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  • May 06, 2006
    Fans cry foul Tom Petty cancels 460 tickets to stop scalpers
    BY ROSS RAIHALA
    Pioneer Press

    If you bought a ticket from an online broker for Tom Petty\'s upcoming shows with Pearl Jam at the X, you may be out of luck.

    In a move that could be a first in the industry, Petty\'s management and Ticketmaster have canceled some 460 seats for the June 26 and 27 concerts that were set aside for fan club members but have since shown up on Internet sites that resell tickets at a higher price.

    The tickets will be offered once again to fan club members under more strict guidelines that will require a photo ID to pick up the tickets on the night of the concert.

    \"We don\'t claim to have completely eliminated all reselling activity on these or any other shows,\" said manager Tony Dimitriades in a statement on Petty\'s Web site. \"But this is definitely a step in the right direction and a major strike on behalf of the good guys.\"

    Like many major touring acts, Petty offers his audience a chance to purchase prime seats for his concerts before they go on sale to the general public. But fans took to the Internet, via Petty\'s message board, to complain that many of the St. Paul tickets supposedly meant for that very purpose were already available for purchase at inflated rates through online brokers.

    \"It was the fan outcry that brought it to our attention,\" said Catherine Swedberg, marketing director for Jam Productions, the local promoters of the concerts. \"I think everybody gets frustrated when they see tickets online going for $300 or $400 each.\"

    Numerous scalpers apparently had joined Petty\'s fan club solely to buy tickets and resell them at a higher price - a violation of the club\'s terms, as well as Minnesota state law.

    Petty\'s management and Ticketmaster worked together to figure out which of the seats that had been set aside for fans were up for sale online. On Thursday night, about 460 tickets were canceled. Swedberg said it\'s the first time she\'s heard of such a move.

    \"I think it\'s a step in the right direction,\" Swedberg said.

    It\'s also possible other artists will look to this move as a test for preventing their own fan-club seats from being resold.
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on Sat, 2006-05-06 17:00
BY ROSS RAIHALA
Pioneer Press

If you bought a ticket from an online broker for Tom Petty\'s upcoming shows with Pearl Jam at the X, you may be out of luck.

In a move that could be a first in the industry, Petty\'s management and Ticketmaster have canceled some 460 seats for the June 26 and 27 concerts that were set aside for fan club members but have since shown up on Internet sites that resell tickets at a higher price.

The tickets will be offered once again to fan club members under more strict guidelines that will require a photo ID to pick up the tickets on the night of the concert.

\"We don\'t claim to have completely eliminated all reselling activity on these or any other shows,\" said manager Tony Dimitriades in a statement on Petty\'s Web site. \"But this is definitely a step in the right direction and a major strike on behalf of the good guys.\"

Like many major touring acts, Petty offers his audience a chance to purchase prime seats for his concerts before they go on sale to the general public. But fans took to the Internet, via Petty\'s message board, to complain that many of the St. Paul tickets supposedly meant for that very purpose were already available for purchase at inflated rates through online brokers.

\"It was the fan outcry that brought it to our attention,\" said Catherine Swedberg, marketing director for Jam Productions, the local promoters of the concerts. \"I think everybody gets frustrated when they see tickets online going for $300 or $400 each.\"

Numerous scalpers apparently had joined Petty\'s fan club solely to buy tickets and resell them at a higher price - a violation of the club\'s terms, as well as Minnesota state law.

Petty\'s management and Ticketmaster worked together to figure out which of the seats that had been set aside for fans were up for sale online. On Thursday night, about 460 tickets were canceled. Swedberg said it\'s the first time she\'s heard of such a move.

\"I think it\'s a step in the right direction,\" Swedberg said.

It\'s also possible other artists will look to this move as a test for preventing their own fan-club seats from being resold.