- Bruce Springsteen talked about his decision to use Ticketmaster’s premium pricing.
- He added that while the price hike was “unpopular” among fans, “most of my tickets are cheap.”
- Ticketmaster came under fire last week for not handling Taylor Swift’s 2023 Tour.
Bruce Springsteen has spoken of the backlash he is facing after ticket prices for his upcoming US tour, sold through Ticketmaster, soared by $5,000.
Ticketmaster came under fire last week after ticket sales for Swift’s “The Eras Tour” were canceled because the site sold out all of the 52-show stadium during a fan sale.
The confusion left the fans of the singer of “Anti-Hero” disappointed, and even those who were lucky enough to be invited to buy tickets during the race and full of glitches were not happy, having queues of one hour and damage to the place.
It was an experience fans tried to buy tickets for Springsteen and the entire E Street Band’s first tour since 2017 this summer, even though they were also faced with Ticketmaster’s outrageous “prices.”
Under the system, which allows ticket prices to go up or down based on demand, fans of The Boss have seen prices for lower-seat tickets reportedly jump from $400 to $5,000.
Speaking to Rolling Stone about his new album “Only Strong Survive,” Springsteen responded to the controversy over the Ticketmaster system, admitting that it was “disturbing” for fans, but said that “most of my tickets are cheap.”
The 73-year-old explained that although he usually pays “less” than other artists, for his new world tour, which will begin in Tampa, Florida, on February 1, 2023, he wants to do “what everyone else is doing.”
He said: “For the last 49 years or however long we’ve been playing, we’ve been very successful in the market. I’ve enjoyed it. It’s been great for the fans.
“At this point I told them, ‘We are 73 years old. The boys are here. I want to do what everyone else is doing, my friends.’ So that’s what happened.
“But buying tickets has become very confusing, not only for the fans, but also for the artists,” Springsteen continued. And the main point is that most of our tickets are cheap.
The singer decided that scalpers – who resell tickets at astronomical prices after buying them for the sole purpose – should not be the ones who profit from wanting to see the artist.
Springsteen said: “I’m going, ‘Yeah, why doesn’t that money go to the guys who are going to be out there sweating it out for three hours at night?’
“I know it was not liked by some fans. But if there are complaints on the way out, you can get your money back,” he added.
However, the “Born to Run” singer said he “doesn’t like to be a high ticket guy,” and may consider using higher prices in the future because of the difference in even his most devoted fans.
“That will be the rest of the discussion when it comes. I don’t want to say anything now, but we will see what happens,” he said.
Although Swift also decided to adopt a price tag model, the prices did not go up too much for fans. However, according to one fan who spoke to Insider about his experience, ticket prices rose from $559 to $687 as he repeatedly tried to purchase them.