Bruce Springsteen Fans Upset About “River Tour” Ticket Prices, Resale Scams
Tickets for Bruce Springsteen’s “River Tour” with the E-Street Band went on sale Friday morning, with most stops on the nine-week U.S. jaunt selling out within minutes. But many fans are grumbling over the high ticket prices, as well as the resale sites snatching up the majority of seats only to sell them for many times the original cost.
The cheapest tickets for Springsteen’s January 31 show in Newark started at $272, while seats for his February 4 show in Boston began at $239. On Twitter, fans have expressed anger that there was no pre-sale or options for exclusive discounts, with one person tweeting that the costs meant Springsteen “is a troubadour for the one percent now.”
Ticket prices were even worse on resale sites like StubHub. Days before they went on sale to the public, StubHub’s asking price for tickets for the Newark show ran as high as $7,500 each, while TicketNetwork had one seat in a luxury box for the show listed at nearly $24,000. New York’s Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, has even launched a probe into whether the listings could be considered deceptive advertising, noting that “when consumers see $5,000 tickets for sale that haven’t even been released publicly, I hope they’re ‘Born to Run’ as far away from these predatory sellers as possible.”
While StubHub seeks to be a reputable retailer, users can sell tickets through the site at whatever price he or she wants. For those lucky enough to attend, “The River Tour” kicks off in Pittsburgh on January 16 and wraps up in Los Angeles on March 17. Tell Gossip Cop what you think about the expensive tickets in the comments below.