Country star Zac Bryan released a statement on Christmas Eve promising to find a way to get ticket prices lower and easier for his announced 2023 tour, without naming Ticketmaster as a problem. , as he often has. in the past.
That doesn’t mean he didn’t find it another A place to name more than a ticketing giant. Along with his written statement, Brian released an amazing live album, titled… “All My Homies Hate Ticketmaster (Live at Red Rocks).”
The new album’s title coincides with Bryan’s tweet from Nov. 15, when he wrote, “I’m Ticketmaster and Living Nation” at the end of a long series of memorabilia that he’s admired for the company. Fully aware of the relationship. All my decisions – going forward – will reflect this and until there is a serious change in the system all my houses will hate Ticketmaster. (The last thing I want to say about I say.) Sorry to bother you.
This tweet was not verified Exactly Anyway, his final word on this, but fans who share his sentiments are happy that he stated his “last” in the title of the new release that, like his studio efforts from 2022, will have huge streaming numbers. is bound to collect. Over the past year, Brian has become not only one of country’s newest breakout stars but also one of the most consumed artists in any genre.
With the new release, Bryan makes good on the promise he made when he headlined Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater in early November to present the concert as a live album. The show took place during an (apparently) sudden snowstorm, and included the song “Snow” performed to the delight of the frozen audience as the storm system just dumped on them. This Christmas weekend, audiences in many parts of the country will easily be able to catch a Red Rocks concert almost two months in advance.
Brian, who almost never gives interviews, has been a strong social media communicator since rising to stardom and has used his platforms in recent months to promise he won’t be bypassing Ticketmaster for future tours. It indicates that he is still working on finding out. Another way to issue tickets. He became the most high-profile artist to publicly fight against Ticketmaster in such a big way since Pearl Jam in the 90s. The band, after struggling to find alternative ways to promote tours, eventually struck a deal with a ticketing service that satisfied the band’s issues.
In his Christmas Eve social media post, Brian wrote, “There seems to be a huge problem with reasonable ticket prices for live shows lately. I’ve seen kids at my shows who are trying to get there. They have paid up to four hundred dollars and I’m done. I decided to play a limited number of titles in the next year. Make sure tickets don’t have to cost $450 to see a good, honest show. … I believe working class people should still be able to buy tickets to shows … I’m so tired of people saying that. Things can’t be done about this huge issue while big monopolies steal money from working class people here.
Significantly, Bryan added, “Also, to any songwriter trying to make music relevant to the working class man or woman (they should take pride in fighting for the people who hear the words they sing.” “
Bryan didn’t alienate anyone with the comment, but some fans are wondering if it’s a subtle tweet hinting at this year’s Bruce Springsteen ticketing controversy. The superstar artist allowed Ticketmaster to use its “platinum” pricing system, where the cost of certain tickets are adjustable to increase to market value, in an attempt to claim the extra money that Ticketmaster Secondary sellers outside the system claim extra money. may receive When Springsteen finally talked about selling some tickets for thousands of dollars through Ticketmaster, he indicated that despite the fan outrage, he has no regrets, and believes that the The dynamic ticketing system was fair.
As controversy over its governance and practices has grown this year, Ticketmaster has insisted that it is up to the artists’ camp to set prices, and that as a company it collects less of the ticketed fees. Consumers and, more recently, lawmakers are complaining. Artists also have the right to opt out of the platinum system and cap the price on their top tickets.
In announcing the new album on his social media, Brian – not worried about burning bridges – made sure to wish Ticketmaster a Merry Christmas by tagging the company’s handle in the album title.
The live album, Brian’s third release of the year after two studio collections, won’t be the last of what he has in the pipeline for some time. At the end of November, the singer-songwriter revealed that he is working on a 2023 studio album titled “Writers and Warriors.”
Brian got his own on Saturday Christmas Eve when former President Barack Obama chose Brian’s “Something in the Orange” as one of his 25 best songs of 2022.