Live Nation's cheap ticket offer: Is anyone buying this?
A couple of weeks ago, I decided to splurge and plunk down $150 for two Bruce Springsteen tickets at the Ford Amphitheatre.
Actually, let me rephrase that. I plunked down $110 for Springsteen tickets. I plunked down an additional $40 for Live Nation ticket fees and parking fees. Which is totally reasonable.
But I'm not here solely to rage about ticket fees; that's so Eddie-Vedder-circa-1994. I'm here to pose a question: Is anyone out there taking advantage of Live Nation's much-balleyhood "No Service Fee Wednesdays"?
I was checking out the Tampa ticket deals to be had today, and they look pretty outstanding: Lawn tickets to Coldplay, above, for $17.50; Marilyn Manson and Slayer for $13.75; REO Speedwagon and Styx for $9.75. (It's essentially a buy-one-get-one-free offer; you have to buy two tickets in order to get the deal.)
But of course, those prices don't include service fees -- which, paradoxically, still seem to be part of "No Service Fee Wednesdays." For example, if you buy two tickets to Depeche Mode at $14.75 apiece, you still have to pay just over $9 per ticket in ticket and parking fees. For those $17.50 Coldplay tickets, you'd still pay more than $11 in fees and taxes.
This week Live Nation did expand its No Service Fee Wednesdays to include a number of additional clubs and theaters, including the House of Blues in Orlando. There, you truly don't have to pay service fees (maybe a couple of bucks for a building facility charge), but you don't get the BOGO deals, either.
Don't get me wrong: These really are some pretty good deals to be had. You can save $82.32 today on a pair of reserve Coldplay seats (face value: $59.75 apiece), which is nothing to sneeze at. And if my Springsteen show had fallen under the No Service Fee Wednesdays umbrella, I'd have only had to pay $75 instead of $150. I would have taken that deal in a heartbeat.
Overall, Live Nation says concertgoers nationwide have saved more than $10 million this summer thanks to these weekly deals.
What do you guys say? Have any of you taken advantage of Live Nation's ticket deals this summer? If so, what kind of fees have you had to pay?
And in the end, was it worth it?
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Associated Press.