Australian health officials have express concerns over the crowds that were stranded outside of rugby stadiums on Friday due to a ticketing system failure. Thousands were stranded for an extended period outside AFL and NRL games due to a Ticketek mobile system outage, raising fears that a spike in COVID cases could result. “It’s important that anyone who went (to that game) and does become sick, that they do come forward and get tested so we can do what we need to do,” says Dr. Jeannette Young , chief health officer for Brisbane, where Suncorp Stadium is located. Over 20,000 fans were stranded outside of Suncorp for at least 15 minutes due to the system outage , at which point stadium officials let them in without checking tickets or bags. Numerous fans were also stranded outside another stadium in another city, though the numbers are believed to be far lower. Australia has been one of the more fortunate nations in terms of its dealing with the coronavirus, with only 27,429 known cases and fewer than 1,000 deaths tied to the virus, according to worldometers.info . The fact that so many fans were stranded outside of the stadium is a factor of that fact, with local authorities having allowed tickets sold to 70 percent of the stadium capacity at Suncorp. Saturday’s AFL Grand Final will see 75 percent of its stadium capacity allowed to attend. Dr. Young expressed hopes that should any COVID cases arise out of the mobile ticketing failure and subsequent crowd crush, the contact tracing allowed by seating charts and user data from the system will help with isolation protocols. Anyone seated within a certain distance of a person known to have a positive test result would be contacted with instructions for isolation and testing. “It’s low risk, we don’t have any cases in the community… but the sewage results means there might be cases,” Dr. Young said, referencing testing performed on the public sewage systems, which can detect community spread of the virus including asymptomatic individuals. Two potential hurdles exist in terms of that being foolproof – the fact that fans could have been standing near many other individuals during the initial delay outside of the stadium where there is no record of the proximity, and that many reportedly sat in areas outside of their seats when they first arrived due to the ticketing snafu. It will likely be weeks before any meaningful analysis of whether or not the incident caused any significant spread of COVID. The post Aussie Authorities Voice COVID Concerns Following Ticketing Snafu appeared first on TicketNews .
The organizers of a pair of festivals planned for the summer of 2020 have filed for bankruptcy protection , leaving fan refunds hanging in the balance. Hypervibe, organizers of the planned Country USA and Rock USA festivals in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, filed for Chapter 7 protection due to their inability to hold the events amid the pandemic. According to a lengthy statement provided by Hypervibe, the filing doesn’t mean that fans won’t be able to get their money back. “Although it may not be apparent, getting money back into your pockets has been, and is still our number one priority,” the statement reads, in part. “We have worked with our legal counsel to choose the best method by which to refund the remaining assets/cash to ticketholders and believe that the best and most cost efficient way to do this is through a Bankruptcy proceeding.” Ticketholders will be able to work towards that goal by participating in the bankruptcy as “deposit” or “prepaid” claimants, giving them a level of priority in receiving the money they are owed. The legal representatives of the festival operators will provide a letter and claim form to all ticket holders with instructions on how to file for their money back. “For what it’s worth, we are proud of the over 30 years of events we have hosted here in Oshkosh and the Fox Valley, are grateful to all of the people who supported us, especially those who came to hear the music, and have few regrets – with the exception of how this ended.” Fans began complaining about refunds being owed shortly after the festivals were cancelled due to the coronavirus . Fans swarmed the event Facebook pages asking if anyone had received any word or response to inquiries directed at the organizers, who at the time had abruptly shifted the plan to allow credits good for tickets to the planned 2021 event rather than refunds. