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One-time foes Pearl Jam and Ticketmaster have joined forces, along with Ticketmaster parent company Live Nation, Azoff MSG Entertainment and the Oak View Group, to redevelop and restore Seattle’s legendary Key Arena.
According to Billboard, the partnership is bidding to wrest control of the venue from its current owner, AEG. One incentive to let the Live Nation group have the contract would be a possible residency by Pearl Jam at the venue once it is renovated and re-opened.
The Live Nation group’s plans to renovate the facility include a major acoustical upgrade and turning it into a 19,000-seat concert venue that would also host a basketball or hockey team when one is brought to the city.
You may recall Pearl Jam and Ticketmaster went to war in 1994, with the band accusing the ticketing giant of acting like a monopoly.