Posted in industry | music on June 13, 2011

Fred Rosen

"Mr. Rosen, 67, is the godfather of the $18-billion-a-year tickets business. Go to almost any big-name concert -- or to a Dodgers game or to a Broadway show -- and the odds are that you will pay dearly for his legacy.

Those you've-got-to-be-joking prices are, in good part, Mr. Rosen's handiwork. Starting in 1982, he built Ticketmaster into the tickets giant that drives many people nuts. Even before the company merged with Live Nation Entertainment last year, fans and even some performers, like Pearl Jam, complained that it was a near-monopoly. Despite the protests and a nail-biting antitrust investigation, the Justice Department disagreed and approved the merger.

So it might come as a surprise that Mr. Rosen, of all people, wants to challenge this behemoth, which sells tickets for more than 80 percent of the major concert venues." [NY Times]

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Comments (8)

This sounds like something that comes as a precursor to the Apocalypse.

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2011 10:24 AM

Sounds like this dude hasn't had much success after leaving Ticketmaster (1998)... nice of his buddy at the NYTimes to give him a tugjob article to make his new venture look like a big deal.

Posted by Goemon | June 13, 2011 10:24 AM

Dear Mr Rosen, Go F*ck yourself

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2011 11:30 AM

NY Times, advertising arm of the money-holding pseudo-intelligentsia oligarchy for 160 years.
Now, you all be good slaves and make sure to hang on their words. I'll see you at the 2 Minutes Of Hate this afternoon.

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2011 12:02 PM

I hope it's a wardrobe.

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2011 1:06 PM

The Devil incarnate.

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2011 3:04 PM

I hope he dies and its excruciatingly painful.

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2011 6:19 PM

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