Bruce Springsteen fans shocked at 2023 tour ticket cost stickers
That’s what some fans are experiencing who bought or attempted to buy tickets for the six concerts of the Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band 2023 US Tour that went on sale the morning of Wednesday, July 20.
The price of some floor seats has risen to over $4,000 thanks to Ticketmaster’s dynamic pricing system, which adjusts the price in real time based on demand.
“I guess when Bruce yells ‘Is anyone alive there?’ on the next tour it will be more of a medical check on those who had to sell a kidney to be able to afford tickets,” a fan quipped on Twitter.
The base price for shows was $60 to $399 on Wednesday.
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“A lot of rock bands charge that kind of price and are able to do dynamic pricing, but I wish he would put a cap or say I’m not comfortable with that,” Brandon Thompson said. of Moorestown, publisher of the Blog It All Night Springsteen news site. “Dynamic pricing has gotten a bit out of hand with changing demand.”
Dynamic Pricing, also known as “Platinum Seats,” “enables market-based pricing (adjusting prices based on supply and demand) for live event tickets, similar to how tickets flights and hotel rooms are sold,” Ticketmaster states on its website.
Springsteen’s ticket prices are in line with industry standards for similar acts. Paul McCartney’s recent “Got Back” and Harry Styles tours have used dynamic pricing, and ticket costs have run into the thousands.
Springsteen, until now, had held the line on the ticket price. The price for the 2016 and 2017 “River Tour,” the E Street Band’s final tour, was below the industry average, between $68 and $150 for a typical arena show.
“I miss camping at Jack’s Music Store in Red Bank or calling WPLJ to win tickets! tweeted a fan. “(Springsteen) we love you but Ticketmaster only scalps real fans!”
Some took umbrage that Springsteen fans who signed up as “verified fans” on Ticketmaster were subject to dynamic pricing.
“The Verified Fan process is a rigged game,” said Kevin Farrell of Sea Girt. “(Ticketmaster) knows exactly the supply of seats and the demand for those seats, so they can control and raise prices at will through dynamic pricing. The process turned into an auction, not a ticket-buying process, with the auctioneer making sure they got as much money as possible.
A fan asked E Street Band member Little Steven Van Zandt what the deal was on Twitter.
“I have nothing to do with ticket prices. Nothing. No. Niente. Bubkis…” Van Zandt said.
Tickets to Tampa, FL, Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, FL, Tulsa, Okla. ; The Denver and Boston shows went on sale Wednesday. Verified resale tickets are currently available for the shows.
Shows at Toyota Center in Houston, Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland are not sold through Ticketmaster, and no verified fan code is required.
Area shows also include Madison Square Garden in New York on April 1; two at the new USB Arena in Belmont Park, New York, April 9 and 11; and the Prudential Center in Newark on April 14 to close the race.
A second leg of the North American tour will begin in August 2023 following stadium shows in Europe. So far, more than 1.2 million tickets for European shows have been sold.
US Arena Tour 2023
February 1, Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena (tickets on sale July 20)
Feb. 3, Atlanta, State Farm Arena (tickets on sale July 27 at 10 a.m.)
February 5, Orlando, Florida, Amway Center (July 20)
February 7, Hollywood, Florida, Hard Rock Live (July 20)
Feb. 10, Dallas, American Airlines Center (10 a.m. July 22)
February 14, Houston, Toyota Center* (10 a.m. on July 22)
Feb. 16, Austin, TX, Moody Center (10 a.m. July 22)
Feb. 18, Kansas City, Mo., T-Mobile Center (10:00 a.m. July 27)
Feb. 21, Tulsa, Okla., BOK Center (July 20)
Feb. 25, Portland, Oregon, Moda Center (10:00 a.m. July 22)
Feb. 27, Seattle, Climate Pledge Arena (10:00 a.m. July 27)
March 2, Denver, Xcel Energy Center (10 a.m. July 21)
March 7, Milwaukee, Fiserv Forum (10 a.m. July 27)
March 9, Columbus, Ohio, Nationwide Arena (10:00 a.m. July 27)
March 12, Uncasville, Connecticut, Mohegan Sun (10:00 a.m. July 22)
March 14, Albany, NY, MVP Arena (10:00 a.m. July 22)
March 16, Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center* (10:00 a.m. July 26)
March 18, State College, Pennsylvania, Bryce Jordan Center (10 a.m. July 26)
March 20, Boston, TD Garden (July 20)
March 23, Buffalo, NY, KeyBank Center (10:00 a.m. July 27)
March 25, Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum (10:00 a.m. July 22)
March 27, Washington, DC, Capital One Arena (10:00 a.m. July 26)
March 29, Detroit, Little Caesars Arena (10 a.m. July 27)
April 1, New York, Madison Square Garden (10 a.m. July 29)
April 3, Brooklyn, Barclays Center* (10 a.m. on July 29)
April 5, Cleveland, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse* (10:00 a.m. July 27)
April 7, Baltimore, Baltimore Arena (10 a.m. July 26)
April 9 and 11, Belmont Park, NY, USB Arena (10 a.m. on July 29)
April 14, Newark, Prudential Center (10 a.m. July 29)
*General sale: no Ticketmaster Verified Fan access code required
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Jersey Shore native Chris Jordan covers entertainment and reporting for USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; [email protected]