[Dixielandjazz] Re: The worm turns - at long last

Sivy & Tony Orr torr at alphalink.com.au
Sun Jul 11 20:31:56 PDT 2004

before the advent of instant CDs and high speed duplication, it was 
always possible to take home a member of the band after the performance, 
for the right consideration.


Tony Orr

TCASHWIGG at aol.com wrote:
> In a message dated 7/11/04 2:48:08 AM Pacific Daylight Time, 
> zenith at ans.com.au writes:
>>We have
>>unfortunately also been asked by the agent about Public Liability insurance
>>cover!?  That should open up a can of worms for musicians verses insurance
>>companies.  We had a sit in singer friend from the past and I jokingly
>>warned her that she sang with us on the stage at her own risk.
> Heck Tom:  
>  Musicians are not insurable anyway, we are all Drunks and drug addicts 
> remember?
> I can visualize this picture now: Newspaper headlines: "OKOMers at the 
> Geritol Stage incited a near riot when they unplugged an oxygen tank and killed a 
> fan at the EX-Lax stage who refused to stop cheering for his favorite singer and 
> interrupting their show at the nearby Geritol stage."  Promoters deny any 
> liability for placing the two stage too close to each other, All Dixieland 
> Musicians have henceforth been banned from performing at the OLD FOLKS FESTIVAL.  
> "In another unrelated event at the festival, this reporter discovered that an 
> over enthusiastic 96 year old fan succumbed to a heart attack while attempting 
> to relive his youthful days and do the Lindy Hop with his new 87 year old 
> wife."  His wife was cited for indecent exposure when one of her breasts flopped 
> out of her scanty dancing costume and was possibly seen by the seven year old 
> grandson of a prominent insurance agent.
> The insurance companies are right up there in the same category as ASCAP and 
> BMI Mafia's folks, they want to extort money from everyone who is involved in 
> any event, and force them to pass the extortion on to the attendees or pay for 
> it themselves if the event has no admission charge.  They base their rates 
> upon the number of folks in attendance or (Expected or potential attendance) 
> with no refunds in the event the event does not sell out.
> The event producers naturally are advised by their lawyers to pass the buck 
> on down to everyone else, hence every vendor and every person connected with 
> the event are forced to purchase a One Million Dollar policy naming the event, 
> the city, God, The Pope, the town drunk and anybody else they can think of as 
> "additional insured" usually against such things as having a person trampled to 
> death by a stampeding Elephant in a country where there are no Elephants 
> except maybe one in the zoo.  And because of this insurance regulation there is no 
> Circus performing or touring through the country with any Elephants.
> Soon they will also have events with no Live music because the money they 
> offer to pay the musicians will not even be enough to pay the insurance premiums. 
>  Give new meaning to the "Pay to Play syndrome"    Why the Hell can't folks 
> just "STOP HELPING MUSICIANS"?    We just can't afford all that HELP.  :))
> Cheers,
> Tom Wiggins
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