The independent concert promoter Another Planet has called on concert fans to take action against Live Nation and Ticketmaster calling their proposed merger “a train wreck about to happen” and “You the consumer are the victim”. Another Planet was created in 2003 by former Bill Graham Presents President and CEO Greg Perloff and has produced over 1,000 events.
While the merger is being discussed in the Justice Dept, consumer groups have come out against the monopoly because of the potential for much higher costs to consumers for concert tickets. The problem is already surfacing with artists scalping their own tickets such as Bon Jovi and the Black Eyed Peas to name just a few.
Independent concert promoters such as Another Planet could be adversely affected if these two get together as they could lock many of the best touring acts into arrangements that have them perform in their own venues and they will further increase ticket prices by packaging the best seats with garbage novelty items and worthless preshow entertainment.
Even long time ticket brokers such as Greg Cullen of Preferred Seating are against the proposed merger stating, “When we started business in 1987 we were selling many of the best seats for as little as $55 each, now Ticketmaster is selling Bon Jovi seats for a face value of $1700 each, that’s pathetic and a disservice to concert fans”.
Concert fans who want to try and make a difference should act now and contact firstname.lastname@example.org