During an interview with Loudwire Nights, Ghost frontman Tobias Forge was asked to share a few words regarding Metallica’s recent ticket-resale controversy.
As widely reported, Billboard shared a secretly-recorded conversation in which Metallica representative Tony DiCoiccio conspired with Live Nation to put up to 88,000 tickets for Metallica shows directly on the resale market without giving buyers any chance to buy them through regular channels at face value.
Tobias now commented: “I’ve understood that the world of ticketing is one of science, and this science is practiced by many peddlers outside of our reach, which is a problem.
“It’s a problem because it tempers with the relationship between the artists and the fans because unfortunately, it can affect a fan very negatively. But also the thoughts and the impression from the fans thinking that it’s the work of the artist, and as far as I know, I’ve never known of an artist that did so intentionally. It’s usually some other service that did it.
“Over the years of online sales, there have been many controversies of this sort – and I’m also speaking as a citizen of Sweden, so I’m assuming that we have these issues in every country – but just in Sweden, there was, like, a lot of alternative sort of websites.
“Before the official tickets were restricted down to three or four per purchase, you had these pages that bought thousands of tickets. I remember, like, 15-20 years ago, it was insane. You could go to a show that was sold out and still, there was, like, 70% there.”