The new Live Nation Ticketmaster merger is already screwing the fans as the Eagles and Irving Azoff set the Arco Arena up as a test for gouging Sacramento concert fans. The experiment as Azoff calls it was to jack up the prices at Arco Arena for the Eagles to $280 per ticket, $100 more per ticket than the HP Pavilion, a hundred or so miles down the freeway.
And as Azoff says, it’s been well received as Azoff puts it “The experiment has been “phenomenally well received” by everybody but brokers, Azoff said during the call. The 50% of tickets priced lower than normal have been offset by the 28% of priced higher. Buyers of the cheapest, $32 tickets were issued paperless tickets because Live Nation believes they were worth more, and doesn’t want the secondary market to sell them. ”
But do the Sacramento fans of the Eagles know that they are part of this jacked up ticket price experiment? And their wealthier bay area neighbors are paying $100 less per ticket?
I can’t see how fans who paid $125 per ticket the last time the Eagles came to Sacramento would say they are thrilled they are the test market for the $280 ticket. What does this say about the band? They don’t give a crap, that’s what it says.
And I’ll bet that this plan to gouge the fans of every dollar will backfire just as overpriced cd’s did. Azoff will shove tour after tour in front of your face, every one with overpriced tickets, until fans have had enough and tell the bands to shove the live experience up their ass.