All my homies hate Ticketmaster, and now, all the homies are hating on AXS too…
These days, the homies hate the entire ticket-buying process.
Last month, the great Zach Bryan announced his 2023 Burn, Burn, Burn Tour, with a killer ’90s-style infomercial starring the always hilarious comedian Theo Von.
But more important than the comedy, Zach revealed a plan to try and combat Ticketmaster, the bots, the scalpers, the resellers, and the outrageous fees that come with buying concert tickets.
As Theo put it to all the “orange-loving, happy and sad at the same time Zach Bryan, cult-worshipping good people of America,” tickets will start at $40, and won’t be higher than $130, with no dynamic pricing. Service fees will be as low as $10 and no higher than $20 per ticket, plus credit card fees and state taxes.
Fans could register through AXS and would be randomly selected via lottery to buy tickets.
And in an effort to keep scalpers and bots completely out of it, tickets purchased via access cannot be transferred or resold for profit, and there were other protections put in place to prevent bots from getting tickets.
Sounds simple enough, right?
Credit to Zach for making meaningful changes to try and make it better for fans… and for the most part, it worked.
Tickets opened up, the lottery worked, and fans got their tickets… well, some of them. There seemed to be a some issues with addresses and multiple people from the same address, whether family or roommates, that set off the bot filters and got their reservation removed:
So that’s definitely a bug they’ll want to work out next time around, but overall the main goals were accomplished: Keep prices low, keep resellers out, and keep bots out.
The real problem here is that there are just too many people that want to see Zach Bryan and no matter what, there is going to be a group of fans that get left out. Concerts, sporting events, movies, etc… regularly sell out across the country every single day and that means some folks don’t get to go. It’s the nature of the beast when you draw the kind of crowd that Zach does.
Unless you want to start playing a 4pm, a 7pm, and a 10pm show on the same day like Garth Brooks used to do (and many big comedians still do), I don’t quite see how you can remedy that. Or, we start building 100,000 seat stadiums like Jerry World…
Nevertheless, people are still SCREAMING mad at Zach, and going at him HARD in the DMs (which is why he shut the Twitter down during the sale).
He took to Twitter to share some DMs tonight and they were, getting heated.
However, since he deleted the screenshots of the guy’s nasty comments, we’ll leave you with his response to a guy who cussed him out over not getting tickets:
“Someone like this is so ignorant to the fact that people can’t afford $1,000 dollar tickets. 15 year old kids? The minimum wagers? People who have kids and can’t swing it? Such an insane lack of empathy and respect for your the people around you.
I mean nothing but good things for those who bought tickets and I try to be as respectful as I possibly can. Hope everyone’s having a good Tuesday evening too, that’s the last I say on tickets I promise haha.”
Zach also confirmed that once the tour is officially sold out everywhere, the AXS marketplace will open up for fans to sell their tickets… at face value:
It’s a tough thing to manage when you care this much about your fans, like Zach does. He could easily put his tickets up for sale on Ticketmaster, play his shows, collect his money and not give a damn what anybody thinks.
But he ain’t built that way…
He cares… A LOT, so constantly berating a guy who is going above and beyond for his fans seems utterly absurd to me. But hey, all logic and sanity goes out the window the second the tickets go on sale.
And check out the tour video if you haven’t already seen it.
Check out the full list of dates here:
2023 Burn, Burn, Burn tour dates:
* Indicates Festival Dates – on sale now
*Apr 15 Georgetown, TX Two Step Inn Festival
May 10 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena
May 12 Worcester, MA DCU Center
May 13 Wilkes-Barre, PA Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
May 15 Duluth, GA Gas South Arena
May 19 Houston, TX Toyota Center
May 20 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center
May 23 Jacksonville, FL VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena
May 24 N Charleston, SC North Charleston Coliseum
May 26 Albany, NY MVP Arena
May 28 London, ON Budweiser Gardens
May 31 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
June 02 Cleveland, OH Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
*June 03 Lexington, KY Railbird Festival
June 23 New York, NY Forest Hills Stadium
June 26 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
June 27 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
*July 07 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest
*July 13 Chicago, IL Windy City Smokeout
*July 14-16 Whitefish, MT Under The Big Sky Festival
*July 20-July 22 Cullman, AL Rock The South
*Aug 05 St. Charles, IA Hinterland Music Festival
Aug 07 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
Aug 09 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
Aug 11 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
Aug 14 Sioux Falls, SD Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
Aug 17 Nampa, ID Ford Idaho Center
Aug 19 Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena
Aug 20 Bakersfield, CA Mechanics Bank Arena
Aug 21 Oakland, CA Oakland Arena
Aug 23 Los Angeles, CA Crypto.com Arena
Aug 25 Glendale, AZ Desert Diamond Arena
Aug 27 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena
Aug 29 Lincoln, NE Pinnacle Bank Arena
Aug 30 Kansas City, MO T-Mobile Center