalls that Swift seemed to know a lot about the family.
“She couldn’t have been prettier,” said Nadia. “And Emily was a totally swayed star.”
Nadia, who works at a law firm in South Holland, said the family continues to listen to Swift’s music, because she enjoys it and because it makes her feel closer to Emily. They saw Swift when she came to Chicago for her latest tour.
“We will never forget who she was to our family,” Nadia said. “My daughter gave her death wish. She was so cute. No wonder she sells out shows. We always thought she was a superstar.”
Ed now works as an investigator for Comcast. The Paisleys continue their mission to… Fundraising for childhood cancer research Funding was recently renewed for two cancer trials. A member of the National Honor Society, Olivia seeks to become a dentist or pharmacist.
Donna Vickroy is an award-winning reporter, editor, and columnist who has worked at The Daily Southtown for 38 years.