The fact that AEG Live found itself at the center of the wrongful death suit had sent shockwaves through the music world in past months, with concert promoters as well as well-known entertainment insurers like AON/Albert G Ruben and Lloyds of Londonexpected to beef up policies for acts they insure and potentially raise some prices. Even though AEG was not held responsible, insurance experts believe the case has spurred the industry to re-think policies and find ways to prevent similar situations down the road. The role of Dr. Conrad Murray, convicted for manslaughter for his role in administering a fatal dose of the surgical anesthetic propofol to Jackson, is already prompting changes, say underwriters. In the future, the star or his promoter may be required to carry separate insurance on his entourage. “The biggest stars all have doctors and their own staff,” said Lorrie McNaught, senior vice president at Aon/Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services Inc, a large entertainment insurance firm, which has handled many of the world’s biggest tours over the last 12 months. “If you have a security guard who winds up punching someone in the face or kills someone, who is responsible? “Is it the artist, the bodyguard, the promoter? I think promoters will require stars to indemnify their own staff,” said McNaught. “Even if AEG was not held responsible, I still think this case will make attorneys find ways to tighten contracts.” An attorney for Lloyds of London involved in the Michael Jackson case declined comment for this story.
Fortunately, that’s exactly what she did as she partied with friends at a Bruno Mars concert in Manchester, this evening. The 27-year-old Liverpudlian, who sported a very golden tan, looked healthier than ever in a black skater dress with a Peter Pan collar. In her trademark LBD: Coleen gets ready to rhumble at the Bruno Mars concert in Manchester The wife of Wayne Rooney only gave birth to their second son Klay, in May, but already looks to have lost her baby weight, exposing her toned legs in the LBD. She accessorised the outfit with a black clutch bag and pointed stilettos for the sold-out gig, where she bumped into fellow WAG Danielle Gibson, wife of Everton player Darren Gibson. There, Coleen was seen dancing energetically with her mother, Colette, to Mars’ biggest hits including: Locked Out Of Heaven and Grenade. Mum’s the word: Coleen was joined at the gig by her mother named, err, Colette The pair enjoy a famously close bond, which has clearly influenced the projects Coleen accepts as a media personality. Earlier this week she tweeted her joy at working with mothers for the Tesco Mum Of The Year awards. She said: ‘Loving being ambassador of the # TescoMumoftheYear Awards as I get to hear about so many amazing mums’. The shortlisted candidates will enjoy a star-studded luncheon at a London hotel in advance of Mother’s Day 2014. Ticket to ride: The WAG made a special effort to enjoy her down-time – even leaving her native Liverpool for the night Chart-topper Mars is performing at the Manchester Arena before visiting Scotland, where he will appear at Glasgow’s Hydro. After that he will enjoy a three-night residency at London’s O2 before embarking on a major European leg of the tour. He is then scheduled to visit Australia and New Zealand, where the shows will end in Auckland on 16 March. You got the dress code memo, too!
Life on (Bruno) Mars: WAG Coleen Rooney enjoys time away from the kids – with a girls’ night out at Manchester concert
Fashion might have flirted on and off with whatever Trent Reznor has gotten up to under the NIN alias since Pretty Hate Machine and The Downward Spiral cracked large as two of the fundamental pillars of the alternative explosion back in 1989 and 1994, respectively. But quality control, in the realms of both Reznors mostly solitary studio exploits and his periodic assaults on the touring circuit with whatever cabal of players hes assembled as Nine Inch Nails at a given moment, has never been a problem. The records have been consistently good and consistently one subtle step ahead of wherever NIN was before, the live shows unflaggingly intense and technologically dazzling right up through 2009s misleadingly titled Wave Goodbye tour. Even before the excellent new Nails LP , Hesitation Marks, obliterated most doubts about Reznors ability to resurrect NIN in a contemporary form befitting its legacy last month, in fact, hed already put out one very good album this year , Welcome Oblivion, as a passive member of How to Destroy Angels, a band formed with wife Mariqueen Mandig and Atticus Ross, the chap with whom he collaborated on the Oscar-winning score for The Social Network in 2010. That said, though, the seven-person touring lineup recently convened for Nine Inch Nailss fall Tension 2013 tour is arguably one of the best Reznors ever had. Its one thing that NINs increasingly brawny bandleader can, at 48, still conjure enough of the battering-ram angst he felt at 26 years on my way to hell to rally an arenas worth of increasingly long in the tooth 90s teenagers to raise their fists and boisterously carry the refrains to such still-searing standards as Terrible Lie, March of the Pigs, Wish, The Hand That Feeds and, of course, Head Like a Hole (AKA the other Smells Like Teen Spirit) like they still wanted to burn their parents houses down in anger. Its quite another that hes doing it while fronting a more or less entirely new band that feels more nimble and properly band-like than any hes fronted in the past. The slippery techno thrust of new cuts like Copy of A and Disappointed aside, Fridays set often posited Nine Inch Nails less as an electronically charged industrial-rock act than as a ferociously noisy punk band that somehow wound up in command of a titanic sound system and a high-end LED/lighting rig that, by the time the weepy/angsty ballad Hurt rolled around to close out the night, was probably visible with the naked eye from Jupiter. A versatile punk band, though, one that was able to flit easily between the pummelling punishment of Survivalism or the hair-raisingly heavy Somewhat Damaged and the insistent electro-funk of All Time Low and the storming new single Came Back Haunted one of several tunes cast in a new light thanks to the addition of soulful backup vocals by Lisa Fischer and Sharlotte Gibson with absolute ease. Fans were even treated on Friday night to the unexpected spectacle of Nine Inch Nails indulging in a bit of freaky jazzbo jamming towards the end of While Im Still Here, which makes perfect sense when youve got ace players like A-list session bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Ilan Rubin in the lineup, but still counts as entirely out of character for a band fronted by Trent Reznor. Keep the surprises coming, I say. Nearly 25 years on, there are no flies on Nine Inch Nails. None at all. We value respectful and thoughtful discussion.