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Live Nation Questioned Over $6 Parking Fee As Ticket Service Woes Continue

March 19, 2009 1:29 PM ET

Is the Live Nation ticketing website sneaking a new charge onto tickets on top of their already steep service fees? The New York Daily News alleges that for concerts at New Jersey's PNC Bank Arts Center, tickets purchased through Live Nation for events at the venue included an additional "$6 parking charge" to each ticket. After fans questioned the concert giant about the additional fee, the new charge disappeared, but the cost of the actual ticket was raised $6 instead.

After the Daily News called Live Nation about the higher cost of the ticket, the $6 parking fee reappeared on the site and ticket price was once again reduced. As of writing this item, the $6 parking fee per ticket is still in place, so even if you walked from New York City to the Holmdel, New Jersey, amphitheater, you're still paying to park a car. Live Nation said that the $6 has always been incorporated into PNC Bank shows as a "facility fee."

This controversy is just the latest in the weeks preceding and following the proposed Live Nation Ticketmaster merger. A rundown of the Live Nation and Ticketmaster's 2009 stumbles:

Phish fans overload an unprepared Live Nation ticketing service, resulting in frustrated buyers.

Springsteen fans are livid after Ticketmaster routes them to secondary site TicketsNow even though the shows hadn't yet sold out.

The New Jersey Attorney General is forced to intervene.

Canada files a pair of class-action lawsuits against Ticketmaster, citing unfair service charges and the transferring of consumers to TicketsNow.

Artists are exposed as working with Ticketmaster to profit off of the secondary ticket market.

Demand for Michael Jackson causes "technical difficulties" for Ticketmaster.

Ticketmaster accidentally releases tickets to Phish's Red Rocks concerts a week early, then rescinds the orders.

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