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Well The Go-Go’s were supposed to come to Vancouver on August 12, 2011 but apparently not. On Livenation’s Facebook page they claimed that dude to vocal issues, the show has been cancelled. Well, that apparently is not the case. They played live on August 9th, 2011 in Atlanta. Check for yourself:

Go-Go’s Live in Atlanta Aug 9th, 2011

Well I was going to go to the Cfox Vancouver Seeds party but the service charges are ridiculous. This is what Cfox advertised the event to be:Tickets $14.93 (incl. GST / Plus FMF & Service charges. So with that, one would assume that FMF & service charges are included. Well when I tried to buy tickets, I got this:
CFOX Presale

Ticket Price
CA $14.93 x 1
Facility Charge
CA $1.50 x 1
Convenience Charge
CA $4.80 x 1

Order Processing Fee
CA $5.50x 1

TOTAL CHARGES
CA $26.73.

Are you guys kidding me? $11.80 in service fees for a $14.93 ticket!!!! Sorry but these charges are crazy. Good luck selling these tickets with the BS service charges you guys charging. I know I am not going because of this. Who’s with me?

I found this chart online. Check it out, seams to explain Ticketmaster/Livenation price breakdown quite well:

Ticketmaster Price Breakdown

In this example, of the $20.50 in total service charges,  $8.25 (40%) goes to Ticketmaster and the remaining $12.25 (60%) goes to the venue. The distribution of face value ticket proceeds amongst the artist, label, Ticketmaster and venue would be even more interesting.

Major artists are often able to negotiate cuts of the service fees and/or tickets for their own use or sale. The Nine Inch Nail’s Trent Reznor has eloquently discussed this and the secondary ticket market.

Are you kidding me Ticketmaster/Livenation? You want me to pay $19.25 per ticket on a $145 ticket? That is crazy. The service charge is 13.27% on top of the ticket price. What exactly does 13.27% get me? Other then the chance at presale tickets, and having to go to the Ticketmaster outlet itself, nothing that I can see. $79 in ticket fees are crazy. We all have to band together and fight these outragous prices. Why should Ticketmaster/Livenation make $288,750 CDN just on service charges for 15,000 tickets. This is just for once concert people. Just think of the millions and millions of dollars that they get in revenue just on service fees alone. There should be laws against this. So boycott Ticketmaster/Livenation as much as possible. If we dont take a stand now, we will stand for nothing later.

I just just took a recent survey from LiveNation.com in regards to the Alice In Chains show on February 2nd, in Vancouver, BC. At the end of the survey, this is what I had to say:

“I think Livenation.com sucks. That is why I created www.boycottlivenation.com . First off you guys are Americans. Do I really want free season tickets to a venue in Seattle? No I doubt it. Since the Alice in Chains concert was in Vancouver, it would be nice that you idiots offered to win free season tickets to a venue in my home city. But no, you stupid Americans cant think outside of your own country. Also, you guys charged $20 in service fees per ticket for this show. Whats up with that? I will continue to boycott livenation as much as possible with my website, buying from non LiveNation or House of Blues owned ticket retailers. Call me lets talk. ***-***-****. Also, the format of the website sucks. It is all geared towards Americans. Why not build a Canadian site too for us since you milk us for ticket fees. Thanks a lot idiots. www.boycottlivenation.com”

Lets see what kind of feed back I get from these guys.

I finally know what happened to online pre-sales this afternoon for the Alice In Chains concert on the Live Nation site. I interacted with Live Nations Western Canada via Facebook, then email, and finally phone to get the answer I was looking for.

I got the impression from Live Nation Western Canada that Alice In Chains themselves decided that they would not sell pre-sale tickets for the show as of Wednesday, Dec 2nd, 2009. Then I guess there was an agreement either made or decided by the band to sell pre-sale tickets through Cfox , the local rock radio station here and Ticketmaster on Friday, December 4th, 2009.

So did Alice In Chains themselves or their record company boycott Live Nation Western Canada? It sort of sounds that way to me. Although I do not like Live Nation because they are a huge monopoly, I do have to respect the people I spoke with at Live Nation Western Canada through all channels of communication, all the way to the top senior managment. They did try to please me, and answer my questions. I must admit, they were pleasent to deal with. I do however feel that they should not post any pre-sale information on their site until a full contract is made by the record company, the band, and Live Nation. Lets see if Live Nation is listing to what fans and bands alike are saying.

“…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”.

– Bruce Springsteen