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With minimum-wage jobs as ushers, parking attendants and hot dog salespeople at our local concert venues!

Eager for good publicity in the midst of the drubbing it's taken as it's lobbied for the mega-merger with roundly reviled ticket brokers Ticketmaster, giant national concert promoters Live Nation have put out the following press release about the number of seasonal jobs they creates, boasting that over half of the 3,000 jobs nationally are at Chicago-area venues such as the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre and the Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island.

The good news follows the jump.

Live Nation Brings Music and Jobs to the Midwest

Concert Promoter Will Hire nearly 3,000 for Summer Shows in the State

CHICAGO -- The job market is tough this year, but there is still a place where people can land a great summer job -- at one of Live Nation's Midwest music venues. Live
Nation, the world's largest concert promoter, is gearing up for its busiest season and will
be providing jobs this summer in over 40 communities across the U.S. and Canada this
year, including Chicago and St. Louis.

Live Nation will present 811 concerts this summer at its 43 U.S. amphitheaters. Nearly
every venue is hiring for a variety of positions, from stagehands and security personnel to ticket takers and t-shirt sellers. The jobs typically pay between $9 and $15 per hour, and more for positions requiring specific skills.

Live Nation plans to hire nearly 3,000 seasonal employees at its amphitheaters in the
Midwest during the summer season. More than 1,000 jobs will be filled at the First
Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Chicago in Tinley Park, Ill., nearly 350 at the Charter One
Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago, more than 1,000 at the Alpine Valley Music
Theatre in East Troy, Wis., and more than 100 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in
St. Louis.

Summer employees at Live Nation's Midwest amphitheaters will have the opportunity to
work at a variety of shows during the summer season, including Coldplay, Dave
Matthews Band, and Jimmy Buffett.

Given the current economy, summer jobs are not as readily available as they have been
in past years. A recent survey commissioned by employment Web site
found that nearly half of managers with responsibility to hire hourly summer employees
will not be recruiting this year.

That's not the case with Live Nation, which is hosting job fairs across the country to
advertise for open positions. Sometimes, summer jobs end up turning into careers. Dave
Shaw started out as a part-time parking attendant and now serves as the general
manager of the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre and the Alpine Valley Music Theatre.
Karl Adams, now senior vice president of Live Nation's Chicago-area venues, also started out as a part-time parking attendant.

"A great summer job ended up turning into a career for me, said Shaw. "I hope that our
employees enjoy their time here as much as I have, whether they spend a summer with
us, or several years."

Megan McNellis started out in 1999 working security part-time at the First Midwest Bank
Amphitheatre. She is now a full-time human resources manager for the venue.
"Something that's great about this job is that no two days are the same," she said. "Each
day brings some new, exciting experience."

About Live Nation

Live Nation's mission is to maximize the live concert experience. Our core business is
producing, marketing and selling live concerts for artists via our global concert pipe. Live
Nation is the largest producer of live concerts in the world, annually producing over 22,000
concerts for 1,600 artists in 33 countries. During 2008, the company sold over 50 million
concert tickets and drove over 70 million unique visitors to Live Nation is
transforming the concert business by expanding its concert platform into ticketing and
building the industry's first artist-to-fan vertically integrated concert platform. The company
is headquartered in Los Angeles, California and is listed on the New York Stock
Exchange, trading under the symbol LYV. For additional information about the company,
please visit

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when are you going to leak the lollapalooza lineup?

$9-$15 an hour sounds like a pretty damn good deal on top of getting to see/hear a show for free.

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