After a less than stellar showing at the box office this summer,
H.O.R.D.E. co-founder and producer David Frey told PERFORMANCE that the
festival "has to try to go back to being the happy little hippie festival
it was." Frey said the problem this year was "we had a headliner
(Neil Young) who didn't sell tickets. If he sold 5,000 tickets that
would've been great. The older fans did not want to see all the other
For next year's edition, Frey said Blues Traveler will be back. "We want
to be a little more narrowcast in the booking and in doing so we need to
make it more affordable."
In other H.O.R.D.E. news, lawsuits have been filed against two promoters
for breach of contract. The tour's case against Cellar Door for a show
canceled at GTE Virginia Beach Amphitheatre, "without a reasonable
explanation," has been settled, said Frey. "It was a buyout." And a suit
filed in Los Angeles against Avalon Attractions for lack of full payment
is close to settlement.