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Ticketmaster's free concerts leave fans unhappy

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Posted at 6:43 PM, Jun 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-27 18:04:15-04

Millions of  concertgoers have received emails from Ticketmaster, telling them they qualify for free concert tickets, as part of a settlement. (CLICK HERE for details on who qualifies for a freebie.)
    
But before you hire a babysitter and pack the tailgate for a pre-concert party, we have some potentially disappointing news.

"Very Disappointing"

Kathy Paine is one of thousands of people who were excited to receive vouchers for free shows.  The Northern Kentucky woman had been to dozens of concerts in the 80's and 90's, and now has 2 free vouchers as a result of the settlement.

But when she tried to use them, her heart sank.  There were no big concerts within hundreds of miles available,  and those near her were just for small, alternative bands.  "It's disappointing, very disappointing,"she said."

Not for Hottest Shows

It's all the result of Ticketmaster being accused of overcharging on ticket delivery fees during the past 15 years.

To settle the class action, Ticketmaster is giving out free vouchers to many customers, for two tickets to an upcoming show in their area.

But that's where the excitement ends for many people. Turns out the free tickets are for only concerts that are not selling out.

That means don't expect free tickets to Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, Springsteen or Justin Bieber.

A check of Ticketmaster's list of eligible concerts find that most free shows are for groups like:

  • Kool and the Gang, and other 70's and 80's bands.
  • A Journey tribute band, not the real Journey.
  • A Fleetwood Mac tribute band, and Nirvana tribute band.
  • And dozens of small, up and coming bands most people have not heard of.

There are a few big name shows like Gwen Stefani, Counting Crows and Rascal Flats, but only in select cities, and tickets to those are disappearing in minutes, according to Facebook posts.

Most of the "hot" shows are in Philadelphia, Atlanta or California. In Florida, some big name acts will be at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

But in many cities, like Cincinnati, for instance, most shows are for smaller, alternative acts at Bogart's night club.

CLICK HERE for the full list of free shows.

So don't get too excited before you check the list, so you don't waste your money.
    
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