Ticketmaster will eliminate the convenience fees on Eagles tickets for the band's upcoming January 2009 shows. The move signifies "a collaborative effort by both the Eagles and Ticketmaster to provide the best consumer value and streamline the ticket buying process." "The Eagles have long been committed to giving their loyal fans the best concert going experience," says the band's long-time manager and new Ticketmaster CEO Irving Azoff. "The Eagles use of 'all-in ticketing' is the first step in Ticketmaster's transformation to an all-encompassing entertainment company to allow artists to connect to their fans in both new and innovative ways." Possible other motives: We're in the middle of a recession and people may be unwilling to pay $10 in needless fees, plus Ticketmaster might be attempting to reenter the good graces of concertgoers after years of convenience fees, Hannah Montana ordeals and "price gouging" accusations with the threat of Live Nation's own ticketing service looming in the near future.
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