Neil Young slams Ticketmaster for exorbitant fees ahead of The Cure's tour

Neil Young was not a fan of Ticketmaster which charged his fans excessive fees for tickets for The Cure

By Ellen James March 24, 2023
Neil Young slammed Ticketmaster for charging a lot of fees 

Neil Young is not a fan of the ticketing industry after the singer learned the hard way how the system cost his fans exorbitant fees.

After it was announced that The Cure will embark on a North American tour, it emerged that the band decided against Ticketmaster’s "dynamic" pricing system however this still ended up resulting in fans being unable to score tickets while others were slapped with excessive service fee.

Writing in a post on his website, Young was irate over the drama and expressed: "It’s over. The old days are gone".

He also reposted Smith’s article where he battled for reasonable ticket prices.

"I get letters blaming me for $3,000.00 tickets for a benefit I am doing. That money does not go to me or the benefit. Artists have to worry about ripped off fans blaming them for Ticketmaster add-ons and scalpers."

Young continued, "CONCERT TOURS are no longer fun. CONCERT TOURS not what they were."

This comes after The Cure made an effort to make their Songs of a Lost World tour easily accessible for their fanbase in an industry that has primarily been dominated by scalpers and eye-watering prices.

It was initially reported that  tickets were available for as low as $20.

However following the Ticketmaster blunder   band member Robert Smith gave an update on the situation. 

"After further conversation, Ticketmaster have agreed with us that many of the fees being charged are unduly high, and as a gesture of goodwill have offered a $10 per ticket refund to all verified fan accounts for lowest ticket price 'ltp' transactions," the singer wrote.

He added that fans who already purchased the expensive tickets Ticketmaster has "issued a $5 refund for them."