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No Tickets To See U2? Fans Hedge Their Bets

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Wednesday night's surprise U2 concert may be sold out, but several fans say they're trying to get tickets anyway.

Despite rain and several police officers turning people away, dozens of U2 fans have been begging outside the Somerville Theatre this afternoon to get one of 900 free concert tickets.

"There are absolutely no tickets," Somerville Police Chief Anthony Holloway tells a small crowd waiting in the rain outside. "There are no tickets."

He says police officers have been preparing security all day ahead of the concert and have turned away dozens of hopeful concert goers.

David Castine of Medford says he's going to try for tickets anyway. The 23-year-old has been waiting in a folding chair outside the theatre since 9 a.m.

"A true fan would come out here, day and night, camped out, waiting for tickets no matter what," Castine says. "Obviously the officials are putting up gates around here. You can't even get close to the movie theater anymore."

Castine says he'll be there all night if he has to, even at the chance of hearing muffled concert sounds from outside. He says he's planning to blast U2 from portable speakers once it gets closer to concert time.

The concert is part of a promotional tour to promote U2's new album. The exact location was semi-under wraps until Wednesday morning.

This program aired on March 11, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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