Robert Smith of The Cure “Sickened” By Ticketmaster Fees
Robert Smith of The Cure took to Twitter on Wednesday (March 15) to voice his dismay over what he described as a “Ticketmaster fees debacle.”
The Cure opted out of platinum pricing for the group’s upcoming North American tour–including three dates at Madison Square Garden in New York City June 20, 21, and 22- in an effort to keep ticket prices low and avoid the dynamic pricing structure that angered fans purchasing tickets to see Bruce Springsteen’s recent tour. Despite the band’s best intentions, Smith was still upset to see other fees levied on top of each individual ticket purchased on day one of the onsale.
“I am as sickened as you all are by today’s Ticketmaster ‘fees’ debacle,” Smith writes in all caps. “To be very clear: the artist has no way to limit them. I have been asking how they are justified. If I get anything coherent by way of an answer I will let you all know.”
He continued to urge fans to avoid alternate websites such as StubHub and Vivid Seats.
“There are still tickets available — it is just a very slow process,” Smith writes.
“I will be back if I get anything serious on the TM fees,” he continues. “In the meantime, I am compelled to note down my obvious recurring elephant in the room thought…That if no-one bought from scalpers…Then…”