Solving the Chris-Brown-at-Dublin’s-O2 mystery
There has been a lot of speculation around the forthcoming Dublin show by convicted abuser Chris Brown. The r’n’b singer, who assaulted his girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, is scheduled to play Dublin’s O2 on December 3 and the show is …
There has been a lot of speculation around the forthcoming Dublin show by convicted abuser Chris Brown. The r’n'b singer, who assaulted his girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, is scheduled to play Dublin’s O2 on December 3 and the show is part of a lengthy European tour. The mystery is that the show at the biggest shed in the country is not being promoted by any of the country’s major promoters, namely MCD, Aiken Promotions or POD. In fact, The Journal asked the question who was promoting the gig a few weeks ago, rang the three major promoters and then, er, gave up.
The thing about live music promotion is that new players are always prepared to jump into the game. Brown’s O2 show is being promoted by a troika of promoters, namely Geestar, Music Events Ireland and TCO. Geestar are a Manchester-based company who have worked with such acts as Rick Ross, Nas, Beres Hammond, Jeremih and Kool & The Gang. Music Events Ireland’s biggest event to date was last year’s Waterford Music Festival which featured 50 Cent, Faithless and Shayne Ward. The company’s other promotions include Wiz Kid and their subsidary company, Red Carpet Events, is currently booking an Irish tour for Dan Ewing (“who plays Ewing in Home & Away) for next year. Thanks to Pete from Thumped for pointing out that TCO is probably The Concert Organisation, a London-based promotions company who have previously worked with Busta Rhymes, Usher, Joe, Nas, Jah Rule and, yes, Chris Brown.
Per OTR sources, the gig is selling solidly with 7,000 tickets sold to date. However, when you consider that Brown had no problem selling out four shows at the same venue in 2009 (over 50,000 tickets were sold in a few hours), you realise how far his star has fallen. He’s still on big bucks – US sources indicate that Brown is on an upfront €400,000 fee for this show – but it’s clear that the Team Breezy roll-call has been significantly reduced by those violent events in 2009. That said, as we wrote earlier this year, efforts to rehabilitate his image are ongoing and there are obviously many still willing to take a chance on Brown.
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