While promoting an American tour where he has capped ticket prices at $20 and food and drink at $4, the rock superstar was interviewed by CNN's Piers Morgan and revealed an ugly underbelly to the ticket debate when he made the claim that many artists in the industry scalp their own tickets.
“A lot of artists already do it, I think I've been guilty of it in the past too – we take some of our tickets, we put them on StubHub, overcharge, look what the market determines they're worth. I'm taking 1,000 of them and I'm scalping them.”
Rock was championing cheaper tickets for the public and winning his interviewer over until that point in the interview, even calling the prices of Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake tours – which exceed $200 – “highway robbery”.
“It's garbage, it's highway robbery – I don't care who you are,” he said. “I would consider both them in the circle of friends in the business, but I don't agree with it. I know sometimes the market determines it, so what I'm gonna do for that is scalp 1,000 of my own tickets. There is a market for it.”
Speaking at today's Stone Music Festival press conference in Sydney, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler was taken aback by the accusation.
“Where did you hear about that? How do you know that?” he asked a reporter.
“Well man, I don't know, you know, I'm gonna personally ask him, man. But if that's true, that's just really sad.”
“I'm gonna call him and bust his chops about that. As artists you're really only as good as a hard ticket, so you try to offset that with other things. He's selling his own tickets? That's severe."
Live Performance Australia did not comment on the matter to theMusic.com.au today.
Watch the interview here: