Back in 2015, we launched a petition urging our United States government to sign the BOTS Act (aka Better Online Ticket Sales Act) effectively criminalizing the use of ticket bot software to hack websites and purchase tickets before average consumers. At the time, the bill was being pushed by Senator Chuck Schumer, and his influenced helped Governor Andrew Cuomo sign similar legislation into law for New York State.Shortly thereafter, Congress actually passed the BOTS Act through both houses, sending it off to President Obama for his approval. Today, we’ve learned that the BOTS Act has been officially enacted into federal law!The summary for the new act explains that it “prohibits the circumvention of control measures used by Internet ticket sellers to ensure equitable consumer access to tickets for certain events.” The new legislation even allows the federal government to file civil lawsuits for those who were affected by scalpers using ticket bots. Of course, the real challenge will be enforcing this new law, but putting this into the country’s legislation is a huge first step in the fight against ticket scalping. Let’s hope this means fairer ticket buying for all.
Today, Steve Miller Band has confirmed their first tour dates of 2019. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is coming off a productive 2018, after performing 57 shows across North America with his band, as well as producing and personally directing the curation and creative process for two new, career-spanning Steve Miller Band Ultimate Hits collections.Steve Miller Band will open up their spring tour at Clearwater, FL’s Ruth Eckerd Hall on March 12th, before making stops at Fort Myers, FL’s Suncoast Credit Union Arena (3/13); Orlando, FL’s Universal Studios Florida – Music Plaza Stage (3/16); Hollywood, FL’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (3/17); Greenville, SC’s Peace Center (3/20); Montgomery, AL’s Performing Arts Center (3/21); Biloxi, MS’s Beau Rivage Resort & Casino (3/23); and a final show at Southaven, MS’s Bank Plus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove on March 24th.The press release notes that all shows will be billed as “An Evening with Steve Miller Band,” without any support acts. More Steve Miller Band tour dates and album release and compilation news will be announced in the upcoming months.Tickers go on sale this Friday, January 18th at 10 a.m. local time.For more information on ticketing and tour dates, head to Steve Miller Band’s website here.Steve Miller Band Spring 2019 Tour Dates:3/12 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall3/13 – Fort Myers, FL – Suncoast Credit Union Arena3/16 – Orlando, FL – Universal Studios Florida – Music Plaza Stage3/17 – Hollywood, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino3/20 – Greenville, SC – Peace Center3/21 – Montgomery, AL – Montgomery Performing Arts Center3/23 – Biloxi, MS – Beau Rivage Resort & Casino3/24 – Southaven, MS – Bank Plus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove