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  1. Performance Royalties Act Goes To House

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In a 21 to 9 vote Wednesday (May 13), the House Judiciary Committee voted to send the Performance Royalties Act to the full House for a vote. After a contentious three-hour hearing in which three amendments to the bill were offered, only one of th ...

  2. Industry Veteran Frank Jirik Dies

    May 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Influential sports and entertainment executive Frank J. Jirik died on April 30 from lymphona in Lakeville, Minn. He was 69. Jirik spent 40 years in the sports and entertainment industry, including stints with the Minnesota Twins, the Minnesota Nor ...

  3. Michael Jackson Auction Canceled

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A huge auction of Michael Jackson memorabilia scheduled for next week has been canceled and auctioneers agreed to return all the items to the singer. Auctioneer Darren Julien told Reuters the cancellation of the planned April 22-25 sale was the re ...

  4. Los Angeles Philharmonic Taps Herbie Hancock

    March 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association has announced that Grammy-winning jazz artist Herbie Hancock will become its new creative chair for jazz. He succeeds bassist Christian McBride. During his two-year tenure with the Los Angeles Philharmonic ...

  5. Potential Live Nation-Ticketmaster Merger Sparks Worries

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Two live entertainment giants that spent nearly two years maneuvering for advantage are now entwined in an ardent embrace. It surprised no one when the proposed merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster Entertainment triggered an antitrust probe by t ...

  6. Nederlander To Exclusively Book San Jose Venue

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Nederlander Concerts has struck a deal with Team San Jose for the former to be the exclusive talent booker for the 3,000-seat Civic Auditorium in San Jose, Calif. "I've always had an interest in [San Jose] because of the lack of attentio ...

  7. SBS Host 'El Chulo' Moves To L.A.

    December 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Joaquín Garza, host of "El Chulo de la Mañana," which originates on Spanish Broadcasting System regional Mexican WLEY (La Ley)/Chicago and simulcasts on Los Angeles sister KLAX (La Raza), is packing and moving to the City of Angels. Garz ...

  8. Latin Radio Briefs: WLCC, La Luz Goes Christmas, Lazer

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST -Adam Lindemann, Mega Communications' owner, is exiting the radio business and has donated WLCC (La Ley)/Tampa to the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council. The MMTC will take over the station before the end of the year, MMTC executiv ...

  9. Ticketmaster, Eventful Strengthen Ties

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Eventful.com , a Web site that allows music fans to request specific acts to perform in their city, has announced that Ticketmaster will become the premier ticketing provider for the site's nearly eight million users. "It's a market ...

  10. Beck To Open Club Nokia In L.A.

    September 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nearly a week after headlining his biggest hometown concert at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl, Beck has been tapped for the Nov. 10 opening of the new Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. Developed and booked by AEG Live, the 2,300-capacity Club ...

  11. Touring Briefs: AEG Facilities, StubHub, Wellmont Theatre

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -- AEG Facilities , a division of Los Angeles-based sports and entertainment presenter AEG, has entered into a joint venture with Arena Group 2000 (AG 2000) to manage, book and operate the 14,400-capacity San Diego Sports Arena. The two parties wi ...

  12. AEG Live Acquires Keswick Theatre in Philadelphia

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT AEG Live, the concert promotion arm of Los Angeles-based AEG, has acquired the 1,350-capacity Keswick Theatre in Philadelphia. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 80-year-old venue's existing staff will stay intact under the d ...

  13. Beck, Black Crowes To Headline 2008 Street Scene

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Beck and the Black Crowes have been tapped to headline the 24th annual Street Scene festival, which returns to its roots in downtown San Diego Sept. 19-20. Approximately 40 acts will perform at the 2008 Street Scene, including Justice, Tegan and S ...

  14. Prosecutors Won't Pursue Charges Against Warren G

    June 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Prosecutors said Monday they won't pursue charges against rapper Warren G, who was arrested a day earlier for being in a car with marijuana. A spokeswoman for Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley said there was insufficient evide ...

  15. The 88's Island Debut Set For August

    May 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Los Angeles pop band The 88 tells billboard.biz that the group's Island Records debut is set for this August. The yet-untitled project includes three songs from Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, who also plays on the album. Member Keith S ...

  16. Bill Graham Foundation To Host N.Y. Benefit

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In memory of the legendary concert promoter who helped revolutionize the modern day live entertainment business, the San Francisco-based Bill Graham Memorial Foundation is holding its first East Coast benefit concert May 27 at the Fillmore New Yor ...

  17. Fernández Breaks Attendance Records

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mariachi icon Vicente Fernández, whose new album “Para Siempre” (Sony BMG) is at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart a full 38 weeks since its release, has broken attendance records at two landmark concert venues. Fernández, who just began ...

