HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Hot Tickets

Posted May 19, 2009 at 11:03am

Monday night’s Bruce Springsteen concert might have been packed with lawmakers, but one Member of Congress is concerned about those regular peeps who were left out in the cold.

[IMGCAP(1)]Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate what happened the day tickets went on sale for the Springsteen show held Monday night at the Verizon Center.

Pascrell didn’t actually attend the show, spokesman Caley Gray tells HOH (and here we thought attendance at Boss shows was mandatory for the Garden State delegation), but the Congressman is asking the feds to look into what happened when TicketsNow, a Ticketmaster subsidiary, oversold the show. Some Bruce fans were very unhappy at scoring tickets online only to be offered refunds or tickets to other shows.

And it looks like Bruce will remain a hot topic in Congress, even once water-cooler talk about which Members were spotted singing along to “Rosalita— last night dies down: Pascrell plans to drop legislation soon on the ticketing mess.

Pascrell has been hot on Ticketmaster’s case since he asked for an FTC investigation in February into the relationship between Ticketmaster and TicketsNow after a previous concert-sales snafu.

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