Hawaii-based Aerosmith attorney Jay Handlin has assured that the rock band will honor a court settlement to perform a free concert on Maui. But it may be after the anticipated late September or October time frame.
The settlement stems from a class-action suit filed by ticketholders after Aerosmith cancelled a Maui concert in September 2007 in order to play a larger concert in Chicago, as well as a more lucrative private event for Toyota on Oahu. The suit claims the cancellation cost ticket buyers between $500,000 and $3 million in travel costs, handling fees and other related expenses.
Questions arose about the group fulfilling the terms of the settlement after lead singer Steven Tyler suffered a broken shoulder along with head and neck injuries from falling off the stage during an August 5 concert in Sturgis, SD. His injuries caused the cancellation of Aerosmith’s remaining summer tour dates with special guest ZZ Top.
Hardin told the Honolulu Star Bulletin that, due to Tyler’s injuries and required recovery time, “the band will honor the commitment as soon as reasonably possible.”
According to Brandee Faria, the attorney handling the class action suit, the group’s committment to perform remains unaffected by the cancellation of their tour. The make-up concert in Hawaii is for the approximate 8,700 fans who held tickets to the original 2007 show.
“After the tour was cancelled, Aerosmith reaffirmed their obligations under the settlement,” Faria told TicketNews. “The presiding judge has retained jurisdiction of this matter should any enforcement proceedings be required.”
Faria continued, “Some components of the monetary facet of the settlement have been paid, the out-of-pocket reimbursements are expected to be paid sometime over the next 30-60 days.”
This story was last updated on September 1 at 4:15 p.m. to reflect the additional compensations that have already been paid as part of the Aerosmith settlement.