City Manager: 'No Decision' Made on Godsmack Concert

by Timothy W. Scee II

Special to N
Published July 25,

—  AMP Entertainment said City Manager Mary M. Corriveau has not been in contact with the promoters of the proposed Godsmack concert, slated to be held Aug. 20, following a Monday morning city staff to discuss the event.

“There was no decision made today, Corriveau told following her meeting with “department heads” from city police, Public Works and Parks and Recreation departments to discuss “safety issues.”

Paul A. Simmons, an investor in AMP Entertainment, said the concert promotion company plans to hold a 9:30 p.m. meeting Monday despite no word from city staff on the earlier meeting’s outcome. 

“We hope they approve (the concert),” Simmons said. “It’s ridiculous not to make a decision because that’s what the hell they went in to the meeting for was to make the damn decision.”

Mayor Jeffrey E. Graham, however, said Monday’s meeting was held to discuss issues other than whether AMP Entertainment will be allowed to host the “biggest show in our area’s history,” described Monday by the concert promoter on its Facebook page. 

“It’s not just a question of saying, ‘yea’ or ‘nay,’” Graham said. “I assume the issues are the number of people there and just the ability of the venue to accommodate that.”

Sebby R. Abbate, owner of AMP Entertainment, told the City Council last Monday about 800 tickets had been sold for the Buckcherry concert scheduled for Tuesday and about 6,000 concertgoers were expected for the Godsmack concert. 

Abbate told council members the two concerts are the first to draw controversy in AMP Entertainment’s nine-year history. 

The City Council began to discuss changes in alcohol franchise agreements after a DPW vehicle was allegedly stolen and driven from the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds June 24, following the DPAO/Toyota Summer Concert Series’ Tragically Hip concert, by an intoxicated concertgoer. The vehicle and its driver were apprehended by police in the town of Pamelia.

“I’m just hoping that all parties involved are working diligently to make sure that we have a successful show,” Abbate said Monday. 

The AMP Entertainment owner said the Jefferson County Agricultural Society was granted permission by the City Council to sell beer at the Buckcherry concert scheduled Tuesday.

Official: AMP Entertainment   |   City of Watertown

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