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Sen. Lee quotes Taylor Swift lyrics during Ticket Master/Live Nation hearing

Jan 24, 2023, 8:00 PM

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SALT LAKE CITY — Who knew Sen. Mike Lee is a swiftie? The senator quoted Taylor Swift lyrics multiple times at a senate committee hearing Tuesday.

The hearing focused on the chaos Taylor Swift fans faced while buying tickets for the singer’s upcoming Eras Tour, which is set to kick off in March. Many fans found themselves kicked out of Ticket Master, saw fluctuating prices and missed out on tickets within minutes of them being sold, only to have prices jump up thousands of dollars.

“The ticketing market in the United States is a complex industry,” Lee said during the hearing. “Involving artists, agents, promoters, venues, primary and secondary ticketing companies and, of course, fans.”

Lee’s comments focus on concerns that Ticker Master’s parent company Live Nation isn’t being held accountable to protect competition. During the three-hour hearing, the senator said the problem comes from an Obama Administration agreement that allows the two companies to merge.

Along with this, the senator, of course, quoted Swift’s lyrics many times.

“She’s cheer captain,” Lee said. “And I’m on the bleachers.”

Devin Oldroyd contributed to this article.

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Sen. Lee quotes Taylor Swift lyrics during Ticket Master/Live Nation hearing