Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Live Nation, the largest concert promoter in the world, is waving the service fee it usually charges for tickets online for some of the venues it operates nationwide. This promotion is for today only (June 10) and applies to more than 50 amphitheaters, including two in Charlotte: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre and the new Uptown Amphitheatre that's opening Saturday at the NC Music Factory.

I'm assuming Live Nation is offering this deal only at amphitheaters since those are the most popular venues for summertime concerts, and because they want to entice people to come out during this recession. The service fee often runs more than $10 per ticket, which is ridiculous. While the fee is only being waved for tickets purchased today, it applies to any of the events currently listed at those venues.

For Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, this includes upcoming concerts featuring such notable acts as: Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction (June 12); 311 with special guests Ziggy Marley and The Expendables (July 3); Aerosmith with ZZ Top (July 9); (Toby Keith with Trace Adkins (July 12); Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd (July 26); Nickelback with Hinder, Papa Roach, and Saving Abel (July 31); Rascal Flatts with Darius Rucker (August 1); Coldplay (August 7); Blink-182 with Fall Out Boy (October 1); and several more.

Because the Uptown Amphitheatre is new it only has a few concerts scheduled thus far: The Fray with Jack's Mannequin (June 13); The Offspring (July 14); Jason Mraz (July 28); Counting Crows (August 21); and Chickenfoot (August 27).

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