People who like to buy tickets for gigs were struck yesterday with some bad news in the shape of the announcement that ticket retailer, booker and handler Ticketmaster intended to introduce lots of new charges to compensate them for the expenses incurred in doing their jobs.
Tim Bryant said "If customers don't like it I suppose they can buy
their tickets through someone apart from Ticketmaster. Actually no, I'm
just kidding, they can't. We are a monopoly, after all. It's great isn't
new charges include:
The new handling charge is to phased out over the next year, to be replaced by a phasing-out charge.
Bryant said in a big press release that he eventually wanted to cover all Ticketmaster expenses with charges, thus converting the company into a 100% profitable business
The Evil Gerald thinks this is an absolute scandal, what with the U2 tickets and all. Fortunately, though, we've all got tickets to Slane as we bought them about a week before they went on sale using a special Internet. Oh yeah, we also asked Bono for comment on all this but he just started going on about rock 'n' roll and how St. Patrick wouldn't get into U2 if he was alive today.