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  posted on 3/11/2009 at 04:05 PM
Singer Neil Diamond Caught Scalping His Own Tickets

Wednesday, March 11, 2009
By Ethan Smith
AP

Neil Diamond works with a third party run by his manager to resell large numbers of tickets at higher prices.

Less than a minute after tickets for last August's Neil Diamond concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden went on sale, more than 100 seats were available for hundreds of dollars more than their normal face value on premium-ticket site TicketExchange.com. The seller? Neil Diamond.

Ticket reselling also known as scalping is an estimated $3 billion-a-year business in which professional brokers buy seats with the hope of flipping them to the public at a hefty markup.

In the case of the Neil Diamond concerts, however, the source of the higher-priced tickets was the singer, working with Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc., which owns TicketExchange, and concert promoter AEG Live. Ticketmaster's former and current chief executives, one of whom is Mr. Diamond's personal manager, have acknowledged the arrangement, as has a person familiar with AEG Live, which is owned by Denver-based Anschutz Corp.

Selling premium-priced tickets on TicketExchange, priced and presented as resales by fans, is a practice used by many other top performers, according to people in the industry. Joseph Freeman, Ticketmaster's senior vice president for legal affairs, says that the company's "Marketplace" pages only rarely list tickets offered by fans.

The vast majority of tickets are sold by the artists and their promoters with the cooperation of Ticketmaster. In fact, he says that for any concert to which Ticketmaster carries so-called platinum seats, the Marketplace sells only artist-sanctioned tickets, not those resold by fans.


 

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  posted on 3/11/2009 at 04:13 PM
Boo Neil! This settles it - I will never attend another Neil Diamond show!!!

(not that I was going to anyway as I don't enjoy his music that much but this right here makes me actually disrespect the guy, also )

Now to the issue of TicketExchange and where tickets are actually coming from ... This is definitely unsettling and depressing information.

 

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  posted on 3/11/2009 at 04:13 PM
That is despicable!

 

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  posted on 3/11/2009 at 04:17 PM
I seem to recall Beacon tix had an auction section for some of the best seats each night. Don't you suppose the ABB gets a cut of that? Not criticizing, just saying...
 

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  posted on 3/11/2009 at 04:24 PM
Neil is the special guest 3/23

 

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  posted on 3/11/2009 at 04:44 PM
The real news will be

as Paul Harvey says:

"The Rest Of The Story"

When the full expose list appears, if ever, some of us may be burning CD's.....

 

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  posted on 3/11/2009 at 05:17 PM
Neil is the special guest 3/23

Warren does some great licks on Sweet Caroline

 

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  posted on 3/11/2009 at 05:45 PM
Bring back the days when people had to wait in lines to get their tickets and they were only sold at the venue. That would put an end to all the nonsense.

 

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  posted on 3/11/2009 at 05:52 PM
Maybe make 'em all will calls with a 4-6 ticket limit per person. There's gotta be a way to stop the profiteers.

 

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  posted on 3/11/2009 at 06:08 PM
Neil gets my vote for douche-bag of the year, but it makes me wonder if there are any other artists doing this???.
 

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  posted on 3/11/2009 at 06:27 PM
Look, many fan clubs (U2, The Who, The Stones, The Police) charged fees off about $100 to have acces to their pre-sales. Not a hell of a lot different. ONE MORE ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR LANA AND ROWLAND!!!!
 
 


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