Waits set restrictions on Tickets

Tom Waits is trying to accomplish what Hannah Montana and Neil Diamond couldn’t: defeat scalpers.

The eccentric singer-songwriter has teamed with Ticketmaster, the world’s largest ticket peddler, to introduce the first paperless ticket system in the concert industry.

When tickets for his first-ever Columbus concert go on sale this morning, fans will be given two options: reserve tickets online or by phone.

They won’t be allowed to buy tickets at Ticketmaster outlets or at the Ohio Theatre, the venue for the June 28 show. In addition, they’ll be limited to two tickets each.

“Tom doesn’t tour a lot,” explained his tour manager, Stuart Ross. “When he does, they aren’t lengthy tours, so the demand is far higher than the supply.

“All we’re trying to do is make sure the tickets get into the hands of the patrons at face value.”