Live Nation Buckles to Common Sense

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Irving PlazaYesterday, the New York Times reported that the geniuses at corporate leviathan Live Nation, in an effort to seem less stupid, are returning the rightful name of “Irving Plaza” to the hallowed venue in New York City that their ad wizards had previously decided was better branded as “The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza.”  I can’t imagine the outrage if a similar corporate vanilla-ization of the 9:30 Club, The 40 Watt Club, Whisky A Go-Go, or any other prominent venue was rebranded by corporate monkeys. The Live Nation – Ticketmaster merger, however, remains a travesty for consumers and bands alike.

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Behrnsie has a love for music that dare not speak its name. He attends many shows and can often be found counting out the beats for no discernible reason. He played alto saxophone in his middle school jazz band, where he was best known for infuriating his instructor when it was revealed that he played everything by ear, and could not in fact read music. He takes great pride that this is the same talent/affliction that got Tori Amos kicked out of the Peabody Academy. He does not live in his parents’ basement….except during the holidays.