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Old 07-17-2010, 08:16 PM
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After noting during an investors meeting that ticket sales for the top 100 touring bands are down 12% this year, Live Nation Entertainment's major executives went on the defensive Thursday, blaming the press for "scaring" artists from touring and arguing that acts need to alter their pricing strategies.

The company's CEO, Michael Rapino, and executive chairman, Irving Azoff, painted a grim picture for the second half of 2010 yet noted that major artist tours, and a more customer-service-focused approach, were on tap for 2011.

Journey, Kenny Chesney, Neil Diamond, Van Halen and Fleetwood Mac were among the artists cited by Azoff as plotting outings in 2011. He added that Christina Aguilera, whose 2010 summer tour was taken off the docket, would be on the road next year. He also noted that more dates are on the horizon from the cast of "Glee," the hit Fox musical-comedy.

Yet the company, a recently merged pairing of ticketing powerhouse Ticketmaster and promotions behemoth Live Nation, would first have to navigate a limp 2010.

"The press has implied the sky is falling," Rapino told Wall Street investors, yet he also noted that the company's operating income for 2010 will be down significantly from that of 2009, perhaps by as much as $80 million, and said Ticketmaster's sales are down about 12% from those of 2009.

"The press," Rapino said, has "scared about every artist" out of touring in the fourth quarter. A number of major tours have struggled in 2010, including the refurbished Lilith Tour, and once-can't-miss artists such as the Jonas Brothers have been canceling dates, as outlined in this front-page story in Friday's Times. Amid rampant reports of a down market, Rapino said, "a lot of artists who had planned to tour are now saying they're going to sit it out."

Yet the company's top brass did more than point fingers at the media, and promised a leaner, friendlier model for 2011. But first, artists would have to budge on ticket prices, executives said. Jason Garner, the company's CEO for global music, acknowledged that "ticket prices need to come down" and directed the second half of his statement at artists and managers: "Your guarantee needs to come down."

To that end, Live Nation Entertainment promised that "dynamic pricing," which would add numerous pricing tiers, would be more widely implemented in 2011.The company's executives said they were months away from introducing a ticketing inventory system that can adjust prices in real time.

Think of the future of buying a concert ticket not too unlike that of buying an airline ticket, in which the price can go up or down in the days leading up to an event based solely on demand.

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Thats great. for what album.and I hope they can have a talk to Christine to come along for the ride.But she probably not.
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Thats great. For what album?
The Greatest Greater Hits of Fleetwood Mac.
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The Greatest Greater Hits of Fleetwood Mac.
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I predict it will be the same setlist as Unleashed. And the same promotional materials as Unleashed... err Say You Will!

This also suggests: no album.

They should do a 30th anniversary remastering of Mirage though.
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Or the country version Rumours tour,first stop The Grand Ole Opry.By then the Opry house should be all cleaned up after the floods.Stevie ,Lindsey,Mick and John will be in their country attire,Stevie will be wearing one of those southern belle big dresses with a cowboy hat. the guys will be wearing jeans and a country shirt with suspenders and cowboy hats.John will be playing a standup bass. anyway At lease Dreams,GoldDust woman,Don't Stop and Go your own way will sound different with the country twang to them.Sorry guys.
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Every time I think about them touring next year I wrinkle my nose cringing .
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If they could find a way to launch a tour prior to Feb. 2011 they could still brand it as the 33rd anniversary of Rumours:

FL33TWOOD MAC

But I wouldn't suggest it.
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The Greatest Greater Hits of Fleetwood Mac.
The Greatest Greater Hits of Fleetwood Mac, Part 32: Electric Boogaloo

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Or the country version Rumours tour,first stop The Grand Ole Opry.By then the Opry house should be all cleaned up after the floods.Stevie ,Lindsey,Mick and John will be in their country attire,Stevie will be wearing one of those southern belle big dresses with a cowboy hat. the guys will be wearing jeans and a country shirt with suspenders and cowboy hats.John will be playing a standup bass. anyway At lease Dreams,GoldDust woman,Don't Stop and Go your own way will sound different with the country twang to them.Sorry guys.
This is totally a possibility. I mean, they can just recycle the costumes from that one scrapped video of "Stand Back." Think of all the money they'll save, especially if they also recycle the Say You Will/Unleashed promo material. Mick'd be totally down with that shizz.

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Journey, Neil Diamond, Van Halen and Fleetwood Mac were among the artists cited by Azoff as plotting outings in 2011.

Think of the future of buying a concert ticket not too unlike that of buying an airline ticket, in which the price can go up or down in the days leading up to an event based solely on demand.
My money is on Diamond.

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Now I'm wondering If FM tours in 2011.now I'm confused about when Stevie's new cd comes out after the august mini tour.I'm wondering if Azoff is thinking of Stevie only.then mentioning FM by a mistake.btw I would love to go see Neil Diamond.he's great.on the other hand .grim 2010 ,come back to earth with those inflated ticket prices to a level people can afford.
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Now I'm wondering If FM tours in 2011.now I'm confused about when Stevie's new cd comes out after the august mini tour.I'm wondering if Azoff is thinking of Stevie only.then mentioning FM by a mistake.
LOL. Azoff is not going to make that kind of mistake. He's been talking about Fleetwood Mac for a couple of years. They are definitely working on something. I would bet Stevie's project will be out in the fall. And, I wouldn't rule out a new release from Fleetwood Mac of some kind. During the Unleashed promos, Stevie said "the next time" we would have to "suffer" through new music. Lindsey said every night of that tour that there was no new album "yet". We know there is a 4 disc compilation with "never before seen" video footage waiting to be released. There will be something - I would bet money on that.
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Thats great. for what album.and I hope they can have a talk to Christine to come along for the ride.But she probably not.
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Christine would probably be cringing as much and both you and me.
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Maybe a Men of the Mac tour!
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