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Author: Subject: 2010 ABB Beacon run will probably NOT happen at the Beacon

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  posted on 5/7/2009 at 04:51 PM
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http://www.ticketnews.com/Allman-Brothers-Band-may-be-displaced-by-Ci rque-du-Soleil-at-Beacon-Theatre596817


Allman Brothers Band may be displaced by Cirque du Soleil at Beacon Theatre


By Bob Grossweiner & Jane Cohen

The Allman Brothers Band has played 190 shows over the course of its annual 15-show residencies at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. The really hot ticket for the band's next March Madness would have been the 200th performance at the Upper West Side venue. However, that 200th concert may not happen.

The Allman Brothers seem to be in good health, recovering from keyboardist/vocalist Gregg Allman's illness that sidelined the 2008 Beacon performances. The theater has also completed its $16 million restoration. Next February, however, the Beacon plans to turn over its stage to Cirque du Soleil for a multiple month-long run that may become a permanent booking.

Madison Square Garden Entertainment, which holds a 20-year lease on the Beacon and has 17 years remaining, also owns Madison Square Garden, the WaMu Theater (where Cirque's Wintuk has been presented for the past two Christmas holiday seasons) and Radio City Music Hall (where Cirque plans a four month summer run starting in 2011).

So where will the Allman Brothers wind up playing their yearly jam? "It's up for discussion," Allman Brothers Band's manager Bert Holman advised TicketNews. "Nothing is firm."

In the early years of the Beacon run, they went to Radio City Music Hall for a year but did not feel that the venue was suited for them. Radio City is about twice the size of the Beacon. WaMu does not feel funky enough for the jammers, and Madison Square Garden with its six times capacity of the Beacon is too large for the multi-night concept.

The Allman Brothers band has been promoted for a long time by Ron Delsener, first part of at Delsener/Slater Enterprises and then SFX, Clear Channel Entertainment and currently Live Nation.

The best venue for the Allmans may be the Nokia Theatre, which is owned by AEG Live, which is Live Nation's main competitor, but it is only three-quarters capacity of the Beacon. Terminal 5 is controlled by another promoter, The Bowery Presents.

The likely choice may be the Hammerstein Ballroom, which is a Live Nation venue and has seats and general admission ticketing policies. The Beacon only has seated admission.


 

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  posted on 5/7/2009 at 05:10 PM
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Seems like the article overlooks the obvious venue, which is United Palace. Roughly the same size, similar feel, good sound... That would be a better choice than the others listed (even though Hammerstein or Nokia would be a trip because they're both on the small side). Radio City would be cool too even though it's much bigger they could still pull off at least 5 nights there.


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  posted on 5/7/2009 at 05:18 PM
Very Sad. I'm pretty sure I won't be seeing the ABB at The Hammerstein. That place BLOWS.
 

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  posted on 5/7/2009 at 05:30 PM
WOW! That's what you call value for money. Several months Cirque du Soleil live on Moogis!!!
 

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  posted on 5/7/2009 at 05:33 PM
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WOW! That's what you call value for money. Several months Cirque du Soleil live on Moogis!!!


If you've ever seen Cirque du Soleil some of the performers can actually be faxed rather than being fired via fax

 

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  posted on 5/7/2009 at 05:43 PM
Has anybody gotten the tentative 'time period' for the Circus crapola? "Multi-month'' but does it start at Christmas and run thru March for instance? I see no problem in an ABB run in April or even May....What 'crackers'! Shoot the ones who brought you to the 'dance'!!!

 

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  posted on 5/7/2009 at 09:26 PM
For the love of God, will somebody PLEASE put a stop to James Dolan once and for all????

What's next? Pay-per-firework for the NYC 4th of July celebration??

 

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  posted on 5/7/2009 at 09:34 PM
I hope of all the choices it is Hammerstein Ballroom. Room their for both GA lovers and people who want seats. Saw two Mule shows at New Year's and had a great time. Sound was good and the view from the first balcony was nice. I heard United Palace is nice but it is also supposed to be a nightmare to get back and forth to. If it is there I may just watch the whole thing on Moogis. That is if they have Moogis. Really sucks if it isn't gonna be at the Beacon. I knew things would change when Dolan took the place over. At least we got one last magical run. I hope the Circus Douche Salay or whatever they call it goes bust!

