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Feb24
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Some More Great News For PMJ

Our latest HotStar, Postmodern Jukebox, has been a hit with the readers, with many calling our contact numbers.  For those interested, we have even better contact informaton now. more

04:06PM, Friday
Feb24
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Man Injured In Food Truck Explosion Awarded $5M

A jury has awarded $5 million to a man who was injured during a food truck explosion at a northern Michigan festival. more

06:53AM, Friday

Feb24
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A Chat With Martin Elbourne

Pollstar’s European correspondent caught up with British live music icon Martin Elbourne at Spanish showcase festival and music conference BIME.   more

06:00AM, Friday
Feb24
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Grappling With Trump In Mexico

An American professional wrestler known as Sam Adonis is becoming a superstar of Mexican lucha libre by playing the “bad guy” role of a Donald Trump fan.  more

02:20AM, Friday
Feb24
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PRG XL Moves To Larger London Office

Located centrally in Covent Garden, the new PRG XL office houses the entertainment supplier’s concert touring, theater, television/film and corporate/events teams.   more

02:10AM, Friday
Feb24
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Echo Klassik Moves To Hamburg Hall

Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall, which opened in January, will host the German Echo Klassik awards honoring classical music Oct. 29.   more

02:05AM, Friday
Feb24
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Ticketing Addressed in The Netherlands

 A panel of industry experts discussed the future of ticketing at the second edition of Fast Forward in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Feb. 23.  more

02:05AM, Friday
Feb24
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Adelaide Bolsters UNESCO Music Name

Since being conferred as an UNESCO Music City in December 2015, Adelaide has been coming up with strategies to host music events.  more

02:00AM, Friday
Feb24

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The Atlanta Braves’ new stadium, SunTrust Park, takes shape as the baseball field is prepared for grass to be installed in Atlanta Feb. 9.
Feb24
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Zepp Hall Opens With Alexandro

Zepp Hall, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), opened its sixth music venue in Japan Feb. 17 with a concert by popular J-rock band Alexandro.   more

02:00AM, Friday
Feb23
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LYV Reports Robust YE, Q4 Results

Live Nation Entertainment released 2016 fourth-quarter and year-end financial results Feb. 23, on the heels of the company’s shares passing the $30/per threshold for the first time, announcing growth at “historic levels” with revenue up 15 percent to $8.4 billion. more

02:00PM, Thursday
Feb23
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Beyoncé Out Of Coachella; Will Perform In 2018

Beyoncé, who is pregnant with twins, will not perform at Coachella this year, but will headline the festival in 2018. more

12:45PM, Thursday
Feb23
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Benny Collins Honored

The life of Benny Collins, the very definition of an RFL (Roadie For Life), will be honored at the Fox Theatre in his hometown of Oakland, Calif., April 1.  more

11:30AM, Thursday
Feb23
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AEG Renews O2 Partnership In London

The No. 1 arena in Pollstar’s year-end ticket sales charts will be called The O2 London for another 10 years.  more

08:45AM, Thursday
Feb23
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E-sports Arena Primed For Opener

Las Vegas is set to run to the forefront of the emerging North American e-sports circuit, with a facility dedicated to hosting and broadcasting competitions slated to open March 3.  more

02:30AM, Thursday
Feb23
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French Concert Canceled After ‘Bloodbath’ Threat

The makers of Lignerock Festival had to cancel a Feb. 18 fundraising concert night at the Salle de Sport in St. Christophe du Ligneron, France, due to a terrorist threat they received shortly before doors were to open.  more

02:20AM, Thursday
Feb23
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Kim Dotcom Eligible For Extradition To U.S.

