Published: Wed, February 22, 2017
Life&Culture | By Kristin Armstrong

Eric Church Cancels 25000 Scalped Tickets, Releases Them Back To Public

Eric Church Cancels 25000 Scalped Tickets, Releases Them Back To Public

The "Kill a Word" singer and his team took even greater steps than usual to ensure fair ticket pricing when they put the Holdin' My Own Tour on sale. "Every artist can do this, but some of them don't".

"They buy thousands of tickets across the USA, not just mine, and they end up making a fortune", Church explained.

The country superstar has canceled an astounding 25,000 tickets that had been purchased for his upcoming shows after identifying them as being bought by scalpers.

Those tickets will be released for sale to fans through legitimate sources - The Q itself and Church's ericchurch.com website.

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Certain brokers and websites - Stubhub.com, for one - do have tickets, but those are a cross-section of those legitimately purchased by fans and those bought by the scalping brokers. Then, the tickets are resold on third-party sites at ridiculous markups. Already on the tour, Eric's management team used a proprietary program to release thousands of tickets back to the public and fans in markets like Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Toronto, Vancouver and Boston.

Church admits that a lot of these methods are arduous for the average fan, but he said he doesn't want his most loyal fans to pay inflated prices to see him perform.

"We're doing 39-40 songs", Church said. In fact, all remaining dates on Church's tour have had some tickets cancelled, except the April 22 concert in Cincinnati. But Church says that kind of legislation is toothless without enforcement and argues that very few scalpers are caught or prosecuted.

Intrust Bank Arena officials said hundreds of tickets to the show are now back on sale through official outlets. "I don't believe they will anytime soon".

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