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Together As One New Year's Rave Rejected by L.A. Coliseum

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Fri, Jun 17, 2011 at 4:05 PM
click to enlarge Together As One. - CAESAR SEBASTIAN
  • Caesar Sebastian
  • Together As One.

Even as Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman is calling L.A. "second-class" for losing the mega-rave Electric Daisy Carnival to his fair city (for now), the public L.A. Coliseum Commission this week shot down another late-night mainstay, New Year's Eve's Together As One party.

The commission voted in closed session yesterday to deny the promoter's request to hold the annual event at its usual digs, the Coliseum-controlled Sports Arena.

The reasons aren't clear, but the Coliseum/Sports Arena complex seems to have shut out raves following revelations in February that a Coliseum official was perhaps illegally moonlighting for EDC's promoter as the June Coliseum party was under scrutiny for its allegedly druggy ways.

The New Year's party "was not approved," coliseum general manager John Sandbrook told the Weekly today.

click to enlarge Not this year you don't. - CAESAR SEBASTIAN
  • Caesar Sebastian
  • Not this year you don't.

Following the double-dipping-employee controversy and concern surrounding last year's raucous EDC, after which a 15-year-old girl died from an ecstasy overdose, the commission decided to approve each event itself rather than leave it up to the general manager.

Sandbrook told us that the promoter Go Ventures brought the Together As One proposal to the commission. In years past the party has been done in partnership with EDC's Insomniac Events.

Go Ventures honcho Reza Gerami told us previously that he planned to return to the Sports Arena. And Insomniac owner Pasquale Rotella has also said he wants EDC to return to the Coliseum.

For now it looks like another rave might not happen at the publicly owned Coliseum/Sports Arena complex until 2012 -- if at all.

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