Most Concert Tickets Reserved for VIPs Before Going on Sale to Public (Video)
Many concert tickets for famous acts are almost gone by the time the public gets a chance to buy them.
As much as 92 percent of tickets are saved for VIPs claims the Fan Freedom Project, which is financially supported by StubHub, a ticket reseller.
"There's only a few people in the room when they decide who's going to get tickets. They do not want us to know that artists are themselves holding back tickets, that venues are holding back tickets," Jon Potter, of Fan Freedom Project, told the "Today" show (video below).
"They're giving them to the high-end credit card holders who get the email three days before you ever knew the concert was going on sale," explained Potter. "They're giving them to the fan club. And then many of them go to the artist or to the venue."
Some musical acts that reportedly reserved tickets at recent shows include: Maroon 5 (64 percent), Pink (77 percent) and Justin Bieber (92 percent, which may relieve many parents).
According to the "Today" show, a recent One Direction concert at the Izod Center in New Jersey held 64 percent of the tickets for VIPs.
The concert's promoter Live Nation claims were more than 11,000 One Direction tickets available to fans.
"These were available through various sales. The One Direction ticket sales, as is typical, were open, public, advertised in a variety of ways and included on the One Direction Facebook page," said Live Nation in a statement.
"The claim that only 4k tickets were made available is untrue and used to manipulate fans to drive them to secondary ticket sites."
New Jersey State Rep. Bill Pascrell has written legislation for government oversight of ticket sales and making scalping tickets illegal. Not surprisingly, tour promoters oppose the legislation.
A few tips the "Today' show gave to buy tickets include: join the musician's fan club (f you don't mind being buried with e-mails), wait until the day before the show as tickets that are held back may go on sale and ticket brokers drop their prices (the day before the concert) in order to re-sell the tickets.
Or you could just listen to the CD, which may be what you will hear anyways at some "live" shows.