Red Hot Chili Peppers will use paperless ticketing

The Red Hot Chili Peppers, clockwise from top, bassist Flea, singer Anthony Kiedis, guitarist Josh Klinghoffer and drummer Chad Smith pose for a portrait in Hollywood. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at the CenturyLink Center on Oct. 28, and they’ll be using Ticketmaster’s paperless ticketing system.

Here are the details:  Tickets, $35.50 to $55.50, go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. Floor and lower bowl tickets must be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000 and will use Ticketmaster’s paperless ticketing.

Upper bowl tickets can be purchased at the CenturyLink Center box office and Ticketmaster outlets as well as by phone or online.

No lower bowl or floor tickets will be sold at physical outlets.

With paperless ticketing, you buy tickets with a credit card. Then you present your credit card and an ID at the gate. The ticket taker checks your ID and scans the card and you (and whomever else you bought tickets for) gets to go in.

It was created to combat scalping and it works. If a scalper buys the paperless tickets and tries to re-sell them to some guy, the guy would need the scalper to escort him to the concert to get him in. (The person who bought the tickets has to be present whether they’re attending or bought the tickets for someone else.) It’s way too hard to get around, so scalpers generally stay away from shows with paperless tickets.

I’ve seen it in action at two concerts: Miley Cyrus and AC/DC. It works great. There’s no more wait at those shows than any others, and arena officials found they had less scalpers than ever.

The only problem is when people don’t follow the rules (mom bought the tickets for her kids and didn’t come to the show with her credit card, for example) or read the FAQ. If you buy tickets and find out you can’t go to the show, you can always sell them through Ticketmaster’s TicketExchange.

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