Round Two: Ticketmaster Has Their Say.

Yesterday, the Hollywood Reporter published Ticketmaster's

response to Pearl Jam's half-hearted posturing about kissing and

making up, and it doesn't sound as if they are welcoming them back

with open arms. In fact, if we may be so bold, it seems like

Ticketmaster would like to toy with the band a little before they let

them back in the fold. A spokesman for the agency said the company had

not as yet "definitively agreed to let Pearl Jam play there [The San

Diego Sports Arena]." Although not asking Pearl Jam to eat humble

pie, they did warn the band not to expect the world. "We are pleased

that Pearl Jam is doing something to benefit its fans and we are happy

to work with anyone that wants to use our services," said a statement

from Ticketmaster spokesman Larry Solters. "However, we also want to

clarify some important points. The security and logistical woes that

the band has blamed for its touring problems have nothing to do with

Ticketmaster." ATN feels it's very unfortunate that Pearl Jam had to

back down from their previous position. The Ticketmaster service

charges are outrageous, and the company's cynical position about music

fans and what they should have to pay to get a ticket to a rock

concert is unconscionable. Ticketmaster's ringleader, Fred Rosen, has

long argued that rock concerts should be priced like boxing matches,

with tickets in the first few rows to a hot show going for $100 or

more. We disagree. Perhaps the government will be gutsy enough to move

against this monopoly. But we're not holding our breath.