In the months before the two most reviled companies in the concert world decided to join forces in a mega-merger that makes them the Death Star of Live Music, giant national concert promoters Live Nation toyed with thumbing their noses at Ticketmaster’s much-hated, consumer-gouging “convenience fees” with a number of plans that they tested in their mid-sized House of Blues venues.
One involved selling tickets to many of their shed shows at the HOB box office, sans or with greatly reduced service fees. Another was offering “unlimited club shows” with a one-price “club passport,” sort of like the airlines’ frequent flier bonuses.
Now that Ticketmaster/Live Nation are one, the evil entity quietly is pushing a different scam also inspired by the airlines—though this time, it’s those ridiculous extra fees that let you board first or jump to the front of the line at security.
Actually, there are two new schemes, and both tack an extra $15 on to your ticket for select shows at the less-hip-than-ever House of Blues.