Date: April 20, 2005


The Minneapolis City Council voted 9-2 to allow the city to negotiate a 30-year contract with the Hennepin Theatre Trust, the Historic Theatre Group, and Clear Channel Entertainment for the operation and eventual ownership of the three city-owned playhouses. The theaters include the State, Orpheum and Pantages. The city sought bids to run the theaters last fall. The current operators, in coordination with Clear Channel, won out over proposals from TheatreDreams of Chicago and the Ordway of St. Paul. The new operators will take on the $22 million outstanding debt on the theaters and be responsible for refurbishments. The nonprofit trust – not Clear Channel – will own the theaters at the end of 30 years if all obligations are met.

Contact: Sydney Greenblatt, CCE, (713) 693-8265


On April 16, Rod Stewart drew 13,763 fans to Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, N.J., setting a local concert attendance record. Andrea Bocelli held the previous record in 2001 with an attendance of 13,261. Production changes allowed the addition of 1,663 more seats than Stewart's July 2004 concert, also a sell-out. This achievement inducts Stewart into the Boardwalk Hall of Fame, and in honor of the occasion, Stewart signed the traditional “piece of the boardwalk,” and was presented with two soccer jerseys from the Ocean City Barons Soccer Club. The concert was presented by the Caesars Entertainment Corporation and Hilton casino resorts in Atlantic City, in association with Electric Factory Concerts.

Contact: Kay Hadley, venue marketing manager, (609) 348-7021


Paul McCartney's “Us” tour is scheduled to open Sept. 16 at American Airlines Arena, Miami. The 28-show stint will run for 11 weeks, ending with a Nov. 29 show at Staples Center, Los Angeles. The tour, which is planned to coincide with a new CD release, will include stops at FleetCenter, Boston; Madison Square Garden, New York; United Center, Chicago; and MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas. Des Moines, Iowa (Wells Fargo Arena), and Omaha, Neb. (Qwest Center), will get their first-ever McCartney performances. McCartney will perform Beatles hits as well as material from his solo career and songs by his 1970s band Wings. This is the first time he has toured the United States in four years. It is promoted by Clear Channel Entertainment and AEG Live/Concerts West. Lexus has signed on as presenting sponsor.

Contact: Brad Wavra, CCE, (310) 867-7085, (310) 867-7000