An Artist Bangs the Drum for Paperless Concert Tickets

PeaceTrainLateAgainTourOn the /YusufCatStevens Facebook page, New England fan Valerie Emer-Scott shares today a paperless vision that the artist wishes could be the case everywhere:

It was a little difficult to initially get through on the Ticketmaster site, but kept trying, and got orchestra seating. Tickets cannot be printed – will have to slide credit card at the concert venue. We (my sister and I) were fortunate to see him inducted into the R&R Hall of Fame ceremony in person – last saw him at the Capital Centre in Landover, MD in 1975 or ’76.

In New York, a 2010 state law delineates that concert tickets cannot be paperless, fueling the reselling and scalping of seats. For that reason, Yusuf, formerly known as Yusuf Islam and Cat Stevens, has canceled a planned December 7 performance at New York’s Beacon Theater. From his Facebook post:

I’m sorry about not being able to now play in NYC but hope to find an opportunity that aligns with my support of this issue in the near future, God willing. Looks like the Peace Train is going to arrive at New York a little bit later than expected.

Stevens in the Facebook post also provides a link to a 1974 article from UK’s Circus magazine. The problem then, for a Drury Lane Theatre show, was essentially the same as the one he is highlighting now. With of course two big differences: the absence of technology that speeds the inflationary trading of tickets, and the original ticket price – two pounds!

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