Over 1.5 million tickets sold with extra dates added
Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band’s four 2023 UK stadium shows have sold out almost a full year in advance. Selling 220,000 tickets in under eight hours, the shows at Edinburgh’s BT Murrayfield Stadium on May 30th, Birmingham’s Villa Park on June 16th and London’s American Express presents BST Hyde Park on July 6th & 8th put the total ticket sales for Springsteen’s 2023 tour above 1.5 million in the UK and Europe. On June 8th, the group sold more than 1.2 million for the international run, forcing new dates in Barcelona, Dublin, Oslo, Gothenburg, Paris, Amsterdam and Hockenheim have been added.
The 2023 summer run also includes more than two dozen shows across Europe, starting April 28th in Barcelona, Spain and running through to July 25th in Monza, Italy, with many cities adding second or third stadium shows due to popular demand. The European summer tour follows the North American leg, which begins February 1st in Tampa, Florida and will mark Springsteen and The E Street Band’s first tour dates since February 2017. At the conclusion of their European run, Springsteen and The E Street Band will return to North American for a second to-be-announced tour leg beginning in August.
Dates for seven US shows went on sale this week with many fans complaining about the cost of tickets. Ticketmaster uses “platinum tickets” with “dynamic pricing” to curve supply and demand. The Live Nation-owned company says the process is “similar to how airline tickets and hotel rooms are sold.”
Due to overwhelming demand, first-sold tickets, which initially ranged from $60-$399 each, were fetching for $4000-5000 each. As of this writing, some shows are offering “normal” prices again while others are sold out with reseller options.
Many fans shared their frustration on social media. One shared that it was cheaper to fly from the US to Germany than domestically to see the iconic group.
“#Springsteen #Ticketmaster FYI… bought 4 floor tickets to Springsteen in Munich (yup, Germany) for $95 for each ticket. Plus the airline ticket was about $300 one way (cheaper than flying from Milwaukee to LA). Do the math. How is that possible? No Ticketmaster.”
Another person shared a parody poem about Springsteen’s participation in the practice. “bruce springsteen should write a song about a working man refinancing his car and home to purchase bruce springsteen tickets.
‘i got a sixty-nine chevy / with a three-ninety-six / fuelie heads / and a hurst on the floor / i had to sell it to go see the Boss at the Wells-Fargo Center'”
Numbers for the US dates have not been shared as of press time as ticket on sales are being spread out.