OVERRATED Arena shows: Corporate assurances aside, the recent Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger can't bode well with regard to already-inflated service charges ($2.50 to print our own ticket? Really?) and sanctioned scalping outlets like TicketsNow. As much as we love our big rock shows from the likes of U2 and Prince, we might have to beg off if costs go much higher. Here's to cramped clubs and paying at the door.
Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times
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