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Thu., Sep 18, 1997
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Farm Aid Moved
Also See: --> Addicted To Noise story
(September 17, 10:24 pm)
Farm Aid Concert Moved to Ill. Burb

DALLAS (AP) - Stung by lagging ticket sales and a
lack of corporate support, the organizers of Farm
Aid '97 announced Wednesday that the Oct. 4 fund-
raising concert has been moved from Texas Stadium
to a Chicago suburb. 

The event now is scheduled for the 30,000-seat New
World Music Theatre in Tinley Park, Ill., 20 miles
southwest of downtown Chicago. 

Two weeks ago, Willie Nelson and Dallas Cowboys
owner Jerry Jones announced plans for the concert
at Texas Stadium in Irving, which had hoped to sell
50,000 tickets. 

"What we do is just look at our costs vs. the sales
of tickets. It just wasn't there in Dallas," said
Harry Smith, program director for Boston-based Farm
Aid, adding that advance ticket sales were much
lower than expected. 

In 1992, the last time Farm Aid was at Texas Stadium,
35,000 fans showed up. Since then, attendance has
hovered between 35,000 and 50,000. 

Last year, about 40,000 people attended the Farm Aid
concert in Columbia, S.C. This year's concert includes
John Mellencamp, Neil Young, John Fogerty, the Dave
Matthews Band and Nelson. 

Since Nelson, Mellencamp and Young founded Farm Aid
in 1985, nine benefits have been held. Farm Aid,
which also raises money from donations, TV specials
and merchandise sales, has given more than $13 million
to help family farmers. 

(c) 1997, The Associated Press.









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