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Stop The Dave Matthews Band's Premium Ticketing Policy

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Stefan, We want to first take the time to thank you and the rest of the band for your tireless commitment to us, the fans. We are truly fortunate enough to care about a band who takes the time to acknowledge and listen to what we have to say. With that in mind, the below signed have written this petition to voice our disapproval with the Warehouse Fan Club’s new "Premium Ticketing" policy - a policy that we feel is equivalent to scalping your own tickets. We hope that you will take the time to read this in its entirety, and hopefully help end this policy after the 2012 tour. What makes the Dave Matthews Band so special is that you are able to go out on tour summer-after-summer and make true connections with your fans. There are countless stories and examples of this, but perhaps the strongest evidence came when named your concerts as the most attended of any band in the 2000s (with more than 2,000,000 more people attending than the second place band). This recognition not only emphasizes our commitment to you, but as much yours to spending the summer playing for the people who love your music. Moreover, one of the main reasons that this acknowledgement was possible is because your band makes a conscious effort not to gouge ticket prices, thus allowing casual fans and diehards alike to attend shows at a reasonable price. This was especially beneficial for the longest tenured members of the Warehouse Fan Club, as they had the good fortune of receiving truly amazing tickets through the Warehouse for certain nights in exchange for their continued commitment to the band and fan club since its inception in 1998. This has unfortunately changed over the past few years. While the introduction of the General Admission Pit section in 2010 was a welcomed addition to our annual summer experiences, the 2012 tour brought a not-so-welcomed addition: a new Premium Ticketing policy in which approximately 10 rows of the front, center-most seats are sold at a rate of $250.00 per ticket, or $500.00 per pair. These are the very seats that used to be offered to fan club members, both new and old, for the past 20 years at a regular price of approximately $85.00 per ticket. In addition to the Premium Tickets, those who choose to pay the high price also get a parking pass, two fleece jackets, two posters, and two souvenir laminates. We feel that this is nothing more than an attempt to make even more money off the fans while going against the core values for which the Warehouse Fan Club is supposed to stand. The Warehouse has always taken a hard line with scalping tickets, and it seems incredibly hypocritical for them to be doing precisely the same thing that they have rallied against under the guise of giving customers who are willing to pay exponentially more for seats a few additional perks. The Warehouse has tried to hide this fact by pointing to the fact that they are bundling these Premium Tickets with the additional items listed above, which they seem to believe justifies charging $330.00 more per pair than the regular price of tickets to your shows. Countless members of the community have contacted the Warehouse in the hopes of having this policy reversed. The Warehouse has unfortunately rebuffed our repeated efforts, claiming that the new policy is no different than others they have implemented in the past, and certainly not the same as scalping. Even worse, they are trying to spin the Premium Tickets as an additional service to the fans. We have been left with no other options but to reach out to you. You are the band member that has made the strongest effort to go out of your way to communicate with fans online and through various forms of social media. We feel that the number of people that have signed this petition speaks volumes about the new Premium Ticketing policy, and that you will use your position of obvious influence to enact change, eliminating this policy and bringing the best seats back to the fans at a reasonable price. You are out last hope to rectify this situation, and we truly hope that we can count on you. Thank you, The Fans

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