Earlier, I had reported what the Palladium statement and the booking agent said about the erstwhile Bill Murray appearance planned for Oct. 5.
It is reproduced below (including the allegation of schedule conflict). The booking agency, as noted, claimed in an e-mail, “There is no tour date scheduled for New Worlds on Oct. 5. We look forward to more dates becoming available soon, and ask that you keep up with the tour at NewWorldsMusic.com.”
Unemcumbered by facts, The Palladium flack, a Scott Hall, objected as follows:
As Director of Communications at the Center for the Performing Arts, I have responded in good faith to Mr. Shaffer’s repeated requests for information. We strive to be as transparent as reasonably possible in our dealings. Time and again, however, his careless disregard for facts – on his blog and in his letters to the local newspaper – proves that he is not the investigative journalist he fancies himself to be.
My colleagues and I have remained largely silent as he has publicly insulted us and the Center’s supporters with baseless claims that nothing happens in our venues, which hosted more than 100,000 ticket-buying patrons last season. Now that he is impugning my personal integrity, I feel the need to speak up.
The New Worlds performance by Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends was announced to great response, rapidly selling hundreds of tickets and prompting several news stories and interview requests. We were disappointed that the performance had to be postponed because of a conflict in the artists’ schedules, but we hope to reschedule the event in early 2019. We immediately informed ticket buyers and news media about the postponement. That’s what I told Mr. Shaffer.
The fact that the Oct. 5 date remains unfilled on the New Worlds tour schedule does not contradict the facts we have presented – just the opposite – nor does any information obtained from third-party ticket brokers, who have no inside knowledge of the Center’s business dealings.
Every community can benefit from having “official non-mayors,” concerned citizens who raise legitimate questions about how business is done. Mr. Shaffer’s ongoing parade of easily disproven falsehoods and innuendo provide no such benefit to the residents of Carmel.
Director of Communications
The Center for the Performing Arts
As an official non-mayor of Carmel and avid Cubs fan, I was mildly upset when the Palladium announced Bill Murray and Jan Vogler New Worlds Tour had cancelled its Oct. 5 appearance because of scheduling conflicts.
VividSeats.com still was selling tickets (in the $140 each range), and I wondered if things had been re-scheduled.
So I wrote the booking agency, Dorn Music, for clarification. I asked if the Tour had a conflict and, if so, where it would be Oct. 5 so I could take a special person there as a birthday present.
Quickly, Anthony Acocella, associate production and artist management person at Dorn, told me:
“There is no tour date scheduled for New Worlds on Oct. 5. We look forward to more dates becoming available soon, and ask that you keep up with the tour at NewWorldsMusic.com. We have three performances at the end of the month (Bethesda, MD, Omaha, NE, and Charlotte, NC) and then will bring the show to Australia.”
I had also asked Scott Hall, Palladium press agent, how many tickets were sold for the Murray event, what penalty the contract with Murray called for and when the Center for the Performing Arts planned to provide information on Guidestar.com more current than Fiscal 2015-2016.
He replied that “the timing of the postponement was unfortunate, given that our tickets had gone on sale just a few days earlier.”
The event could be held in the first quarter of 2019, he said. Hall noted that presenting performances is competitive and “it would be irresponsible for the Center to disclose detailed sales and contract information.”
Hall claimed initial interest was strong. Since tickets were on sale just a few days before the announcement of postponement suggests interest wasn’t strong enough to, perhaps, meet the contract requirement for a certain number of dollars in hand before New Worlds came to Carmel.
Should your club, association or radical group want to discuss these and other matters, I’m available much of the time, charging only a cup of coffee and never breaking or rescheduling appointments.