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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Jersey boy, Montana girl

I’m going to see Bruce Springsteen tonight in Albany.

It’s a sold-out show, and I’m sure there are fans of the Boss who are disappointed they couldn’t get tickets.

But I’m also sure none of them are suing anyone – unlike the parents of some spoiled-beyond-belief Miley Cyrus fans who actually are taking legal action because their temper tantrum brats couldn’t get tickets to Cyrus’ fast-selling Hannah Montana shows. (If you don’t know who Hannah Montana is, Google her. You’ll get about 6.4 million links. And then come out from under that rock.)

Are these people for real? Suing over a sellout? Here’s some advice for them: Get out of court, get over yourselves, and get a clue.

Concerts sell out, folks -- often in a matter of minutes, especially now that tickets are available over the Internet. And yes, sometimes the public gets shafted because large blocks of tickets are gobbled up by scalpers (the basis on which ticket companies are being sued by the Montana Moms). But this is one of the hard realities of life, and it wouldn’t hurt for kids to understand they can’t always get what they want.

Then again, this is the era in which no child is cut from a Little League team and parents file lawsuits over kids falling down and getting hurt on a playground, so I guess this Hannah Montana stuff is just par for the course.



Blogger Derek Balling said...

In fairness, that's an oversimplification of their suit. Their claim is that they joined the fan club on the promise of better access to tickets than "mere mortals". Now, one could argue that if "mere mortals" could get tickets and they couldn't, then they were sold a bill of goods that wasn't delivered on.

So... it's not quite all about "it sold out, waaaaaah" :-)

November 15, 2007 at 6:18 PM 

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