Ozzy Osbourne is taking a stand against live entertainment organisation AEG in response to the company’s conditional booking requirement called ‘The Staples Center Commitment’.
Osbourne is suing AEG under antitrust laws for allegedly illegally tying bookings between the O2 in London and the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The claim alleges that artists who sign ‘The Staples Center Commitment’ with AEG cannot play the O2 unless they play Staples too, should their tour take them to LA.
While Osbourne admits the O2 is London’s only indoor arena with the capacity necessary to host major concerts, his claim alleges that touring artists in LA are then unable to play at competing venues, such as the Forum in Inglewood, despite the fact such venues could also support a show of major proportions.
Osbourne encountered the issue when Live Nation UK requested a date in February 2019 at the O2 and was allegedly told by AEG that the venue was available – on the condition Osbourne adhere to the Staples Center Commitment.
The former Black Sabbath frontman is scheduled to begin his final world tour next month.
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