Ok, so everyone knows I hate Ticketmaster. I loathe Live Nation just about as much. Here's the catch: if you love live music, you basically have no choice but to get raped by either ticket vendor. Now, there are strong rumors that Ticketmaster and Live Nation will merge - and this will effectively kill the concert industry as we know it. It's already virtually impossible to actually camp out for seats these days. Live Nation scoops up every tour and markets it to high hell, creating a corporate bag of greed that usually features a ton of acts on a bill with about two bands people actually want to see.
Well, anyway I just think this merger is awful. From a business perspective, it's brilliant and of course music is about making money...but man. At some point, Ticketmaster and Live Nation are going to piss off fans so much people will just stop buying. The economy is swirling the toilet bowl right now and any second someone is going to flush. While Ticketmaster and Live Nation try to plunge the last dregs of the tour industry, thousands more will lose jobs and not really be in the mood to drop three bills on a concert ticket.
Ticketmaster tried to pull a fast one on some Bruce Springsteen fans. You know, the old "let's swap the web page really quick, make the show look sold-out then put up the seats on our illegal auction site for three times the price" bait and switch. Well, the Boss wasn't pleased and he intervened. You know what? Congress stepped in, too! My eyes deceive me! The people we elect to office...actually doing something for the people? Be still my heart.
I hope the Springsteen thing turns into a massive class action lawsuit - and I want a piece of that pie. Bloody hell, I spent ten thousand dollars on concerts/festivals/music events last year - and I think some Ticketmaster/Live Nation exec probably made a big bonus off my sales alone.Thoughts?