GUNS N’ ROSES HAVE 4TH BIGGEST TOUR EVER (AND COUNTING)
Guns N’ Roses’ Not in This Lifetime tour made over $475 million dollars in 2017, making it the fourth-highest grossing tour of all time, based on Billboard’s Boxscore archives. Guns N’ Roses tour is only out-ranked by Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams, Rolling Stones’ A Bigger Bang, and U2’s 360° stadium tour. With 123 headlining dates, Guns N’ Roses played to more than 4.3 million fans across five continents. The tour will resume for a European leg in Berlin on June 3.
JUDGE IN FELD LAWSUIT AGAINST KID ROCK RECUSES HIMSELF
A U.S. District Court Judge has recused himself from overseeing Feld’s lawsuit against Kid Rock and Live Nation over a trademark dispute. In a Dec. 28 order, Tampa judge Jim Whittemore said he was recusing himself from the case, citing a Code of Conduct document that bars judges from overseeing cases in which their relatives are employed by a participating law firm. The firm that Feld hired to sue Kid Rock, Phelps Dunbar, employees a partner named Donald Whittemore. It’s unclear how the men are related.
TIME INC SELLS ESSENCE MAG AND FESTIVAL TO SUNDIAL PRESIDENT
The owner and President of Sundial Brands, a large personal-care products company, has acquired Essence Communications from Time Inc according to an announcement this week. The move returns Essence to ownership by an African-American business person — Richelieu Dennis, who told the NY Times he bought Essence to “to serve and empower women of color.” The sale also includes the popular Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. Essence president Michelle Ebanks will continue in her role. She, along with the rest of the company’s all-black female executive team, will have an equity stake in the business.