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Monday, June 1, 2009

No fees, please


Although the recent economic downturn has left few of us with positive outlooks, there are a few perks to everyone being in the same broke boat. Like Live Nation dropping their concert service fees. At least for a day. In an effort to make concerts more affordable to concertgoers struggling with the state of the economy, the concert producer is holding a one-day only break from service fees on Wednesday June 3rd. The deal will apply to about 5 million bottom-tier tickets (mostly lawn seats at amphitheater venues) at various locations across the country. Some of the concerts in the deal include Nine Inch Nails, Aerosmith, Jimmy Buffet, Phish, Coldplay and Blink-182. Dropping the service fees will allow for an average savings of about $15 to $20 per ticket. “If you’re a music fan and you hate fees, you have no better voice in the world than to sell out all the tickets on Wednesday,” Jason Garner, Live Nation’s CEO said. “That would send a pretty loud and clear message to all the powers-that-be that says ‘Get rid of fees and we’re going to buy a lot more tickets.” If fans don’t end up selling out the concerts on Wednesday, Live Nation has said they are brainstorming a few more money-saving ideas for concertgoers. The deals will still be on Wednesdays and Garner has said they may be dropping service fees for specific artists or venues. “We’re just going to keep surprising people,” he said. So make sure you not only take advantage of this unprecedented money-saving deal, but also make a statement about how we all feel about service fees when tickets for “No Service Fee Wednesdays” go on sale at 12:01 a.m. “We are doing what we can,” Garner said. “And what we can do right now in this bad economy is give fans a special day on June 3. We can’t do everything, but we can do this.”

-Laurie Moot

Currently listening to: "Start a War," by The National

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