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Country star thwarts scalpers by canceling tickets to Target Center show

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People in the business of making extra bucks out of reselling concert tickets are running into big resistance by country music star Eric Church.

The Pioneer Press says Church's management team has canceled 902 tickets they suspected were purchased by resellers for the musician's Sept. 16 concert at Target Center in Minneapolis. The newspaper says the ticket orders violated the show's policy of an eight ticket limit per household, and were expected to be put back on sale Friday evening.

Church has already sold more than 14,000 tickets to the Target Center show, with only obstructed view seats remaining.

CMT says that Church will scrutinize all ticket orders during his concert tour. The site said tickets to the Target Center show were being offered on one ticket broker's site for as much as $847.

Church issued a statement on his website about his war on scalpers, saying, "A lot of acts just want to sell as many tickets as they can and they don't care who they sell them to."

"I want my fans to be the ones who buy tickets to my shows, and I want scalpers to back off," Church said. "I can't stop ticket scalpers completely, but I can definitely make it harder for them."

The state Legislature overwhelming approved a bill in 2007 to legalize the reselling of tickets in Minnesota, 94 years after the initial ban was imposed, the Star Tribune reported. Rep. Phyllis Kahn (DFL-Minneapolis), who co-sponsored the bill, said the 94-year-old law represented "the worst kind of socialist interference with the free market."

Church's "The Outsiders World Tour" kicks off Sept. 11 in Bossier City, Louisiana. Fellow country star Dwight Yoakam will open up Church's Target Center show.

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