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Live Nation, HOB Chicago Fight Ticket Service Fees

CHICAGO (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — It appears that Live Nation is fighting for its customers, as it has begun offering tickets for all Chicago-area events on sale at the House of Blues Chicago without the steep service fees often associated with Ticketmaster.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that tickets for all Live Nation properties, including the HOB, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin, and the Charter One Pavilion on Northerly Island, will be available at the downtown club’s box office without the service fees that fans have complained about for years.

Ticketmaster’s “convenience fees” often exceed $10, sometimes reaching as high as one-third of the actual ticket’s face value.

"This is really a local customer service effort," said Live Nation spokesman John Vlautin. "The benefit customers get by coming to the HOB box office to buy these tickets is that they don't have to pay a service or handling fee and they can conveniently pick up the tickets if they work or live downtown." –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers