House Of Blues Ticket Scandal Widens

Promotions company now alleged to have sold top seats directly to brokers in four cities.

The promotions company House of Blues Concerts sold prime seats

directly to ticket brokers in Dallas, Atlanta and San Diego, according

to a report in Sunday's (Dec. 19) Denver Post. The report

broadens beyond Denver the scope of the ticket scandal that broke

earlier this month and that prompted Pearl Jam to renounce the

House of Blues company last week. Citing anonymous sources and a company

letter, the Post said the House of Blues sold brokers season

concert tickets for $1,000 to $1,500 per seat, double what it charged

regular season-ticket holders. Brokers presumably re-sold the tickets to

fans on a per-show basis, at an inflated price. While it's unclear if

any laws were broken, the practice is discouraged by many bands,

including the Backstreet Boys, who earlier accused the Denver

House of Blues office of selling to scalpers. Greg Trojan, president of

House of Blues Entertainment, which owns the promotion company, was

quoted by the Post as saying he was launching a probe into the

matter. A representative of the company could not be reached for comment

Monday morning.