News Music Industry 26/04/2008

Live Nation Announces Summer Concert Slate: Company To Stage Nearly 7,500 Summer Concerts In 30-Plus Countries Globally With The Greatest Artists In The World



LOS ANGELES, CA. (Top40 Charts/ Live Nation) - Live Nation, the world's largest live music company, announced today a preliminary slate of summer tours and performances by some of the world's greatest artists.

"This summer we are staging concerts in more than 30 countries around the world," said Michael Rapino, President and Chief Executive Officer of Live Nation. "We expect a very strong season as our global platform will be fully utilized by an anticipated 7,500 shows during our busiest season. That means that from May 1st until the end of September we will produce an average of nearly 50 shows per day - that's one every half hour, 24 hours a day - a volume which illustrates the unparalleled capacity of our global promotion and marketing infrastructure. By the end of the summer, we currently anticipate that we will have sold more than 27 million concert tickets worldwide."

In the United States and Canada, Live Nation is currently scheduled to produce the following tours:

311
Allman Brothers Band
Brad Paisley with Jewel, Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough
Brooks and Dunn with ZZ Top, Rodney Atkins and James Otto
Chicago/Doobie Brothers
Crue Fest (headlined by Motley Crue)
Dave Matthews Band
Eric Clapton
Iron Maiden
Jack Johnson
James Taylor
Jimmy Buffett
John Mayer
Jonas Brothers
Journey/Heart/Cheap Trick
Kanye West
Kenny Chesney
Maroon 5/Counting Crows
Martina McBride with Jack Ingram and Chris Young
The Metal Masters Tour (Judas Priest, Heaven and Hell, Motorhead and Testament)
Music Builds (Third Day, Switchfoot, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Jars Of Clay)
Pearl Jam
Projekt Revolution (headlined by Linkin Park)
Radiohead
Rascal Flatts with Taylor Swift
Rockstar Energy Drink Mayem Tour (co-headlined by Slipknot and Disturbed)
Rod Stewart
Rush
Steve Miller/Joe Cocker
The Police
Tim McGraw with Jason Aldean and Halfway to Hazzard
Toby Keith with Montgomery Gentry, Charters Chord, Mica Roberts and Trailor Choir
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Van's Warped Tour

"I've never seen a more exciting group of superstar artists playing our amphitheaters over a single summer," said Jason Garner, Chief Executive Officer of North American Music at Live Nation. "There is something out there for every music fan who wants to see live music under the stars in our amphitheaters."

In addition to a stellar tour lineup, Live Nation North America is producing 3 multi-day festivals this summer:

Bamboozle (Snoop Dogg, Panic at the Disco, Jimmy Eat World, Coheed and Cambria) - East Rutherford, NJ
Pemberton Festival (Coldplay, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Nine Inch Nails, JAY-Z, The Tragically Hip) - Pemberton, BC
Sasquatch Festival (REM, The Cure, The Flaming Lips) - George, WA

The North American summer tour lineup comes on the heels of some hugely successful first and second quarter Live Nation tours of North America by Jonas Brothers, who recently finished up a 39-date Winter/Spring tour, Van Halen, who are in the midst of a 36-date 2008 run, and Mary J. Blige and JAY- Z's "Heart of the City" trek, which is currently enjoying a 28-date, largely sold-out North American run.

Live Nation International has an equally star-studded lineup this summer, hosting concerts in more than 30 countries outside of North America. These include:

Avril Lavigne
Bon Jovi
Boyzone
Bruce Springsteen
Celine Dion
Def Leppard
Dolly Parton
Eric Clapton
Girls Aloud
Iron Maiden
Jack Johnson
Katie Melua
KISS
Kylie Minogue and Santana
Ligabue
Matchbox 20
Meatloaf
Michael Buble
Neil Diamond
Nickelback
Osmonds
Police
REM
Robert Plant
Roger Waters
Vasco Rossi
Westlife

"It's another great summer for live music across Europe," said Alan Ridgeway, Chief Executive Officer of International Music at Live Nation. "Our expansion into Scotland with the acquisition of T in the Park, as well as the creation of new festivals in Spain and Sweden, show the vibrancy of the festival market in Europe."

Live Nation's International festivals on sale now include:

Live Nation Belgium: Rock Werchter (Lenny Kravitz, REM, Neil Young, Radiohead)
Werchter Boutique (Doe Maar, Santana)
Werchter Classic (The Police)

Live Nation Holland: Arrow Rock (Kiss, Journey, Whitesnake)
Lowlands (Lineup TBA)
North Sea Jazz (Alicia Keys, Herbie Hancock and Bobbie McFerrin)

Live Nation Italy: Heineken Jammin Festival (Iron Maiden, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Aerosmith, Vasco Rossia)

Live Nation Spain: Rock in Rio Madrid (Neil Young, Shakira, The Police, Bob Dylan)

Live Nation Sweden: Where the Action Is (Foo Fighters)

Live Nation UK: T in the Park (The Verve, Rage Against the Machine, REM)
Download (KISS, The Offspring and Lost Prophets)
Global Gathering (Kanye West, Moby, Mark Ronson)
Hard Rock Calling (Eric Clapton, The Police)
Latitude (Franz Ferdinand, Sigur Ross, Interpol)
O2 Wireless (JAY-Z, Morrissey, Fatboy Slim, Counting Crows)
Reading and Leeds (Rage Against the Machine, The Killers, Metallica)
Additional tours are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. More information on all of Live Nation's exciting tours is available on http://www.LiveNation.com.






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