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The crush of fans flocking to try to buy to try to nab presale and regular tickets for concerts  today is  more like gambling and luck.

Fans experiencing issues and popular concerts find themselves waiting online in back of 2,000 other people and bots. Gone are the days when I would wake up early and stand in line at Harmony House or drive to the Oakland Mall or Sears. We would go downstairs to where the ticket outlet line was light. I would get Van Halen tickets- pretty good seats. Gone are the days of standing outside the venue and getting tickets. Today, if you do this, it is a lottery or wristband before the line starts. It never fails- the scalpers always got the good seats.

To see Van Halen in 1986, it cost me $26, and even back then, I complained. In 2015, Van Halen cost me $150. Can’t imagine what the cost would be today.

Fees are becoming a problem, too. I’m far from a Taylor Swift fan, but someone paid $22,000 for one ticket from Ticketmaster. What happened to Pearl Jam’s fight for fair ticket prices? Kid Rock does his best to keep tickets affordable. The only band I would shell out for to see would be bands like the Foo Fighters, Aerosmith, or Metallica. That’s why I love my job so much. Every day I get to give away tickets to you for free. Nothing makes me happier than giving tickets to someone with a story that normally couldn’t afford to go. Hope something happens soon about prices or I will have to take out a second mortgage to see a rock concert.

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Born in Mt Clemens, Screamin has been rockin' the Riff airwaves for 25 years. When he's not out rockin' the streets, you can find him in his rock room, where he collects jukeboxes and classic pinball machines. Screamin also has his very own Rock cover band called " Chit" playing all over the Metro Detroit Music scene