Live Nation Entertainment is an American global entertainment company that was founded in 2010 following the merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster. The company promotes, operates, and manages ticket sales for live entertainment in the United States and internationally. It also owns and operates entertainment venues, and manages the careers of music artists.
The company has faced widespread criticism over its central role in the consolidation of the live events industry, allegations that it proactively engages in anti-competitive practices, poor handling of the ticket sale process for highly popular events, and injuries and deaths that have occurred at many of its events.
Besides paying about $12 to $15 for Concerts Tickets when I was a teenager in high school, after I was out of high school, I went to see the late great Frank Sinatra live and in concert on 7 memorable occasions, and I paid between $25 and $40 for thosed tickets. Never more than $40. The last two times I saw Sinatra was two nights in 1990, when Frank was doing a 5 Night Engagement at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. I bought tickets for opening night, and closing night of the 6 night stint. I went to the opening night show with my girlfriend Merceditas. The same night at 3 o'clock in the morning, the great Sammy Davis Jr. passed away. He had been battling throat Cancer at the time. Frank Sinatra looved Sammy like a brother, and posponed the remaining 4 nights of the engagement, so he could attend Sammy's Funeral. A month later I saw Sinatra again, at the rescheduled concerts. As usual Frank was great, and I particularly loved those two concerts at Radio City. They were magical. The tickets for those concerts cost me $40 each, and worth every penny. If the SOBs at Live Nation were running a Sinatra Concert these days, those same tickets woulf most likely be between $250 to $300 a ticket. Thank God those bastards (Live Nation) were not around then.
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The company has faced various lawsuits alleging ticket price fixing, hidden fees and anti-competitive practices. Live Nation has been linked to at least 200 deaths and 750 injuries at its events in seven countries since 2006. From 2016 to 2019, they had also been cited for at least ten OSHA violations, fined for several more serious incidents, and sued civilly at least once for a concert incident.
Destiny's Child manager Mathew Knowles unsuccessfully sued Live Nation in 2011, asserting that the company had spread false information about his business dealings with Beyoncé.
In June 2013, Live Nation was charged with violating Ontario health and safety laws following a stage collapse at a Radiohead concert that killed one crew member. A 2019 inquest returned a verdict of accidental death.
In November 2021, a crowd crushing incident occurred at Astroworld Festival —a concert event in Houston organized and headlined by rapper Travis Scott and promoted by Live Nation—which resulted in 10 fatalities and nearly 5,000 injuries. Live Nation, Scott, and other parties involved have been named in over 387 lawsuits related to the incident, which in January 2022 were combined down into a single case. In December 2021, the United States Congress House Oversight Committee announced a bipartisan investigation into Live Nation's role in the incident.
In February 2022, Devante Caldwell (Ralfy the Plug) filed a 'wrongful death' lawsuit against the company, after his brother and rapper, Drakeo the Ruler, was stabbed to death backstage of the Once Upon A Time In LA festival in Los Angeles,CA. Live Nation attempted to get the lawsuit dismissed, however in January 2023 the Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yolanda Orozc rejected the dismissal.
In May 2022, Representative for New Jersey's 9th congressional district Bill Pascrell stated that he had issued letters to the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Justice calling for Live Nation to be unwound and broken up, citing its safety record and other factors. These calls were repeated in November 2022 after the Taylor Swift (The Eras Tour) Ticketmaster controversy.