Metallica Called Out For Their Past Dealings with Ticketmaster on “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”


John Oliver’s program Last Week Tonight With John Oliver took on Ticketmaster/Live Nation on the show this week, calling out corrupt practices, shady fees, price gouging and the creation and manipulation of the secondary market for tickets. In addition to resellers such as Stubhub and Seatgeek and others, Olvier pointed out the common practice where bands do not release swaths of tickets to each to the public, but hold them back to charge huge sums as resale tickets that were never publicly available in the first place. Among the artists called out: Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey and Metallica. Famously Metallica was outed after their original “S&M2” at the Chase Center in 2019 sold out in minutes as scalpers bought most of the tickets, with resales in the $1000s. Many top bands like Metallica have their own operative that works with Ticketmaster/Live Nation to choose the best seats at every show, so they can in effect “scalp their own tickets.” In fairness to Metallica, they did put on a second show geared toward fanclub and sales to real fans, as opposed to scalpers and bots. Ghost Cult covered that story extensively, which you can read here and even the US Congress reviewed the scandal. Continue reading


Animals As Leaders Books a Headline Tour for “The Parrhesia”


Animals As Leaders have booked “The Parrhesia Tour” which will see the band perform 2 sets per night in nineteen cities across the US to support their upcoming album of the same name. This monumental tour, produced by Live Nation, will feature two special sets by the progressive metal outfit – one of which will feature the new album Parrhesia (out on March 25th via Sumerian Records) in its entirety. Direct support acts will be announced soon. Tickets go on general sale at 10AM local on Friday, January 21st at the link below. Continue reading


Judas Priest Postpones The Rest of their 50 Years of Heavy Metal Tour Due to Richie Faulkner’s Heart Condition


Devastating news as Judas Priest shredder Richie Faulkner has a major medical condition (heart) that has landed him in the hospital for treatment. Thus the Judas Priest tour is postponed until a later date. News was proken by the Judas Priest PR team. The Priest were finally celebrating their 50th anniversary this year with the The 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour, with Sabaton as openers.Get well soon Richie! Continue reading


Live Nation Brings Back It’s $20 Summer Ticket Sale


Shows and festivals are coming back, as we discuss nearly weekly here at Ghost Cult. Live Nation is often the scourge of concert goers since they service all of the tours and own many of the venues worldwide in the music business. To celebrate the return of live music and honestly, our social life, Live Nation are offering $20 “All-In” tickets for nearly 1,000 shows from tons of artists, such as Slipknot, Korn, Judas Priest, Megadeth, Alice Cooper, Rise Against, 311, Coheed and Cambria, Alanis Morissette, KISS, The Black Crowes, and more!

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Judas Priest Rebooks North American Leg of their 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour


Heavy Metal legends Judas Priest, will finally celebrate their 50th anniversary this year with the launch of a North American tour this fall. The 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour will also feature Sabaton as openers and is being fueled by the highest-charting album of Priest’s career, ‘Firepower,’ which peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200. Tickets go on sale starting Friday, June 11 at 10 am local time at the link below. Produced by Live Nation, the North American tour – which will run throughout September (kicking off on September 8th in Reading, PA) and November (concluding on November 5th in Hamilton, Ontario), will feature a variety of special effects, and a new stage show for the iconic live act.

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The USA Concert and Live Event Industry Unites to Offer Collective COVID-19 Vaccination Infrastructure and Staff


In a letter to recently sworn-in President Joseph Biden today AEG, Bandit Lites, Broadway League, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), Live Nation, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), the National Independent Talent Organization (NITO), the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), Oak View Group (OVG), and We Make Events formally offered their venues, staff, and expertise to the COVID-19 vaccination effort. The live event industry is in a unique position to help – the pandemic has fully shuttered operations, leaving venues empty and the furloughed crowd-management oriented staff who operate them eager to help out and get back to work.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci Predicts Concert Venues Will Reopen in Fall of 2021


According to a report via Blabbermouth.net, via The New York Times, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the worlds ‘leading expert on infectious disease has predicted that theaters and other live entertainment venues could reopen “sometime in the fall of 2021.” Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases gave an update on when he believes shows can return during a virtual conference held by the Association of Performing Arts Professionals.

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Ghost Cult’s Top 10 Stories of 2020


Here are the top stories on www.GhostCultMag.com in 2020:

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Trivium Books UK Tour Dates with Heaven Shall Burn, TesseracT, and Fit For An Autopsy


Thrash metal leaders Trivium have announced a tour of the UK for next fall, 2021. Direct support Heaven Shall Burn, TesseracT, and Fit For An Autopsy. Tickets will be available via an O2 pre-sale from 4pm Monday 7th December and a Gigs In Scotland/Live Nation pre-sale from 4pm Tuesday 8th December, with the general on sale beginning 4pm Wednesday 9th December. You can also order tickets from all the usual box offices.

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Live Nation CEO Predicts a Return of Concerts and Festivals “At Scale” in 2021


Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino has been bullish on concerts and festivals returning in 2021 and now we have further evidence that he is convinced of this idea. According to a published report by Kerrang (via IQ Mag) Rapino spoke on an Investors call on November 5th in which he said expects concerts to return “at scale” next year, depending on the region.He further shared that the promoters were working on a “roadmap to get back to live safely”, with current “progress on testing technology treatments and vaccines” looking encouraging. Though Michael admitted the “exact timeline of this return will vary by region, and so we continue to focus on remaining flexible”, he added that Live Nation “expect shows at scale next summer”.

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