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04 Jan 2011 10:35


Music: The Dave Matthews Band basically prints its own money on tour

  • 11.2
    the number of tickets the Dave Matthews Band sold between 2000 and 2009 – more than any other band on the freaking planet
  • $500
    the total revenues that DMB grossed from touring alone during that period; we need to get in the crappy music business, apparently source

04 Mar 2010 20:23


U.S.: David Paterson’s bad day: The latest in the NY governor’s scandal

  • one His communications secretary resigned, saying he couldn’t “in good conscience” support Paterson.
  • two Paterson’s scandal continues to broaden, with ill-gotten World Series tickets under deep scrutiny.
  • three Paterson said he’d be governor Friday, but stayed silent when asked if he would be governor next week. source

25 Jan 2010 21:13


Biz: The Justice Dept. finds silver lining in Ticketmaster and Live Nation

  • The merger has been approved after a yearlong investigation. This nightmare merger had been what many music fans had been fearing, but it appears the Justice Department found some common ground. “We were prepared to litigate this case, and I told the parties that,” said Justice Department antitrust representative Christine A. Varney. “The required divestitures and behavioral prohibitions alleviate our concerns.” Ticketmaster has to ditch a ticketing division and license its software to a competitor. Oh, and the boys at Justice will be watching them like a hawk for 10 years. Good idea – music fans will thank you. source

13 Jun 2009 12:43


Offbeat: The hardest-working traffic camera in all of San Diego

  • 4,503 tickets handed out by one camera in the last year source

12 Apr 2009 21:22


Biz, Sports: One lucky Mets fan and Bernard Madoff hater got his eBay wish

  • $1040 the face value of two tickets for tomorrow’s season opener owned by jailed bad guy Bernard Madoff
  • $7,500 amount the tickets sold for on eBay; their value doubled in the final two hours of the auction source

07 Feb 2009 10:15


Offbeat: It’s like this guy had an endurance test for traffic violations

  • 50 traffic citations for one lucky Florida man – in one day! source

05 Feb 2009 10:12


Music: Live Nation and Ticketmaster want to merge? The Boss isn’t a fan.

  • The proposal Ticketmaster, which handles ticket sales at venues across the country, and Live Nation, a spin-off of Clear Channel that promotes and produces live shows and has recently gotten into the artist management business, want to merge, sources say. As both businesses cover much of the live music industry, the merger would face antitrust scrutiny.
  • The concern Fans are not very happy about this idea, largely due to Ticketmaster’s history of shady practices and overcharging. Ticketmaster convenience fees can significantly increase the price of a concert ticket. If Live Nation, which has recently gotten into the ticket-distribution business itself, remained a competitor, they could help lower prices by increasing competition.
  • Bruce weighs inBruce Springsteen, who has a long history of railing against corporate greed, weighed in with a note on his Web site. In it, he stated that “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.” source