After more than 30 years together, Def Leppard isn’t slowing down for cancer or anything else. Fans can get a front-row seat to see the band at local cineplexes on Wednesday and again next week in “Def Leppard Viva! Hysteria Concert.” Filmed during a Las Vegas residency earlier this year, it shows the quintet doing something unprecedented: performing the 1987 mega-hit album, “Hysteria,” live from start to finish. “It was fun, actually, and a totally different way of doing it,” said guitarist Phil Collen. “It was a different dynamic doing the album in full, and it was much more theatrical.” Part of the theatrics came in the form of Ded Flatbird. Singer Joe Elliott suggested the band open for itself during its first-ever Vegas residency, but do it as a fake cover band. “We would actually go out and pretend to be Ded Flatbird, who were supposedly the greatest Def Leppard cover band in the world,” said Campbell. “Joe gave us all aliases. We became different characters, and as the shows progressed, we kind of developed those personalities a little bit more, and that was a fun part of the show… “Then, of course, the curtain reveal and it’s Def Leppard doing ‘Hysteria.'” Ded Flatbird performed nightly during the nine-show engagement, playing obscure material from the early days of Def Leppard and other tracks apart from the “Hysteria” album. Ded Flatbird’s performances are included in the double CD and DVD set, “Viva! Hysteria,” out on Oct.
Concert to kick off St. Thomas fund drive
Thomas fund drive Anonymous CNHI The Times Enterprise Wed Oct 02, 2013, 06:55 PM EDT THOMASVILLE Arts for the Community at Thomas University presents internationally renowned soprano Jane Thorngren who will join Raymond Hughes and Dr. Karl Barton with chamber orchestra at a Gala Concert on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Thomasville. The event is part of the Arts for the Community at Thomas University (ACTU) Sundays at Four series. This concert will benefit the restoration and renovation of one of the regions oldest, most historic pipe organs. The Pilcher organ at St. Thomas has been an integral part of Thomasvilles cultural scene for more than 85 years. It is presently described as a very sick old lady on life support and needs community help to restore it to its rightful glorious state. The Rev.
Jackson family loses wrongful death suit against concert promoter
AEG Live argued Jackson’s prescription drug and addiction problems predated their deal and that it did not hire Murray or see he was a danger to the star. Even though Lloyds didn’t pay off on Jackson’s death, legal and insurance experts say artists’ coverage will now carry many more exclusions — specific instances of prior injuries, drug use and now perhaps negligence by staff that won’t be covered – giving promoters and insurance firms an out from paying claims if stars do not fulfill obligations due to negligence by a person on the star’s staff. “There will be exclusions for personal assistants, doctors, anybody but the performer,” said Jon Pfeiffer, an entertainment attorney in Los Angeles. “If an assistant or professional does something wrong, the artist will go after the assistant and not AEG.” Insurers wound up settling with Spears after she sued a group for almost $10 million in 2005, after she was forced to cancel the European leg of a tour due to a knee injury. Spears and her promoter had bought “contingency insurance” from several companies including Liberty Syndicate Management Ltd, French company AXA’s AXA Corporate Solutions, one of the more common policies that cover abandonment, cancellation or postponement of a concert. The companies initially refused to pay Spears for losses arising from the canceled shows, claiming she failed to disclose surgery performed on her knee five years earlier. Spears had passed the insurance company’s required medical exam a year before the tour was to begin. John Callagy, attorney for Spears in the case, told Reuters it became apparent the insurance companies were aware of her prior knee injuries from earlier insurance applications. Mary Thompson, president of Las Vegas-based Capstone Brokerage, said she expects Spears probably bought “contingency insurance” for her Planet Hollywood residency but now it includes new stipulations following the pop star’s widely publicized breakdown a few years go. Tougher drug use monitoring and higher insurance pricing arose after 23-year-old actor River Phoenix died in 1993 of a drug overdose while under contract for two movies. When he died, two insurance companies paid nearly $5.7 million to the producers of “Dark Blood” and “Interview With the Vampire,” but then sued his estate in a federal court in Florida to get their money back, claiming he violated his contracts by lying when he said he did not do drugs. The court ruled against the insurers, which then appealed the ruling.
We lost one of the worlds greatest musical geniuses, but I am relieved and deeply grateful that the jury recognized that neither I, nor anyone else at AEG Live, played any part in Michaels tragic death. Jurors deliberated for almost three days before reaching the verdict. On Friday, the day deliberations began, the jurors asked for a DVD player and 12 copies of the 2009 documentary, “Michael Jackson’s This Is It,” which documents the singer’s preparation for the London tour he was planning at the time of his death. They also asked for a copy of the contract between AEG Live and Murray. The often-dramatic five-month trial included dozens of witnesses including the singer’s emotional mother declaring that her son was “not a freak” and revealed even more details about Michael Jackson’s troubled life. “They watched him waste away,” the 83-year-old matriarch testified. “They could have called me. He was asking for his father. My grandson told me that his daddy was nervous and scared.” Jackson died in Los Angeles on June 25, 2009, weeks before the start of the planned 50-date “This Is It” tour. His two eldest children testified at the trial, 16-year-old Michael Jackson Jr., known as “Prince,” who spoke about his relationship with his dad and the harrowing day he lost his father; and his sister, Paris, 15, who offered videotaped testimony. During closing arguments, Jackson family attorney Brian Panish told jurors that in addition to economic damages, AEG should pay personal damages of $85 million to each of Jacksons three children and $35 million to the singer’s mother. Although he didn’t suggest a specific amount for economic damages, Panish asked the jurors to remember that an expert witness testified that the King of Pop would have earned $1.2 billion to $1.6 billion from new music, tours, endorsements and a Las Vegas show he was considering if he had lived. Were not looking for sympathy, Panish said. Were looking for justice, full and complete. But in his closing argument, Putman denied that the concert promoter hired Murray and said AEG Live never had a contract with him and had no idea that Murray was giving Jackson the propofol that killed the star. It was Murray’s job to oversee Jackson throughout his rehearsals and the tenure of his “This Is It” London tour. A proposed contract between Murray and AEG Live would have paid the doctor $150,000 a month in advance money, but Jackson would have been required to reimburse AEG Live for the costs. The doctor never actually was paid under the arrangement because the singer died before he could sign it.