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Ozzy Osbourne suing AEG entertainment company about unfair contract

Ozzy Osbourne says that in order to play in the O2 arena in London artists are unfairly required to play the Los Angeles Staples Center. In a lawsuit, the rocker is looking for a ban on what he claims is an unfair agreement.

Heavy metal rock star Ozzy Osbourne has filed a class-action lawsuit against the Anschutz Entertainment Group for allegedly “threatening” artists, like himself, to play on both of AEG’s London and Los Angeles locations.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, AEG’s “Staples Center Obligation” is a deal that says that “artists and musicians can play [at] London’s most essential big concert — the O2 Arena — unless they agree to play [at] the Staples Center during the part of their tour which takes place in Los Angeles.”

Both the O2 Arena and the Staples Center are owned by AEG.

After learning of the AEG agreement, Osbourne, who is scheduled to play at the Hollywood Bowl in October as part of his “No More Tours 2,” filed the class-action lawsuit against AEG, saying that the music company is illegally tying locations together under the “Staples Center Engagement,” to prohibit artists from performing in the O2 Arena, unless they also perform at the Staples Center.

According to THR, Osbourne explained that he tried to book the O2 arena for part of his tour, but at the request of the February 2019 date, he was told that the hall was only possible under the condition that he play at a place that may be described at the Staples Center.

While the singer reportedly agreed to comply with the requirements of the AEG more than O2, he argued that the requirements were restrictive to the freedom of the artist and the limit of the competition, that the filing of the class-action suit.

Osbourne’s lawyers said in a long statement, “The damage of the AEG Defendants’ illegal tying is not relates to tax with the money from the damage.

“For one thing, it is impossible to catalog, let alone the value, of the countless benefits that artists and consumers would enjoy on the basis of the competition between the Staples and the Forum, the Staples Center, Bet thwarts. For another, by artists of the choice of which location to play in the greater Los Angeles area, is a irreparable harm in its own right: the supplying of the concert experience that in the artist’s own calculation, the best suits his or her vision for the fans — in the vicinity of the artist’s own choosing — is an essential and integral part of the connection between a musician and his or her most ardent supporters. This is about identity, freedom and choice, as much or more than it is about money.”

In response to the lawsuit, AEG executive Jay Marciano said: “This suit is without merit and we will vigorously fight. We welcome you to take a look in the global live entertainment market, and in particular, our methods and practices of our competition. AEG has always worked hard to be artists first. At the same time, we must react to the actions of the people we compete with, specifically Live Nation and Madison Square Garden. Fighting for a level playing field of fair competition in the core.”

You can find Morgan M. Evans on Twitter @themizfactor and Instagram @morganmackenzz.

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