The promoter of a Fleetwood Mac concert scheduled for
Dunedin later this year is angry at being charged a $50,000 fee
after the cancellation of the concert.
McManus Entertainment managing director Andrew McManus told
the Otago Daily Times from Melbourne yesterday he had
taken legal action against Forsyth Barr Stadium over the fee.
Mr McManus said he agreed a deal with Dunedin Venues
Management Ltd in January to bring Aerosmith and Fleetwood
Mac to Dunedin.
''We agreed to a contract for $200,000 for Aerosmith and
$200,000 for a Fleetwood Mac concert later this year. When I
did the initial deal, I honestly believed I had both tours.''
The amounts were to be paid by the stadium to the promoter.
Aerosmith played on April 24 and Fleetwood Mac was scheduled
to perform on December 17.
Mr McManus has previously promoted two Fleetwood Mac tours
and solo tours by band members Stevie Nicks and Mick
Fleetwood. However, Fleetwood Mac subsequently committed to
United States promoter Live Nation, ruling out a Dunedin
The concert cancellation activated a $50,000 cancellation
fee, which Mr McManus disputes and said he would fight.
''I've been a promoter for 27 years and I've never
encountered anything like this before. It's morally and
''The whole experience with Dunedin and the stadium has been
''I guarantee you I will never, ever, bring another show to
Dunedin while those people are in charge.''
Forsyth Barr Stadium chief executive Darren Burden said
yesterday the terms of the contract were ''explicit''.
''We have a contract with McManus for Aerosmith and Fleetwood
Mac. It was a two-show deal,'' Mr Burden said.
''We were formally informed on Monday that the Fleetwood Mac
concert would not be proceeding, so we therefore began
working through the provisions of the contract in respect of
''It is all in accordance with the contract. It was very
explicit that it was Aerosmith and Fleetwood Mac.''