Live Nation books Asbury Park deals


NASHVILLE -- Live Nation has reached a long-term agreement to exclusively book Asbury Park's three best-known music venues: the 1,600-capacity Paramount Theater, the 3,600-capacity Convention Hall and the legendary 850-capacity Stone Pony.

Investors Madison Marquette and Asbury Partners, who are spearheading the $2 billion Asbury Park City Boardwalk redevelopment, selected Live Nation as their exclusive partner to book and promote all live music events at the three venues through 2011.

Live Nation's John D'Esposito will oversee all New Jersey bookings for Live Nation. "In picking up these three venues we now have stepping stones for bands in Jersey working all the way up to our PNC amphitheater and the Izod Arena," Live Nation New York president Kevin Morrow said. "So now we have a New Jersey strategy that will mirror our New York strategy, building from nightclubs to stadiums."

The Stone Pony has undergone extensive renovations and now boasts state of the art lighting and sound equipment. The historic Paramount Theatre went through a dramatic restoration that was completed last summer. Convention Hall, overlooking the beach, will soon see a series of renovations that will include new sound and lighting systems and interior beautification.

The inaugural performance of this promising partnership will be the April 24 performance of American rock icon Lou Reed at the Paramount Theatre. Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. Saturday. More details are available at

Upcoming shows include Hurt (March 14), Pete Francis (16), Eddie Money (April 4), Misfits (17), Nicole Atkins (may 17), and the Avett Brothers (July 2).