Ticket sales are lagging for Katy Perry shows at TD Garden

Singer Katy Perry performs at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Singer Katy Perry performs at the MTV Video Music Awards.(JEAN BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images)

What’s happened to Katy Perry?

It wasn’t so long ago that the “I Kissed a Girl” singer could sell out an arena in minutes. Not anymore. Perry is playing two shows at TD Garden next week and there are plenty — and we do mean plenty — of tickets still available for both.

It’s never a good sign when tickets are being offered at half their original price by the discount marketer Groupon, as they are for Perry’s show Sept. 29 at the Garden. (She plays the next night as well.) A promoter friend points out that it’s not uncommon for sites like Groupon, Travelzoo, and GoldStar to offer discounted tickets, but not for 50 percent off just days before the show.


It’s no secret that Perry’s new CD, “Witness,” sold well out of the gate — it debuted at No. 1 on Billboard and iTunes — but it faded very fast. (Quick: Name the album’s first four singles.) It didn’t help that Perry’s performance on “Saturday Night Live” was awkward at best, according to Twitter, and the scripted jokes she delivered as host of the recent MTV Music Video Awards were unfunny.

We checked Ticketmaster and there are loads of seats available for Perry’s two shows in Boston. But before you lay down between $49 and $385 (plus service fee) to watch the curvy pop star prance around in cotton-candy colors, you might want to see what’s available on the secondary ticket market. We found a bunch of $14 tickets on StubHub, which is almost low enough to make us want to go.

Of course, Perry isn’t the first act to find it difficult to sell tickets these days. Last year, Gwen Stefani played at the Xfinity Center and the crowd was much diminished from the multitudes that used to rush to see her with No Doubt. Still, when Perry’s nemesis Taylor Swift hits the road to promote her new CD, “Reputation,” we’re guessing she won’t need Groupon to get an audience.