Bruce Springsteen’s manager defends ‘fair price’ of tickets
Bruce Springsteen’s manager Jon Landau has defended the ticketing model in place for Springsteen’s upcoming tour, insisting they charge a “fair price”.
“When pricing tickets for this tour, we carefully considered what our peers have done,” Landau said in a statement to The New York Times. “We chose prices lower than some and comparable to others.”
Springsteen and Ticketmaster received backlash from fans shocked by the high cost of premium seats. In some cases, the tickets ranged from $1,000 to $5,000, but Landau insisted these were outliers. “Regardless of the comment about a modest number of tickets costing $1,000 or more, our true average ticket price has been around $200,” the manager explained. “I believe in today’s environment, it’s a fair price to see someone universally regarded as one of the greatest artists of their generation.”
Landau’s comments echo those of Ticketmaster earlier in the week.
“Prices and formats are consistent with industry standards for top performers,” the ticketing giant said in a statement, noting that its policy was to lock out secondary sellers and resellers and pay performers and performers more. The promoters.
“Promoters and artist reps set the pricing strategy and price range parameters on all tickets, including dynamic and fixed prices,” Ticketmaster explained. “When there are many more people wanting to attend an event than there are tickets available, prices go up.”
Although Springsteen hasn’t commented on the box office controversy, at least one member of the E Street Band has. In response to fan complaints, Stevie Van Zant tweeted“I have nothing to do with ticket prices. Nothing. No. Niente. Boubkis. Queue.”
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