Not A Whole Lotta Love For eBay
October 9, 2007 at 5:23 AM (PT)
LED ZEPPELIN promoter HARVEY GOLDSMITH has had to deal with artists more famous for their excessive lifestyles and substance abuse than their music, from THE WHO to DAVID BOWIE, but it looks like nothing has incurred his wrath like the auction website EBAY.
"I wish EBAY would drop dead and die," GOLDSMITH told KERRANG! RADIO on SUNDAY, according to British newspaper THE GUARDIAN. "I will do everything I possibly can to ruin their lives."
GOLDSMITH claims he "begged" EBAY to delist auctions selling tickets for an upcoming LED ZEPPELIN reunion concert on NOV. 26th for 10 times their face value, but to no avail. The concert is the first time in 20 years that the group's three surviving members are playing together under their once-legendary name. It is being held in honor of the late AHMET ERTEGUN, founder of ATLANTIC RECORDS.
The tickets cost £125 each ($254.37), and only 20,000 are available for the event. However, an opening bid for a ticket on EBAY was recently priced at $2,000; the immediate purchase price was an even more lemon-squeezing $3,000.
"EBAY believes that people have the right to resell most concert tickets and both the government and the Office of Fair Trading have recognized that this is legitimate," said EBAY on MONDAY, referring to the British competition regulator. The company would not confirm whether it had discussed the matter with GOLDSMITH.