  18. Ticketmaster Goes Paperless For Waits' Tour

    May 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ticketmaster is introducing its new paperless ticketing service in conjunction with the May 16 on-sale for Tom Waits' 13-date "Glitter And Doom" tour, which begins June 17 at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix. Fans who order concert ti ...

  19. Touring Briefs: Neil Diamond, AEG Facilities, Nederlander

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT --To help push his new Rick Rubin-produced album, "Home Before Dark," which dropped today (May 6) via Columbia, Neil Diamond will play a free MySpace secret show tomorrow at the Bitter End nightclub in New York. Since 2006, MySpace has o ...

  20. Sunset Strip Music Fest Lined Up For June

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hot Hot Heat, Louis XIV, Juliette and The Licks, the 88, Dilated Peoples, Godhead and B Real of Cypress Hill have been confirmed for the first Sunset Strip Music Festival, to be held June 26-28 throughout several music venues along Los Angeles ...

  21. Jackson Lawyer: Neverland Ranch Saved

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson has refinanced Neverland ranch in time to save his famed California spread from a public auction that was scheduled for later this month. Jackson attorney L. Londell McMillan told The Associated Press on Thursday that the pop star ...

  22. Shuhart Joins Nederlander

    March 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Shane Shuhart has joined SoCal promoter Nederlander Concerts as a director of talent. Shuhart will book and promote live entertainment for the Grove of Anaheim (Calif), and Viejas' Concerts in the Park and DreamCatcher in San Diego, as well a ...

  23. Michael Jackson Faces Forced Sale Of Neverland

    February 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson's famed Neverland Valley Ranch in California will be foreclosed and sold on March 19 unless the pop star pays a balance of nearly $25 million, property records showed on Tuesday. FoxNews.com reported that Jackson has been form ...

  24. Galbraith Mounts Return With Kilimanjaro

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Former Live Nation U.K. managing director Stuart Galbraith has resurfaced at the helm of a new promoter/festival organizer, entitled Kilimanjaro Live Ltd. The company's first major promotions will be a run of shows from the Eagles at London&# ...

  25. Nederlander Expands Reach With Viejas Deal

    January 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Viejas Entertainment and Production has struck a deal with Nederlander Concerts for the latter to be the exclusive talent booker for all Viejas venues, including the 2,500-capacity, outdoor Concerts in the Park and 750-capacity indoor club DreamCa ...

  26. Black Eyed Peas Design Hard Rock Suite

    December 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Black Eyed Peas have designed their own suite at the new Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, Calif. A portion of the proceeds generated by guests staying at the "Rock Star Suite" will benefit the band's child-focused charity, the Peap ...

  27. Live Nation, Costco Team For Shed Ticket Sales

    November 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Live Nation has teamed with Costco Wholesale to sell tickets for the 2008 amphitheater season. The deal marks the first time the Los Angeles-based promoter has sold concert tickets through a national retail chain. The Amphitheatre Concert Pack car ...

  28. SoCal Fires Continue To Affect Concerts

    October 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After a five-day battle, firefighters today (Oct. 25) gained the upper hand on most of Southern California's wildfires, but concerts in the region continue to be affected. In addition to the many concerts that have already been canceled and/o ...

  29. Eagles Run Opens Nokia Theatre At L.A. Live

    October 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The new Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles is up and running, now midway through six sellouts by the Eagles that serve as the theater's coming out party. The Eagles stand, with Dixie Chicks opening, began Oct. 18. Reception to the 7,10 ...

  30. Report: Grateful Dead Wins Dismissal Of Archive's Claims

    October 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Led Zeppelin, the Grateful Dead, the Doors and other musicians won the dismissal of most claims filed by rock archive Web site Wolfgang's Vault, according to Bloomberg.com . In December, the musicians sued Wolfgang's Vault claiming that ...

  31. AEG Live Opens Minneapolis Office

    September 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT AEG Live, the concert promotion arm of Los Angeles-based AEG, has announced the opening of a new regional office in Minneapolis, to be headed by former OCESA Presents senior talent buyer Brad Saks. He reports directly to Larry Vallon, senior VP of ...

  32. L.A. Detour Fest On Track For Year Two

    September 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After drawing approximately 12,000 concertgoers to last year's inaugural LA Weekly Detour Music Festival, held in the streets of downtown Los Angeles, this year's Oct. 6 event on Main and 1st Streets is expected to draw similar numbers, ...

  33. AEG Launches Swedish Arm

    September 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Concert-promotion giant AEG Live has opened an office in Stockholm to cover Sweden's live-music sector. The new unit, AEG Live Sweden, is headed by managing director David Maloney, reporting to London-based AEG Live Europe managing director R ...

