Overheard – February, 2008

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Moon over Sundance — Denver’s own Matthew Moon got a once-in-a-lifetime chance last month when he was asked to join Velvet Revolver on stage at the Sundance Film Festival. The Marquee’s chief photog, Soren McCarty, who shoots Sundance each year, reported that Moon’s amazing opportunity arose when Velvet Revolver’s front man Scott Weiland missed a flight into Sundance.

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The band grabbed several singers to complete their set at Harry O’s, and Moon was chosen to sing on the band’s Rolling Stone’s cover, “Honky Tonk Woman.”


Who can you trust? — A class action suit has been filed against RMG Technologies, which alleges that the company helps ticket brokers buy up to 80 percent of the available tickets to a show. RMG’s president, Cipriano Garibay, told a Pittsburgh, Pa. newspaper, “We go through Ticketmaster’s front door like everyone else does. We play by their rules. We offer a service that operates much more quickly than Ticketmaster thought was possible.” Ticketmaster has argued successfully in federal court that RMG is violating Ticketmaster’s legal rights to control how quickly tickets can be accessed. Ticketmaster convinced a federal court in October to bar RMG from buying or helping brokers buy tickets from Ticketmaster. RMG has appealed the injunction to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and counterclaimed that Ticketmaster is an illegal monopoly.

AEG Live announces N.Y. festival — Coachella producers AEG Live/Goldenvoice have announced that they will host a summer festival with “major headliners” at Liberty State Park, just across the river from lower Manhattan, N.Y. The announcement comes on the heals of last month’s ridiculous decision by the Denver Zoo, which said it could not support AEG Live’s plans to put on a similar event next door to the zoo. AEG Live officials have said that they will continue to pursue another site for the Denver festival.

Jacket gets inspired in ’Rado
— My Morning Jacket announced in late January that their next, still untitled, album will be released on June 10. To prepare for their studio time, the band members, it was reported, spent a month in a Colorado “compound” doing nothing but working on new songs.

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