Friday, August 29, 2014
Live Nation Applies A "Rain Or Shine" Mentality To Try To Power Through Irene
Updated: Friday, August 26, 2011
|Location of the PNC Bank Arts Center near the New Jersey coast. President Obama has warned all to be cautious and heed the Hurricane Irene storm warnings. Maybe Live Nation didn't get the word. Photo: PNC Arts Center location|
The largest promoter in the world appears to be a big gambler. It should know better. Live Nation is holding an outdoor concert tonight at its PNC Bank Arts Center outdoor amphitheater in Homdel, New Jersey.
With Hurricane Irene bearing down on the East Coast and forecast to do historic damage in the next couple of days, Live Nation seems to think that getting one more of its concerts performed is worth the risk to the safety and enjoyment of the public. The bands---Train and Maroon 5 with Gavin DeGraw---appear to be okay with the risk their fans could face at the 17,500 capacity shed, as well. Shades of the Indiana State Fair?
While the Live Nation concert was getting underway tonight, according to a Crowdsafer who witnessed the happening, New Jersey State Police were closing part of the nearby Garden State Parkway used to funnel the public to and from the PNC Bank Arts Center. At the same time, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was telling residents and sightseers to leave coastal beaches, 2,000,000 Eastern Seaboard residents and workers were ordered to leave the areas anticipated to be in Irene's path, and New York City was hunkering down awaiting the hurricane's furry.
Not even a week after Live Nation was named as a defendant in a lawsuit concerning the Indiana State Fair tragedy, the powerful and weathly promoter seems to be repeating the weather-related scenario that ended in the worst concert stage collapse tragedy in U.S. history. One could reasonably argue that Live Nation is putting its public in needless harm's way.
And, so it goes when it comes to the public at live entertainment events.
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