In a letter torecently sworn-in President Joseph Biden today AEG, Bandit Lites, Broadway League, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), Live Nation, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), the National Independent Talent Organization (NITO), the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), Oak View Group (OVG), and We Make Events formally offered their venues, staff, and expertise to the COVID-19 vaccination effort. The live event industry is in a unique position to help – the pandemic has fully shuttered operations, leaving venues empty and the furloughed crowd-management oriented staff who operate them eager to help out and get back to work.
According to a report via Blabbermouth.net, via The New York Times, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the worlds ‘leading expert on infectious disease has predicted that theaters and other live entertainment venues could reopen “sometime in the fall of 2021.” Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases gave an update on when he believes shows can return during a virtual conference held by the Association of Performing Arts Professionals.
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Thrash metal leaders Trivium have announced a tour of the UK for next fall, 2021. Direct support Heaven Shall Burn, TesseracT, and Fit For An Autopsy. Tickets will be available via an O2 pre-sale from 4pm Monday 7th December and a Gigs In Scotland/Live Nation pre-sale from 4pm Tuesday 8th December, with the general on sale beginning 4pm Wednesday 9th December. You can also order tickets from all the usual box offices.
Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino has been bullish on concerts and festivals returning in 2021 and now we have further evidence that he is convinced of this idea. According to a published report by Kerrang (via IQ Mag) Rapino spoke on an Investors call on November 5th in which he said expects concerts to return “at scale” next year, depending on the region.He further shared that the promoters were working on a “roadmap to get back to live safely”, with current “progress on testing technology treatments and vaccines” looking encouraging. Though Michael admitted the “exact timeline of this return will vary by region, and so we continue to focus on remaining flexible”, he added that Live Nation “expect shows at scale next summer”.
Another great tour getting the kybosh from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is the highly anticipated tour by Korn and Faith No More. It is officially canceled and it will not be rescheduled. Refunds are available from Live Nation. The tour was to also feature Daron Malakian And Scars On Broadway, Helmet, Spotlights, and ’68. The coast-to-coast 26-city trek — with special guests on select dates — was scheduled to kick off August 7 in Denver, Colorado and make stops in Irvine, Phoenix, Dallas, Brooklyn, Toronto and more, before wrapping up with a performance at St. Louis’s Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre on September 17. Korn released the following statement: “The Korn & @FaithNoMore Summer Tour will unfortunately no longer be taking place. It is with heavy hearts that we came to this decision out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our fans, crew, and fellow artists. Ticket holders will be emailed directly with their refund options, including a full refund, or you can request a 150% credit at @LiveNation venues + they will donate the number of tickets you originally purchased to healthcare workers on the front lines. For more details, please visit livenation.com/refund. Thank you for your patience and understanding.”Continue reading
In a shocking reversal of their much-maligned policy walk back, Ticketmaster has announced it will issue refunds for more than 18,000 events postponed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. According to Billboard, starting May 1, once postponed shows announce the rescheduled dates, fans will begin to receive e-mails from Ticketmaster to initiate a full refund. Fans will then have 30 days to request a refund; otherwise, their ticket will be good for the rescheduled date. Ticketmaster parent company, Live Nation Entertainment, will also offer fans an option to receive credit for future shows as well as the opportunity to donate their tickets. This is a partial reversal of policy that had fans outraged, considering Ticketmaster’s long history of defrauding the fans and paying billions in refunds and credits.Continue reading
Live Nation and AEG, the two ticket agencies and primary large venue owners and biggest concert promoters in the world, have released a statement instructing its touring shows to prepare to return home in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. They have teamed with other major players in the entertainment world as well to release a joint statement, obtained by Rolling Stone, executives from Live Nation, AEG, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), William Morris Endeavor (WME), Paradigm and United Talent Agency (UTA) said they are working together to develop best practices to safeguard artists, fans and staff in the concert industry.Continue reading
The Smashing Pumpkins have booked a short headline tour of intimate rooms in North America for this spring. Rock Invasion 2 tour – a sequel to their iconic 1993 Tour that spanned the globe, will kick off on April 23rd in Louisville, KY and will end in Greensboro, NC on May 8th. Tickets for Rock Invasion 2 will go on sale to the general public starting Friday, March 6th at 10:00am local time and can be purchased at the links below. Produced by Live Nation, the Rock Invasion 2 Tour will bring the iconic rockers to intimate venues, featuring a heavier rock set of songs spanning the band’s entire catalog. The tour will feature Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, James Iha, and Jeff Schroeder alongside bassist Jack Bates. In addition to the nine Rock Invasion 2 dates, The Smashing Pumpkins will headline two festivals – Beale Street Music Festival and Shaky Knees Music Festival – and after the tour concludes, will go on to open for Guns N’ Roses’ 2020 stadium tour for a number of dates in July. For more information on those additional performances, visit their site.Continue reading
Fans of Rage Against The Machine were elated at the announcement of the return of the much-missed band for 2020. However, following the news that the band has booked a world tour this week, some expressed outrage at the high cost of tickets for the headline shows. Fans and haters have slammed the band, known for their activism and protests for being greedy at the high cost for shows (non-festivals). The band took some measures against scalpers as they have bought 10% of all the tour tickets to ensure those tickets are sold from the band – at a premium cost, but the extra money going to charity. In the midst of all of this, RATM guitarist and activist Tom Morello has taken to Twitter to assure fans that the high cost of tickets is due to scalpers and resellers. Tom claims that the full price for all tickets tops out at $125.00 USD. A high cost, for sure, but lower than many other concert tickets to other tours in 2020. Continue reading