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection disagreed with that shift, saying “If there’s a concert that you’ve prepaid a ticket for, and it’s been canceled, you are entitled a refund,” Lara Sutherlin, an administrator for the department’s trade and consumer protection division, told Fox 11 News. “You should contact the promoter within 90 days of learning the event is canceled.” The full Hypervibe statement related to the bankruptcy is below: Many of you have attempted to contact us regarding refunds for prepaid tickets for the 2020 concerts. We do understand your frustration in not being able to obtain the refunds for your tickets quickly. We do want you to know that we have been trying to deal with this horrible and unforeseen disaster since it became apparent that we could not hold the events as planned. As you are aware, the Governor banned such events, and in hindsight it becomes apparent that to proceed with the events would have been irresponsible in light of the COVID pandemic. Unfortunately, we did not and could not have foreseen this turn of events. There is no insurance for what can be described as an act of God. We are a small, family owned, independent concert promoter. We make financial commitments years in advance to the talent and our vendors. We have ongoing leases for the premises and equipment that we use to host the concerts, in addition to a year round staff that works hard to put the events together. While we believe we exercise prudent financial management, we don’t have deep pocket backers nor the financial resources to weather a total collapse of the season. Indeed, as it slowly became apparent that it would be impossible to host the 2020 events, we cut back on all expenses, (including employees), and attempted to negotiate with our creditors to reduce our debt. In fact, we reached financial agreements with our largest creditors, and have whittled down the pool of claims against our scarce resources we have available. Although it may not be apparent, getting money back into your pockets has been, and is still our number one priority. We have worked with our legal counsel to choose the best method by which to refund the remaining assets/cash to ticketholders and believe that the best and most cost efficient way to do this is through a Bankruptcy proceeding. We have been informed the Bankruptcy Code provides a priority to “deposit” or “prepaid” claimants, aka you, the ticketholders. This process will allow the assets turned over to a bankruptcy trustee to primarily fund your priority claims, prior to any general claims being paid, and will likely result in a significant dividend to be paid to ticketholders. The trustee will also investigate the use of our funds leading up to the filing to ensure that only legitimate claims were paid and that there was no “raid” on the checkbook by management. The Bankruptcy Code provides tools to reclaim or claw back any such transfers – but there were none. However, this will provide assurances to you that the wind down of the business, as unfortunate as it is, has been a fair and transparent process. Obviously, we have lost our business, which we grew into what we believe was a premier experience for our concertgoers. We are heartbroken by the events which have caused this horrible situation. We also care about our loyal patrons, for without them, there wouldn’t have been so many years of these great events. We are trying to do right by our loyal supporters and get you a refund, to the extent possible, quickly and equitably. In order to make the process easier for all of our ticketholders, we have asked our counsel to provide a letter/email and a bankruptcy claim form to all ticket claimants with instructions on how to fill the claim out and where to send it. We are hopeful that the Bankruptcy trustee, who will be appointed upon the filing, will act quickly to liquidate assets and pay claims. We have taken pains to individually list the ticketholders. For what it is worth, we are proud of the over 30 years of events we have hosted here in Oshkosh and the Fox Valley, are grateful to all of the people who supported us, especially those who came to hear the music, and have few regrets – with the exception of how this ended. We expect the Chapter 7 filing to occur within several weeks and the process will then move, hopefully, quickly. Thank you all for the support and amazing memories over the last 25 years. We ask everyone to spread love and positivity in a time when this world needs it. – The Hypervibe Team’ The post Wisconsin Festival Owners File Bankruptcy After COVID Cancellations appeared first on TicketNews .
