A May 18 investigative report by Bob McKeown of NBC News revealed at least a couple of reasons why being first in line when tickets go on sale doesnít always get you any seat at all, let alone one in the front row. When a major show goes on sale in say, New York, ticket brokers in cities across the country have people using multiple credit cards in different names working phones with speed dialers, thus easily subverting any attempt to limit the amount of tickets one person can buy and consigning you to the nosebleed seats. And, curiously, while the rest of us always get a busy signal when we call Ticketmaster, the brokers have access to unlisted phone numbers that Ticketmaster uses to sell them tickets.... It may soon be safe for Ticketmaster to enter the Brazilian market. Brazilís Supreme Court is expected to strike down a current law which mandates that all students pay only 50% of the ticket price for concerts, movies, and plays. On the other hand, the devaluation of Brazilís currency has forced the cancellation of Brazilian tours by Deep Purple, King Diamond, Marilyn Manson, and Prodigy along with the Rock In Rio 3 festival.... R. Kellyís July tour is being rescheduled to hit only those venues which sold enough tickets. Ticket sales were slow despite a roster of supporting acts that includes platinum-level hitmakers Nas, Foxy Brown, and Deborah Cox. Obviously, the main culprit is ticket prices, but markets are also getting burned out by the shoddy radio station-sponsored festivals that so many artists are forced to play for free in return for airplay.
[from Rock & Rap Confidential/1999]
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