'Springsteen Does Not Care About You:' The Boss' Home State Turns on Him for Selling $4,300 Tickets


Popular musician Bruce Springsteen faced backlash last week when tickets for his 2023 concerts have been priced as high as $4,300.

After tickets went on sale Wednesday, fans were livid. Floor seats were priced over $4,000 while standing-room-only tickets cost $1,125. Prices on Ticketmaster may fluctuate depending on the area and venue.

Even those in The Boss’ home state turned against the “working class hero,” as seen in an op-ed titled “Bruce Springsteen does not care about you.”

Springsteen, the artist who has defined his career by singing about working-class and disenfranchised Americans, has forgotten his fans,” Bobby Olivier wrote.

Ticketmaster’s business runs on a “market priced” system, which prices tickets based on demand, Breitbart reported.

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New Jersey Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell called for the entertainment company to end this practice, BizPac Review reported.

He said that “Americans have the right to enjoy some live entertainment without getting ripped off. Ticketmaster sees popular events as an opportunity to soak regular Americans.”

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Ticketmaster responded to fan complaints on Sunday, according to Variety, and said the highest prices only made up 11 percent of its “dynamic pricing” model.

This explanation did not seem to satisfy concerns, however.

Though Ticketmaster was directly responsible for pricing the tickets, fans did not let Springsteen slide either.

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Springsteen has not responded to the ticket prices as of Tuesday. His Twitter only features the marketing for his upcoming tour.

“It is exceedingly clear that Bruce Springsteen does not care how much a given fan spends to see him play,” Olivier of wrote.

“If he did care, the rock icon who recently sold the rights to his publishing catalog for a cool $500 million — and whose concert tours typically rake in around $200 million at the box office — would refuse to work with Ticketmaster, finance the shows himself, buy permits to use unoccupied fields across America and set a ticket price he alone could control.”

Olivier suggested an answer to the problem.

“The only true solution would be a federal mandate to create regulations to cap dynamic ticket pricing and give a grain of power back to the buyers. Or artists could band together and refuse to work with Ticketmaster unless these practices were better moderated or eliminated altogether,” he wrote.

“Yet the odds of either of these doesn’t seem very high.”

Raised by a school bus driver and a secretary in New Jersey, Springsteen rose to fame with songs that everyday Americans could relate to. This is why the working class loved him.

That might not be the case anymore with this latest scandal.

Tickets are currently on sale.

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David Zimmermann is a contract writer for The Western Journal who also writes for the Washington Examiner and Upward News. Originally from New Jersey, David studied communications at Grove City College. Follow him on Twitter @dezward01.