The Cure’s Robert Smith Says He’s “Sickened” About TicketMaster Fees as Tour Goes on Sale

The Cure’s Robert Smith has responded directly to fan complaints about fees collected by TicketMaster during the band’s “Verified Fan” ticket sales for their upcoming tour dates. “I’m as disgusted as all of you by today’s TicketMaster ‘Fees’ debacle,” Smith wrote on Twitter. “To be very clear: the artist has no way of limiting them. I have been asking how they are justified. If I get something coherent by way of response, I’ll let everyone know.” Take a look at the original tweets below.

Earlier this week, Smith aware about the band’s decision to use TicketMaster’s “Verified Fans” system in an effort to combat speculation and get more face value tickets into the hands of fans. He says the band refused to participate in the company’s dynamic pricing and “Platinum” tickets, calling the show that led to Bruce Springsteen tickets and the current E Street Band tour skyrocketing into the thousands of dollars.”a greedy scam.”

TicketMaster has come under fire for its business practices of late, facing a Senate hearing, multiple lawsuits and the “unprecedented” fraud it claims forced them to bar legitimate ticket holders from a Bad Bunny concert at the Mexico City. Last year, the Justice Department opened an antitrust investigation into Live Nation Entertainment, the company formed after Live Nation and Ticketmaster merged in 2010, for possible abuse of power. An earlier investigation found in 2019 that the company had repeatedly violated a 10-year consent decree to refrain from antitrust signed after the merger.

The Cure reissued their 1992 LP Want last year. The band’s last studio album was from 2008. 4:13 sleep. Since then, Smith has collaborated with Gorillaz and remixed Noel Gallagher’s Chvrches, Deftones and High Flying Birds.

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