Billionaire Robert Smith has agreed to pay $140 million and admit wrongdoing for his part in a massive tax evasion scheme, part of a deal that will allow him to avoid prosecution, according to Bloomberg . Smith is CEO of Vista Equity Partners, which owns a substantial stake in Vivid Seats. The settlement includes back taxes, penalties and interest, ending a four-year investigation involving offshore tax havens. His tax troubles arose from a $1 billion investment in Vista’s first fund two decades ago by an offshore foundation tied to Robert Brockman, a Houston software businessman, people familiar with the matter have said. The Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service have been investigating whether Smith failed to pay U.S. taxes on about $200 million in assets that moved through offshore structures tied to Brockman, those people said. Brockman, a fellow billionaire from Texas, was indicted this week by a federal grand jury on 39 charges including tax fraud, wire fraud, evidence tampering and money laundering. The alleged $2 billion tax scheme Brockman was charged with is the largest brought against an individual in the United States, per the Washington Post . Smith was allegedly considered a co-conspirator in Brockman’s scheme, but served as a witness in the investigation that brought about the charges this week, hence his immunity from prosecution. From the Post: Smith is the founder of Vista Equity Partners, a San Francisco-based private-equity fund that had a single investor: Brockman. According to prosecutors, Smith helped Brockman hide his profits earned through Vista in offshore accounts so he could avoid paying taxes. In a news conference, Anderson, the U.S. attorney in San Francisco, said that Smith signed a non-prosecution agreement, where he admitted to his part in the scheme and agreed to cooperate with investigators. He also acknowledged evading $43 million in federal taxes from 2005 to 2014 and accepted a settlement to pay about $140 million in taxes and penalties. It is unclear what impact this explosive news will have on Vista or, by extension, Vivid Seats. The Chicago-based ticket resale operation touts itself as an independent operator, but counts both Vista and GTCR as private equity firms backing it. Smith and his wife Hope donated $60,000 and $65,100 within two months to Schneiderman’s campaign, which also received a $65,100 donation from Vista co-founder Brian Sheth. Fifteen additional donations – almost all for $10,000 – were made by Vista employees to Schneiderman between 2017 and 2018.The news of Smith’s involvement in the complicated tax dodge raises new questions regarding a string of donations that he and numerous other Vista principals made in recent years to since-disgraced New York prosecutor Eric Schneiderman. Nearly $380,000 was donated to Schneiderman’s campaign between late 2015 and his 2018 resignation amid allegations of abuse brought by several women either by Vista executives or lawyers from Kirkland & Ellis, a law firm which represented Vista on its acquisition of Vivid Seats. Prior to his fall from grace, Schneiderman had spent extensive energy on the ticketing world, vocally opposing the extension of the existing ticket resale laws in the state (which have since been extended). A tip received last year by TicketNews implicated that the pattern of donations involved a concerted effort to get the then-Attorney General to leave Vivid Seats out of its enforcement actions related to secondary ticketing. Neither Vista nor Vivid Seats responded on record to requests for comment on the donations, aside from threatening legal action against TicketNews but declining to offer any refutation of facts presented in the story. Schneiderman’s successor, Letitia James, agreed to a settlement with TicketNetwork and Ticket Galaxy in 2019 and put the matter to rest, while Vivid Seats avoided prosecution entirely in the matter. With the new information about Smith and the very nature of Vista Equity Partners coming to light, it will be interesting to see what impact, if any, Vivid Seats faces while simultaneously attempting to survive the near-complete halt of ticketing and live events amid the pandemic. The post Vivid Seats Owner Implicated in Enormous Tax Fraud Scheme appeared first on TicketNews .
A Ticketek moble ticketing system failure left thousands stuck outside stadiums in Australia Friday, raising serious COVID concerns in addition to fan angrer and inconvenience over the partially missed events. Thousands were stuck waiting for entry to a National Rugby League preliminary final between Melbourne and Canberra Friday at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, while others were similarly impacted at Adelaide Oval for a Port Adelaide vs. Richmond AFL tilt. The NRL game was briefly delayed as organizers hoped to allow in as many fans prior to kickoff as could be managed, but as many as 20,000 were stuck waiting in a large group while the ticketing failure was sorted out. “There’s some kind of ticketing crash, thousands of people are still outside,” commentator Andrew Voss reportedly said as the game kicked off. “They’ve delayed this as much as they can but for such a big game they can’t be pushing it back too much.” Reportedly, when the issues could not be sorted out, the organizers merely threw open the stadium gates, allowing fans in without much regard for anything resembling the COVID protocols that allowed the venues to host large crowds amid the pandemic. “Update: they let everyone in without scanning tickets and barely a bag check,” tweeted Amy Price, a reporter for The Courier-Mail who was among those waiting in Queensland for entry. So this was outside Suncorp tonight either the Ticketek meltdown. Same thing happened at the AFL. Gates thrown open at kickoff and sit where you like. pic.twitter.com/4szpCqb8bO — Julian Abbott (@JulianBAbbott) October 16, 2020 It is unclear what the ticketing issue that caused the “complete shambles” as one headline read. The failures recall similar system outages in America, like when a Ticketmaster system outage stranded thousands outside of numerous venues or when a 2017 Kid Rock concert saw all 1,500 of its “paperless” ticket holders locked out due to a system failure that eventually was remedied by having the box office print off new tickets for everyone to use. Or the time when thousands were stuck outside of a Garth Brooks concert due to a Flash Seats failure. After the games, Ticketek Australia tweeted an apology for the failures at the NRL contest. “Ticketek apologizes to Storm and Raiders fans that were delayed getting into Suncorp Stadium tonight due to a technical issue. We also apologise to the NRL and Suncorp Stadium.” No mention was made of the situation at Adelaide. The post Ticketek Mobile Failure Strands Thousands Outside Australian Venues appeared first on TicketNews .
