by Adam Gold
Yeah yeah yeah, I know, yet another Springsteen post. Since so many people have recently expressed interested in attending Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's Sept. 10 appearance at the Sommet Center, I figured it was a good time to remind you all that tickets for the show go on sale tomorrow morning (July 25) at 10 a.m. at ticketmaster.com. As I predicted a few weeks back, tickets will range in price from $35-$98. If you're having trouble wrangling up that kind of dough perhaps you could sell weed.* It's a good way to make fast cash tax free off a product whose value and demand never decline.
Ticketmaster's handling of Springsteen's Working on a Dream Tour has been fraught with problems ever since tickets to shows in New Jersey were inexplicably available on TM's secondary market subsidiary TicketsNow. Ticketmaster claimed it was a snafu while others suggested that there was some sort of collusion at the expensive of Springsteen fans. The incident resulted in Federal Trade Commission investigating Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster faced yet another public relations debacle when TicketsNow oversold tickets to another Springsteen show in Washington D.C.
As a result of the ticketing mess, Ticketmaster has decided to institute a "paperless" ticketing system for the upcoming U.S. leg of the tour, of which Nashville is the first show. Paperless tickets will be issued for the general admission floor and the six sections closest to the stage. According to Backstreets.com:
For shows sold by Ticketmaster, like Nashville and Ft. Lauderdale, certain sections (GA floor, prime side seats) will be Paperless Ticket Delivery only. These tickets will be non-transferable, with original purchaser's ID and credit card required for entry at the venue.
The intentions are to curb sales on the secondary market. While this is ostensibly for the benefit of the ticket-buying fan, it could easily result in a needless clusterfuck as Nashville is a soft market for Springsteen. Nevertheless, be prepared to show ID and credit card if you end up with dank seats.
*By "weed" we mean marijuana. Marijuana is illegal. Nashville Cream does not endorse illegal activity.