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Robert Smith “sickened” by Ticketmaster fees, after The Cure aimed for low ticket prices
The Cure‘s Robert Smith has said he is “sickened” by high Ticketmaster fees for the band’s upcoming North American tour after they vowed to keep prices affordable for fans.Last week the band announced a 30-date tour across the US, which is set to kick off at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on May 10 before closing out at the Miami-Dade Arena in Florida on July 1.In an email to fans, Smith said they would keep ticket prices reasonable, writing: “The Cure have agreed all ticket prices, and apart from a few Hollywood Bowl charity seats, there will be no ‘platinum’ or ‘dynamically priced’ tickets on this tour.”The band also said that tickets would not be “transferable” to minimise “resale and keep prices at face value”. Smith has since elaborated on the ticketing strategy, acknowledging “real problems” with the system and that it wasn’t “perfect”, but did clarify that the band had a “final say” over pricing.However, after the Verified Fan sale went live yesterday (March 15), some fans reported that Ticketmaster fees, including service fee, facility charge and order processing fee, exceeded the price of actual tickets.Smith has now responded, tweeting that he was “sickened” by the “ticketmaster ‘fees’ debacle”.He continued: “To be very clear: the artist has no way to limit them.
Listen to Yves Tumor’s disillusioned new track ‘Parody’
Yves Tumor has released new song ‘Parody’, the final single from new album ‘Praise a Lord Who Chews but Which Does Not Consume (Or Simply, Hot Between Worlds)’, out tomorrow (March 17).The melancholy track follows single ‘Echolalia’, ‘God Is a Circle’ and ‘Heaven Surrounds Us Like a Hood’.“Send your face and name on a postcard a / parody of a pop star / you behaved like a monster,” the musician sings as the track progresses to a dramatic electric guitar fill. “What makes you feel so important / can you spell it out for us / run it back in slow motion.”Listen to ‘Parody’ below.The musician’s new album, released via Warp, will follows 2020’s ‘Heaven To A Tortured Mind’, and is produced by Noah Goldstein (Frank Ocean, Rosalía).Find the full tracklist for ‘Praise to a Lord Who Chews But Which Does Not Consume (Or Simply, Hot Between Worlds)’ below and pre-order/ pre-save here.1. ‘God Is a Circle’2. ‘Lovely Sewer’3. ‘Meteora Blues’4. ‘Interlude’5. ‘Parody’6. ‘Heaven Surrounds Us Like a Hood’7. ‘Operator’8. ‘In Spite of War’9. ‘Echolalia’10. ‘Fear Evil Like Fire’11. ‘Purified by the Fire’12. ‘Ebony Eye’They are set to debut a new live show at Coachella next month, which takes places from April 14 to 16 and April 21 to 23 in Indio California.