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Bruce Springsteen Blasts Ticketmaster
The Quietus , February 5th, 2009 14:01

The Boss writes open letter to fans

Ticketmaster are in hot water with a major artists yet again after Bruce Springsteen launched a stinging attack on the company.

Fans of the Boss were outraged to find a Ticketmaster-owned tout site selling tickets for his forthcoming tour at vastly inflated prices just hours after they were sold out on offical outlets, reports NME.com.

Springsteen and his people have come out fighting, writing an open letter thusly:

"We were as confused as you were, as we were given no advance notice of the major changes in the Ticketmaster-TicketsNow world. (Bear in mind that we are not clients of any ticketing company, and that all those arrangements are between venues and ticketing companies.)

"Last Monday, we were informed that Ticketmaster was redirecting your log-in requests for tickets at face value, to their secondary site TicketsNow, which specializes in up-selling tickets at above face value. They did this even when other seats remained available at face value. We condemn this practice.

"We perceive this as a pure conflict of interest... TicketsNow is supposed to be a secondary site where people who already have tickets may exchange, trade, and, unfortunately, speculate with them. We have asked this redirection from Ticketmaster to TicketsNow cease and desist immediately and Ticketmaster has agreed to do so in the future and has removed its unwanted material from their and our site.

"There are rumors that some artists or managers participate in Ticketmaster charges - we do not. There are rumors that some artists or managers are receiving a percentage of the amount above face value at secondary outlets like TicketsNow - we do not.

"A final point for now: the one thing that would make the current ticket situation even worse for the fan than it is now would be Ticketmaster and Live Nation coming up with a single system, thereby returning us to a near monopoly situation in music ticketing. Several newspapers are reporting on this story right now. If you, like us, oppose that idea, you should make it known to your representatives.

"The abuse of our fans and our trust by Ticketmaster has made us as furious as it has made many of you. We will continue to do our utmost now and in the future to make sure that these practices are permanently curtailed on our tours.

Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau and the entire Springsteen Tour Team"

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