Metallica Ticket Scalping Scandal

by Austin Donnelly

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Metallica is the biggest metal band in the world without question. They also happen to be one of my favorite bands of all time. Which is why their recent controversy pains me so much. Metallica is no stranger to big controversies, especially with their whole Napster debacle, but I was too young to care at the time. So this is their first controversy where I care.

So what happened? Well apparently someone in Metallica’s management thought that they weren’t getting enough money, even though they are one of the richest bands in the world, and decided to buy some of their own concert tickets and scalp them for more. You heard that right. They would buy, say, a $50 ticket and sell it for sometimes triple the price. For context, their last album, “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” which came out in 2016, and has been certified platinum. That is extremely hard to do in this day and age where very few people purchase albums outright. So given that, there really is no need for them to rip their fans off for more money, because they are already swimming in it.

The band has been accused of doing this before but there was never any proof, until now. Reported by Billboard, there’s a recording of a phone call that took place between Live Nation (a ticket site), venue promoter Vaughn Millette, and Metallica’s ticketing consultant Tony DiCioccio where they discussed purchasing and reselling 4,400 tickets to ticket scalping sites. And the worst part of this is that some members of the band itself allegedly knew about it

So yeah, this is a rough day for Metallica fans. It’s always hard to see your heroes get caught being uselessly greedy. This won’t stop me from being a fan, but I am definitely disappointed in them.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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