10 February 2009

Dear Live Nation and Ticketmaster,

So, it looks like you guys are hooking up, huh?

To paraphrase the LA Times music blog
"Pop & Hiss" regarding your press release [PDF] ...

Maybe you'll "improve access and transparency" or maybe that means you'll fuck us and make the best/better seats available through some crazy, over-priced VIP ticket package.

Maybe you'll "improve ticket pricing options" or maybe you'll fuck us by charging more fees under the guise of clever promotions.

Maybe you'll "invest in ticketing technology" or maybe you'll fuck us by making us pay for it like you make us pay $2.50 to print out a PDF of our tickets.

Maybe you'll "increase event attendance" with your wealth of resources or maybe you'll fuck artists who don't get on board with you guys.

Maybe you will. Maybe you won't.

Maybe we agree with Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY):
"This merger would give a giant, new entity unrivaled power over concertgoers and the prices they pay to see their favorite artists and bands. It must be viewed skeptically and scrutinized with a fine-toothed comb by the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission."

Listen, at the end of the day, we just don't want you to fuck us over. Thanks.


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