  34. Amoeba Links With Fontana

    September 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Independent distributor Fontana will start distributing Amoeba Records, the label affiliated with independent record store Amoeba Music. The label focuses on releasing rare, previously unavailable and special albums; live in-stores; Amoeba compila ...

  35. Bloc Party, Justice Anchor Second Detour Fest

    August 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bloc Party, red hot dance act Justice, Satellite Party, Kinky, the Comedians of Comedy, Turbonegro, Teddybears, Moving Units, the Raveonettes, Shout Out Louds and Autolux are among the acts confirmed for the second LA Weekly Detour Music Festival, ...

  36. American Music Awards Heads To Nokia L.A.

    August 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Dick Clark Productions, Inc. and AEG have revealed that the 2007 American Music Awards will be hosted at the new Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, which is scheduled to open in late October. The awards show will be broadcast live Nov. 18 on ABC. Celeb ...

  37. Honda Center GM O'Donnell Dies

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mike O'Donnell, GM of the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., died Aug. 19 at his home in Yorba Linda, Calif., after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 46. O'Donnell's career in public facilities, professional sports and arena man ...

  38. Street Scene Relocates To Shed

    August 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT This year's Street Scene festival has been moved from San Diego's Del Mar Fairgrounds to Chula Vista, Calif.'s Coors Amphitheatre, according to Live Nation, which is producing Street Scene 2007 in conjunction with Rob Hagey Producti ...

  39. Wonder Embarking On Rare Tour In Late Summer

    August 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Stevie Wonder will embark on his first tour in more than a decade later this month. The 13-city "A Wonder Summer's Night" tour launches Aug. 23 at Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay in San Diego, and wraps Sept. 20 at the Bank of A ...

  40. Live Nation To Book Spotlight 29 Casino

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has inked a deal to become the exclusive booker for Coachella, Calif.'s Spotlight 29 Casino, which houses the 2,200-capacity Spotlight Showroom theater. Prior to its booking agreement with Los Angeles-based Live Nation, entertainm ...

  41. Ricky Martin Returns To States This Summer

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ricky Martin's Black & White tour is returning Stateside this summer after a stint in Europe. Initial dates for the tour's second U.S. leg include Aug. 10-11 at San Juan, Puerto Rico's Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum, where Martin ...

  42. Update: AEG Live Opens San Diego Office

    July 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT AEG Live is setting up shop in San Diego, opening a regional office that will be led by Steve Redfearn and John Wojas, formerly of San Diego-based independent promoter Viejas Entertainment. With its new presence in San Diego, AEG Live will book sh ...

  43. Exclusive: Donnas Start Own Label, Prep New Album

    June 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After two albums with Atlantic, rock quartet the Donnas have formed their own label in a joint venture with Redeye Distribution, Billboard can exclusively reveal. The group's as-yet-untitled next album is due in mid-September. Produced by Jay ...

  44. Broomfield Event Center Taps Felling

    June 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Broomfield Event Center in Broomfield, Colo., has appointed facility management veteran Gene Felling as its new executive VP and GM. He will oversee booking and operations at the approximately 7,500-seat venue, beginning in August. Prior to jo ...

  45. Killers, Muse Lead Street Scene 2007 Lineup

    June 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Killers, Muse and Panic! At the Disco lead the lineup for this year's Street Scene festival, to be held Sept. 22-23 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego. Among the other acts confirmed to appear at the event include Arctic Monkeys, Soc ...

  46. Live Nation S.F. Goes Green

    June 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation San Francisco, in consultation with the California Environmental Association, has implemented several new initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, energy use and waste generated by six of its Bay Area venues. As part of its over ...

  47. Live Nation Expands Fillmore To Miami

    June 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The 2,700-capacity Jackie Gleason Theatre in Miami is the latest venue to join Live Nation's rejuvenated Fillmore brand. Live Nation has finalized a 10-year pact (with a five-year extension) with the Miami Beach City Commission, to operate, m ...

  48. Fergie To Help Launch Fillmore Detroit

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Two weeks into her upcoming Verizon VIP Tour, on June 13, Fergie will be the first artist to perform in concert at the newly branded Fillmore Detroit, previously known as State Theatre. As previously reported , Fergie's upcoming 20-city solo ...

  49. Billboard, AEG Live Team For Events

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In an exclusive alliance, Billboard is teaming up with AEG Live to expand existing Billboard-branded live events and create new concerts, festivals and televised awards shows around the world. Los Angeles-based AEG Live, the producer and promoter ...

  50. AEG Live Taps Krebs To Book Nokia L.A.

    May 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Los Angeles-based AEG Live has appointed industry vet Mike Krebs to VP of booking for the company and its regional promotion division Goldenvoice. He will be based in Los Angeles and report to Larry Vallon, senior VP of national booking at AEG Liv ...

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