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Neil Young is the most recent artist to hit out at the ludicrous price ranges music admirers are spending for concert tickets.
Following The Cure’s frontman Robert Smith mentioned he was “sickened” by the inflated charges, primary to admirers to receive partial refunds on Ticketmaster fees for the band’s US tour dates, the music legend has blasted web pages like Ticketmaster and scalpers for ruining are living audio by taking benefit of gig-goers.
In a new entry on his Neil Younger Archives internet site, the 77-year-previous musician stated: “It’s over. The old times are absent.
“I get letters blaming me for $3,000 tickets for a gain I am carrying out. That cash does not go to me or the benefit. Artists have to get worried about ripped off followers blaming them for Ticketmaster insert-ons and scalpers.”
The ‘Heart Of Gold’ hitmaker additional: “Concert tours are no for a longer time enjoyable. Live performance excursions not what they were being.”
Tickets for The Cure’s approaching dates went on sale past week and sparked fury among the lovers who slammed Ticketmaster’s costly expenses with some professing the incorporate-on was much more than the ticket price by itself – and the ‘Lovecats’ hitmaker waded into the row on Twitter explaining the band experienced no regulate over the extras slapped on by the company.
He wrote: “I am sickened as you all are by today’s Ticketmaster service fees debacle. To be distinct: the artist has no way to limit them. I have been asking how they are justified. If I get something coherent by way of an answer I will enable you all know.”
Robert, 63, also took aim at the firm’s dynamic pricing method which variations the charge of tickets in accordance to demand, branding it “a scam”.
He additional: “We failed to concur to the ‘dynamic pricing’/’price surging’/’platinum ticket’ thing … mainly because it is alone a bit of a scam? A separate dialogue.”
Nonetheless, Ticketmaster bosses seemingly heeded his complaints and the veteran rocker later on confirmed lots of lovers would be having some of their money back.
He extra: “Right after more conversation, Ticketmaster have agreed with us that a lot of of the costs currently being charged were unduly high, and as a gesture of goodwill have presented a $10 per ticket refund to all verified fan accounts for most affordable ticket price tag (‘ltp’) transactions.
“And a $5 ticket refund to all confirmed fan accounts for all other ticket rate transactions, for all Cure exhibits at all venues if you already purchased a ticket you will get an automatic refund. All tickets on sale tomorrow will incur decreased charges.”
The Treatment will kick off their 2023 North American dates on May perhaps 10 in New Orleans, Louisiana, and conclude the trek on July 1 in Miami, Florida.