Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Ooooooh, someone's in trouble!!!

The shutout of Bruce Springsteen fans being diverted to an official ticket scalping agency may lead to a federal probe of Ticketmaster, according to pollstar.com. Last Monday (February 2nd), many fans attempting to purchase tickets for the upcoming E Street Band tour were diverted online to TicketsNow -- a Ticketmaster-owned ticket agency which sells the same seats at an extremely marked up price. The problem was, primary tickets were still on sale when fans were being sent to the site which was selling seats for in some cases a 100 percent markup.

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer is joining New Jersey Rep. Bill Pascrell in asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the ticketing mess, referencing several Springsteen's 1975 classics at a press conference, by saying, "We can't let the screen doors slam on die-hard Boss fans. Fans who thought they were going to the promised land of regular-priced tickets found themselves in the badlands of ticket scalpers." Why are politicians so corny... Why must they attempt to be funny? You don't see me trying to pass legislation on my show... So I don't want to see a politician attempting to be clever!

Schumer went on to add that the controversy reeked of being a classic "bait-and-switch" and said, "We don't have the tickets at $75, but maybe this site has them at $200' Guess what? The same people owned both sites."

Music mogul and Ticketmaster CEO Irving Azoff posted an open apology to Springsteen and his management for the fans' trouble.

Going as far back as his 1978 dates, Springsteen has always priced his tickets far below the top price of other A-list rockers.

Although "The Boss" is riding high following his recent Super Bowl appearance and new album Working On A Dream -- which tops the Billboard album charts this week -- he's still reaping the rewards of his last album. At Sunday night's Grammys (February 8th) Springsteen snagged the award for Best Rock Song for his Magic album standout "Girls In Their Summer Clothes."

Springsteen was asked how he accounts for the steady stream of new converts with every new album and tour: "We sort of skipped a generation somewhere in there, and then the last tour, we noticed a large influx of young people. I think for probably the same reasons that I went to check out, y'know, not just the (Rolling) Stones, but Chuck Berry, or the guys that came a generation or two before my age group. But I also think today. . . there was a time when music was intensely factionalized, it was very hard along generational lines, I think -- it might have something to do with the Internet or some other things -- that people are just taking their music where they can find it."

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