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom is eligible to be extradited to the United States to face charges of alleged conspiracy, racketeering and money laundering, the New Zealand High Court found Feb. 20.   more

02:10AM, Thursday
Feb22
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Police: Man Fires Shot During Migos, Kingston Fight

A Florida man has been jailed on felony and misdemeanor charges after he fired a shot during a fight between the hip hop music group Migos and rapper Sean Kingston outside a Las Vegas Strip convention center, police said Wednesday. more

02:10PM, Wednesday
Feb22
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Bowie, Sande Among Winners At Brit Awards

Britain's music industry saluted chart-topping talent and departed icons at Wednesday's Brit Awards, where nominees included Drake, Beyoncé and David Bowie. more

02:08PM, Wednesday
Feb22
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Elite 100 Artists Week Ending 2/16/17

Bruno Mars is tops this week following a big Grammy performance, while the new Ed Sheeran LP looms large.   more

02:00PM, Wednesday
Feb22
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Jeezy’s New Suit

A Houston promoter is suing Jeezy, claiming he advanced half of a $60,000 paycheck for a December performance but hasn’t been compensated for his losses after the artist flaked and decided not to show up.   more

10:00AM, Wednesday
Feb22
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Stagehand Dies At Avenged Sevenfold Germany Concert

A 19-year-old stagehand was killed when a rigger fell onto him while dismantling the stage after a Feb. 20 Avenged Sevenfold gig at Stuttgart, Germany’s Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle. more

09:29AM, Wednesday
Feb22
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Aaron Carter Checked Out Of Looney Bin

Aaron Carter was reportedly sent to the emergency room after being attacked by a member of his opening act who took offense to an alleged racial slur from the former teen heartthrob during a Feb. 17 show at The Looney Bin in Bradley, Ill.   more

09:00AM, Wednesday
Feb22
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OKC’s Tower Reopens

The historic Tower Theatre on Oklahoma City’s NW 23rd street reopened Feb. 18 after $6.5 million in renovations.   more

02:30AM, Wednesday
Feb22
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Mad Decent Block Party India Canceled

Major Lazer, Dillon Francis and more were supposed to play Mumbai, Hyderabad and New Delhi as part of the Mad Decent Black Party March 3-5, but promoter Oji scrapped all three shows.  more

02:29AM, Wednesday
Feb22

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John Page, President of the Wells Fargo Complex (center), and his staff bid farewell to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Feb. 17 in Philadelphia, after hosting the circus for nearly 50 years.
Feb22
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B-52s Celebrate 40th Anniversary Down Under

History records that The B-52s formed over a Chinese meal in October 1976 in Athens, Ga. But their first show was not until Feb. 14, 1977, at a friend’s Valentine’s Day house party.   more

02:20AM, Wednesday
Feb22
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Another $400M For Tokyo Olympics

Despite efforts being made by the organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to cut costs, it was announced last week that an extra 44 billion yen ($389 million) will be needed to either build new facilities or modernize existing ones in areas outside of Tokyo.  more

02:10AM, Wednesday
Feb22
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Splore Suffers Heavy Rain, Fallen Power Lines, Traffic

Organisers of New Zealand’s Splore festival (Feb. 17-19) took to Facebook to apologise for traffic chaos that plagued patrons throughout the weekend.   more

02:05AM, Wednesday
Feb21
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LYV Stock Soars

It’s a new high for Live Nation.  more

04:30PM, Tuesday
Feb21
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Asia On Tour – In America

Live Nation announced "Asia On Tour," which it described as "a multi-band tour series showcasing an exciting and talented new wave of Asian musicians."   more

02:30PM, Tuesday
Feb21
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Headbangin’ With Dolly

When Dolly Parton had her biggest tour in a quarter of a century last year, she did it with a road crew unique to country music: pretty much everyone on it is a veteran of heavy metal. more

02:30AM, Tuesday
Feb21
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ILMC To Address Direct Licensing, Terrorism, Festival Formats

The program is complete for the 29th International Live Music Conference in London March 8-10.   more

02:00AM, Tuesday
Feb21
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Doctor Music Festival Reincarnated For 2019

Twenty years after leaving the idyllic valley Valle d’Aneu in the Catalan Pyrenees, Doctor Music founder Neo Sala returns for a one-off edition of the legendary Spanish festival, July 12-14, 2019. Yes, 2019.  more

