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Ticketing Tricks Up Springsteen’s Sleeve

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — On Bruce Springsteen’s highly anticipated solo acoustic tour, tickets are being snatched up in minutes for every show. Many of the 14 scheduled venues sold out almost immediately.

To insure the real fans got the tickets, not the scalpers looking to make a buck, tour organizers have come up with a plan to require ticket-holders to prove they were the original buyers.

At many of the shows in theatres, such as Boston’s Orpheum Theatre, Pennsylvania’s Tower Theatre, Hollywood’s Pentages Theatre, and Oakland’s Paramount Theatre, each ticket-buyer must present a government-issued photo ID and the credit card used for the purchase on the day of the show at the box office. They will be given a wristband which must be presented intact to gain entrance.

At the remaining venues, the will-call-only plan will be used for the sections closest to the stage, with standard ticketing practices used for the rest of the seats.

Tickets for every show on the tour have been limited to two-per-person. When Springsteen plays two nights in a row in Hollywood, the two-per-person limit applies for both shows combined. In other places, tickets will be available only by phone and through Ticketmaster, and not at the box office to prevent long lines of early-bird scalpers. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers