John O'Brien of The West Virginia Record reports that a Huntington, WV concert promoter is suing SLIPKNOT for canceling a 2001 show that he organized.Don Maynard filed the lawsuit Nov. 27 in Cabell Circuit Court against Slipknot Touring and band members Sid Wilson, Nathan Jordison, Paul Gray, Chris Fehn, James Root, Craig Jones, Shawn Crahan, Mike Thomson and Corey Taylor. Also named as a defendant are William Morris Agency and Ron Opaleski, who represented SLIPKNOT, and Artist Group International and Michael Arfen, who managed the band. The lawsuit says SLIPKNOT was supposed to perform Nov. 27, 2001, at the Huntington Civic Center but breached the contract by canceling because a family member of one of the band members became ill. "The defendants realized prior to the unilaterally canceling the show that the plaintiff had expended a significant amount of time, energy and money promoting the show based on the contract and that he would suffer damages as a result of the defendants breaching the concert contract," the complaint says. Maynard, who is represented by Huntington attorney Mark Underwood, is seeking $72,000. "As a result of the defendants' refusal to perform at the Nov. 27, 2001, concert and/or carry out other contractual obligations, the contract was breached by the defendants," the complaint says.
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