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Fiona Apple Chicago Concert Sellout Sparks Fan Revolt Over Venue's Crashed Website

Fiona Apple Chicago Concert

First Posted: 02/24/2012 5:37 pm Updated: 02/24/2012 5:37 pm

Tickets for angsty singer-songwriter Fiona Apple's first Chicago appearance since 2006 went on sale Friday at noon -- and promptly sold out within minutes, reportedly crashing Lincoln Hall's website and igniting a fan Internet revolt.

Apple announced the March 19 show at the 500-capacity Lincoln Hall three days ago. The show is part of six-show mini-tour on the heels of an appearance at the Pitchfork SXSW showcase in Austin, Texas earlier in the month. She plans to release a new album, her first release since 2005's "Extraordinary Machine," later this year.

But tickets to Apple's Chicago engagement appear to have sold out as fast as they could -- in this case, almost instantaneously.

Shortly after the on-sale time, Lincoln Hall posted on their Facebook page, "Everyone please don't click on our site for a few minutes! We're so sorry for the trouble. Tickets still available!"

Not long after that, the venue reported that tickets had sold out and stated that "we got hammered by 1000's more people than we even prepped for. Very sorry. We had extremely limited supply for unbelievable demand. We'll step it next time."

Hundreds of fans hoping to get tickets sounded off on Facebook and Twitter. One fan took to a Facebook event created for the concert and stated that a venue representative informed her that "more than 100,000 people on the site at noon."

Later Friday, tickets to the show could already be found on eBay and Craigslist at the price of a mere $400 apiece.

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Filed by Joseph Erbentraut  |