Kid Rock Scolds Scalpers on Website
Second-hand brokers hijack hometown show tickets, infuriating the rocker.
It took only 19 minutes for tickets to Kid Rock’s 40th birthday concert in Detroit to sell out, but only a matter of seconds for the news to turn the artist into a devil with a cause.
The majority of the 45,000 tickets to the Jan. 15 show were snapped up in blocks by second-hand brokers, better known as internet scalpers, looking to pawn them off to fans of the multi-platinum rock star at a premium, an act Kid Rock finds reprehensible.
“I feel like someone is beating up a close friend or family member while I’m chained to a chair,” Rock posted on his website, “I try to understand it, I try to ask my managers and people in the business I know to help me understand it, but it seems they don’t either.”
Like the Pearl Jam vs. Ticketmaster feud of the 1990s, Rock says this next-gen breed of ticket brokers are undermining his efforts to keep costs down for his fans. It's worth noting that Rock is one of the few iTunes hold-outs, taking issue with the online retailers pricing structure.
The concert, which will rename Detroit’s Ford Field “40 Field” (in honor of his Jan. 17 birthday, not his preferred beer can size), kicks off Kid Rock's cross-country Born Free tour in support of his album of the same name, which was released on November 16 and debuted at No. 5 with first week sales of 189,000.