Live Nation Announces Cancellation of Four Murder Music Concerts

Jim Burroway

August 28th, 2009

Four down, twenty-nine more to go. Live Nation announced in an email message yesterday that they have cancelled Buju Banton’s four concerts at the House of Blues locations in Chicago, Las Vegas, Dallas and Houston. However, as of 9:30 am EST, the Live Nation web site only lists two cancellations: Las Vegas and Dallas. Tickets are still available for Chicago and Houston.

All seventeen concerts which Ticketmaster promoted are still listed on the Ticketmaster web site, including the House of Blues engagements. In addition to those four House of Blues concerts, Ticketmaster is still promoting concerts in Philadelphia (Sept 12); Bladensburg, MD (Sept 13); Revere, MA (Sept 18); Newark, NJ (Sept 20); Norfolk, VA (Sept 25); Richmond VA (Sept 26); Detroit (Sept 30); Cincinnati (Oct 2); Columbus, OH (Oct 3); Minneapolis (Oct 4); San Francisco (Oct 10); Los Angeles (Oct 14); and Atlanta (Oct 24).

According to VH1, additional cities on the tour include Providence, RI; New Haven, CT; Charlotte and Raleigh, NC; Richmond, VA; Denver; Aspen; Salt Lake City; Eureka, CA; Albuquerque; Charleston, SC; Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, and Ybor City, FL.

paul j stein

August 28th, 2009

http://www.ticketmaster.com/h/customer_serve.html This is ticketmasters customer service website. Email away! I did.

Jack

August 28th, 2009

Nice that you advocate censorship. (Unless its something you find acceptable for people to say, or hear)

May I remind you that the US constitution gives Mr. Banton the same rights of free speech, that you enjoy?

It may come back to bite you in the rear.

Christopher Waldrop

August 28th, 2009

Jack, may I remind you (or point it out, since you may be ignorant of the facts) that even though the US Constitution has an amendment which specifically states that Congress shall make no law abridging the right of free speech, there are still laws against slander, libel, and speech that encourages violence. Freedom of speech, like all freedoms, should be used responsibly. It’s irresponsible use of any freedom that will come back and bite you in the rear.

By the way, no one’s preventing Mr. Banton from saying whatever he wants. The question is whether certain venues should pay him and give him a forum for his beliefs that homosexuals should be attacked and murdered.

Thomas

August 28th, 2009

Jack, you’re whack. Hate speech is not protected.

Timothy Kincaid

August 28th, 2009

Thomas,

You are mistaken. Hate speech most definitely IS protected.

The issue is whether Live Nation wishes to sponsor such speech. Should they choose to package hatred, promote it, advertise it, and send it around the country, then of course we all have the right to view that business as a purveyor of evil.

Alex

August 28th, 2009

Jack,

Read the First Amendment again. It states that the *government* cannot infringe upon free speech. There is no evidence of that happening here, therefore it is not a constitutional violation.

hb

August 28th, 2009

He can say what he wants. We don’t have to pay him to say it.

Timothy Kincaid

August 28th, 2009

The LA Times is reporting:

“AEG and Live Nation, the firms that run Club Nokia and the House of Blues franchise, have each canceled Buju Banton’s tour dates in Los Angeles at Club Nokia on Oct. 14, San Francisco (Oct. 10), Philadelphia (Sept. 12), Chicago (Oct.1), Las Vegas (Oct. 15), Dallas (Oct. 20) and Houston (Oct. 22)”

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