Any time Bruce Springsteen announces a tour, it's an exciting time that makes everyone in New Jersey proud of the state they come from. Unfortunately, it was after Bruce's amazing 2009 Super Bowl halftime show that all of his fans discovered gross irregularities in buying concert tickets online.
My office received thousands of complaints from prospective ticket buyers who were mistakenly informed the show was sold out, and were then directed to secondary marketplaces, also owned by Ticketmaster, where brokers scalped seats for thousands of dollars. While we succeeding in delinking the primary and secondary marketplaces, three years later, we still have a long way to go. As recently as last week, the Star Ledger reported that million of taxpayers' dollars were given in kickbacks to Live Nation – which serves as both the concert promoter and the ticket seller.
I'm asking Springsteen fans from throughout northern New Jersey, and across the nation, to let me know of any irregularities in the purchasing of tickets to his upcoming tour. Please click here to use the contact form on my website (select "SPRINGSTEEN" as the subject) to share your story. Your stories will help inform my efforts to advance the BOSS ACT – a bill to regulate the ticket selling and reselling industry. Please help me work to protect consumers who want to see one of the greatest icons of the American middle class in concert without having to pay a king's ransom. Live Nation Entertainment, and secondary market resellers, must all know that the American people will be watching.