Claim: Singer Lee Greenwood cancelled a Denver concert appearance at the last minute over a pay dispute.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, September 2007]
This email is just to inform you about a scheduled concert by Lee Greenwood in Denver on
accept the final payment by check. He damanded cash. A man out of the audience came forward and offered $ 2000.00 cash. Someone in the audience sounded out ” Who wants to hear Lee Greenwood now??” The crowd responded : No one. Then the audience sang: God Bless America. Then we were told the manager and Lee Greenwood left the premises. He had already been paid $18,000.00 according to what we were told. The people was offered their ticket money refunded but as far as I know, no one wanted a refund.
The bottom line: This concert was to honor the veterans, police officers, firefighters and service organizations such as the Knights of Columbus, Disable Veterans, Shriners, etc. President Bush sent a message by
Origins: On 15 September 2007, singer Lee Greenwood (best known for his patriotic anthem, “God Bless the USA”), was
scheduled to be a headliner at a Denver concert honoring veterans, police and firefighters. However, his performance at the event was cancelled at the last minute over a dispute regarding the payment for his appearance.
Greenwood’s managers and the event’s organizers agree that Greenwood’s contract called for him to receive a $20,000 payment in advance of his performance. (The event had been booked with Greenwood’s management as a paid appearance, not as a charity concert at which a performer might typically opt to waive an appearance fee.) However, exactly how much money was paid to the singer in advance, and in what form, was a subject of contention between the parties.
Greenwood’s manager, Jerry Bentley, was reported as saying that concert organizer Frank Young “came up with only about $14,000,” including a $2,000 personal check (even though Greenwood’s contract specified payment must be made in cash or by cashier’s check). Frank Young maintained that $14,000 was wired to Greenwood’s bank account before the show, and that at the show he produced the remaining
But, as the Rocky Mountain News reported:
Young decried Greenwood’s management’s “rude, obnoxious and vulgar attitude” in refusing to budge an inch over the $2,000 after he came up with $18,000. “We don’t wish Mr. Greenwood any harm,” Young said. “If
Greenwood disagreed. “I’d say they shouldn’t be angry at
Young decried Greenwood’s management’s “rude, obnoxious and vulgar attitude” in refusing to budge an inch over the $2,000 after he came up with $18,000.
“We don’t wish Mr. Greenwood any harm,” Young said. “If
Greenwood noted that he had done
Last updated: 23 September 2007