01:45AM, Tuesday
Feb21
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Larry Coryell Dies In NYC At Age 73

Jazz guitarist Larry Coryell, known as the “Godfather of Fusion,” has died in New York City. He was 73. more

01:30AM, Tuesday
Feb21
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David Cassidy Says He Has Dementia

As a video depicting David Cassidy slurring his words and falling from the stage makes the rounds, the “Partridge Family” star says he has dementia. more

01:29AM, Tuesday
Feb21
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Midnight Oil’s First World Tour In 20 Years

Australian politico-rock band Midnight Oil marks its first world tour in 20 years with a six-month run around the globe.   more

01:00AM, Tuesday
Feb21
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Spanish Promoters To Sue Viagogo

After tickets for Joaquín Sabina’s upcoming tour ended up on Viagogo, the artist’s promoters TheProject, Get In and Riff, as well as his management at Berry Producciones, announced to take legal action against ticket reseller Viagogo.  more

01:00AM, Tuesday
Feb20
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DCP Purchase Reportedly Collapses

The purchase of Dick Clark Productions by Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda for $1 billion is reportedly off the table. more

03:33PM, Monday
Feb20
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Migos Concert Canceled

University of Maryland Eastern Shore officials canceled the school’s Feb. 16 homecoming concert because of a frustrated and unruly crowd. more

12:55PM, Monday
Feb20
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David Cassidy’s Fall From Grace, Stage

David Cassidy, the former star of 'The Partridge Family,' may have bowed out from the music business in heartbreaking fashion after reportedly appearing intoxicated in what may have been his farewell performance. more

11:39AM, Monday
Feb20
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Eric Church Cancels 25K Tickets Bought By Scalpers

Eric Church has been battling ticket scalpers for years as his popularity grew and he began selling out arenas. But he's taken his biggest step yet by cancelling more than 25,000 tickets to his spring tour that were purchased by scalpers and putting them back on sale for fans to purchase. more

09:03AM, Monday
Feb20
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$100M Ford Field Upgrade

The Detroit Lions have begun a $100 million renovation to Ford Field that team officials hope would make the 15-year-old stadium Super Bowl ready.  more

02:20AM, Monday
Feb20
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Bill Could Fund Phoenix Arena

Arizona lawmakers are working to create a special tax district that could be used to fund a Phoenix hockey arena for the Arizona Coyotes.   more

02:00AM, Monday
Feb18
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Brian Wilson Performs Pet Sounds At Kelvingrove

Brian Wilson is part of the lineup for the intimate, boutique Summer Nights at the Bandstand festival, which will return for the fourth time to Kelvingrove in Glasgow, Scotland, Aug. 2-13. more

02:00AM, Saturday
Feb17
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Malloy: XL Center Renovations Needed

Whether or not Connecticut can attract another professional hockey team to its capital city, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the XL Center facility still needs to be either overhauled or closed. more

02:39PM, Friday
Feb17
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Kemper Arena Sold

Kemper Arena is one step closer to becoming an amateur sports complex. more

01:37PM, Friday
Feb17
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'Beaches' Losing Its Sex Appeal

What started out as a disagreement over taxpayers footing the bill for a version of Pitbull's "Sexy Beaches" video is now turning into a full-blown public relations war between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and the GOP-controlled Florida House. more

10:00AM, Friday
Feb17
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Summer Of Love Concert Hits Major Hurdle

Aging rockers from Jefferson Starship led a protest on the steps of City Hall to send a message to San Francisco officials: We built this city on free rock and roll. more

08:31AM, Friday
Feb17
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Arena, Sheriff Square Off Over Guns

A Washington county sheriff publicly complained he was forced to disarm before entering a Spokane, Wash., arena for a Feb. 11 law enforcement charity hockey match while arena management says he did so voluntarily.  more

02:30AM, Friday
Feb17
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Rio Games Spawn Debt, Empty Venues

