Robert Smith, the frontman of iconic British band The Cure, has expressed his disgust at Ticketmaster’s controversial practice of adding fees to ticket prices.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Smith spoke out about the so-called “ticketing debacle” that has plagued the live music industry for years. “It sickens me to see Ticketmaster making money off the back of our fans,” he said.
Smith went on to explain how Ticketmaster’s fees can add up to a significant amount for fans trying to attend concerts. “It’s not just the initial ticket price,” he said. “It’s the fees they add on top of that. It’s outrageous.”
The singer’s comments come at a time when the live music industry is slowly starting to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. As venues and festivals prepare to reopen, many fans are excited to see their favorite artists perform live again. However, the issue of ticket fees remains a major concern.
For years, Ticketmaster has been criticized for its opaque pricing policies, which often make it difficult for fans to understand exactly how much they will be paying for tickets. In many cases, fees can add as much as 50% to the cost of a ticket, which can make it prohibitively expensive for some fans.
Smith’s comments are particularly noteworthy given The Cure’s reputation as a band that values its fans. Over the course of their four-decade career, the band has built a loyal following thanks to their emotional, introspective lyrics and their willingness to experiment with different musical styles.
It remains to be seen whether Ticketmaster will take notice of Smith’s criticism and change its policies. However, his comments are a reminder that, even in the midst of a pandemic, the issue of ticket fees remains a major concern for both fans and artists alike.
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