Fans will be back in the stands for a sporting event in Las Vegas the first time since March, as the Dodge NHRA Finals announced they had received approval to allow spectators. Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosts the event from October 30-November 1. The event will crown NHRA world champions in the Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock motorcycle categories. “Las Vegas Motor Speedway has received permission to allow fans at a reduced capacity to attend the Dodge NHRA Finals as well as limited RV Camping,” an announcement on the speedway website reads . “If approved, the grandstands and suites at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be open to race fans subject to social distancing requirements and additional health and safety protocols.” Those protocols include social distancing in grandstands and concession areas, face coverings, temperature checks, and enhanced cleaning and hand sanitizers stations throughout the venue. Ticketing will also be strictly moble-app based, and no cash payments will be allowed for concession purchases. No sporting event in Las Vegas has been approved to host fans since March, as the state went into lockdown. It was just recently that the local authorities raised a hard cap on event attendance , switching to a sliding scale allowing a percentage of a venue’s capacity to attend. Fans were quick to express their frustration with this fact, due in part to the recent NASCAR event in the city that was not able to get clearance for attendance. To one fan’s Facebook post regarding the inability to host fans for the NASCAR event, the track replied: “A few days after our NASCAR weekend, the state raised the limit on public gatherings for large venues – which is how we were able to lobby for fans at NHRA. Unfortunately the timing of that was not in our favor. Trust us, no one wanted fans in the stands at NASCAR more than us!” The hard cap cost Las Vegas at least two high profile events planned for this fall, with the relocation of both PBR World Finals and National Finals Rodeo to Texas, which is allowing up to 50 percent of venue capacity for events with approved social distancing plans. Las Vegas Motor Speedway can hold up to 80,000 fans, though that figure may differ based on the configuration used for the NHRA event. The capacity for the Dodge NHRA Finals has not been announced. Existing ticketholders can submit a form to exchange their current seats for new ones, as the existing seat manifest has been wiped clean to allow social distancing. Those who hold tickets but do not wish to attend will have the option of receiving a credit towards a future event at the venue, or a refund of their purchase price paid, less fees. Photo via Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Facebook The post Las Vegas Motor Speedway to Allow Fans for Dodge NHRA Finals appeared first on TicketNews .
