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Disappointed McCartney fans fail to snare tickets

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Fans converged on First Niagara Center hoping that with a little luck, they would snare some of the hottest tickets in town.

But most people who waited in a long line Monday morning left disappointed. Tickets for the Oct. 22 Paul McCartney concert sold out minutes after they went on sale. First Niagara foreshadowed the scenario on its website, telling visitors it has "witnessed unprecedented demand" for McCartney's "Out There" tour.

Pre-sale tickets sold out last week, prompting local resident Ken Cybulski to head to the downtown box office. He chatted with WBFO as he waited in line, conceding that it was a last-ditch effort.

"This is it. This is my final try," he said.

As it turned out, only people who were fortunate enough to receive vouchers that were previously passed out had a shot at buying tickets.  While Buffalo resident Rick Dorsey wasn't among them, said McCartney's first performance in the region is an exciting milestone.

"It brings a lot of people in. It brings a lot of money in," he said.

Cybulski echoed the sentiments.

"It's fantastic. It just shows how Buffalo is on the upswing," he said.

Online resale prices for tickets to the show have been listed as high as $7,500.

Buffalo is one of five stops for the tour. McCartney, 73, will also perform in Toronto, Detroit, He'll also be in Columbus, Ohio and State College, Pa.

WBFO's Nick Maxwell gathered material for this report.

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