Oh Ticketmaster, How I Hate Thee
March 2, 2005
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Remember a number of years back when Pearl Jam took on Ticketmaster and boycotted using them for one of their tours? Well, seems not much has changed since then. I just picked up a pair of tickets off Ticketmaster.con, and my $14 ticket had a $4 service charge, and another $2.65 “processing charge” attached to it. What does that cover which isn’t already covered by the service charge? So my ticket essentially had a 50% markup from face value. Quite the racket they have going there.
But in brighter news, the ticket is to go see Iron & Wine perform at the Grog Shop. I saw him perform there last year, and it was an awesome show. So I was very happy to see he is returning, and quite surprised since that show was near capacity, and the band’s popularity has grown much since then. In fact, my friend Will told me the other week that they are playing a 1,000+ capacity venue in Kansas City, as compared to the Grog Shop’s meager 400 capacity. Usually I wait to buy tickets at the door (since the $1-2 “day of show” fee is much cheaper than Ticketmaster’s fees), but I don’t expect this show to be available much beyond this week.
In addition to this show, there are a number of other great shows coming up now that Spring is quickly approaching. The one I am most excited about is my first time to actually see Akron’s The Black Keys perform in Akron at the very intimate setting of The Lime Spider. Another big surprise since the last time through this area they sold out back-to-back shows at the much larger Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland. Other good upcoming shows in April & May, all at the Grog Shop are Crooked Fingers, Q and Not U, The Good Life, and Caribou.