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The Treatment’s Robert Smith Says He’s “Sickened” About Ticketmaster Charges as Tour Goes on Sale

The Treatment’s Robert Smith Says He’s “Sickened” About Ticketmaster Charges as Tour Goes on Sale

The Cure’s Robert Smith Says He’s “Sickened” About Ticketmaster Fees as Tour Goes on Sale

The Treatment’s Robert Smith has instantly responded to followers’ complaints in regards to the charges collected by Ticketmaster throughout the band’s “Verified Fan” sale for tickets to dates on its upcoming tour. “I’m as sickened as you all are by right now’s Ticketmaster ‘Charges’ debacle,”’ Smith wrote on Twitter. “To be very clear: The artist has no option to restrict them. I’ve been asking how they’re justified. If I get something coherent by means of a solution I’ll allow you to all know.” Pitchfork has reached out to Ticketmaster for remark. Take a look at the unique tweets beneath.

Earlier this week, Smith posted in regards to the band’s choice to make use of Ticketmaster’s “Verified Fan” system in an effort to fight scalping and get extra face-value tickets in followers’ palms. He says the band refused to take part within the firm’s dynamic pricing and “Platinum” tickets, calling this system that led to tickets on Bruce Springsteen and the E Avenue Band’s present tour to skyrocket to hundreds of {dollars} “a grasping rip-off.” 

Ticketmaster has been underneath hearth for his or her enterprise practices of late, dealing with a Senate listening to, a number of lawsuits, and the “unprecedented” fraud it claims pressured them to close out professional ticket holders from a Dangerous Bunny live performance in Mexico Metropolis. Final yr the Justice Division opened an antitrust investigation into Stay Nation Leisure—the corporate fashioned after Stay Nation and Ticketmaster merged in 2010—for potential abuse of energy. An earlier investigation present in 2019 that the corporate had repeatedly violated a 10-year consent decree to chorus from monopolistic practices signed after the merger.

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The Treatment reissued their 1992 LP Want final yr. The band’s final studio album was 2008’s 4:13 Dream. Smith has since collaborated with Gorillaz and remixed Chvrches, Deftones, and Noel Gallagher’s Excessive Flying Birds

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