Merch rep says Harold MacKay still owes $63,000 for Black Eyed Peas show

David Bluestein warns this might affect the Metallica show.

On Monday it was announced that Metallica will perform on Citadel Hill on July 14. The promoter is none other than Harold MacKay, whose Power Promotional Events company put on the failed Black Eyed Peas show at the heart of the city’s concert loan scandal. Power Promotional Events has since gone out of business; the Metallica show is being put on by MacKay Entertainment, Inc., which is registered to Harold MacKay’s wife, Michele MacKay.

But fans might not be able to buy Metallica CDs, t-shirts and other merchandise at the Halifax show, says David Bluestein, whose company, Bluestein Export Import Inc., handles logistics for the companies that license rock show merchandise in Canada. Bluestein claims that MacKay owes the companies Bluestein represents $63,000 from merchandise sales at the Black Eyed Peas show.

“I would suggest you tell all the Metallica fans that if they’re hoping to buy something, they should probably go to another show or buy it online before the show because Harold is less than forthright and doesn’t communicate like a professional,” says Bluestein in a phone interview with The Coast from his Toronto office. “It’s going to be very difficult for the Metallica merchandizers to show up.”

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