Live Nation Attempting To Take “Biggest Jerks In The Ticketing Biz” Title Away From Ticketmaster

Jun 16th, 2008 // 7 Comments

idolatortick.jpgFrom an e-mail blast sent by turmoil-filled concert behemoth Live Nation to New York concertgoers: “Live Nation announced today that effective immediately customers purchasing tickets on livenation.com will be afforded the privilege of entering shows prior to those holding tickets purchased other ticketing services.” Talk about two Americas! Although I guess that’s one way to make attendees a bit less grumbly about paying one company’s “convenience fees,” as opposed to those being demanded by said company’s competitors.

The New York branch of the company is calling this promotion the “skip the line” promotion (clever!) and is as I type this setting up separate admission lines for people clutching Live Nation-issued printouts at four of the city’s general-admission venues. Which are: the Blender Theater at Gramercy, the Hammerstein Ballroom, Roseland, and Irving Plaza. (Which I’m going to refer to by its real, Fillmore-free name as my way of weakly rebelling against this latest bit of corporately concocted idiocy.) What’s next, a free well drink to anyone who wears a Live Nation-branded shirt to the venue? VIP status for life if you tattoo the company’s logo on the back of your neck? Perhaps I shouldn’t be giving these people any ideas without letting them know my consulting rate up front.

Live Nation’s “Skip The Line” Ballyhoo [Sound Of The City]

  1. loudersoft

    I propose that the first person to set Live Nation on fire and burn it to the ground forever be afforded the privilege of entering every event from here forward prior to those holding tickets.

  2. Anonymous

    Wow…gross.

  3. RaptorAvatar

    It’s no big deal. Even though they’re systematically alienating a lot of people from ever wanting to see a live performance again, I’m sure that ever-healthy CD sales will make up the difference.

  4. tenners

    That sounds like the same crap they pull at House of Blues… you buy something either from their gift shop or at the restaurant (minimum $10 purchase), you get to go in the venue before everyone else. It’s full of suck.

  5. Anonymous

    The big thing that nobody is mentioning is that the livenation.com website is so difficult to use. I for one have never had an issue with ticketmaster. Their site is easy to use and reliable. Livenation.com is the most frustrating site. Try it out and you’ll see what I mean.

  6. How do I say this ... THROWDINI!

    Just noticed that the ad for the Devo show that idolator seems to be partially sponsoring ends with a plea to buy at livenation.com. How long until the Maura gets an email about this post? Fight the power!

  7. Anonymous

    I purchesed 4 tickets for Avril Lavigne and never received the tickets. I lost my reciept, so I couldnt find out where I even bought them by the time the concert came I was out of luck. Partly my fault, but this week I finally found my receipt and called them up to see what a loyal company would do to help a guy that is short $325 bucks. They told me there was nothing they could do, read our policy and that it was too late to get a refund. My question is, where are my tickets and why didnt I get them? Never ever use them to buy tickets!

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