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  1. Fender Decides Against Initial Public Offering

    July 20, 2012 10:31 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- The guitar-maker Fender, finding itself playing before a hostile crowd, is reversing course on becoming a publicly traded company. The company, whose guitars have been wielded by Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen and set afire by Ji ...

  2. Fender Guitar Makers Prepare To Go Public

    June 21, 2012 4:30 PM EDT For Sergio Vallin of popular Mexican rock band Maná, Fender guitars are the only way to go. "It's the Rolls-Royce of guitars," Vallin says. "It's versatile, and so easy on the fingers." A fan of Fender products since ...

  3. What Ticketfly's New $12 Million Funding Means for Music Biz

    April 19, 2011 10:53 AM EDT Ticketing startup Ticketfly has landed $12 million in second round funding led by Mohr Davidow Ventures and with participation from existing investors, including High Peaks Venture Partners, Contour Venture Partners and angel investors Roger Ehren ...

  4. Rick Mueller Leaving Live Nation, Heading To AEG

    March 01, 2011 3:53 PM EST Rick Mueller will exit his post as president of of Live Nation California, Billboard.biz has learned. "Rick informed me yesterday that he had made the decision to leave the company at the end of his employment agreement in late July, and as s ...

  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. Randall, Named Fender Stratocaster Guitar, Dies

    January 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Don Randall, the marketing dynamo who gave Fender's Stratocaster guitar its name and led the brand to onstage ubiquity, has died. He was 91. Randall died of age-related causes Dec. 23 at his home in Santa Ana, his son, Tim, told the Los Angel ...

  7. 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&# ...

  8. Fender Acquires Kaman Music

    October 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fender Musical Instruments Corp. has agreed to acquire Kaman Music Corp. for approximately $117 million in cash. Fender, maker of the Stratocaster and other guitar brands, expects to complete the acquisition of Kaman by Jan. 1, 2008. Kaman indepen ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Live Nation's Miller Takes 'Rocky' Duty

    August 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Senior VP to oversee Rocky Mountain territory. Live Nation senior VP of touring, Jason Miller, will now be responsible for booking the Rocky Mountain territory for the company, effective immediately. Miller will handle Live Nation’s concerts in Co ...

  11. HOB Concerts Sale Heating Up

    February 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sources: AEG Live, SMG are lead contenders. A deal to purchase House of Blues Concerts is on the fast-track, with bids coming in from several high-profile parties, sources say. Among those conducting due diligence and putting together bids are Cle ...

  12. Fender To Offer Rebate Program

    April 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) has unveiled a rebate program for dealers and consumers as part of its yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stratoc Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Fender Musical Instrum ...

  13. Harnell Splits CCE For TMG/AEG Live

    February 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Talent buyer Ali Harnell, formerly a Nashville-based promoter with Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE), has joined TMG/AEG Live as executive VP, based in Nashville. Talent buyer Ali Harnell, formerly a Nashville-based promoter with Clear Channel Ent ...