Metallica Frontman Speaks Out Against Ticket Scalpers


(Metal Hammer) James Hetfield believes more can be done in the fight against ticket scalpers - and he says Metallica find the current situation frustrating. He argues that technology should be used to a greater extent than it is, and includes the legal secondary ticketing market as part of the problem.

Metallica have just released 10th album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct and plan to spend the next two years touring the world. Asked about secondary ticket sales for the band's recent low-key show in Toronto, Canada, Hetfield tells CTV News: "That's their karma. There's always going to be someone who has an agenda. They're going to scoop up as many as they can.

"Technology can help for sure. It's hard to believe something more can't be done. There's legal scalping out there too, which is frustrating. 'Hey, wow, we just sold 10,000 tickets - and where did they go? To one place? Interesting.'

"We're aware of it and doing what we can. At the end of the day, the fans get screwed and we get screwed. It shouldn't happen." He adds: "I would just say, 'Fans, beware. Be smart about it.'"

While Hetfield is keen to see technology used in the ticket rip-off battle, he'd happily see a reduction of online trolling and complaining. Read more here.

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