06/13/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

DC Springsteen Fans Screwed, Fans Had Better Get Used to It with Live Nation Merger Pending

TicketsNow, a subsidiary of Ticketmaster royally screwed fans who paid up to 3x face value for premium seats to the Boss' sold out DC show at Verizon Center. The ticket reseller --which mysteriously had Springsteen tickets on sale for well over the stated price within minutes of them selling out on Ticketmaster--oversold the premium seats, meaning thousands of fans lost their hot spots on the floor! WTF?!

Oh and the WTF just gets bigger, because the show is sold out, right? But mysteriously TicketsNow has cheap seats still available and offered those seats, plus a full refund, to affected fans. Way to prove you have a scam going! The show isn't really sold out--despite Verizon Center's website and Ticketmaster stating so! I wonder how many of the folks who got screwed by this scam are in politics--oh wait--it's Washington DC.

Meanwhile, according to today's New York Times, the Ticketmaster and LiveNation merger--which would unite the ticket seller (and its reselling sibling) with concert promoter/artist overseer LiveNation has been approved by 50% of its lenders, paving the way for huge monopoly.

In October, 2008 Ticketmaster acquired Irving Azoff's Front Line Management, and Azoff went on to become CEO of Ticketmaster. Front Line handles the careers of Christina Aguilera, the Eagles, Jimmy Buffett, Neil Diamond, Billy Corgan and others. No wonder the Smashing Pumpkins front man Corgan was in Washington DC March 10 delivering a letter to senators in support of the Ticketmaster/Live Nation merger, which you can read here.

Lisa Derrick is LaFiga at