Rio de Janeiro pulled off the 2016 Summer Olympics, keeping crime at bay and fending off doomsday forecasts of corruption, environmental degradation, and cost overruns, to no avail. For all the positives to the city from hosting the games, six months’ worth of bills are piling up.   more

02:25AM, Friday
Feb17
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Roma Stadium Update

The vice mayor of Italy’s capital Rome has expressed the city’s approval of the euro 1.6 billion stadium project, which would become the new home of AS Roma football club.  more

02:15AM, Friday
Feb17

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The blue LED roof lighting at Ford Field in Detroit, part of a $2 million renovation, has prompted more than 850 people to sign a petition asking stadium officials to turn off those lights at night because of the distracting effect on drivers.
Feb17

Manfred Hertlein Takes Back Control

Iconic German promoter Manfred Hertlein bought back all shares of his Manfred Hertlein Veranstaltungs GmbH from Gold Entertainment. more

02:00AM, Friday
Feb16
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Songkick Claims TM/LN Hacking

Live Nation hacked into Songkick’s computer system and stole trade secrets, the latter company claims in an amended antitrust suit filed in 2015 but updated to include information it says emerged in the discovery process.  more

10:45AM, Thursday
Feb16
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Ticketmaster Buys Czech Republic’s Ticketpro

With the acquisition of Czech Republic-based Ticketpro, Ticketmaster is now present in 30 countries and claims to process 530 million primary tickets annually.  more

09:45AM, Thursday
Feb16
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Keith Urban Leads ACM Nominations

Keith Urban leads nominations for the Academy of Country Music Awards with seven nods, including entertainer of the year and album of the year for "Ripcord." more

07:20AM, Thursday
Feb16
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Disruptive Fan Released For Mental Health Treatment

A man who rushed onto the court at a University of Louisville basketball game at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky., was arrested and eventually released on the condition that he must enter a mental health facility.    more

02:20AM, Thursday
Feb16
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Bearcats To Play At BB&T

The University of Cincinnati’s Bearcats will play the 2017-18 season in BB&T Arena with Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Ky.   more

02:10AM, Thursday
Feb16
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Aphex Twin, Bjork For Fuji Rock

Smash Corporation announced the first group of artists appearing at Fuji Rock Festival 2017, which is being at the Naeba ski resort in Niigata Prefecture, Japan, July 23-25.  more

02:05AM, Thursday
Feb16
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Historic English Venue Returns To Live Roots

The Reel Cinema in Plymouth, England, which hosted two Beatles concerts some 50 years ago when it was still known as ABC Theatre, will finally serve as a live music venue again, if only for one night.  more

02:05AM, Thursday
Feb16

Antitrust Authorities Probe Ticket Merger

The merger between Switzerland’s main ticket operators, Ticketcorner and Starticket, could be stalled or blocked altogether.  more

02:00AM, Thursday
Feb15
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Shep Gordon & Alice Cooper: A 47-Year Conversation Interpreted by Danny Zelisko

UPDATE: NOW WITH VIDEO Alice Cooper and manager Shep Gordon have had the kind of relationship that even many married couples might envy – and it’s certainly lasted longer than most, at 47 years.  more

09:30AM, Wednesday
Feb15
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BBC Live Music Head Leaves

Jason Carter, who was with BBC for almost 20 years and launched its new-talent initiative Introducing among other live music events, has announced his departure.  more

09:00AM, Wednesday
Feb15
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The Latin Explosion: Where Do You Fit In?

Pollstar Live! coverage: One could question the premise: Is there really a Latino market that is “exploding” in population or popularity? The markets have been there for decades. more

02:30AM, Wednesday
Feb15
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Real-Time Fan Engagement At Live Events

This wasn’t the Pollstar Live! panel dedicated to holograms, although the panelists definitely spent time talking about holograms, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), along with others way to engage fans with technology such as social geofencing and mobile commerce.   more

02:25AM, Wednesday
Feb15
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Yacht’s Pretty Lights

The Triforium, a now defunct, six-story art piece in Los Angeles, may be in line to receive renovations.  more

