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Mr. Obi Steinman

Wrong Obi Steinman?

Tour Manager

Web References - Great White Fire, 4 Mar 2003 [cached]
Steinman has forwarded to investigators documents known as "settlement sheets," which identify the total number of tickets actually sold for a given show.Those settlement sheets reveal that approximately 500 tickets were sold for some performances by his bands, which have been playing at The Station regularly for the past seven years.In addition, Steinman an LA promoter, said he has given police contracts signed by both Michael Derderian and Howard J. Julian (The Station Building Owner) in which both men claimed the club could hold between 450 and 500 people.The Derderians leased The Station nightclub from Julian, who owned the property. (Derderian and Julian were also partners in other concert promotions not held at The Station) One such contract, dated Feb. 16, 2001, and signed by Michael Derderian, states that the club could hold 450 patrons, Steinman said.
The post-show "recap" or "settlement" sheet for the February 2001 Warrant show states that 300 tickets were presold and a total of 523 people actually attended, Steinman said.A second contract for a Warrant performance provided to the police by Steinman pegged the club's capacity at 500 patrons.
Owners of clubs will often say the club holds more people because that is one way to entice a band to play there," Steinman said."Promoters can be greedy because they want to pack in as many people as possible."
Sun, 2 Mar 2003
"This was a tiny little club," the manager, Obi Steinman, said in an interview today."It's a common practice that there were 500 people in the club."Mr. Steinman, the Los Angeles-based manager for the bands, which included Warrant and L.A. Guns, said he had faxed some 30 pages of documents to investigators in Rhode Island that showed that the club, the Station, had sold more than 500 tickets for several concerts involving bands he represents.Accusations of crowding beyond capacity surfaced today as investigators continued to try to determine who was responsible for the fire and its rapid spread.Mr. Steinman said investigators had contacted him seeking records that would show how many people attended concerts at the Station.Mr. Steinman said that in response he had sent settlement sheets, documents showing how many tickets were sold to a concert that are used to determine whether bands get a bonus for drawing a large crowd.He said the Station advertised itself to bands as a club with a capacity of 450 to 500 people.Mr. Steinman said that the last time Warrant played there, in 2001, "people were packed like sardines.""Our tour manager was worried the band and crew were not safe," he said.
Mr. Steinman said small clubs often tell bands they have a bigger capacity than they actually have, because nationally known acts might balk at playing a 250- to 300-seat club.But often, he said, the motivation is simply greed."Club owners are at fault for overselling the club," Mr. Steinman said."They want to make the money."
Thu, 27 Feb 2003
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