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MO MORRISON

March 26, 2014

The concert industry is small. Kick around long enough and you run into everyone.  You may have never met face-to-face but you know their name, their work, their rep.  And when it comes to top touring people (tour managers, production managers, accountants, designers, etc.) the list gets even smaller.

One of the biggest names on the road for the past 30-years has been Robert “Mo” Morrison…and a mentor, friend and brother to me for the last 20.  I, like many of you, have been lucky enough to work with Mo on some of the biggest shows around and he has always managed to do the job with a big smile (no matter how tough things got). Some of my favorite “road warrior” stories have Mo in them and usually involve breaking some rule to make things “right” (e.g. the “god pass” at Woodstock ’99).

Mo’s career spans iconic artists and events from Grateful Dead, to Britney and Gaga, the Olympic games…and all the early HBO concert specials.  Even if you don’t know him personally, you know his work and have probably been moved by it somehow.

So, if it is okay, I would like to ask a favor of you.  Would you please send positive energy Mo’s way? He is sick…battling for his life…and sick is winning.

If you know Mo, please reach out. Tracy Williams (travel agent to the stars) has setup a way for all of us to send a message. Please see below from Tracy and thanks!

“I’m putting together a gift called SpeakSake (http://www.speaksake.com/) for Mo to say we’re “Thinking of you.” You’re invited to be a part of the surprise! It will only take a couple minutes of your time. All you need to do is call the phone number below and leave a message for Mo

Your message will be recorded onto an audio CD as part of a collection of voice messages.

Please forward this message to anyone you think would like to say we’re “Thinking of You” to Mo — friends, family, coworkers, etc.

The last day the phone line will be available for you to leave a message is:

Thursday, April 10th

3 Easy Steps:

1. Dial: (641) 715-3365

2. At the prompt, enter: 57862 followed by the pound (#) key

3. Follow the recorded instructions: Leave your message (make sure to let Mo know who’s calling), and then hang up

What to say in your message

You can say whatever you want — just have fun! Your message can be long or short — whatever you feel like!

Some ideas:

— What are your favorite memories of Mo? How about a joke or stories that would make him laugh?

— What do you appreciate or love about Mo?

No matter what you do, he will appreciate that you took a moment to say hi. Be yourself, and have fun!

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March 25, 2009

Redlight Leaves a Light On

Industry veteran Nick Light has joined Coran Capshaw’s Redlight Management team and will be heading up their touring division.  Nick spent the last bunch of years as VP of Touring and Artist development for Warner Bros.,  before doing a quick layover at Sony as part of the Rick Rubin restructuring.  We are glad it didn’t take long for Nick to resurface. 

Matlins CMO At Live Nation

Old news for sure at this point, but as mentioned as a rumor in one of our newsletters a few months back, Seth Matlins is now officially the Chief Marketing Officer for Live Nation.  Seth comes from CAA where he was one of the leaders of their marketing divsion working with brands such as Coke, eBay, Harley Davidson and Starwood Hotels (that’s probably why Starwood is now the official hotel chain for Live Nation).  Hats off to Live Nation for the effort…and good luck to Seth. 

Layaway For All

Turns out that the ticket layaway plan we’ve discussed a few times in the newsletter that AEG’s festival division is doing for their Stagecoach Country Music Festival is actually being implemented across all of their festivals.  So, fans can buy tickets and “pay as you go” for Coachella, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Mile High, Bumbershoot, and Rothbury festivals.  Nice job!  Innovation is the key to the success and growth of Live Entertainment.

U2’s New Stage

Speaking of innovation, U2 is headed back out this summer…and back into stadiums.  Their rig looks just amazing!!!  http://360.u2.com/  This is innovation…bringing a show to the people.  Say what you want about the band, this is really cool!

How Will We Build New Arena Acts?

You hear this question over and over again…and yet we aren’t paying attention.  Nine Inch Nails, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Nickleback, Greenday, Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews, Pearl Jam, Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, Hanna Montana…all play arenas.  Wake-up…keep building. 

Speak with you soon…

Jim