Don’t Thank Springsteen for Thanksgiving | Opinion

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Boss, say it’s not.

Ask by rolling stone if he had any regrets about a $5,000 price tag on some tickets for his upcoming concerts, Bruce Springsteen admits he has none. He says he knew Ticketmaster would use its dynamic pricing model and fans might be cheated. The 73-year-old rocker says he’s charged fans less than market rate before, and now it’s OK for him to cash in.

“This time I said (to my management team) ‘I want to do what everyone else is doing, my peers. So that’s what happened,” he said. “That’s what they did [laughs].”

“Wow,” was the response from NJ.comit was Bobby Olivier, who wrote most popular opinion story of the week. I can’t think of a better answer.

Olivier points out that this is the artist who has just sold his publishing catalog for 500 million dollars. It should also be noted that Springsteen’s net worth is estimated at $650 million and he makes his living writing about the common man. Maybe people with so much wealth just don’t realize that most of us commoners don’t have $5,000 in loose change.

Most readers, even some hardcore fans, were equally incensed by Springsteen’s shameless cash grabbing.

“Always a fan,” Jay emails after reading the story. “But so disappointed with both TM’s (Ticketmaster) sliding scale practices and Springsteen’s lack of empathy. My respect for this worker icon has dropped a few notches.

John writes that he’s been a lifelong fan dating back to his Springsteen days at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, but that move of The Boss is just too much.

“His self-centeredness and ego took root. After watching over a dozen shows, I walked out,” John writes. “Karma can be rough, Bruce.”

So if you’re not grateful for Springsteen this Thanksgiving, there’s plenty more to thank for this holiday. Today, a teenage girl writes in the Opinion section that she is grateful for strong female leaders.

And on Thanksgiving Day, a New Jersey-native author will tell us how grateful he is that his friend, who was laid off from his six-figure job in the pharmaceutical industry, has become an EMT with the fire services. from Berlin and Cherry Hill. Now her buddy is saving lives and getting paid $9.75 an hour to do it. Clearly that’s not enough money for that worker to pay for Springsteen’s tickets.

Whatever you are grateful for this season, we hope you have a happy Thanksgiving.

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Robin Wilson-Glover is the digital opinion director at NJ.com/The Star Ledger. You can reach her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @RobinGlover.