Earlier this year, country superstar Keith Urban announced plans to offer some concert tickets for the recession-friendly price of $20. With premium tickets often going for upwards of a hundred dollars, the pledge to provide a more affordable alternative for cash-strapped country fans was met with praise and excitement.
Well, it turns out that the low price is only half of the story. Some concertgoers to Urban’s “Escape Together” tour have contacted us with surprising news about those cheap tickets.
Louis Reynolds of Philadelphia shared the fine print on his $20 (+ $29.95 Ticketmaster handling fees) behind-a-column seat ticket for an upcoming show: “Just below the rain check information, there’s a single sentence that says ‘Barring physical handicap, holder/purchaser of ticket agrees to one hour of garbage pick-up services upon completion of the concert event.’ I’m thinking of selling my ticket; that’s just nasty!”
Keith Urban’s management didn’t return our call, but an anonymous source on his road crew said it was true and that it’s a necessary and helpful way to cut costs: “We punch your ticket to a killer rock, errr, country concert, you help slice overhead and help out the environment… sounds fair to me.”
Late last night, Urban fan Lucy Singleton in Cleveland called directly from post-show cleanup duty to confirm Reynolds’ report. “Yeah, it’s true… it was an awesome show, from what I could tell from the nosebleed section, but I just got somebody’s used nacho cheese on my $35 Sweet Thing t-shirt. I’m pissed!” She added: “I can’t tell you how much lingerie I’ve picked up… who the hell throws a bra from the 56th row?”
Our informant also claimed to have seen opening act Jason Aldean filling a trash bag. “He was working for an upgrade from a closet to an actual dressing room at the next stop,” said Singleton.
Reported by “Trailer” Parkman of Farce the Music