 

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  posted on 5/7/2009 at 09:45 PM
I hope that this is just some hoax by the powers that be at MSG. No WAY will cirque du soleil replace a custom that is 20 years old. No shot. Cirque Du Soleil will have to find a new location. Let those folks have their crazy show at Hammerstein- plenty of ceiling room for them to fly around. Besides, Hammerstein STINKS in my opinion. Too big, too cold- just a **** box- good for the rap concerts they always have there. Let those folks go nuts in there. Who here wants to stand 3/4 of the way back on the floor at a packed Hammerstein for night after night of the Brothers ? raise your hand.(except sixty8 heh- glad uhad a blast at Mule NYE- i did as well- but the Brothers dont deserve a downgrade like that) Right. No hands i see.
 

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  posted on 5/7/2009 at 10:45 PM
i don't see why cirque du soleil can't take a week or two off.
 

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  posted on 5/7/2009 at 11:35 PM
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Hammerstein STINKS in my opinion. Too big, too cold- just a **** box


Absolutely. Hated The Mule there last December. Didn't hate The Mule, but hated the venue. I thought the sound on the floor sucked. The seating is WAY too far back to pay a premium. Just the last place I would want to see The Allmans in NYC. United Palace looks awesome. I would gladly trek 100 more blocks to see them there in comfort and style.

 

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  posted on 5/8/2009 at 02:09 AM
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I hope the Circus Douche Salay or whatever they call it goes bust!


I understand the sentiment that the ABB owns (or should own) the Beacon for most of March, but the Cirque du Soleil is one of the most beautiful pieces of performance art you're ever going to see.

Although if they did this at the Beacon, I'm not sure there would be room for an audience.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYaLLX_bF7c



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  posted on 5/8/2009 at 05:43 AM
Bring it across the river to NJPAC.

 

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  posted on 5/8/2009 at 06:18 AM
As posted in another thread I'm sure The Orpheum in Boston would welcome the band back with open arms. I might have to start a petition.

 

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  posted on 5/8/2009 at 06:20 AM
Terrible news to say the least...
I dont know much about New York but what about moving them to a place on broadway or off broadway? Wouldnt all those types of theaters do well for them? All of those plays still can't be making large revenue!
You could always move them to Boston...
Orpheum Theater, Boston Opera house, Colonial Theater, Wang Center would all be perfect for them!
Especially the Orpheum...

 

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  posted on 5/8/2009 at 06:56 AM
Why can't they put the Sex du Soleil in another venue instead of displacing the Brothers with very obvious seniority to the Beacon? F%*&in' money grubbers.

 

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  posted on 5/8/2009 at 07:40 AM
Even if they take over the Beacon in February for their "multi-month" venue, I would guess it depends on
how long and when. It looks like their current venue in NY runs about 2 months at Randall's Island.
And if the ABB slow down on their touring, why not just reclaim the Beacon in April after the Cirque leaves?

 

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  posted on 5/8/2009 at 08:30 AM
The Fox in Atlanta would welcome them with open arms...................

 

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  posted on 5/8/2009 at 08:37 AM
That settles it. Two weeks at the Uptown in KC. Geographically centered, cheap hotel space...

 

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  posted on 5/8/2009 at 09:05 AM
Massey Hall in Toronto would do me fine. Same set-up as the Beacon with a great history and a chaeper dollar so y'all could come up here and party large!!

 

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  posted on 5/8/2009 at 10:28 AM
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Bring it across the river to NJPAC.


Great idea Ed. Out of town visitors could still stay in New York if they chose to and only be a 10 minute train ride from Penn Station to the show. Capacity is between 2800-2900 which is about the same as the Beacon and the acoustics are amazing.

 

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  posted on 5/8/2009 at 10:57 AM
"I understand the sentiment that the ABB owns (or should own) the Beacon for most of March, but the Cirque du Soleil is one of the most beautiful pieces of performance art you're ever going to see."

Oh my God.

You are such a tool.




 

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  posted on 5/8/2009 at 10:59 AM
At this point I think MSG could rake in the most money by selling tickets to Knicks, Rangers and ABB fans at $10k a pop for a one-night-only extravaganza: "James Dolan fed to a pack of starving lions"

They would RAKE in the cash.

 

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  posted on 5/8/2009 at 01:41 PM
Saw 2 shows at the United...that would be my choice. Can you say A train?
 

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  posted on 5/8/2009 at 02:05 PM
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The Fox in Atlanta would welcome them with open arms...................



Could they sell out 15 nights there???

 

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