Schemes involving the resale of fake tickets have caused many headaches for unsuspecting fans. With the sophisticated methods available for duplicating tickets, it is very difficult for the average fan to detect fake tickets. Recently a forger in Virginia was charged with attempting to pass off fake concert tickets to Black Sabbath’s August 21 show in Bristow Virginia. According to the Baltimore Sun, 35-year-old Shannon Michael Seeber was charged with forgery, possession of false government identification and drug possession. According to the Howard County Police Department, a fan found an advertisement on Craigslist and made arrangements to purchase four tickets to Black Sabbath’s concert from Seeber. After completing the purchase the victim contacted Ticketmaster and was told the tickets were fake. Police were called and after an investigation, Seeber was eventually arrested. At the time of his arrest, he was found to be in possession of additional fraudulent tickets for other concerts including more Black Sabbath shows, Adele and Drake as well as illegal drugs and a handgun. Police suspecting there are other victims, have released Seeber’s photo and are urging other victims to contact them at 410 313 2200 to file a report.
Seeber was released on $35,000 bond.
As previously announced U.K. classic heavy metal band, Black Sabbath, is in the midst of their farewell concert tour called The End, which is expected to wrap up in the band’s hometown of Birmingham, England in February 2017. The classic lineup of Black Sabbath, vocalist Ozzy Osborne, bassist Geezer Butler, guitarist Tony Iommi and drummer Bill Ward, reformed in 2011. Ward quit the band before the reunion tour could begin. Tommy Clufetos, who previously toured with Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie among others, is handling drums and percussion for the final tour after negotiations with Bill Ward broke down. Clufetos is also the current drummer for Osborne’s solo band.