Tyler Perry has always done things his way, most noticeably bypassing the Hollywood movie making system. Now, the comedic iconoclast is fighting back against the bloated show ticket system and the internet scalpers who pose as accredited ticket vendors.
On Monday Perry announced he is canceling his Madea Gets A Job tour including an Oct. 25 stop at KeyArena because of “circumstances that I can’t control.”
“Here’s why,” Perry wrote on his website. “I set a ticket price for the show starting at $25. The reason I set the price so low is so that everyone could get a chance to come out and see the show. I know how tight things are right now. I GET IT! … Because of that, what I do is make sure that the promoter sets a reasonable ticket price and the prices are $25, $45 and $65. Even though I set these prices so that they are affordable, fees are added that are out of my control and the price of the tickets can almost double. Add to that, when you go online looking for tickets, IN LOTS OF CASES, you are being led to a bootlegger and you don’t even know it. There are a lot of ticket bootleggers and scalpers that buy lots of shows and sell them to the public for double, sometimes triple the price. I’ve been dealing with this for years but now with the internet I’ve never seen it this bad.”
“To all of you who have bought tickets and made plans to be there I am so sorry. I really am but my hands are tied.
“This was the last live Madea tour and I’m super sorry that you won’t get to see it live. All refunds should be given back to you.”
Perry says he doesn’t make a living on his stage tours – he’s one of wealthiest entertainment moguls out there. Instead, he uses his tours to stay in touch with fans. Fans that he doesn’t want to see get screwed over.
Back here in Puget Sound: KeyArena and the ticket vendors, always happy to promote their events to me, are oddly silent on this issue today. Tickets went on sale August 20 through Ticketmaster.
UPDATE: KeyArena just sent me this statement:
Peachez Inc., promoter of Tyler Perry’s “Madea Gets A Job, regrets to inform that the event scheduled for KeyArena at Seattle Center on October 25, 2012 has been cancelled.
Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase. Tickets purchased online or via phones will be automatically refunded. For questions please call Ticketmaster at 1.800.745.3000.