While their unique style of bluegrass meets electronic jam rock may not be pleasing to the ears of many, you have to give it up to The String Cheese Incident for fighting the good fight. Picking up where Pearl Jam left off, the Colorado based band has been at war with Ticketmaster for nearly a decade.
As the New York Times reports; the band and approximately 50 fans recently waged a successful battle in the long feud against Ticketmaster at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.
Armed with $20,000 in cash advanced from the band, fans purchased upwards of eight tickets at $49.95 a pop from the venues “service fee free” box office. The fans then returned the tickets to String Cheese Incident who immediately “scalped” them by placing them for sale on their official website for the price of $49.95. As the bands’ bassist Keith Moseley mentions in the piece, the group will eat the cost in reselling the tickets in order to give fans a better deal as well as letting them know they are appreciated.
This is not the first time String Cheese Incident has stood up for fans against the mighty ticket selling corporation. In 2003, SCI Ticketing (now known as Baseline Ticketing) sued Ticketmaster citing the Sherman Anti-Trust Act for the right to sell more than 8% of their tickets directly to fans. A settlement was reached allowing the band to sell more tickets however that deal expired back in 2009.
Within the article, band manager Mike Luba goes into great detail as to how the band has made deals with numerous box offices for the right to sell a larger number of tickets directly to fans. Unable to strike a deal with the Greek Theatre (who refused to return two calls to the New York Times) the band took advantage of the “no service fee” loophole at the historic Los Angeles concert venue. Luba also points out that the band is losing $1-2 dollars per transaction in credit card fees for each order.
While time will only tell if this blows back and bites The String Cheese Incident in the backside, one must tip their hats to the jam rockers for taking on the massive monopoly (who of course refused to comment citing a confidentiality agreement signed with the band back in 2003). If you want to support the cause, a complete itinerary for the band’s 2012 summer tour is down below. You can purchase tickets from String Cheese Incident directly and read a statement from the band by clicking here.
Update: This story has now been featured on Fox News. Check out the video below.
The String Cheese Incident Summer 2012 Tour Dates:
6.29 Electric Forest, Rothbury, MI
6.30 Electric Forest, Rothbury, MI
7.1 Electric Forest, Rothbury, MI
7.5 Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO
7.6 Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO
7.7 Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO
7.10 Snow Park Amphitheater, Park City, UT
7.12 Pepsi Amphitheater, Flagstaff, AZ
7.13 Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
7.14 Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA
7.15 Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA
7.19 Horning’s Hideout, North Plains, OR
7.20 Horning’s Hideout, North Plains, OR
7.21 Horning’s Hideout, North Plains, OR
7.22 Horning’s Hideout, North Plains, OR
Photo Credit: Bradley Darby