In a brand new put up on his web site, Neil Young weighed in on The Cure’s tour drama. “It’s over. The previous days are gone,” Young wrote, reposting an article about Smith’s battle for honest costs. “I get letters blaming me for $3,000.00 tickets for a profit I’m doing. That cash doesn’t go to me or the profit. Artists have to fret about ripped off followers blaming them for Ticketmaster add-ons and scalpers.”
Young continued, “CONCERT TOURS are now not enjoyable. CONCERT TOURS not what they have been.” See his full put up here.
The Cure made a concerted effort to make their upcoming “Songs of a Lost World” tour accessible to actual followers in a panorama dominated by scalpers and unique costs. Only these registered for the “Verified Fan” sale may buy the non-transferrable tickets, and seats went for as little as $20. Still, Ticketmaster skirted these affordability guidelines by tacking on service charges, facility expenses, and processing charges, almost doubling some followers’ initially projected totals. After protests, Smith satisfied the corporate to refund followers between $5 and $10 on each order.
Smith’s and Young’s feedback are the most recent in a decades-long perception amongst musicians and followers that Ticketmaster prevents actual followers from witnessing dwell music. The firm has confronted heightened scorn and even anti-trust investigation lately, particularly because it fails to meet demand for the trade’s greatest artists. Just earlier than Smith implored the corporate to do higher, Ticketmaster announced that it might be extra clear about what, precisely, all these service charges imply.
Young simply started performing dwell once more after taking an extended precautionary break as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. In April, he’ll carry out on the “Light Up the Blues” autism fundraiser in Los Angeles. Just earlier than then, he’ll launch All Roads Lead Home, an album comprised of solo songs by every member of Crazy Horse.
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