Monday, November 29, 2010

Kid Rock upset over ticket scalpers

In the aftermath of selling out Detroit’s Ford Field in under 20 minutes, Kid Rock isn’t happy about what’s happening with ticket scalpers and the secondary ticket market.

On Friday, the Detroit Free Press reported that tickets sold out in 19 minutes for Kid Rock’s January 15 birthday concert at Ford Field.

More than 45,000 seats, including several thousand purchased in a private presale earlier in the week, were snatched up.

At the same time those tickets were selling like clockwork, the scalpers and other ticket agencies were already offering tickets at marked-up prices.

Fans unable to secure tickets have taken the ticket issue discussion to Rock’s website and are vocal over their displeasure with the current systems.

On his website Monday, Kid Rock posted about his own frustration with the system, and his anger over 'true' fans not getting access to tickets for the event.

Here’s Rock’s full post:

“Fans upset about For Field tickets and what not…”

I am a musician. I did not attend college and barely made it out of high school. I try my hardest to keep my ticket prices low, THIS I HAVE CONTROL OF!!

I cannot control, nor do I understand how the f*** the scalpers and all the secondary websites and bulls*** get them. IF I COULD CONFRONT EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM FACE TO FACE I WOULD AND IT WOULD NOT WORK OUT TO WELL FOR THEM I GUARANTEE ALL OF YOU. I hate them, I feel like someone is beating up a close friend or family member while I’m chained to a chair.

I try to understand it, I try to ask my managers and people in the business I know to help me understand it, but it seems they don’t either.

The only way I know right now to stop it is to not buy from these people or wait till the last minute when they’re scared they can’t sell ‘em and have to sell them cheap.

I am not gonna apologize for something I can’t control, and if you wanna hate or blame me for it, go for it. But if you’re really pissed about it, research it and try to find out why it’s going on and let me know.

Alot of us are trying to figure out a better way, trust me, the last thing i want is some bottom of the barrel lazy f*** who won’t get a real job ripping off my fans to get rich.

And no, this post was not consulted w my mangers or publicist, they would probably say not to post it, but that’s not how I do things.

This is right from my computer to yours.

I hope it helps to understand at least how I feel about people trying to get tickets in my fan club or any other way that turns out to be a let down, THAT IS NOT MY INTENTION OR WHY I GOT INTO MUSIC AT ALL. Maybe I should shut down the fan club, because I don’t want anyone to think I’m screwing them and I can’t keep the "bottom feeders" from joining it, YET!

I try to think of better ways to do things all the time, especially for the fans, but my main focus is always my son and then writing good songs, without those two things, nothing is happening. I will keep my mind spinning trying to figure out a better way to get good tickets to my true fans, and it brings to mind a new song on the new cd "the least that I can do is care" Unfortunately that’s not gonna be enuff in this case.

Trust me, I’m on top of this and doing what I can. thx

Kid Rock – Born Free
2010 United Way Thanksgiving Halftime Show
Ford Field – Detroit, MI – November 25, 2010