Miley Cyrus Doing Battle with Ticket Scalpers
The Hannah Montana star says her shows will be worth a lot – but not that much
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Her concert tour beset by ticket scalpers, Miley Cyrus says she managed to get some venues to add extra seats – and that while the shows will be a blast, they won’t be worth what resellers are reportedly charging.
“We made (VIP sections) smaller, so the kids that wouldn’t necessarily have had the chance to come, they can get in, but not for a fortune,” Cyrus told Ellen DeGeneres on her NBC show on Thursday. “It’s going to be a good show, but I don’t think it’s worth what it’s going for. For the people that do get to come, I’m going to make it the best show ever.”
The hugely popular 14-year-old star of Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana begins a 54-date “Best of Both Worlds Tour” on Oct. 18. Tickets for the tour sold out in just minutes, and the state of Arkansas is now investigating whether scalping laws were broken there.
Some seats have reportedly resold for more than $2,500 each. Asked about that, Cyrus told DeGeneres, “Oh, gosh, it ain’t worth that!”
Miley’s father, Billy Ray Cyrus, who also appeared on the program, added, “Miley’s doing the concert and the tour for the fans. It is sad that she’s putting all this work behind it and really wants to make as many families and kids happy as possible. It’s sad that with the Internet that the scalpers got a hold of the tickets first.”
DeGeneres also asked Miley how she manages to keep her success in perspective, given that she is like the Beatles in terms of her popularity.
“I don’t really know,” she said. “I guess from watching my dad, just because he takes everything one step at a time, and that’s kind of what he’s taught me – just to not get yourself so wrapped up that you can’t bring yourself back down to reality.”
She added: “When I do see myself sort of slipping and sort of caught up in the little box I get put in, I try to do something that sets me out of the box and makes me different, makes me not be just like another girl on TV but also make me relate to everyone I’m with.”