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Monday, April 27, 2009

Aerosmith play for unhappy fans

Rock stars Aerosmith are to hold a free concert in Hawaii to placate angry fans who brought a legal case against them.


Monday, 27 April 2009

The Walk This Way hitmakers cancelled a sold-out show in Maui two years ago, leaving hundreds of fans out of pocket. 

They filed a class action case, which claimed the band had pulled out in favour of a bigger gig in Chicago and a private show for car dealers in Oahu. Lawyers for the would-be concert-goers said Aerosmith had now agreed to put on a new show, and would pay all expenses. 

"Everyone who bought a ticket to the original concert will receive a free ticket, and all out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed regardless of the amount," said Brandee Faria. 

Cost claims 

Aerosmith's lawyer, Jay Handlin, said the band were happy to have reached a settlement. 

"The band is about the music," he said. "So they are glad to be able to resolve this in a way that really focuses on connecting or reconnecting the people of Hawaii with the band and its music." 

No date has been set for the rescheduled gig, but it is likely to take place as part of the band's recently-announced North American tour. It could prove to be a costly gesture, however. The original legal case said ticketholders were between $500,000 (£343,394) and $3m (£2.06m) out-of-pocket once travel fees, handling charges and other expenses had been taken into account. 

Fronted by the Jagger-esque Steven Tyler, Aerosmith are one of the USA's biggest rock bands. The Bostonians have won four Grammy awards in their 39-year career, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 2001. 

In the UK, they are best known for later-period commercial hits such as Love In An Elevator and I Don't Want To Miss A Thing.


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