Stephen Colbert ridicules Ticketmaster's free-voucher concerts – CNET
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Did you get the email too?
The one from Ticketmaster that told you it had given you vouchers for free tickets, after a class-action settlement involving alleged overcharging between 1999 and 2013?
I got 17 vouchers, the maximum the settlement allowed. Ticketmaster, it seems, had truly done me wrong.
Then the company began to reveal the concerts for which you could get free tickets. Could I find one I was even vaguely interested in? Not really.
Still, I tried to buy a ticket. Even that didn’t work. Well, there’s an estimated 50 million vouchers already issued.
Stephen Colbert thinks it’s all hilarious. In New York, one of the concerts is a Black Sabbath cover band. Surely you’ve heard of
Another is a Rolling Stones cover band. And well, a Guns N’ Roses cover band.
“If I want to see a lame Guns N’ Roses cover band,” said Colbert, “I’ll go and see Guns N’ Roses.”
Did you even know you could use Ticketmaster to buy tickets for such cover-band shows?
Colbert joked that even though Ticketmaster is giving away $5 million worth of free tickets, there would be a $3.5 million processing fee deducted.
Ticketmaster didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
So we await word from those who have managed to use their vouchers to buy tickets to things they really want to see.
There are always some lucky people in the world.
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