02:25AM, Wednesday
Feb15
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Aussie Journalist, Peace Activist Ritchie Yorke Dies

Ritchie Yorke, longtime music journalist in Australia and Canada, and a close collaborator with John Lennon and Yoko Ono during their late ’60s peace initiatives, died in a Brisbane, Australia, hospital from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 73.  more

02:15AM, Wednesday
Feb15
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Task Force To Combat Melbourne Sexual Assault

The state government of Victoria is set to begin an Australian-first trial program in eight music venues to combat sexual assaults and harassment.  more

02:05AM, Wednesday
Feb15
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GWVR: Promoters’ Collecting Society Sets Tariffs

German collection agency GWVR has set tariffs regulating the amount promoters receive for live recordings of their events that are released on CD, DVD or BluRay.  more

02:00AM, Wednesday
Feb15
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Koreans Not Interested In Olympics

A nationwide survey conducted by Gallup Korea found that less than half of the citizens of South Korea are at all interested in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, which will open next Feb. 9 in the city of PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, about 180 kilometers east of the capital city of Seoul. more

02:00AM, Wednesday
Feb14
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DEAG Scraps Rockavaria In 2017

The Rockavaria festival in Munich, Germany, isn’t happening this year. The brand may be reactivated in the future.   more

02:29AM, Tuesday
Feb14
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Elite 100 Artists Week Ending 2/9/17

Lady Gaga gets a Super Bowl boost but can't top Big Sean for the week.   more

02:29AM, Tuesday
Feb14
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EMAs Return To London

Wembley’s SSE Arena will host the 24th edition of MTV’s Europe Music Awards show, Nov. 12.  more

02:29AM, Tuesday
Feb14
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'Hey, Who Are These Guys?' -- A Conversation with John Meglen & Paul Gongaware

 As the Production Live! keynote title suggests, John Meglen and Paul Gongaware of AEG Live/Concerts West have spent much of their careers operating under the radar of the concert industry, but have often been at the forefront of innovation and change.  more

02:25AM, Tuesday
Feb14
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War Of Words Over Summer Of Love

Plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary Summer of Love with a free concert in San Francisco have stalled out after city officials denied the promoter a permit.   more

02:15AM, Tuesday
Feb14
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St. Louis Stadium Fate Going To Voters

The fate of a proposed $200 million soccer stadium in downtown St. Louis to attract a Major League Soccer team will be put to city voters April 4. more

02:10AM, Tuesday
Feb14
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Vikings Want Fencing At U.S. Bank Stadium

The NFL’s Minnesota Vikings want to build permanent fencing around U.S. Bank Stadium for better security but it could be a hard sell with the venue’s governing body.   more

02:10AM, Tuesday
Feb13
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Manchester Club Claims ‘No Structural Issues’ After Ceiling Collapse

Clubgoers in Manchester, England, were filmed supporting a large chunk of plasterboard that had come off the roof of The Factory, also known as FAC251, early Sunday, Feb. 12.  more

09:55AM, Monday
Feb13
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Raggamuffin X Postponed For Low Ticket Sales

New Zealand’s Raggamuffin X, set for Feb. 18 at Auckland’s The Trust Arena, was postponed to the southern spring.   more

09:00AM, Monday
Feb13
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5 Injured In Nightclub Shooting

Five people remain hospitalized after a weekend shooting at a nightclub in the southeast Missouri town of Caruthersville. more

07:10AM, Monday
Feb13
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Adele Wins Top Grammys

In an extraordinary moment between the music industry’s top female artists, Adele beat Beyoncé for three of the top Grammy Awards – then said her competitor deserved at least one of them. more

07:09AM, Monday
Feb13
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Natalie Imbruglia Cancels Israel Show

Australian singer-songwriter and actress Natalie Imbruglia has walked into a political storm after canceling her March 1 date in Tel Aviv.   more

07:00AM, Monday
Feb13
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Rick Derringer Charged With Having Loaded Gun On Delta Flight

