DENVER, CO (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Following a legal battle with Denver local oldies' radio station KOOL 105, promoter Barry Fey has cancelled his planned June 18th Father's Day concert that was supposed to be held at Invesco Field.
Fey said that KOOL refused to take Fey's paid ads because the show competed with its own oldies concert. Fey filed suit, but a judge agreed that KOOL was within its rights.
"It wasn't a question of making big money. We just wanted to come close to even," Fey told the Rocky Mountain News.
The concert, featuring oldies legends Three Dog Night and The Turtles, was on sale for only $3.50 per ticket, a price that should have sold fast. Fey insists that they station's refusal to take his ads meant that he never reached his audience.
"It's amazing that a station is that powerful. I knew there had never been a successful oldies concert without KOOL. But i thought we could pull it off," Fey told the paper. "We're selling like 50 tickets a day. You can't go into a 70,000-seat stadium with that. We've got less than 14,000 sold with three weeks to go."
Fey said that he needed to sell at least 40,000 tickets to break even, but print ads and appearances on other stations was not nearly enough.
When a planned Harley-Davidson rally at the concert failed to come together, Fey gave up and cancelled the event. He said that fans would be able to get refunds where they purchased the tickets, but joked that at $3.50 per stub, "it'll probably cost them more in gas money than they'll get as a refund." –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers