Live Nation Breakup

The U.S. Justice Department is beginning the process of splitting Live Nation-Ticketmaster.

It is time to break up Live Nation-Ticketmaster,” US Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement announcing the lawsuit.

It is time?” It has been past time for years.1 Earlier in 2024, I jumped at the chance to see the Magnetic Fields play through 69 Love Songs. When I saw the final price of the tickets, though, I crashed back to earth. Passes for myself and my son were $45 a piece. However, when I got them in my cart, the total was $146 dollars. That’s around 50% more than the listed ticket price.

Virtually the same thing played out last year when I wanted to see TOPS and Men I Trust play. The final price was much more than the listed ticket price, due to inscrutable extra fees. In both cases, I didn’t go to the events. I could afford them, but there is a principle or two involved.


  1. Live Nation merged with Ticketmaster in 2010.↩︎

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