Don’t Be Scammed by Fake Websites Claiming to Sell Tickets to Metallica’s Toronto Club Show

Metallica will be at the Opera House in Toronto on Tuesday night to play a benefit for the Daily Bread Food Bank. As you may have read yesterday, tickets are selling for as much as $6,000 USD on the secondary market. Make that allegedly selling.

I just checked StubHub to see how many tickets are available and they list four with prices of $2,500 USD. That’s up from zero tickets yesterday. Not a bad markup from the $57 face value, is it?

“Well,” you say, “that’s just too much. Let me check some other sites.”  You do a quick search and you come across Seems legit, right? I mean that’s where the gig is gonna happen, so you click and find tickets going for as much as $4,850.”

“Wait a doggone second!” you think. “How can the Opera House be scalping tickets to one of its own shows! That’s crazy!”

Don’t blame the Opera House. It’s not them. It’s all a big scam run by a Connecticut-based company called TicketMagic. This is from the Opera House’s Facebook page.

I did more searching for secondary sites claiming to have Metallica tickets for sale and I found a bunch. Number I recognized? Zero.

Nice work, Chartattack, for reporting on this.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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