Suck it. I used to work for you. Remember that? I liked my job, loved the people I worked with for the most part, but always had a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach about the way we operated. This is just another stupid publicity stunt to rope people in. "Think about it! If we offer no service fees on lawn seats, then the lawn will sell out, and then those stupid bastards that didn't listen to us will HAVE TO BUY PAVILION SEATS FOR $130 A PIECE to get into the show all of their friends are going to!"
Oh wait. That's not what will happen. Just like many shows, the lawn will sell out, and then the pavilion will be 1/3 full, because people aren't as stupid with their money these days, and then the artist will make the venue open up the empty seats in the pavilion (who wants to play for a crowd that's 200 feet away?), and that $130 seat will be sat in by someone who paid $20 for a lawn ticket (hopefully with no fees if you're smart).
Want this to end? ONLY BUY TICKETS ON THE FEE-FREE DAY. The artist will still get their money. Live Nation will take the hit. And hopefully they'll take the hint, too. People are tuned in. Not to what you're doing right, but to what you're doing wrong, which is a lot.
And fee-free ticketing is really easy to do. Don't let them tell you it's not. I run Fusion Shows in Michigan, and though we don't go through anywhere near the number of tickets they do, we're 100% fee-free. You pay $15 for a $15 ticket. There's absolutely no reason that tickets can't be fee-free. It's called hidden money, money that goes right to the promoters without the artist getting a cut of it. The really financially savvy artists are actually starting to get in on it (thus driving the fees up more), but most of them don't see a penny. It goes right to the corporation.
Don't be suckered into thinking Live Nation is saving the industry by doing this. When they go 100% fee-free (and keep base prices the same), I'll give them kudos. Meanwhile, I'll continue to not go to overpriced shows, and continue to offer the lower-priced, more intimate alternative in small, fee-free club shows. Will I see Coldplay, Dave Matthews Band, or Blink 182? Probably not, and that sucks, but it's cool. There's some good stuff in the clubs.
Live Nation is in trouble, and don't let them tell you any different.
Sorry if this sounds like I'm tooting my own horn, but these stories piss me off, and no one should ever get excited for the one time a criminal decides to do a good deed. WOOOOO CHARLES MANSON HELPED AN OLD LADY ACROSS THE STREET TODAY!
blink182 Holmdel show is that day. Sounds good to me.
For anyone who has done a blink182 presale, is it all seats? Or just pit? Just lawn?
This kinda sucks though. Sure, it's sweet they are doing this wednesday thing, but it sucks for anyone who wants decent tickets to shows. My blink tickets went on sale the 30th. I got the presale a week ago. But all of the decent seats are now sold out in the ampetheatre, and the only tickets you can buy now are really far back.
If you want good seats, you still have to deal with the charges.
I really hate to be the buzz kill here, but I looked a little further into this, and it looks like they are only taking service fees off of LAWN tickets. Read a few of the articles, it mentions it in passing:
From USA Today:
Starting a minute after midnight Tuesday (12:01 a.m. Wednesday), the company will waive service fees for 24 hours on more than 5 million lawn tickets for amphitheater events ticketed by LiveNation.com. That typically will save ticket buyers about $10 off what are already the cheapest seats available.
Plus, I got an email and it only mentioned lawn tickets.