“Live Nation announces summer concert slate”

LOS ANGELES, CA (Live Nation) April 24, 2008 – Live Nation, the world’s largest live music company, announced today a preliminary slate of summer tours and performances by some of the world’s greatest artists.

“This summer we are staging concerts in more than 30 countries around the world,” said Michael Rapino, President and Chief Executive Officer of Live Nation. “We expect a very strong season as our global platform will be fully utilized by an anticipated 7,500 shows during our busiest season. That means that from May 1st until the end of September we will produce an average of nearly 50 shows per day – that’s one every half hour, 24 hours a day – a volume which illustrates the unparalleled capacity of our global promotion and marketing infrastructure. By the end of the summer, we currently anticipate that we will have sold more than 27 million concert tickets worldwide.”

In the United States and Canada, Live Nation is currently scheduled to produce the following tours:

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Allman Brothers Band

Brad Paisley with Jewel, Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough

Brooks and Dunn with ZZ Top, Rodney Atkins and James Otto

Chicago/Doobie Brothers

Crüe Fest (headlined by Mötley Crüe)

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Dave Matthews Band

Eric Clapton

Iron Maiden

Jack Johnson

James Taylor

Jimmy Buffett

John Mayer

Jonas Brothers

Journey/Heart/Cheap Trick

Kanye West

Kenny Chesney

Maroon 5/Counting Crows

Martina McBride with Jack Ingram and Chris Young

The Metal Masters Tour (Judas Priest, Heaven and Hell, Motorhead and testament)

Music Builds (Third Day, Switchfoot, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Jars Of Clay)

Pearl Jam

Projekt Revolution (headlined by Linkin Park)


Rascal Flatts with Taylor Swift

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayem Tour (co-headlined by Slipknot and Disturbed)

Rod Stewart


Steve Miller/Joe Cocker

The Police

Tim McGraw with Jason Aldean and Halfway to Hazzard

Toby Keith with Montgomery Gentry, Charters Chord, Mica Roberts and Trailor Choir

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Van’s Warped Tour

“I’ve never seen a more exciting group of superstar artists playing our amphitheaters over a single summer,” said Jason Garner, Chief Executive Officer of North American Music at Live Nation. “There is something out there for every music fan who wants to see live music under the stars in our amphitheaters.”

In addition to a stellar tour lineup, Live Nation North America is producing 3 multi-day festivals this summer:

Bamboozle (Snoop Dogg, Panic at the Disco, Jimmy Eat World, Coheed and Cambria) — East Rutherford, NJ

Pemberton Festival (Coldplay, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Nine Inch Nails, JAY-Z, The Tragically Hip) — Pemberton, BC

Sasquatch Festival (REM, The Cure, The Flaming Lips) — George, WA

The North American summer tour lineup comes on the heels of some hugely successful first and second quarter Live Nation tours of North America by Jonas Brothers, who recently finished up a 39-date Winter/Spring tour, Van Halen, who are in the midst of a 36-date 2008 run, and Mary J. Blige and JAY-Z’s “Heart of the City” trek, which is currently enjoying a 28-date, largely sold-out North American run.

Live Nation International has an equally star-studded lineup this summer, hosting concerts in more than 30 countries outside of North America. These include:

Avril Lavigne

Bon Jovi


Bruce Springsteen

Celine Dion

Def Leppard

Dolly Parton

Eric Clapton

Girls Aloud

Iron Maiden

Jack Johnson

Katie Melua


Kylie Minogue and Santana


Matchbox 20


Michael Buble

Neil Diamond





Robert Plant

Roger Waters

Vasco Rossi


“It’s another great summer for live music across Europe,” said Alan Ridgeway, Chief Executive Officer of International Music at Live Nation. “Our expansion into Scotland with the acquisition of T in the Park, as well as the creation of new festivals in Spain and Sweden, show the vibrancy of the festival market in Europe.”

Live Nation’s International festivals on sale now include:

Live Nation Belgium: Rock Werchter (Lenny Kravitz, REM, Neil Young, Radiohead)

Werchter Boutique (Doe Maar, Santana)

Werchter Classic (The Police)

Live Nation Holland: Arrow Rock (Kiss, Journey, Whitesnake)

Lowlands (Lineup TBA)

North Sea Jazz (Alicia Keys, Herbie Hancock and Bobbie McFerrin)

Live Nation Italy: Heineken Jammin Festival (Iron Maiden, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Aerosmith, Vasco Rossia)

Live Nation Spain: Rock in Rio Madrid (Neil Young, Shakira, The Police, Bob Dylan)

Live Nation Sweden: Where the Action Is (Foo Fighters)

Live Nation UK: T in the Park (The Verve, Rage Against the Machine, REM)

Download (KISS, The Offspring and Lost Prophets)

Global Gathering (Kanye West, Moby, Mark Ronson)

Hard Rock Calling (Eric Clapton, The Police)

Latitude (Franz Ferdinand, Sigur Ross, Interpol)

O2 Wireless (JAY-Z, Morrissey, Fatboy Slim, Counting Crows)

Reading and Leeds (Rage Against the Machine, The Killers, Metallica)

Additional tours are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. More information on all of Live Nation’s exciting tours is available on www.LiveNation.com.


Live Nation is the future of the music business. With the most live concerts, music venues and festivals in the world and the most comprehensive concert search engine on the web, Live Nation is revolutionizing the music industry: onstage and online. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Live Nation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol “LYV.” Additional information about the company can be found at www.livenation.com under the “About Us” section.