Boss Rips Ticketmaster for 'Scalping' Tickets

Springsteen says ticket company's practice was a conflict of interest
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser User
Posted Feb 5, 2009 6:51 AM CST
Bruce Springsteen said he's furious Ticketmaster was redirecting fans to a more expensive ticket seller it owns.   (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
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(Newser) – The Boss called Ticketmaster into his office yesterday, and gave it a tongue-lashing it may not soon forget, Reuters reports. The ticket giant drew Bruce Springsteen's wrath for gouging fans Monday by redirecting them to its resaler, TicketNow, just minutes after seats for his "Working on a Dream" tour went on sale—offering tickets for hundreds of dollars above face value when seats were still available, reports Blomberg.

“Some artists or managers may not perceive there to be a conflict between having the distributor of their tickets in effect ‘scalping’ those same tickets through a secondary company like TicketsNow,” Springsteen said. “We do.”