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Friday, November 08, 2019 1:00 am

Live Nation added to Journey lawsuit

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

Concert promoter Live Nation failed to protect the wife of Journey guitarist Neal Schon when the band performed in Fort Wayne more than two years ago, according to court documents. 

Schon and his wife, Michaele, are suing Memorial Coliseum, ESG Security Inc. and security guard Mike Frantz, whom they accuse of assaulting her at a March 31, 2017, show.

The lawsuit was filed in August 2017, and an amended complaint filed Wednesday in Allen Superior Court adds Live Nation to the list of defendants. 

The 14-page filing argues Live Nation was responsible for “the safety and security of artists, performers, their guests, those that accompany the artists and the performers, and other persons attending concerts.” The lawsuit also claims Live Nation refused a request from Neal Schon to “have private, off-duty police security because of a prior incident that happened.”

“As part of their arranging, organizing and promoting the Journey concert, defendant Live Nation and the Coliseum undertook a duty to render safe and secured premises for the protection of performers and their guests, including plaintiffs,” the documents state. “Live Nation and the Coliseum failed to exercise reasonable care in rendering these services.”

The couple are seeking unspecified damages, and a lawyer for the Coliseum has denied their claims. 

A Dec. 10 status conference is scheduled. 

Michaele Schon was trying to take pictures of the band – something she had been allowed to do at other concerts – when “she was violently assaulted and forcibly thrown into a PA system by Frantz,” according to the lawsuit. 

Frantz, whose name is misspelled several times in the documents, “seized this opportunity to commit battery and assault upon Michaele Schon, consisting of intentional, harmful, violent, forceful and offensive contact upon her person,” it states. 

mleblanc@jg.net