In our recent post about musician Joe Pug and other artists looking to get away from
ridiculous service fees on tickets, commenter berick pointed out that Bob Dylan has come up with an interesting strategy
to not just get around service fees, but scalpers as well: no pre-bought tickets to the show, just pay cash at the door:
When Bob Dylan says his just-announced, surprise show at the Warfield in San Francisco next Wednesday, August 25 costs $60, he means it costs $60 -- no service charges. No scalpers. No secondary market. In fact, perhaps as an effort to combat all complaints about the ticketing industry at large, there simply won't be any advance tickets to the show. Fans will pay $60 -- cash only -- on their way inside the venue, and that's that.
Of course, the downside to this is that if too many people show up (a decent possibility) you might not get in at all... Still, it's interesting to see how musicians are trying to get around activities that are seen as anti-consumer when it comes to pricing live shows.