OZZY OSBOURNE CANCELS AUSTRALIAN DATES ON FAREWELL TOUR

Ozzy Osbourne has announced that he will now cancel shows in Australia, New Zealand and Japan. The five dates were scheduled for March. This follows news of the postponement of the entire U.K. and European leg of his No More Tours 2 tour due to doctor’s orders. Earlier this year Osbourne was diagnosed with a severe upper-respiratory infection and was forced to reschedule dates. “Ozzy recently developed pneumonia and has spent some time in hospital. Thankfully he is now through the worst part,” said his wife and manager Sharon Osbourne in a release. “His doctors have advised that he stay at home to recuperate for a full six weeks with no travel.”

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RICHARD ANDERSEN HIRED BY VENUE SOLUTIONS GROUP

After Richard Andersen announced his retirement from Seattle’s Seafair earlier this month, he has landed at Venue Solutions Group. In his new role as chief illuminations officer, Andersen will be responsible for
the VSG Advantage Training, a portfolio of customizable training programs designed to maximize human potential. Andersen will draw on his 35 plus years of experience in professional sports, venues and hospitality management to design and facilitate leading edge training and development programs.


FTC SHARES NEW DATE FOR WORKSHOP ON TICKET SALES

Originally scheduled for March, the Federal Trade Commission has moved its workshop on ticket sales to June 11 in Washington, D.C. The ‘That’s The Ticket’ workshop will explore the ticket sales marketplace, consider industry-wide advertising and pricing issues, and discuss ways to address deception beyond traditional law enforcement. Topics include ticket bots, the Better Online Ticket Sales Act (BOTS Act), the resale ticket market, disclosures of pricing and fees, and possible consumer confusion about search engine ads and websites of resellers. Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter will give opening remarks for the free to attend event. The workshop will be held at the FTC’s Constitution Center, 400 7th Street, S.W., in Washington, D.C. or people can watch a live webcast.