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The Cure 1; Ticketmaster 0

Bill DeYoung



Robert Smith at The Cure's 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Photo: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Prior to launching its first American tour in seven years – including a June 29 stop at Amalie Arena – the British band The Cure has taken a stand against Ticketmaster and its tacked -on charges.

“Ticketmaster have agreed with us that many of the fees bring charged for the shows are unduly high,” Robert Smith, longtime frontman for the new wave band, wrote on Twitter. “And as a gesture of goodwill have offered at $10 per ticket refund to all verified fan accounts for lowest ticket price (LTP) transactions and a $5 per ticket refund to all verified fan accounts for all other ticket prices, for all Cure shows at all venues.”

Storm clouds seemed to be brewing even as the tour was announced: “The Cure have agreed all ticket prices,” said, “and apart from a few Hollywood Bowl charity seats, there will be no ‘platinum’ or ‘dynamically priced’ tickets on this tour.”

On Twitter, Smith offered further explanation: “We didn’t agree to the ‘dynamic pricing’/’price surging’/’platinum ticket’ thing … because it is itself a bit of a scam? A separate conversion!”

Ticketmaster per-ticket charges included a “Service Fee, a “Facility Charge” and an “Order Processing Fee.”

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