OAKLAND (CBS SF) — If you have tickets to see Prince this Sunday in Oakland consider yourself lucky.

The legit tickets for his upcoming solo-piano performance at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland sold out in a matter of seconds Wednesday, but there were plenty available on secondary market ticket sites.

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Prince announced Tuesday he would kick off his long-anticipated “Piano & A Microphone Tour” with two shows at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland — one at 7 p.m., another at 10. Ticket prices: $97-$275.

As promised, tickets went on sale at noon on Wednesday, but fans who clicked on Ticketmaster’s website at exactly 12:00 p.m. were sorely disappointed. A screen message flashed:

Sorry, no tickets from venue currently…
Tons of fans are shopping and some may have let their tickets go. You can try again, or you can explore one of the options below.

“Below” was the other showtime — with the exact same message.

A quick check on StubHub and still no luck. A screen message flashed, “Tickets to this event are non transferable. We will not be selling tickets to this event.”

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Stubhub screen shot. (CBS)

Stubhub screen shot. (CBS)

But by 12:05 p.m. there were plenty tickets available on secondary ticket websites for anywhere from $500 for the nosebleed seats, to $4,000+ for orchestra.


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CBSSF.com writer, producer Jan Mabry is also executive producer and host of The Bronze Report. She lives in Northern California. Follow her on Twitter @janmabr.

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