Huge demand cited for run on free Buffett concert

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - Organizers of the free Jimmy Buffett
concert at Gulf Shores say huge demand, along with blocks of
tickets to rental properties, caused all 35,000 tickets to be gone
in minutes.

Some felt cheated when the free tickets obtained through
Ticketmaster on Wednesday began showing up at online sites for more
than $100 each.

But A.J. Niland of HUKA Entertainment, handling logistics for
the July 1 show, said hundreds of thousands sought the free tickets
to see Buffett and guest stars including Kenny Chesney and Zack
Brown.

Nearly one-third of the 35,000 tickets also went to owners of
rental properties to help draw people to condos and make for a big
payday for beach businesses struggling due to the BP oil spill.


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