“I think I’m gonna be sad. I think it’s today, yeah. The girl that’s driving me mad – is going away. She’s got a ticket to ride… But she don’t care.”

It’s long been known that the concert ticket industry has some peculiar, under-the-table, and definitely questionable selling strategies, especially when it comes to selling tickets for major artists at some of the largest venues in the world. Concert and event ticket conglomerate Live Nation, along with its multiple subsidiaries including Ticketmaster, is easily the largest in the industry, and they’re no stranger to controversy. Now they’re even being investigated by the DOJ for possibly violating established antitrust laws, pressuring venues in multiple US cities to adopt Ticketmaster as the primary selling utility or risk losing the opportunity to host major acts, and, more specifically, lose out on the revenue that they bring.

ticketmaster-logoBut in a recent move seemingly to draw attention away from this mob-style flex, Live Nation has announced that they’ll be selling $20.00 tickets to a wide range of major acts for an entire week from April 30th-May 8th. Some big acts named in the deal include the likes of Beck, Dead and Company, G-Eazy, Halsey, Styx, and a staggering list of others. It feels like a Band-Aid over a much larger compound fracture of a problem, but at least they’re offering some small relief to avid music fans who just want the opportunity to see their favorite artists perform at a reasonable cost. These tickets are even being sold as an all-in pricing model, which means there will be no additional service fees at the time purchase.

In most other instances of abusive monopolies, a simple solution would be to boycott the organization in question. However, doing so would ultimately harm the artists on the road more than the big-wigs in their ivory towers. And while Live Nation and Ticketmaster provide ticketing to roughly 80 of the US’s 100 biggest venues, it’s not exactly an easy feat to avoid them while still enjoying a wide range of live music. There’s also no clear explanation for how these major artists will be compensated for the $20.00 ticket sales, as compared to percentages they receive from inflated prices often listed by Live Nation.

As an earnest supporter of struggling artists and an avid fan of live music, I feel that there’s no choice at this point but to begrudgingly continue to buy tickets through the cannibalistic corporation in fear of doing greater damage to the art that stands as the basis for the entire industry. If you ultimately want to support your favorite bands, buy their merch. Buy their music from their official websites. And, begrudgingly, buy their concert tickets (especially if they tour on a smaller scale and play at smaller venues). Take advantage of this incredible opportunity for what it’s worth (and seriously, seeing Ms. Lauryn Hill and Steely Dan for $20 is FUCKING NUTS), and live to fight the indie/corporate fight another day.

See the full list of this insane offer below:

The Offspring
3 Doors Down + Collective Soul
5 Seconds of Summer
Alan Jackson
Arcade Fire
Avenged Sevenfold / Prophets of Rage
Backstreet Boys
Bon Jovi
Brad Paisley
Breaking Benjamin + Five Finger Death Punch
Bush + Stone Temple Pilots + The Cult
Charlie Puth
Chicago + REO Speedwagon
Chris Brown
Coheed and Cambria + Taking Back Sunday
Counting Crows + Live
David Blaine
Dead & Company
Def Leppard + Journey
Dierks Bentley
Dwight Yoakam + Lucinda Williams + Steve Earle
Enanito Verdes + Hombres G
Foreigner + Whitesnake + Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening
Game of Thrones
Godsmack + Shinedown
Gov’t Mule + The Avett Brothers
Hall & Oates + Train
Imagine Dragons
Janet Jackson
Jason Aldean
Jeff Beck + Paul Rodgers
Joe Biden
Juanes + Mon Laferte
Keith Urban
Ke$ha + Macklemore
Kevin Hart
Kid Rock
Kidz Bop Live 2018
Lady Antebellum + Darius Rucker
Lindsey Stirling + Evanescence
Luis Miguel
Luke Bryan
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Maroon 5
Miranda Lambert + Little Big Town
Ms. Lauryn Hill
Needtobreathe + Johnnyswim
Niall Horan
Ozzy Osbourne
Poison + Cheap Trick
Post Malone
Rascal Flatts
Ray Lamontagne
Rise Against + AFI
Rob Zombie + Marilyn Manson
Rod Stewart + Cyndi Lauper
Shania Twain
Steely Dan + The Doobie Brothers
Styx + Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
The Smashing Pumpkins
Thirty Seconds to Mars
Vans Warped Tour
Weezer + Pixies
Zac Brown Band

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