Irving Azoff of Live Nation Ticketmaster appeared on CNNMoney.com video for Fortune and showed how far out of touch he was with the fans that he wants to sell tickets to. He talks about concert ticket prices still being too low and basically blames low prices and the fans for all the problems his company is going through selling tickets this summer.
As Azoff talks about the reason ticket sales are down in the US he says something about the economy and then goes on to say about ticket buyers, “If they could figure out a way to steal tickets, they would. Just like they steal movies and music, but so far they haven’t figured out a way to do that”.
It reminds me of the same things BP’s Tony Haword said in the press that got the American public against him and BP. How can you sit there and call your customers theives, as you explain that they are bitching because of he economy and not the high ticket prices.
Azoff goes no to explain that he considers the Live Nation Ticketmaster company as an ecommerce opportunity more than a concert ticket promoter or ticket seller. That explains his line of thinking. Live Nation and Ticketmaster are not there for the fans, the customers, they are there to make money for shareholders.
It’s that type of thinking and greed that got this country in the situation we have been in the last few years, screw the customer for the profits of the shareholder. Can we now hope to see Irving Azoff sent to Russia and work his magic there instead of here?