Sir Elton John Urges Fans Not To Pay High Prices For Show Tickets
Sir Elton John has blasted ticket agency bosses for hiking up seat prices at his shows. Urging fans not to spend a fortune on ‘secondary’ tickets, the “Rocket Man” singer told the BBC he’d rather his shows didn’t sell out.
“I’d rather have empty seats,” he said, revealing that some tickets for his 2016 U.K. tour are being sold for up to five times their face value on some websites. “I think it’s extortionate and I think it’s disgraceful.” His outburst comes on the heels of rockers Coldplay’s efforts to force top politicians to get involved in the overpriced ticket scandal. Chris Martin and his bandmates recently signed an open letter to the government calling for action, claiming their fans were being “ripped off” by touts. John has made it clear the top price any fan should pay to see him next year is $89, and though he’s flattered people will pay five times that amount he says, “I’d rather they’d save their money and not come.”