Organizers of a summertime show featuring The Chainsmokers that went viral for images of lax (at best) social distancing have been handed down a $20,000 fine from New York officials . Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office announced the fine Wednesday, indicating that it was for violating an executive order for hosting a “non-essential” gathering that failed to enforce required safety measures. “As I said immediately following reports of the event, it was an egregious violation of the critical public health measures we have had in place since the beginning of this pandemic to protect New Yorkers from COVID-19,” Cuomo said in a statement. In addition to the fines, the state penalized the Town of Southampton – where the concert was held – by removing its ability to approve permits for future events without the state’s approval. NEW: Following an investigation into the Chainsmokers concert in the Hamptons this summer, the promoters will be fined $20,000 for violating public health law. Further, the Town of Southampton cannot approve permits for group gatherings without State approval. — Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) October 14, 2020 Billed in as a drive-in event and featuring tickets that ranged from $850 to as high as $25,000 for VIP access and a recreational vehicle to view the show from, the show draw massive condemnation after images of fans with no masks in close proximity leaked out after the performance. Organizers said that there were dividers in place separating individual groups from each other within the crowded “pit” area, the photos told a different story. The Chainsmokers had a “Drive-in” concert in the Hamptons last night…looks like social distancing was strongly enforced 🤦🏻♂️….when NY gets the inevitable spike just blame these rich selfish white people Via IG:adamalpert pic.twitter.com/yLe1XaE0hS — Icculus The Brave (@FirenzeMike) July 26, 2020 Of late, a number of legal challenges have begun to arrive in both New York and other states related to the government-imposed lockdowns and restrictions on certain businesses. New York bar owners have filed lawsuits against the ongoing restriction of ticketed events and advertising of musical acts at restaurants. Recently, a judge ruled in favor of one challenge against such restrictions as being unconstitutional. In Pennsylvania, a lawsuit challenging a strict attendance cap received a similarly favorable reception from a judge, paving the way to a large increase in crowd size allowed, which brought fans back to both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia NFL stadiums this month. The post Promoters Fined $20K Over Infamous NY Chainsmokers Show appeared first on TicketNews .
American Utopia, the hit Broadway production featuring onetime Talking Heads front man David Byrne, will return to the stage in September 2021. The return of the production was announced via Twitter, though a destination theater for the production has not yet been announced. According to the production website, the first performance will be on Saturday, September 21, 2021 at 8 PM. Initially, American Utopia had been slated for a return to the Hudson Theater on September 18, 2020 with a planned closing on January 17, 2021, but the continued closure of Broadway – now through at least May 31 of next year – scuttled those plans. The newly announced run appears to follow a similar timeline just a year later. Date currently shown end on January 30, 2022. For those hoping to take in the show sooner, a Spike Lee-filmed showing of the original run of American Utopia premiers on HBO this Saturday, streaming on HBO Max. Tickets available begin at $99 for “Band G” with options at $129, $149, $159, $179 and $199, with mid-premium available for $299 and premium at $399. Weeknight showings are slightly less for each band. At this time, it doesn’t appear possible to select a particular seat for a performance, beyond selecting your price band and indicating a preference between orchestra or mezzanine seats. A “premium” band seat for opening night in the orchestra, for example, spit out a result of two seats in Row J, as of Thursday afternoon. In its initial run, American Utopia drew rave reviews and sellout crowds. It set a box office record for the Hudson as that first Broadway stint wound down. “Presided over with a benevolent magnetism by the erstwhile Talking Heads lead singer and guitarist himself, “David Byrne’s American Utopia,” as the show is officially billed, is first and foremost a concert — the latest leg of a world tour,” wrote Peter Marks in the Washington Post . “But on the stage of the Hudson Theatre… it feels as if it’s something a bit more special than a celebrity frontman and his songbook. The utopia it evokes is a state of socially aware well-being, occasioned by the man, the music and the physical movement, the last dreamed up by avant-garde choreographer Annie-B Parson.” The Hudson is currently scheduled to reopen with a revival of Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick. Dates for that reopening have not yet been announced. The post David Byrne’s American Utopia Sets Broadway Return for September 2021 appeared first on TicketNews .
