February 5, 2023

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Jack Bryan Drops Live Album, ‘All My Homies Hate Ticketmaster’

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Country star Zach Bryan issued a statement on Christmas Eve promising to find ways to keep ticket costs low and easy to get for his yet-to-be-announced 2023 tour, without naming Ticketmaster as a problem, as he has often done in the past.

Which doesn’t mean he didn’t find out other A place to call the ticket giant more clearly, by name. Along with his written statement, Brian released a stunning live album, titled… “All My Homies Hate Ticketmaster (Live at Red Rocks).”

The new album’s title echoes a tweet from Brian from November 15, when, ending a long series of missives, he wrote, “I’m fully aware of the Ticketmaster and Live Nation relationship. All my decisions – going forward – will reflect this and all my homies will continue to hate Ticketmaster until there is a serious change to the system. (Last talk on the subject.) Sorry to bother you.”

That tweet didn’t make it right That’s his final word on the matter, after all, but fans who share his sentiments are glad he made his “final” statement in the title of a new release that, like his studio efforts from 2022, is bound to rack up massive streaming numbers. Over the past year, Brian has become not only one of country’s newest breakout stars but also one of the most consumed artists in any genre.

With the new release, Brian fulfills his promise to release the concert as a live album when he headlined Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater in early November. The show took place during an (obviously) unexpected fall blizzard and included the song “Snow”, performed to the delight of the frozen audience as the storm system bore down on them. This Christmas weekend, audiences across much of the country will be able to easily picture the near-whiteout at the Red Rocks concert less than two months ago.

Bryan, who almost never gives interviews, has been an admirable social media communicator since his rise to stardom and has used his platforms in recent months to vow he won’t go through Ticketmaster for future tours, indicating he’s still figuring things out. Another way to spread the ticket. He became the highest-profile artist to publicly battle Ticketmaster in such a big way since Pearl Jam in the ’90s; The band, after struggling to find alternative ways to promote the tour, eventually struck a deal with a ticketing service that satisfied the band’s concerns.

In his Christmas Eve social media post, Brian wrote, “There seems to be a huge issue with fair ticket prices at live shows lately. I’ve met kids at my shows who paid over four hundred bucks to be there and I gave it up. I’m next. Decided to play a limited number of headline shows this year that I did my best to price as cheaply as possible and to prove to people that a good and honest show doesn’t have to cost $450 … I believe working class people can still afford tickets to shows. Should be able to… I’m so tired of people saying nothing can be done about this huge issue while huge monopolies sit there and steal money from working people.”

Notably, Brian added, “Furthermore, any songwriter trying to make ‘relatable music for the working class man or woman’ should pride themselves on fighting for the people who hear the words they sing.”

Bryan didn’t single anyone out with the comment, but some fans wondered if it was a subtweet to echo this year’s Bruce Springsteen ticketing controversy. That superstar artist took heat for allowing Ticketmaster to use its “platinum” pricing system, where the price of certain tickets is adjustable to go above perceived market value, in an attempt to get secondary sellers outside of the Ticketmaster system to demand extra money. When Springsteen finally opened up about some of his tickets being sold for thousands of dollars through Ticketmaster, he indicated that he had no regrets, despite fan outrage, and believed that the dynamic ticketing system was fair.

As controversy over its dominance and practices has grown this year, Ticketmaster has maintained that pricing depends on artists’ camps and that as a corporation it collects little of what consumers and, more recently, lawmakers complain. Artists also have the right not to use the platinum system and set their top ticket prices.

The live album, Brian’s third release of the year after two studio collections, won’t be the last of what’s in the pipeline for some time. At the end of November, the singer-songwriter revealed that he was working on a 2023 studio album titled “Writer and Warrior”.

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