OPENINGS: The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles reopened its doors Friday after closing for 10 days and seeing three of its concerts relocated across town to the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City.The park was forced to close after a devastating wild-land fire swept through surrounding Griffith Park, forcing the evacuation of the Greek, along with the temporary closing of the Griffith Observatory, the Los Angeles Zoo and the Gene Autry Museum. The Los Angeles Fire Department used the Greek’s parking lot as a staging area to battle the blaze; none of the structures in the park were damaged in the blaze.The Greek reopened Friday night with a performance by Harry Connick, Jr. showcasing songs from his new album of New Orleans-inspired music “Oh My, NOLA,” and the companion album of instrumentals by his big band, Chanson du Vieux Carre.Before the concert got underway, Greek Theatre General Manager Rena Wasserman paid tribute to the Los Angeles Fire Department for their part in battling the blaze, inviting 18 firefighters on stage to a standing ovation before the crowd.“We wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the fine work of these brave men and we want to do everything we can to thank them for their service,” she said during an emotional ceremony. Members of the Fire Department were also given free tickets to the WAR / Tierra concert on May 26 and 27 as a thank-you from the band.The fire now brings a total smoking ban at the Greek and the surrounding Griffith Park, said Greek Theatre spokesperson Vanessa Kromer. Patrons are no longer allowed to smoke anywhere on Greek Theatre property, including the parking lot.“It’s a little challenging because we’re an outdoor concert venue,” Kromer said. “It will take some time to enforce.”Kromer said Greek Theatre staff have placed signs all over the venue and posted an announcement on their website. The venue has also included the ban in the video loop reel that plays on the theatre’s two screens before performances.ACQUISITIONS: It has been reported but not confirmed that SMG has been sold to a capital investment company. It had been owned by Aramark and Hyatt Corp.’s Pritzger family. Wes Westley, president and CEO of SMG, was traveling and could not be reached by VT presstime Wednesday. He is the sole official spokesman on the deal.Headquartered in Philadelphia, SMG provides facility services to over 200 public assembly facilities including arenas, stadiums, performing arts theatres and convention and trade centers. With facilities across America, and in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada, Europe and the Middle East, SMG controls over 1.5 million entertainment seats worldwide and manages more than ten million feet of exhibition space.Another big acquisition has gone public. ISS Group has acquired Sanitors Inc., which provides cleaning services for a wide variety of businesses, including sports and entertainment venues. Sanitors chief at the firm’s San Antonio headquarters, Darrell Glover, is to remain at the helm of U.S. operations. Sanitors has annual revenues of $320 million. ISS Group, based in Copenhagen, Denmark, has annual revenues of $10 billion and provides facility services in 50 countries. Sanitors will be renamed ISS Facilities Services Inc.FACES: Dale Adams is the new general manager of the under-construction Prudential Center, Newark, N.J., home of the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League, for AEG. Adams had worked for SMG as general manager of the Coliseo de Puerto Rico in San Juan, where his second in command, Jochi Davila, has been promoted. Thom Connors is senior VP of Latin America for SMG.Adams left San Juan May 11 and has spent the last week familiarizing himself with the New York/New Jersey marketplace. “My first priority is to get events to come to the venue,” Adams said of Newark. He faces the issue of existing longterm contracts with the plethora of buildings, old and new, in the marketplace, but he also has AEG’s clout. “We can be competitive,” he declared. The Prudential Center is part of the revitalization of Newark, he added.Besides the New Jersey Devils, the new arena will be home floor for Seton Hall basketball. It will open with Bon Jovi in October. American Idol Live is also booked.New staff also includes Kevin Morgan, vice president of sales, who will oversee sales for both AEG New York, which includes Red Bull Park, and the Prudential Center, Adams said. He had worked for Washington Sports and Entertainment’s Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.Adams’ resume includes his start at the Lakeland (Fla.) Civic Center, followed by four years with Feld Entertainment; and a jump to what was then LMI out of Houston, for which company he managed Pontchartrain Center, New Orleans. He managed the Mullins Center at UMass for Ogden; then went back to Feld for six years as director of North American tours before joining SMG three years ago.CONCESSIONS: Beverage-maker Carlsburg UK and Live Nation have teamed up together in a three-year deal to make Tuborg Beer the official brew of the promoters’ U.K. festivals.Events will include the Download Festival in Donington Park; the 02 Wireless Festival at Hyde Park in London and Harewood House in Leeds, Hard Rock's Hyde Park Calling; Global Gathering at Long Marston Airfield, Stratford-upon-Avon; and Escape into the Park, Singleton Park, Swansea.Tuborg will also gain exclusive pouring rights in 31 Live Nation venues, as well as access to internal marketing campaigns and personalized bar spaces. The beer will be available in cans and on draft and sponsorship continues the Carlsberg and Tuborg relationship following the agreements to sponsor Wembley Stadium in London and the Glastonbury Festival, Scotland.“This is a great partnership between two well-respected brands, leading the way to providing our customers with an even better experience on their night out,” said Jim Campling, VP of marketing for Live Nation in an email interview. “Tuborg has a massive presence at music festivals in Europe so we’re looking forward to continuing this connection and developing it further in the UK over the years to come.” — Dave Brooks and Linda DeckardContacts: Vanessa Kromer, (323) 817-6108; Rena Wasserman, (323) 644-5018; Somna Maraj for Sanitors, (212) 704-8175; Alison Rock for SMG, (215) 592-6619; Dale Adams, (973) 522-4810; Jim Campling, (44) 400 0688
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