A full bill awaits music fans this weekend as the Save Our Stages Fest will run live streamed performances from Friday, October 16 through Sunday, October 18. The event, put on by the National Independent Venue Association, “aims to generate significant awareness, advocacy and donations for the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund, directly supporting our most vulnerable venues experiencing catastrophic revenue loss,” according to the event website. Artists participating in the event, co-sponsored by YouTube, include headliners from numerous genres. Foo Fighters, The Roots, Major Lazor, Dave Matthews, Reba McEntire, The Lumineers, Little Big Town and more dot the event schedule. The performances will be taking place on venue stages throughout the country, including Tipitina’s, Ryma Auditorium, Apollo Theater, Whisky A Go-Go and others. In addition to raising funding for the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund, the event hopes to engage music fans to urge their local representatives to support the Save Our Stages Act. That act aims to provide up to $10 billion in funding to live entertainment venues, to help them survive the forced shutdown brought on by the coronavirus. “This is our final push to Congress and there won’t be another opportunity,” the event website says. “We need our elected officials to come together on COVID-19 assistance in the coming days, not weeks or even months. NIVA members are small, independent businesses, which normally contribute billions of dollars to local economies, but are on the precipice of mass collapse if this critical funding doesn’t come through. Use your voice!” House Democrats included the Save Our Stages Act in the recently passed $2.2 trillion HEROES Act, but the U.S. Senate has not yet taken action on the bill while White House and other officials negotiate over the scale of relief needed. NIVA has been clear with its opinion that without further intervention by government authorities, it is likely that an enormous number of live entertainment companies and venues will fail before the pandemic is over. More information about the festival and a link to subscribe and set reminders for various performances is available at Saveourstages.com . The full event lineup as of Thursday afternoon is available below: Save Our Stages Fest Lineup Friday, October 16 Time Artist Venue 5:00PM PT / 8:00PM ET ALEC BENJAMIN HOTEL CAFE 5:30PM PT / 8:30PM ET FINNEAS TERAGRAM BALLROOM 6:00PM PT / 9:00PM ET SEBASTIÁN YATRA BROWARD CENTER 6:40PM PT / 9:40PM ET DIZZY FAE FIRST AVENUE 7:10PM PT / 10:10PM ET MACKLEMORE NEUMOS 7:50PM PT / 10:50PM ET YG TROUBADOUR 8:15PM PT / 11:15PM ET G-EAZY THE INDEPENDENT 8:45PM PT / 11:45PM ET MARSHMELLO + DEMI LOVATO TROUBADOUR 8:55PM PT / 11:55PM ET DILLON FRANCIS TERAGRAM BALLROOM Saturday, October 17 Time Artist Venue 1:00PM PT / 4:00PM ET JASON MRAZ BELLY UP TAVERN 1:40PM PT / 4:40PM ET ADAM MELCHOR HOTEL CAFE 2:10PM PT / 5:10PM ET KELSEA BALLERINI EXIT/IN 2:40PM PT / 5:40PM ET JP SAXE TROUBADOUR 3:15PM PT / 6:15PM ET CAUTIOUS CLAY WORLD CAFE LIVE 3:55PM PT / 6:55PM ET BEA MILLER TERAGRAM BALLROOM 4:35PM PT / 7:35PM ET GUS DAPPERTON (LE) POISSON ROUGE 5:15PM PT / 8:15PM ET PHOEBE BRIDGERS TROUBADOUR 6:00PM PT / 9:00PM ET RISE AGAINST METRO 6:25PM PT / 9:25PM ET BRITTANY HOWARD RYMAN AUDITORIUM 6:55PM PT / 9:55PM ET LEON BRIDGES TROUBADOUR 7:15PM PT / 10:15PM ET MILEY CYRUS WHISKY A GO-GO 7:35PM PT / 10:35PM ET FOO FIGHTERS TROUBADOUR 8:10PM PT / 11:10PM ET THE ROOTS APOLLO THEATER 9:20PM PT /12:20AM ET PORTUGAL. THE MAN CRYSTAL BALLROOM 10:10PM PT / 1:10AM ET MAJOR LAZER GRAMPS Sunday, October 18 Time Artist Venue 2:00PM PT / 5:00PM ET LITTLE BIG TOWN EXIT/IN 2:35PM PT / 5:35PM ET BROTHERS OSBORNE MERCY LOUNGE 3:05PM PT / 6:05PM ET DAVE MATTHEWS JEFFERSON THEATER 3:40PM PT / 6:40PM ET MONICA CENTER STAGE/td> 3:55PM PT / 6:55PM ET BLACK PUMAS THE PARISH 4:10PM PT / 7:10PM ET NATHANIEL RATELIFF BOULDER THEATER 4:50PM PT / 7:50PM ET REBA MCENTIRE RYMAN AUDITORIUM 5:30PM PT / 8:30PM ET THE REVIVALISTS TIPITINA’S 6:05PM PT / 9:05PM ET THE LUMINEERS BOULDER THEATER The post Save Our Stages Fest to Support Venues Planned for Oct 16-18 appeared first on TicketNews .
