The glory days of seeing the boss without going into debt may soon be over.
Fans of Bruce Springsteen, who has built his music career on his image as a working class, have been appalled by the high ticket prices for his upcoming tour with the E Street Band – the first in six years.
The tour kicks off Thursday in Buffalo, and single-seaters will go for $5,000.
The four-digit ticket prices are the result of Ticketmaster’s “dynamic pricing” system, where an algorithm fluctuates prices in real time based on supply and demand.
President’s manager John Landau defended the astronomical prices, noting that the average ticket price is in the $200 range and calling it a “fair price,” HellGateNYC.com reported.
“It felt like a knockout,” Donna Gray, from Connecticut, told the outlet about not being able to afford tickets to see her beloved working-class hero.
The longtime fan has spoken out about her own relationship with the boss and how she has viewed him as a mentor of sorts over the years.
“[He’s] Someone whose music catalog I use as a blueprint for my feelings, life situations, celebrations, and grief.”
“I linked a song to my mom’s death,” she said.
Others are equally upset and wondering what Springsteen stands for at this point.
“It’s just a character out of the way he was. He was supposed to be this guy who writes about Youngstown and writes about a working-class guy and gives money to food banks,” Kevin Farrell, a resident of Seagrift, N.J., told HellGateNYC, describing the price gouging. Tone deaf.
“Now with this ticket pricing he seems either unaware or unconcerned about leaving people behind – to me and other people like me – we feel betrayed.”
Farrell told the outlet that the most he’d ever spent to see the Freehold, New Jersey, music icon was $250 — a price that now won’t let him into arenas like Madison Square Garden or Barclays Center, though, as HellGateNYC notes, he can get seats. Is perfect at MetLife Stadium when Springsteen passes in September.
Farrell is able to shell out the extra money to see Springsteen, he said, but it’s more about principle.
“I was so disgusted by the whole process that I said, ‘I’m not buying a ticket. This is just wrong.'”
Springsteen’s high tickets are a sign of the times. Fans of Taylor Swift and Beyoncé have also experienced sticker shock when trying to buy concert tickets.
Springsteen seems to agree with everything.
the singer Rolling Stone said last year: “I say guys, ‘Go out and see what the other guys do. Let’s charge a little less. … For the last 49 years or however long we’ve been playing we’ve been pretty much below market value. I enjoyed that. It was great for the fans. ‘” This time I said to them, “Hey, we’re seventy-three. Guys over there. I want to do what other people do, mates. That’s what happened. That’s what they did.”
However, it seems that even Springsteen’s wealthiest fans aren’t willing to pay $5,000 to see it. As of late last month, Asbury Park Press reported that the $5,000 tickets were not sold for the band’s North American tour.
One super fan, Julie Chazanov of Mount Kisco, told HellGateNYC that the price of two tickets she had planned to buy for February in Tampa, Florida, tripled when she clicked “check out.”
“These tickets are insane. I keep some in my cart and they are definitely a mortgage payment,” Chazanov told the outlet.
“I was about to cry at that point.”
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