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Concert That Counts Shortened, Moved to Smaller Arena

April 8, 1986

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ An anti-drug concert has been shortened and moved from the Los Angeles Coliseum to the much smaller Long Beach Arena.

Slow ticket sales for ″The Concert that Counts″ forced the last-minute change of venue for the show, producer Tony Verna said Monday.

The planned 11-hour pop and rock music marathon at the 70,400-seat coliseum has been cut to two four-hour shows on April 25 and 26 and moved to the 15,000-seat Long Beach site, said Verna of Global Media Ltd.

Promoters originally announced plans for a massive concert at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, and promised a videotaped appearance by Nancy Reagan, who frequently campaigns against drug abuse. But the first lady’s spokeswoman, Elaine Crispin, said last month that Mrs. Reagan had never committed herself to support the show.

Global Media said the White House had objected to lyrics of songs by some of the bands scheduled to appear.

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