Singer Zach Bryan Goes Hard After Ticketmaster

Country star names ticket behemoth in new album title, slams unfair ticket prices for concerts
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 27, 2022 7:31 AM CST
Singer Is So Mad at Ticketmaster He Named an Album After It
Zach Bryan performs at the Railbird music fest on Aug. 29, 2021, in Lexington, Kentucky.   (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

The chorus against Ticketmaster's contentious concert pricing practices is growing, numbering among them Zach Bryan and friends. The country music artist dropped a live album, All My Homies Hate Ticketmaster, on Sunday. With it came a statement posted to social media in which he decried "a massive issue with fair ticket prices to live shows lately," per the AP. "I've decided to play a limited number of headline shows next year to which I've done all I can to make prices as cheap as possible and to prove to people tickets don't have to cost $450 to see a good and honest show," Bryan wrote, cautioning that he didn't have control of ticket prices for festivals he'll play. The statement doesn't mention Ticketmaster by name except in the new album title, though he tagged the company in a separate Instagram post displaying the track listing.

Ticketmaster has faced a slew of bad press and scrutiny in recent weeks, notably around the botched rollout of tickets for Taylor Swift's upcoming Eras Tour. A presale event in mid-November crashed the site and left many fans without tickets; the planned general sale for the stadium tour was subsequently scrapped because the dominant ticketing giant had run out of tickets. The debacle has even led several state attorneys general to open investigations. Ticketmaster Mexico is also in hot water over a Bad Bunny concert in Mexico City where thousands were left in the cold thanks to fake tickets. Mexico's consumer protection agency announced an investigation, but Ticketmaster Mexico denied the December concert was oversold.

Instead, it blamed false tickets bought through unofficial channels and "temporary interruptions in the ticket reading system, which unfortunately momentarily impeded recognition of legitimate tickets." Experts say the frustration over Ticketmaster's practices could drive political engagement, which Bryan alluded to in his statement when criticizing inaction while "huge monopolies sit there stealing money from working class people." A songwriter "trying to make 'relatable music for the working class man or woman' should pride themself on fighting for the people who listen to the words they're singing," he added. Bryan said he'd announce a tour soon. A message seeking comment from Ticketmaster wasn't immediately returned.

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