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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 08: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Bruce Springsteen performs onstage during the 15th Annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit at Alice Tully Hall presented by Bob Woodruff Foundation and NY Comedy Festival on November 08, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for SUFH)

Guitarist Steven Van Zandt wants to make one thing perfectly clear: He has nothing to do with the outrageous prices being charged for tickets to see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

The longtime member of Springsteen’s band made his comments on Instagram amid reports that Live Nation and Ticketmaster are charging as much as $5,000 per ticket for the act’s 2023 concert tour.

Although tickets were priced between $60 and $399 when they became available, the ticket sellers’ “flex pricing” algorithms took into account the demand and upped the prices within minutes, reps for Ticketmaster and Live Nation say. Responding to fans’ complaints, industry insider Bob Lefsetz says, “This is economics. This is America. Live Nation/Ticketmaster/Bruce are doing their best to live in the present. But the fans — they’re locked in the past.”

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band play Tampa’s Amalie Arena on February 3rd 2023. 

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