“Don’t Be Duped” By Bruce Springsteen Australian Tour 2014 Scalpers, More Dates Coming

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“Don’t Be Duped” By Bruce Springsteen Australian Tour 2014 Scalpers, More Dates Coming

The Bruce Springsteen Australian Tour 2014 has proven to be the hottest Australian ticket in town.

Mushroom mogul Michael Gudinski and Frontier Touring company clearly made the right decision to bring back The Boss and his road-hewn E Street Band to Australia next February.

Although just 10 months on from Springsteen’s Easter tour earlier this year, demand over tickets for the February 2014 tour has skyrocketed with tickets for all dates – save a second Melbourne Sydney show and a newly announced New Zealand date – now completely sold out (view the full tour itinerary at the bottom).

To address the severity of the demand, now Gudinski has personally urged fans to be patient as Frontier attempts to lock down additional tour dates from Springsteen to meet fan demand, while strongly urge fans to hold out from seeking out tickets from third party sellers and risking falling victim to fraud; “Don’t be duped by these unscrupulous sellers.”

“The demand for additional shows is absolutely massive and we’re currently in talks with management to determine where it is possible for additional shows to be added in the run,” said the Frontier chairman in a statement issued today about extra Springsteen Australian Tour 2014 dates.

“I’m confident that a lot of the markets will secure another show, although at this point I’m unable to confirm if all markets will. There are numerous logistics and availabilities that need to be factored in, but we hope to have this all finalised very soon,” he adds.

“Don’t be duped by these unscrupulous sellers.” – Michael Gudinski

Scalped tickets for the Springsteen Tour – which is confirmed to see the return of Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello with the E Street Band lineup, along with regular guitarist Stevie Van Zandt – have been springing up for sold out dates online at ridiculously marked up prices, looking to capitalise on fans desperate for a chance to catch The Boss; particularly in Adelaide and Perth, which were snubbed for Springsteen’s recent April visit, which was one of the biggest Australian tours of the year, raking in grosses of $25 million.

Gudinski’s cautionary warning against seeking tickets online from illegitimate sources echoes an official statement already issued from Frontier damning “unscrupulous scalpers” shortly after the conclusion of the first round of Springsteen presales in which tickets began turning up online, ranging from $400 from sellers on Gumtree, up to $600 on eBay, and nearly $800 on the controversial Swiss-based ticket site viagogo.

“Fans should be aware that turning to scalpers is not a wise solution,” cautions Gudinski today. “I appreciate that people are concerned they may have missed out on tickets but aside from the sheer cost of some of these tickets, the dangers of purchasing from an unauthorised outlet are considerable and I cannot tell you how many stories I’ve heard of fans being badly burnt by scalpers.”

The Mushroom honcho adds: “When you buy tickets from scalpers, often at greatly inflated prices, there is absolutely no guarantee that you are purchasing a legitimate ticket. Some of these sites can look quite official but unless you’re buying from the official outlets of Ticketek or Ticketmaster on this tour, you’re playing with fire.”

The Springsteen ticketing issue even prompted Ticketek and Ticketmaster to admit that ticketing bots had indeed been used to snaffle up a large proportion of ticket sales for the Springsteen Australian Tour 2014, but could not (or would not) divulge specifics about how many tickets fans had lost out to online ticket touts and purchasing syndicates – armies of cheap hired labour tasked with snapping tickets in bulk and on-selling them at inflated prices.

“There have been countless incidents where fans have not received the tickets they’ve paid for or in some cases have bought tickets that they’ve discovered to be fakes on the night. There is unfortunately nothing we can do for these people – they’ve chosen to spend a huge amount of money on something that they have no proof is real,” says Gudinski. “Don’t be duped by these unscrupulous sellers. Buy legitimate tickets and have peace of mind that what you have is going to get you in the door on the night.”

Bruce Springsteen Australian Tour 2014

Fri 7 Feb – Perth | Perth Arena (All Ages) – SOLD OUT
Sat 8 Feb - Perth | Perth Arena (All Ages) – SOLD OUT
Ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849

Tue 11 Feb – Adelaide | Entertainment Centre (All Ages) – SOLD OUT
Ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849

Sat 15 Feb – Melbourne | AAMI Park (All Ages) – SOLD OUT
Sun 16 Feb - Melbourne | AAMI Park (All Ages)
with special guests Hunters & Collectors and Dan Sultan
Ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849

Wed 19 Feb – Sydney | Allphones Arena(All Ages)
Ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849

Sat 22 Feb – Hunter Valley | Hope Estate (All Ages) – SOLD OUT
with special guests The Rubens and Dan Sultan
Ticketmaster.com.au | Ph: 136 100

Wed 26 Feb – Brisbane | Entertainment Centre (All Ages) – SOLD OUT
Ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849

Sat 1 Mar – Auckland | Mt Smart Stadium (All Ages) – SOLD OUT
Sun 2 Mar – Auckland | Mt Smart Stadium (All Ages) – NEW SHOW!
with special guest Jimmy Barnes
Ticketmaster.co.nz | Ph: 0800 111 999

Frontier Members pre-sale via www.frontiertouring.com/brucespringsteen
2pm NZST Thursday 5 September – 2pm NZST Friday 6 September
(or until pre-sale allocation is exhausted). Visit the website for more details
General public on sale from 9am NZST Monday 9th September


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