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Kid Rock is scalping mad
Jeffrey Remz | December 3, 2010
Kid Rock is not a happy camper. The sometime sort of country singer is having a 40th birthday party for himself at Ford Field in downtown Detroit on Jan. 15, 2011.
So, he figured he'd have thousands of his friends there. He still might, but they may end up paying a lot more for the privilege than the Kid would have liked.
The problem, of course, was that a slew of tickets ended up in the hands of scalpers. Some of these fine folks are selling their tickets on Ebay and other such plays for huge bucks. As of Friday afternoon, 251 auctions were on eBay with the lowest price being $50.
So, the Kid took to his web site to vent and sympathize. (We take no credit for the spelling!)
"I am a musician. I did not attend college and barley made it out of high school. I try my hardest to keep my ticket prices low, THIS I HAVE CONTROL OF.!! I can not control nor do i understand how the fuck the scalpers and all the secondary websites and bullshit get them. IF I COULD CONFRONT EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM FACE TO FACE I WOULD AND IT WOULD NOT WORK OUT TO WELL FOR THEM I GAURANTEE ALL OF YOU. I hate them, i feel like someone is beating up a close friend or family member while im chained to a chair. I try to understand it, i try to ask my managers and people in the buisness i know to help me understand it, but it seems they dont either. The only way i know right now to stop it is to not buy from these people or wait till the last minute when there scared they cant sell em and have to sell them cheap. I am not gonna apologize for something i cant control and it you wanna hate or blame me for it, go for it. But if your really pissed about it, research it and try to find out why its going on and let me know. alot of us are trying to figure out a better way, trust me, the last thing i want is some bottom of the barrel lazy fuck who wont get a real job ripping off my fans to get rich. And no, this post was not consulted w my mangers or publicist, they would probly say not to post it, but thats not how i do things. This is right from my computer to yours. I hope it helps to understand at least how i feel about people trying to get tickets in my fan club or any other way that turns out to be a let down, THAT IS NOT MY INTENTION OR WHY I GOT INTO MUSIC AT ALL. Maybe i should shut down the fan club, because i dont want anyone to think im screwing them and i cant keep the "bottom feeders" from joining it, YET!"
"I try to think of better ways to do things all the time, especially for the fans, but my main focus is always my son and then writing good songs, without those two things, nothing is happening. I will keep my mind spinning trying to figure out a better way to get good tickets to my true fans, and it brings to mind a new song on the new cd "the least that i can do is care" unfortunatley thats not gonna be enuff in this case. trust me im on top of this and doing what i can. Thx"
Couldn't have said it better Kid Rock. Let's hope some day someone figures this out big time. It's not easy when you have huge crowds at stadiums to pull this off, but some day...