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City didn’t ground Eagles

Janet Urquhart
Aspen Times Staff Writer

It wasn?t the Aspen City Council that pulled the plug on plans for a live simulcast of last weekend?s Eagles concert at the Wheeler Opera House, according to Mayor Helen Klanderud.

The council has been the target of criticism from local Eagles fans who are disappointed the simulcast did not take place, but the city had nothing to do with squelching the event, Klanderud said Monday.

At the start of the council?s regular meeting yesterday, Klanderud read a letter written by Nida Tautvydas, executive director of the Wheeler Opera House, which exonerated the council from blame and faulted the Aspen Daily News for misleading the public.

The Eagles played for a private audience as part of the Forstmann Little and Co. conference, which brings high-profile participants to Aspen for a conference headquartered at the Hotel Jerome. Forstmann Little is a New York City investment firm run by Red Mountain resident Ted Forstmann.

The Wheeler staff worked with Forstmann Little and the Eagles to arrange a live remote broadcast of the concert, and Aspen Highlands was pegged as the best potential venue for the event, according to Tautvydas.

?Unfortunately, considering various concerns, the client and talent could not arrive at a location agreeable to all parties,? she wrote.

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The council did not nix Highlands in the hopes of bringing the event into the downtown core, Klanderud said.

?The council did not make the decision to call the remote feed off,? she said. ?Somehow the council got blamed for not having it at Highlands. The City Council never said ?no? to Highlands ? never.

?I think everybody involved in this tried, and it didn?t work,? Klanderud said.