Singer furious with firm

American singer Bruce Springsteen has issued a furious statement after ticket company Ticketmaster redirected fans to a partner 'scalper' site.

The legendary singer has been caught on the backfoot recently. New album 'Working On A Dream' was released solely in Wal Mart in the United States, a company with some questionable business practices.

Now the singer has been left infuriated after fans attempting to buy tickets to his concerts were redirected to a partner site Ticketnow which had much more expensive tickets on sale.

Springsteen's statement reiterated his anger about the situation:

“We were as confused as you were, as we were given no advance notice of the major changes in the Ticketmaster-TicketsNow world. (Bear in mind that we are not clients of any ticketing company, and that all those arrangements are between venues and ticketing companies.)”

“Last Monday, we were informed that Ticketmaster was redirecting your log-in requests for tickets at face value, to their secondary site TicketsNow, which specializes in up-selling tickets at above face value. They did this even when other seats remained available at face value. We condemn this practice."

"We perceive this as a pure conflict of interest…TicketsNow is supposed to be a secondary site where people who already have tickets may exchange, trade, and, unfortunately, speculate with them. We have asked this redirection from Ticketmaster to TicketsNow cease and desist immediately and Ticketmaster has agreed to do so in the future and has removed its unwanted material from their and our site.”

The singer finished by giving his opinion on the proposed Ticketmaster / Livenation merger.

“A final point for now: the one thing that would make the current ticket situation even worse for the fan than it is now would be Ticketmaster and Live Nation coming up with a single system, thereby returning us to a near monopoly situation in music ticketing. Several newspapers are reporting on this story right now. If you, like us, oppose that idea, you should make it known to your representatives."
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