Home Politics TMZ Botches Our RNC-Journey Story

Leave it to TMZ. It’s a slow news night and they need an item. So they try to repurpose our story from last week about rock groups playijng at the political conventions. I told you that the non partisan Creative Coalition was involved in shows in both Tampa and Charlotte.In Tampa, they’re bringing in Journey, which is getting around $250,000 tops, and not half a million dollars.

In Charlotte the Creative Coalition is bringing in the B52s, who are getting $100,000 and a promise that they can get home the same night. (Just kidding, maybe.) Music acts are not so interested in either convention this year. The reason? No one wants to pay them high fees, and the groups can make more money on tour, or playing at Ron Perelman’s house in the Hamptons.

Indeed, a booker friend of mine has been bemoaning the whole convention-music thing for weeks. “The Democrats are cheap and are only paying expenses,” they say. “The Republicans are offering top dollar but no one wants to play for them.”

As I also reported exclusively James Taylor and Sheryl Crow will warm up the crowd at Bank of America Stadium on Sept 6th before President Obama makes his acceptance speech.

TMZ: Don’t stop believing, but do stop borrowing stories and then screwing them up.

 

 

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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