Rolling Stones’ team blasts Santa Clara for ‘restrictive and dysfunctional’ rules at Levi’s

SANTA CLARA — Although the Rolling Stones got a little extra time on their side at Levi’s Stadium on Aug. 18, two members of the tour’s production team have blasted the city of Santa Clara for micromanaging and imposing 11th-hour changes that make the stadium “no longer worth the effort to play there.”

“…Do you not want touring shows anymore? The impression I and many others in the industry have, is your facility is getting so restrictive and dysfunctional, it’s no longer worth the effort to play there due to the myriad and random rule changes,” wrote John Morrison, site promoter and production manager for the Rolling Stones’ No Filter 2019 tour, in an Aug. 23 letter to Levi’s Stadium general manager Jim Mercurio.

Among the last-minute changes cited by Morrison and the band’s security coordinator, Michael Wozniak, the city cancelled the concert’s pyrotechnic show, requested the band’s structural engineer to fly in to inspect the stage — that cost $6,000 — and did not allow them to use a stadium catering area to feed the band.

“Then the no pyro at the last minute, when our pyrotechnician has done countless shows in the stadium as well as across America for numerous artists, without incident, only to be told if he disobeys the demand from the fire department he would be subject to black listing from the state,” Morrison wrote. “really, is this how you operate?”

City manager Deanna Santana rebutted those statements, saying the San Francisco 49ers, which manage and operate Levi’s, “brought issues very late to the city’s attention,” forcing it to make decisions within very short time frames.

“The City has a responsibility to ensure that events comply with building and fire codes, which it did and, it is unfortunate that the Forty Niners and Promoters view this regulatory function as excessive or micromanaging,” Santana said in an email.

The city did apparently allow the Rolling Stones to play an extra hour past the stadium’s weeknight curfew from 10 to 11 p.m., although the stadium could still be subject to a small fine.

As for the stadium itself, Morrison complimented it and said he’d like to return “under more favorable conditions.”

“Your facility is top notch, your staff commendable, and yet each time someone mentions playing Levi’s, we all cringe, knowing that some new rule will be applied to the show just before we either start loading in or before the show,” Morrison

Source:: East Bay – Entertainment


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