Tickets to the Paul McCartney show sold faster than a band on the run Friday morning, when hundreds of people flocked to the TaxSlayer Center, Moline, hoping that, with a little luck, they could score tickets for the June 11 show.
By 9:30 a.m., hundreds of people were in a line that twisted around inside the venue. Some chose to sit – a group of women sang Beatles songs together – and others texted friends and family members who simultaneously tried to get tickets online.
Nearly everyone chatted while they waited. Strangers suddenly became old friends who shared their memories of McCartney and The Beatles and other musicians and concerts.
Others came just to see the “show” and took pictures and video of the line itself. At first glance, a passerby might have thought there was an early-morning performance, what with the McCartney sign and the cars in the parking lot.
Among the crowd was Jerry Miller of Moline who saw McCartney perform previously.
“I saw him one other time, and it was this football stadium about 100 yards away," Miller said. "I think I might be able to make him out this time.”
Also, Miller, a musician, has an offer for McCartney: “I would volunteer to play the piccolo trumpet part for ‘Penny Lane’ if he would have me.” Miller left smiling, with tickets in his hand.
And so did several other people in line behind him.
“I’ve never seen him before, but my sister has, and she’s coming all the way from Kansas City to go with me!” said a beaming Kathy Kipp of Moline.
Jenny Schroeder of Davenport stood in line because of “the opportunity to see a legend, I just can’t pass up.”
And Debbie Faith, of Taylor Ridge, Illinois, stood in line out of love. “I fell in love with Paul McCartney when I was about 12 years old,” she said.
Holly Robinson, of Coal Valley, wearing her red Beatles' "Hard Day's Night" T-shirt turned from the TaxSlayer Center box office window and threw her arms into the air like she was signaling a touchdown. In her right hand, she was clutching four tickets. “My baby is going to get to see Paul,” she said referring her son 13-year-old son, Daniel.
Robinson, a veteran of seven McCartney concerts, plans to take her boyfriend and her two sons, the older of whom is named Riley McCartney. This will be Riley’s second show.
“This has been going on in my life forever. The Beatles have been embedded in me. I was raised on their music and Paul’s music,” said Robinson who could barely contain her excitement for being able to see the show with her two sons.
Ken Carter, of Moline, arrived at 3:15 a.m. Friday to claim the first spot in line to buy tickets for the concert. But because of the ticket lottery, designed to prevent people from camping out for tickets, he ended up falling back to 18th in line. The first spot went to Don Graves, of Bettendorf, who had the winning red ticket raffle-style ticket #B175794.
Carter said he was disappointed he didn’t get to keep his number one spot but he was glad he still had a good opportunity to buy tickets.
By noon, online tickets were available only in the $697-$2,097 ticket range.
This is the first Quad-City appearance for McCartney.