Bruce Springsteen Rips Into Ticketmaster Over Ticket Scam

Bridgestone Super Bowl XLIII Halftime ShowBruce Springsteen was furious at Ticketmaster after the concert ticket agent reportedly scammed fans into paying higher prices for his upcoming concerts at the Meadowlands.

When Springsteen learned about the scam, he tore into the ticket seller

“The abuse of our fans and our trust by Ticketmaster has made us as furious as it has made many of you,” he said in a message on his Web site. “We condemn this practice.”

The main Ticketmaster Website was selling tickets for $65 to $95. Fans were shut out of this site and directed to its subsidairy, TicketsNow, which was charging $200 to $5,000 a piece.

Ticketmaster has agreed to pay $350,000 in order to compensate the more than 2,000 angry fans contacted Anne Milgram, the New Jersey Attorney General.

The ticket seller will have a random drawing of 1,000 consumers to give them them a chance at buying two tickets for one of the two Springsteen concerts, May 21 or May 23.

Consumers who were not chosed in the random drawing will get a $100 Ticketmaster gift certificate and an opportunity to buy two tickets to a future Springsteen concert in New Jersey.

Fans bumped from the “No Tickets Found” page of Ticketmaster to who forked over a lot more money will get a refund of the difference between what they paid and the face value of the tickets, Milgram said.

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