Ticketmaster has long been the troll under the bridge for concert fans. Not only did the ticket vendor muscle its way into a virtual monopoly over the past few decades, but it has behaved in outright boorish fashion, tacking on so many “convenience charges” and other crap that tickets inevitably end up costing near double what they’re worth.
Thank God the good people of New Jersey — via their elected leadership — are refusing to give up without a fight. Congressman Bill Pascrell (D) recently asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Ticketmaster for one of its slimy practices.
Basically Ticketmaster put Bruce Springsteen tickets up for sale, then rewarded thousands of online ticket buyers with an ERROR message, then redirected those prospective buyers to TicketsNow — a ticket reseller that offers hard-to-find tickets for a huge markup. Did you follow that? Good. Now guess who owns TicketsNow. If you said anything other than “Ticketmaster” you should poke yourself in the eye:
“I am troubled by how quickly tickets priced exponentially higher became available on the secondary market to thousands of rejected fans, many who also endured unfortunate technical problems on Ticketmaster.com,” Pascrell said in a letter to U.S. investigators.
Ticketmaster spokesman Albert Lopez declined to comment about Pascrell’s call for an investigation. He said the company is trying to contact the “very small number” of fans who encountered the technical glitch to complete those transactions. He wouldn’t say exactly how many fans this involved.
I hope Mr. Lopez appreciates who he’s dealing with here. You don’t get into elective office in New Jersey without strong support from the kind of unions that lose prominent members to “fishing accidents” at an impossible rate. Am I saying Congressman Bill Pascrell has had people killed? No. Am I not saying that? Yes. Am I not saying I would never say anything like that? I think I’ve made myself clear.
Clark Gable — The Postal Service
Funky cold Medina — Tone Loc (YEAH THAT’S RIGHT!)
John Wayne Gacy, Jr. — Sufjan Stevens
Tramp — Otis Redding and Carla Thomas
Anvil — Tapes N Tapes
Old White Lincoln — The Gaslight Anthem
Sea Legs — The Shins
Disarm — Smashing Pumpkins
You Can’t Hurry Love — The Supremes
Black Wave/Bad Vibrations — Arcade Fire
Fallin — De La Soul and Teenage Fan Club
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