Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007

N.J. concert should make county rethink any deal with Live Nation

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It’s been reported that County Executive Ike Leggett and the County Council are in discussions with Live Nation regarding the use of the J.C. Penney building in downtown Silver Spring.

While the negotiations are still only in the early stages, I’d like to highlight problems at one Live Nation sponsored event and their response to it.

The New York Times reported that two men died after suffering cardiac arrest [friends told police the men had been drinking and taking drugs] and 83 were arrested [most for under-age drinking] at the Ozzfest on Aug. 16 at the PMC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J.

Live Nation, which books concerts at the center, responded to the public outrage by saying that ‘‘it would cooperate with the authorities, but patrolling the parking lot was not its responsibility.”

This may say a lot about the shows Live Nation would book at its other venues and their response to any problems stemming from a performance.

Red flags should be raised. Is it really too late to come to terms with the Birchmere?

Michael D. Drayne, Silver Spring