STURGIS, SD (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Austin-based promoter Rozone Productions has filed suit against two companies, Good Music Agency (d.b.a. Talent Buyers Network) and ticketing vendor Star Tickets Plus, alleging that they owe Rozone millions in the wake of a concert series Rozone produced at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in 2008.
According to the Rapid City Journal, Rozone had been awarded a 5-year contract at the Glencoe Amphitheater and teamed up with GMA and Star Tickets to produce a series of concerts for the 2008 Sturgis Rally, including shows by KISS, Kenny Chesney and a double bill with Larry the Cable Guy and John Fogerty (which ended up being cancelled.)
Rozone is now alleging that their The Good Agency and Star Tickets conspired to conceal ticket sales for the shows from Rozone, misappropriating millions in proceeds from the events and masking the alleged theft by misreporting attendance figures and destroying ticket stubs to prevent an accurate accounting.
According to the suit, Rozone is out almost $3 million as a result of the failed shows and was forced to borrow nearly $300,000 from the Glencoe owner Gary Lippold.
"Rozone is now on the verge of collapse due to the fraud, theft and other wrongful acts of the defendants," the suit said.
Both Good Music Agency and Star Tickets Plus have vehemently denied the allegations. Star Ticket's Andrew Raczkowski told the Rapid City Journal that Rozone failed to properly promote the events and that they are "now looking for a scapegoat."
"This is a frivolous lawsuit with fabricated facts," Raczkowski added. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers