Evenpro Files All-Star Suit

A Texas promoter is being sued for $270,000 by a South American company that paid him to bring “Rock ’n’ Roll All-Stars” to Venezuela in May.

Venezuelan promoter Evenpro recently filed suit against Gabe Reed Productions in Dallas County District court alleging Reed was to put on a show in Caracas.

The concert was to feature Gene Simmons, Joe Elliott, Ed Roland, Matt Sorum, Duff McKagen, Steve Stevens, Mike Inez, Gilby Clarke, Sebastian Bach and Glenn Hughes. By mid-April GRP had called the whole thing off, the suit says.

The reason?

GRP allegedly pinned the cancellation on the “failure of the local promoters to comply with contractual obligations” and went so far as to issue press releases, post notices online and tweet that the show would not go on.

Evenpro claims it contacted GRP to ensure things were moving forward, going so far as to wire the remainder of the guarantee on condition it would receive a refund if the show was canceled.

“The GRP Defendants initially stated that the concert could be reinstated and was salvageable,” the suit says. “However, they did not reinstate the concert and the show did not go forward as scheduled.”

Evenpro contends it never got its deposit back.

The suit brings forth a number of allegations against Gabe Reed Productions including breach of contract, business disparagement and fraud. The company seeks prejudgment garnishment, damages and attorneys’ fees.

Reed sees things differently, and told Pollstar Evenpro was at fault for the cancellation of the concert.

He explained there were “deadlines in the contract” Evenpro failed to meet, causing the company to breach their agreement.

“We had to cancel the show,” he said. “It was the last thing anyone wanted to do.”

Reed said he was entitled to keep the deposit under the terms of the contract and added he plans to “vigorously defend the case and tell our side of the story in court.”