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The Rolling Stones, Kid Rock Talk Ticket Scalping
By: Troy Frisby

Kid Rock
fans were ecstatic when the rocker announced earlier this year that tickets for his summer tour would only cost $20, but it left many in the music industry wondering, “How is he going to afford this?”

Well, it seems they’ve found their answer.

The Boston Herald reports that Kid admitted to scalping around one thousand of his own concert tickets to make up for the loss of income from the cheap tickets.

The singer sees no problem with it as long as musicians are upfront about it, telling the Associated Press (via the Boston Herald), “I’m in the scalping business, but you know what? We told everyone. A lot of artists have been doing this for years behind fans’ backs, taking all these backdoor deals.”

According to the Herald’s article, ticket scalping is on the rise, with scalpers now playing a vital role in summer ticket sales for performers like The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney.

The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards told the AP that he wants to counter the expensive concerts by performing free shows to fans who can’t afford their tickets, which averaged more than $300 for the band’s “50 & Counting Tour.”

“I’d do some free shows. I’d work my butt off and I don’t care how much,” Richards said. “But these are set up above my head, man…I wish it was five bucks a ticket.”

Fellow Rolling Stone Mick Jagger was even less optimistic, telling the AP that musicians are completely powerless when it comes to scalping.

“You can look at it like, ‘Well, no one’s making any money except these secondary ticket selling companies and their making more money than anyone,” he said. “It’s completely legal, so until it’s illegal, there’s nothing much anyone can do about that.”

To protect himself against scalping from others, Kid Rock is making the first 20 rows available only through paperless tickets, which has been effective in reducing the number scalped tickets in recent years. The musician will also be blocking off the first few rows at his shows to pull fans from the nosebleed seats down to the front.

Kid Rock’s tour, which includes special guests ZZ Top, Uncle Kracker and Kool and the Gang. Check out Kid’s official site for a complete list of tour dates.

For more on the Rolling Stones' "50 & Counting" tour, head to their official website.

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