Monday, June 22, 2009


A few weeks ago, The Newark Star-Ledger and The New York Post (the latter always anxious to swift-boat Bruce Springsteen) wrote stories claiming that the reason that fans couldn't get good tickets to his recent New Jersey shows was that Bruce and his management held them for their fans, family, friends, etc. Which was not, exactly, what Springsteen and his management called foul over Ticketmaster: I think their main beef was that was rerouting fans to their scalping site even before tickets were sold out for Bruce's recent NJ shows. And that other, non-Ticketmaster affiliated sites were selling tickets before they even went on sale.

I was going to report on the Star-Ledger's report, but I figured I'd wait a few days for a response from Bruce's camp, and that response came today via manager Jon Landau. Read it at Bruce's website. Yes it sucks when you can't get great tickets for a show, and it sucks when you know that "insiders" have gotten those great tickets. But you've got to expect that when Bruce plays Jersey, there's going to be a lot of friends and family that are going to get hooked up, that's just the way it is. And even though tickets for the Giants Stadium shows didn't go on sale until after the Izod Center shows, I think every fan knew that he'd be playing the Stadium this summer (he is, in fact, playing five nights).

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