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After Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was listed as missing during last week’s election when Democrats lost control of the House of Representatives, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) stepped in Tuesday night Action – via Taylor Swift.
The Queens-Bronx congresswoman called Ticketmaster and Live Nation after Swift fans broke down in tears over epic technical difficulties while trying to buy tickets for her upcoming US tour.
The Ticketmaster website appeared to crash or freeze as advance tickets for Swift’s 2023 ‘The Era Tour’ of 52 dates went live Tuesday, resulting in wait times of up to eight hours that left hundreds of thousands of people disappointed.
In addition, ticket sales for West Coast shows were delayed by three hours.
The giant of concert sales accuses a “unprecedented historic demand” for fiasco Tuesday, saying millions of fans have swarmed the site to snag seats on the 32-year-old pop star’s first tour since 2018.
As the nation faces a recession, historic inflation and crime spikes — particularly in her hometown — Ocasio-Cortez, 33, took to Twitter on Tuesday to renew Democratic calls to investigate the decades-old union between the two companies, the tickets and advertising combined, concert and management under one roof.
“Daily reminder that Ticketmaster is a monopoly, its merger with LiveNation should never have been approved and they need to be governed [sic] in,” said the progressive arsonist, who represents parts of the Bronx and Queens, adding, “Break them up.”
Rep. David Cicilline, a Rhode Island Democrat who chairs the House Antitrust Committee, called for an FBI investigation.
“@Ticketmaster’s excessive wait times and fees are totally unacceptable, as evidenced by today’s @taylorswift13 tickets,” Cicilline wrote on Twitter.
“It’s no secret that Live Nation-Ticketmaster is an unaudited monopoly.”
Ticketmaster claimed that potential Swift advance ticket buyers exceeded the number of tickets available by two to one and millions more people turned online to try and snag butts for the stadium tour, which cost between $49 and $449.
“This caused some delays for fans which we know is frustrating and we have been working as quickly as possible to adjust some sale times to handle the volume and queues are now flowing,” said a spokesman.
The regular cancellations and excruciating waits in line had left Swifties – and their parents, some of whom had taken the day off to snag spots – with bad blood at the company.
“I’m a failure as a father,” wrote NextDraft newsletter writer Dave Pell.
“The one time my daughter really needed me to get her through, I ended up looking inside, relegated to the barren wastelands of the Taylor Swift ticket waiting list.”
Some of the hundreds of thousands of people who managed to snag tickets tried to capitalize on the chaos by listing their seats for up to $22,000 on second-hand sites like StubHub.
Swift, fresh off the October release of her album Midnights, had promised fans the new tour would feature music from her 16-year recording career.
Cicilline was one of the lawmakers who in 2021 asked the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the company’s “monopoly” over ticket sales, which critics say is fueling higher ticket prices and abuse of artists and venues.
The DOJ had found that Live Nation flouted regulatory restrictions during the merger “by threatening venues and forcing the bundling of artists with ticketing services,” a letter signed by Cicilline and other officials claimed.
Live Nation had reached a settlement with the FBI in 2019 that banned it from arming venues for exclusive use under threat of withholding concerts.
With mail wires
https://nypost.com/2022/11/16/aoc-trashes-ticketmaster-live-nation-monopoly-after-taylor-swift-tour-tix-snafu/ AOC Destroys Ticketmaster/Live Nation ‘Monopoly’ After Taylor Swift Tour Tix Snafu