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****BIG FLASH****



DON E. BRANKER joins us in July 2007:

IF MY MEMORY SERVES ME CORRECT ELP GOT $75,000 , SABBATH AND PURPLE
GOT $50,000 PLUS % OF GROSS. I WONT DISCUSS %'S THAT IS OF A PRIVATE
NATURE. 2-
THERE WAS NO CONTRACT SIGNING CEREMONY. EACH NEGOTIATION WAS SEPARATE,
EXCEPT PURPLE AND SABBATH, THEY HAD THE SAME MANAGER IN LONDON,
PATRICK MEEHAN JR. AND SR. PURPLE NEGOTIATIONS WAS THE HARDEST. THEY
RECOGNIZED THE WORLDWIDE VALUE OF THE TAPES AND MADE SEPARATE DEALS
FOR DISTRIBUTION. ALL THE OTHER BANDS WERE CONTRACTED FOR TWO AIRINGS
ON TV ONLY IN U.S. I REMEMBER TRAVELING TO MEXICO A FEW YEARS LATER
AND SAW JAM I ON MEXICO TV. I GOT NO ROYALTIES. DON'T KNOW WHAT DEAL
ABC MADE ON THAT. CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS WITH ANY BAND IS ALMOST ALWAYS
A BIG PAIN IN THE ***. ITS ALL EGO AND DOLLARS. POSITION ON THE SHOW
IS ALWAYS A ISSUE. REMEMBER BOTH JAMS HAD ALL HEADLINERS. SO FOR A
HEADLINER TO OPEN OR PLAY 2ND OR 3RD IS A EGO DEFLATING ORDEAL. 3-
THE STAGES FROM FARENTINO WERE BRILLANT. THEY WERE ASSEMBLED AT THE
SITE. THE CONCEPT AND REASONING FOR THE STAGE WAS BASED ON THE
FOLLOWING CONCEPT. ELP HAD A VERY COMPLEX SETUP. THEY HAD A VERY
EXTENSIVE STAGE PLOT. BIGGEST DRUM KIT I EVER SAW AND KEITHS
SYNTHESIZER WAS GIANT. THE FIRST OF ITS KIND. IT STOOD AT LEAST 10
FOOT HIGH BY 6-7 FOOT WIDE. MOST LIKELY TODAY A YOUNG MUSICIAN CAN
DUPLICATE THE SOUNDS IN THEIR BEDROOM WITH COMPUTERS AND
PROGRAMMING.SO ELP WAS SET UP THE NIGHT BEFORE. THEY WERE THE ONLY
BAND WITH A SOUND CHECK. ONCE SETUP IT COULD NOT BE MOVED. THE
RAILROAD TRACK AND STAGES ALLOWED US TO HAVE ONE BAND PLAING WHILE THE
OTHER STAGE WAS BEING STRUCK ( CLEARED OFF ) AND SET UP FOR THE NEXT
BAND. THE REAL IMPORTANT TRICK TO ANY MASSIVE SHOW IS TO KEEP THE TIME
BETWEEN BANDS TO A MINIMUM. IDLE AND BORED FANS CREATE CHAOS AND THE
ONLY WAY TO STOP CHAOS AT THAT LEVEL (250,000 PEOPLE) IS TO NOT LET IT
BEGIN

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  • 1970s
  • May 3, 2004
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