Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Suck it Ticketmaster! SCI fights back, Pearl Jam-style

Say "No more!" to exorbitant sales fees!

Posted By on Wed, May 16, 2012 at 5:24 PM

String Cheese IncidentGood to see another band picking up where Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam left off in the mid-1990s.

SCI challenges the ticket-giant on sales fees.

One Friday afternoon recently, about 50 fans and friends of the band String Cheese Incident took $20,000 in cash to the Greek Theater in Los Angeles to take a small stand against the system — in this case, Ticketmaster.

With money advanced by the band, each person had enough to buy eight tickets at $49.95 apiece for the group’s show in July. Once all tickets were in hand, almost 400 of them, they were carried back to String Cheese headquarters in Colorado and put on sale again through the group’s Web site — for $49.95.

“We’re scalping our own tickets at no service charge,” Mike Luba, one of the group’s managers, explained in an interview last week. “It’s ridiculous.”

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