Bruce Springsteen Fans Livid At Ticketmaster’s $4k Tickets
Bruce Springsteen has made a career out of writing songs about the good old American workers. But why can’t they afford to attend his concerts? This seems to be happening with Ticketmaster’s dynamic pricing for Springsteen and The E-Street Band’s recently announced US tour dates for 2023. Tickets to arena concerts from Tampa Bay to Tulsa and Boston are over $4,000. , and not all of them. they are even in the floor section. Predictably, The Boss fans are furious.
As Variety reports, Ticketmaster’s new dynamic pricing features cause “platinum ticket” prices to fluctuate based on demand. I guess the idea here is to remove the secondary market by simply raising the prices yourself? Sounds like a slap in the face to fans in the name of capitalism. “Tampa mid-story for $4,400 each, anyone?” tweeted Springsteen-focused fan magazine Backstreets.
Mid-floor Tampa for $4,400 each, anyone? #catch and release
“Ticketmaster’s official Platinum Seating Program allows market-based pricing (adjusting prices based on supply and demand) for live event tickets, similar to airline tickets. and hotel rooms are sold.” pic.twitter.com/8qyanN0OQA
— Backstreets Magazine (@backstreetsmag) July 20, 2022
Backstreets also quoted part of Ticketmaster’s explanation for this controversial pricing structure, which says they are “similar to how airline tickets and hotel rooms are sold.” Here’s what the entire Ticketmaster copy looks like:
“Are Platinum Seat Resale Tickets Official?
No. Official Platinum seats were not originally purchased and then offered for resale; they are sold for the first time through Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster’s Official Platinum Seating Program allows market-based pricing (adjusting prices based on supply and demand) for live event tickets, similar to airline tickets and hotel rooms are sold. The aim is to give the most passionate fans fair and safe access to the best tickets, while allowing artists and others involved in organizing live events to price tickets as close as possible to their true market value.
For example, Tampa tickets displayed by Backstreets cost $3,819 plus an additional $568.50 for a total of $4,388.50. All to see a man who famously sang for just having “A Dollar in My Pocket.” Fans called it “official scalping” and said they would resort to smuggling concerts online instead.
Everything will explode. @Ticketmaster let’s say it’s to avoid scalping. THIS IS THE OFFICIAL SCALPING.
— WMD (@rain_again) July 20, 2022
That’s why I’ve changed my stance on counterfeit concert streams – I can’t afford $4,000 PLUS $500 in fees to see a show. I’m just going to look in my living room 🤦♂️🤦♂️
— Ryo Vie (@ryovie) July 20, 2022
There’s no official response from Springsteen yet, though E-Street Band guitarist Stevie Van Zandt tweeted, “Have nothing to do with ticket prices. Nothing. No. Niente. Boubkis. Tail.”