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Published: Wednesday, 7/10/2002

Boogie loses right to sell some tickets

Journey fans who tried to buy tickets at Boogie Records last weekend found out they had to make a journey of their own - to a Ticketmaster office.

Boogie Records in the Westgate Village Shopping Center planned to sell tickets to the Journey concert Sunday night in Promenade Park downtown.

But after Ticketmaster objected that Boogie sales violated the company's contract with concert promoter John Nittolo, the music store stopped selling tickets.

“It's a contract technicality,” said Nittolo, who lives in New Jersey and produces shows at several Toledo venues. “I have to follow the rules.”

Ticketmaster officials called Nittolo to complain about the Boogie tickets, so Nittolo made sure the store ended sales, he said. Boogie Records charges a $1 service fee; Ticketmaster tacks on a service charge of $3.75 to $6.

Nittolo said he has done business with Ticketmaster for 17 years. For some events, he signs a contract that guarantees them exclusive rights to ticket sales.

For many other shows, including those at the Stranahan Theater, tickets still will be available at Boogie Records, he said.

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