As the issue concerning Elton John tickets in Canada continues to swirl, Ticketmaster is reportedly denying any involvement in placing tickets to some of the upcoming Canadian shows on its TicketsNow subsidiary website.
In recent days, Ticketmaster has faced considerable scrutiny over the matter, where premium Elton John tickets that the public allegedly did not have access to on Ticketmaster’s website last month, quickly turned up on the TicketsNow website, a secondary ticket resale site where prices are often much higher.
The issue is not new to Ticketmaster, which has been accused of such behavior on more than one occasion since it bought TicketsNow earlier this year.
In the case of the Elton John shows, which sparked widespread interest throughout the country because he is performing for the first time in certain regions, government officials are looking into the matter following complaints from numerous fans.
But, according to published reports, Will Antonishyn, head of ticketing for Ticketmaster’s Saskatchewan office, was quoted saying, “The inventory belongs to the promoter and artist, and the artist determines who has what privileges in advance of the public on sale or not, like fan clubs for instance.”
In May, Ticketmaster CEO Sean Moriarty told ticket brokers something similar during a meeting in Las Vegas to quell some of their concerns. Brokers were angry that they and the public seemingly did not have access to premium tickets before they were turning up on TicketsNow. Moriarty blamed the artists and their representatives for placing their own tickets on TicketsNow and other secondary sites.
The company also removed links on its site that redirected Elton John fans to TicketsNow.
Ticketmaster spokesperson Albert Lopez told TicketNews the company would not comment on the Elton John matter. The company also did not confirm Antonishyn’s statement.