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House Of Blues In Hot Water

House

of Blues Concerts —

already facing ticket-scalping allegations in the Denver area

— also distributed prime tickets for its own shows to brokers

in Atlanta, Dallas, San Diego and other cities, The Denver Post

reported Sunday. The newspaper, quoted anonymous sources, reported

that officials of the concert-promotion company even wrote instructions

on House of Blues letterhead as to how those tickets were to be

re-sold.

CEO

Greg Trojan said "Based on recent Denver Post revelations,

we are initiating a comprehensive review of our newly acquired

concerts division’s ticket subscription programs. It is House

of Blues philosophy and mandate to be consumer-friendly and discourage

the re-selling of tickets on any level."

The

selling of tickets directly to brokers would not violate any laws,

the newspaper reported. While ticket brokering is illegal in Denver,

it is legal in surrounding areas. The Post first reported the

promoter’s possible dealings with ticket brokers in the Denver

area on Dec. 5. Among the tickets the company is alleged to have

sold to brokers — who then, presumably, re-sold them to fans

at inflated prices — were prime seats for a recent Pearl

Jam show in Denver.

Pearl

Jam said in anannounced last week they would no longer work with

House of Blues. "We don’t do business with anyone who scalps,"

Pearl Jam manager Kelly Curtis said in a statement Friday.

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