As many may know, with age comes fatigue. Neil Young is not complaining about fatigue, but when it comes to Ticketmaster, don’t get him started. The mature rocker who is still rocking his way around the world, has a major complaint against Ticketmaster saying, “I get letters blaming me for $3,000 tickets”. If there is one thing Neil Young wants out of his life to help him remain “Younger”, it’s pesky emails that have something to do with something that is out of his control.
As per Ultimate Guitar, The Cure made dramatic headlines after they announced their first North American tour in a whopping 7 years. They also revealed a partnership with Ticketmaster which requires registration and identity verification to purchase tickets, and all in an effort to keep them affordable and to fend off scalpers.
Fans received news with cautious optimism that was shattered right when tickets went on the market, as Ticketmaster began charging outrageous fees that often surpassed the price of the original stub.
The Cure frontman Robert Smith criticized the practice and announced that he negotiated a partial refund to fans following a negotiation with the ticket company.
Today, Neil Young has voiced his own criticisms on the subject, with a statement on his website saying:
“It’s over. The old days are gone. I get letters blaming me for $3,000.00 tickets for a benefit I am doing. That money does not go to me or the benefit.”
“Artists have to worry about ripped-off fans blaming them for Ticketmaster add-ons and scalpers. Concert tours are no longer fun. Concert tours [are] not what they were.”