Metallica has announced that it will perform a rare acoustic set for a livestream audience, with proceeds going to benefit the group’s All Within My Hands foundation. The performance is scheduled for November 14 at 2 p.m. (pacific time), with a simultaneous auction to benefit the foundation. Tickets for the stream start at $14.99, and will include access to the concert for 48 hours following the live stream. It will be streamed via nugs.tv. The band bills the show as its first worldwide pay-per-view event. Previously, Metallica produced a performance for drive-in theaters over the summer , but has otherwise been hunkered down amid the pandemic. Beyond the standard ticket, there are three additional levels for fans to choose from. A $25 purchase adds the right to download an MP3 file of the performance after the show. For $55, fans can receive that as well as an exclusive event t-shirt. For $95, fans can get access, the MP3 and the t-shirt, and will be present on a “virtual fan wall for one song during the performance. All Within My Hands was formed in February of 2018 by the band and “is dedicated to creating sustainable communities by supporting workforce education, the fight against hunger, and other critical local services,” according to its website. The foundation has made several high-profile donations already in 2020. In January, it pledged $500,000 to wildfire relief in Australia. Amid the pandemic, the foundation has made grant outlays of $350,000 and $295,000 for coronavirus relief to various charitable organizations including Feeding America, Crew Nation and others. Last month, $250,000 was pledged in support of wildfire relief efforts, this time in the United States. While more known for its hard driving thrash metal, Metallica are known for occasional dips into the acoustic world. Per Consequence of Sound : Metallica are no stranger to stripped-down sets, though they usually save them for special occasions. The band performed its first-ever “unplugged” set back in 1997 at Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit and later appeared on MTV in 1998 for a pseudo unplugged performance. More recently, Heavy Consequence caught Metallica’s acoustic benefit show for All Within My Hands in 2018. More information about the live stream and auction are available at https://www.metallica.com/awmh/ The post Metallica Announces Pay-Per-View Livestream Benefit Show appeared first on TicketNews .
The NFL will not hold a Pro Bowl in 2021, cancelling its all-star game for the first time in more than seven decades. The league is focusing instead on keeping its regular season and postseason on track while dealing with the coronavirus. Las Vegas was scheduled to host the event at its new Allegiant Stadium following the season. With the cancellation, the 2022 event will be held there instead. Despite the cancellation of the actual Pro Bowl game, the league intends to go forward with the selection and honoring of Pro Bowl teams from each conference. Fans will be able to vote for their favorite players beginning in mid-November, with teams expected to be announced in December as the regular season winds down. Fan voting will be combined with polls of active players and coaches to determine the 88 players selected for the roster. Without an in-person event to honor the players chosen, the “league will work closely with the NFLPA and other partners, to create a variety of engaging activities to replace the Pro Bowl game this season,” the league says in a post announcing the decision to cancel the game. “This virtual recognition of the season’s finest players will provide fans the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of their favorite stars.” There have been Pro Bowl games every year dating back to 1950 , including nearly a decade of two Pro Bowls in the 1960s while the NFL and AFL both operated independently. The 2020 Pro Bowl took place on January 26 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The AFC took a 38-33 victory over the NFC in the game behind an MVP performance from the Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. 54,024 fans were in attendance for the game, which took place one week before Super Bowl LIV. The COVID pandemic has led to numerous shifts in how the NFL (and all other professional sports) have operated, attempting to balance operating and safety for players and fans alike. Teams have been dealing with severe restrictions on fan attendance based on local public health considerations, as well as game delays and facility closures due to player and staff cases of infection. The league has repeatedly stressed its intention to crack on with as much of its normal slate as it can manage, including playoffs and Super Bowl LV, which Florida authorities have expressed hope can include full attendance at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium. The post NFL Cancels Pro Bowl Due to Coronavirus Concerns appeared first on TicketNews .