There's been another stage collapse, this time ahead of a Radiohead concert in Toronto. The stage, at Downsview Park, 'luckily' collapsed before the Saturday show, but not without killing one and injuring three others. Toronto Police have now confirmed the totals; Live Nation canceled the show based on 'unforseen circumstances'.
The collapse comes on the heels of a number of stage catastrophes, most notably at the Indiana State Fair and Pukkelpop in Belgium. But those highly-disastrous collapses were caused by inclement weather, while the Toronto collapse happened during the assembly phase under highly-favorable conditions. Just recently, Insomniac cancelled and postponed parts of Electric Daisy Carnival due to high winds, a precautionary measure in which no major damage materialized.
On Sunday, Toronto Police and Radiohead confirmed the death of drum technician Scott Johnson, who worked for the band. A full investigation is now underway, as forensic investigators are now inspecting possible reasons for the collapse. "We're still at the early stages at this point, so we still need to conduct a full investigation before we can say anything else," EMS commander Peter Rotolo told reporters.
Ryan Seacrest is among several bidders for Dick Clark Productions, as first tipped by Reuters. Ryan Seacrest Media has the financial backing of Thomas H. Lee Partners and Bain Capital, a PE collective that commited $300 million to acquire media-related properties.
In Los Angeles later this month? The Los Angeles chapter of the Recording Chapter is throwing Grammy futureNOW, a one-day symposium traversing recordings, branding, dance music, audiophile formats, and more. It happens June 23rd, more here.
The High Court of New Zealand is now stepping up its role in the increasingly-complex MegaUpload battle. The critical question is whether Kim Dotcom has the right to see volumes of evidence being prepared against him by US authorities; High Court judge Helen Winkelman has called for an 'urgent review' ahead of a scheduled, August 6th hearing in the States. Earlier, the FBI had been ordered to duplicate roughly 150 terrabytes of data seized from Kim Dotcom's residence alone (yes, TBs) for later sharing. The FBI is resisting that move, though its military raid and loose interpretation of judicial rules raises some very troubling questions.
And, get ready for some serious Senatorial questioning on the proposed merger of Universal Music Group and EMI. June 21st is when the Senate antitrust subcommittee sinks its teeth into the matter, and considers pro-merger arguments from UMG chairman Lucian Grainge, EMI president Roger Faxon, and Live Nation chairman Irving Azoff. Booted WMG chairman Edgar Bronfman, Jr., will testify against the planned merger.
A few notable shuffles have happened over the past few days. Michael Plen has just moved into the role of Executive Vice President of Marketing, Licensing, and Promotion at the Fader Label; Plen was formerly at Shangri-La Music.
Elsewhere, Jason Feinberg has moved to Epitaph/Anti- as Vice President, Digital Strategy; Feinberg was at Concord Music Group.
And, Adam Zelinka has been named Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product Development at UMG Distribution.
In Hollywood, Rock of Ages 'fell to earth with a thud' according to Nikki Finke, who pointed to a flop-star cast and problematic Broadway modification for underwhelming sales. Weekend sales may have fallen below $15 million.
Central Scrutinizer Saturday, June 16, 2012
Universal has aquired the rights to release Frank Zappa's music starting in July with the first 12 albums. Welcome back Frank.
NXNE Monday, June 18, 2012
edit ; North by NorthEAST in Toronto
paul Monday, June 18, 2012
turns out there's no NXNE affiliation, our err...
@yogadeals Monday, June 18, 2012
my <3 goes out to the families & everyone
@rach_jonesx Monday, June 18, 2012
jacobsmith Tuesday, June 19, 2012
great blog to comment on.
Lennon Monday, July 16, 2012