Rock guitarist Rick Derringer told a federal air marshal that he keeps his gun with him on commercial airline flights 30 to 50 times a year, and was only detained last month at Atlanta’s airport near the end of a trip to Mexico, authorities said. more

03:46AM, Monday
Feb12
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Al Jarreau Dies At 76

Grammy-winning jazz singer Al Jarreau, who transcended genres over a 50-year career, died at a Los Angeles hospital Sunday, just days after announcing his retirement from touring because of exhaustion. more

02:32PM, Sunday
Feb12
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13 Hospitalized After Dillinger Escape Plan Bus Crash

A police spokeswoman in Poland says 13 people have been injured after a truck rammed into the bus carrying American band The Dillinger Escape Plan to a concert in Krakow.

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06:48AM, Sunday
Feb12
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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Reunite For Grammy Honor

Tom Petty got his band the Heartbreakers back together for a high-class gig to launch Grammy weekend.

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06:47AM, Sunday
Feb12
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Casino Shows Are No Longer Just For Your Parents

Pollstar Live! coverage: For as long as the Pollstar casino panel has been going, and moderator Billy Brill was quick to note it’s been 27 years now, the buyers still want you to know they’re not operating a bank here. more

02:10AM, Sunday
Feb11
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Are E-Sports Leagues The Next Big Thing For Arenas?

The Pollstar Live! panel had one simple, overdriving message to the audience: you may not know much about E-sports because you’re not 12 years old but you better frigging study up, and fast.  more

02:30AM, Saturday
Feb11
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Hilltop Hoods Taps Live Sector For Cancer Kids

Australia’s most successful hip hop act, Hilltop Hoods, is calling on help from the live music sector for a new initiative.   more

02:00AM, Saturday
Feb10
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Mike Ilitch Dies

Billionaire businessman Mike Ilitch, who founded the Little Caesars pizza empire before buying the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers, and won praise for keeping the professional sports teams in the city as others relocated to new suburban stadiums, has died. He was 87.  more

05:30PM, Friday
Feb10
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Ticketing For A Better Tomorrow

What's the future of ticketing? Basically, it's up in the air. There are a few options.   more

02:50AM, Friday
Feb10
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Festivals vs Hard Tickets: How Artists and Promoters Are Affected

There’s an abundance of festivals but festivalgoers only have so many live entertainment dollars to spend. A panel at Pollstar Live! delved into the question of how the current live music landscape affects the decisions of promoters, managers and agents.  more

02:30AM, Friday
Feb10
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AEG Takes The Fifth

AEG Live is taking the fifth – the fifth floor that is – of 53 W. 23rd street in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood.   more

02:25AM, Friday
Feb10
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Factory Soon To Make Music

The Music Factory in Irving, Texas, which includes an 8,000-capacity Live Nation venue, is on course for an opening this fall.   more

02:20AM, Friday
Feb10
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New U.S. Manager For Mojo Barriers

Jordi van Berkum will manage Mojo Barriers’ U.S. operations, which currently include supplying crowd barriers/barricades for the 2017 US tours by Red Hot Chili Peppers and Twenty One Pilots.  more

02:20AM, Friday
Feb10

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The Porsche 911 Cabriolet of Pollstar Live! panelist Jason Miller burned up on his way home from the conference on Feb. 2, because of an engine malfunction. Live Nation’s SVP for Talent in International & Emerging markets left the ordeal unscathed.
Feb10
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Data Driven Touring & Tour Marketing

Picking up where they left off a year ago at Pollstar Live!, a panel of managers, digital service providers, ticketing and technology experts explored the current possibilities of leveraging data and technology to book concerts and tours more successfully.  more

02:15AM, Friday
Feb10
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Playboy Club Returns To NYC

New York City will once again be the home of a Playboy Club complex, more than 30 years after the company closed its first Manhattan location.   more

02:10AM, Friday
Feb09
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ICM Acquires Sports, TV Agency

ICM Partners acquired Headline Media Management, which reps TV news and sports personalities in an equity deal announced Feb. 8.  more

11:30AM, Thursday

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