Dio Scammer Is Double-Foiled
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Tina Amendola of Pollstar.com reports: A Texas charity organizer and an Alabama concert promoter foiled an alleged scam artist who has been promising nationally touring acts at bargain-basement prices for nearly two years. This time, the imposter claimed to represent Ronnie James Dio twice in one week.
Mat Raymond, an independent promoter from Birmingham, Ala., said he was contacted via e-mail March 10th by "Tom Peterson / Ronnie James Dio Management." The e-mail offered Dio to the promoter, saying, "since we are working on a couple up close and personal dates with Ronnie, your club was suggested. Can you handle this act."
Raymond decided to check it out. "I'm also a talent buyer for the 1,000-capacity Iron Horse Café here and we get a lot of inquiries at the club, so getting an e-mail about doing a Ronnie James Dio show wasn't that out of the blue," the promoter told Pollstar. "But I know that Dio is a Pinnacle [Entertainment] artist, so I called [agent] Ryan Harlacher."
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