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concert reviews

I'd like to see a forum called, "So, how'd you like the show last night?"

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let's move that one

to the Channel 666 topic, where it should be right at home!

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This is a very touchy subject but needs to be discussed!!

Well it's about time

Congressman asks for investigation of Ticketmaster, TicketsNow over Springsteen
By George Gombossy on February 3, 2009 2:44 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
PASCRELL SEEKS INVESTIGATION INTO TICKETMASTER BUSINESS PRACTICE WITH SUBSIDIARY, TICKETNOW

Press release:

WASHINGTON-- U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-08) today requested that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division investigate Ticketmaster's relationship with its subsidiary company, TicketsNow, following the company's handling of ticket sales for the Bruce Springsteen tour that became available on Monday February 2.

Dear Chairman Kovacic:

I am writing today to direct your attention to a potential conflict of interest regarding Ticketmaster and its affiliate company, TicketsNow. This issue has been brought to my attention through constituent complaints and press reports regarding the online sale of Bruce Springsteen concerts tickets at the IZOD Center in New Jersey and other locations all across the country.

As you know, Ticketmaster is a large ticket sales and distribution company that often serves as a venue's sole ticketing agent. A large percentage of their sales are made online through Ticketmaster.com. In a recent effort expand its business Ticketmaster acquired TicketsNow, a website which specializes in the secondary, resale market for tickets.

When tickets for Bruce Springsteen's new tour went on sale exclusively through Ticketmaster at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, February 2, 2009, scores of fans in New Jersey were met with technical difficulty on Ticketmaster.com that impaired them from making a purchase. Thousands of others who were fortunate enough to get beyond the technical problems were informed that the shows were sold out.

Conspicuously placed on the same screen that informed fans of ticket unavailability was an alternative purchasing option from TicketsNow.com. It offered the same tickets at a value marked up hundreds of dollars beyond their original face value.

I am troubled by how quickly tickets priced exponentially higher became available on the secondary market to thousands of rejected fans, many who also endured unfortunate technical problems on Ticketmaster.com.

I am concerned that the business affiliation between Ticketmaster and TicketsNow may represent a conflict of interest that is detrimental to the average fan. There is a significant potential for abuse when one company is able to monopolize the primary market for a product and also directly manipulate, and profit from, the secondary market.

Additionally, the speed with which tickets were made available on Ticketmaster's official resale affiliate site raises questions about whether TicketsNow brokers were given preferential treatment instead of competing on a level playing field with average consumers to purchase the tickets.

With so many families struggling in this economy, I am outraged by how expensive tickets to ball games, concerts and other shows have become. I understand the economic principles that have driven up the cost of entertainment, but will not tolerate unjust business practices that put regular Americans at a disadvantage.

I respectfully request that your office investigate the relationship between Ticketmaster and TicketsNow to ensure that the procedure for purchasing tickets remains fair to the average consumer. If you require any additional information or have any questions, please contact Arthur Mandel on my staff at (202) 225-5751. I look forward to the favor of your reply.

Sincerely,

Bill Pascrell, Jr.

Member of Congress

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Frankly

I agree that's a good idea. I'm a little concerned about posting people's names and addresses in public spaces on the Internet, though. Let's think this through a bit more and see what we can figure out.

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deadheads in jail.....

..some 15 yrs. ago RELIX made a special about brothers and sisters in jail.i dont want to judge wheter these people are guilty or not(..but i strongly belief that many of them have fallen prey to smart agents who took the way of making traps for DHs,which than served as a latter for their career!)Many of these souls must still be rotting in the hell of the US justice system.would it not be possible to make a topic where the adresses of these poor souls are published(..with their complete agreement,naturally..) so that these fellows might get some letters,phonecalls,well just everything which would build up their moral while they going through this horror?

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well...

no reason we can't have a topic like that, though we kinda have something like it already in Your Own Storefront.

Posting pics in the forum is kinda not happening though. Links to pics hosted elsewhere, yeah.

How about taking a look and seeing if Storefront does the job for you, and if not, come back and report.

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Forum posts

Hi, I would love to see a forum where i can ask about memorabilia. I have some collectables and i'd like to get people's opinions on what they're worth. (i want to sell them on ebay or something and who better to ask then you all.

for example: i've got a 2'x4' poster of a dead album cover signed by mouse and kelley, would love to post pics and get feedback.
thanks

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well...

I can't speak for anyone else, but I was lucky enough to do an interview with Hal Kant a few years back for a Rex story on the Innocence Project. Very interesting guy and I really liked talking to him.

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Hal Kant, Esq.

Maybe Dennis, Bob, etc.could all write some kind words about this man who just left us.. He deserves it. Even on the front page. Just my humble suggestion, Like Jerry might say "if it's cool and you want to do it, then do it.

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ron paul

nattybrew....you are right.....too bad he didn't get the nomination and won't run independent. has alot of the same ideas as nader believe it or not

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