NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, December 11, 2015, 2:18 PM
Bruce Springsteen’s upcoming tour sold out instantly.
Tickets for the upcoming “The River Tour 2016” went on sale officially at 10 a.m. Friday. They were gone in minutes.
As his habit, the Boss had them priced reasonably for the four area concerts.
But fans could wind up shelling out much more than the initial prices as ticket agencies and scalpers swooped in to make a killing.
Everyone knew this would happen.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent letters Tuesday to Stubhub, TicketNetwork and Vivid Seats, asking them to take down offers of hundreds of tickets until they went officially on sale Friday.
Some of these advance tickets were going for more than $ 5,000.
Springsteen and The E Street Band plan to play “The River” on this tour, celebrating the double album’s 35th anniversary.
Expect the prices to just continue rising as concert dates near.
Springsteen concerts have a history of online problems. Six years ago, New York legislators called for a federal investigation of Ticketmaster.
During the “Working on a Dream” tour, thousands of fans bought tickets for the Washington, D.C., show only to learn no such tickets existed.
Springsteen railed against the secondary sites.
In New Jersey, where Gov. Chris Christie takes The E Street Band seriously enough to fly the American flag at half-staff when Clarence Clemons died, legislation was pending to enhance consumer protection. There’s been no action on the bill for the last two years.
Springsteen often adds concerts to the established schedule, but as of Friday afternoon, there was no word whether fans would get to experience the epic four-hour “The River” tour at reasonable prices.