Limp Bizkit vs. Music Retail Stores Free Concert to Promote Online Trading
Ferrara, David, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Music retailer Paul Grzybek has a growing disdain for Napster and everyone else making free music available on the Internet.
"It's probably going to put us out of business," says Grzybek, owner of Bizzy Bee CD exchange in Naperville.
Music fans might see it differently.
Napster is teaming up with rap-rockers Limp Bizkit and Cypress Hill, who believe the Net helps record sales.
The groups, along with an unannounced guest, are playing a free concert at the Odeum in Villa Park tonight.
As the Internet company faces a legal showdown with the recording industry, Napster is shelling out $1.8 million in venture capital money for the nationwide tour promoting free music.
The Odeum will open its doors to an expected crowd of 4,000 at 6 p.m. today for the concert that will start around 7:30 p.m. But the crowds will begin gathering at 7 a.m., when kids can start lining up for the wristbands required to get into the show. Wristbands will be handed out beginning at noon.
At the same time, Villa Park police will be stepping up their security.
"We're adapting our patrol plan in a substantial manner with the concern that we want everybody to get in and get out safely to enjoy their attendance at the concert," said Villa Park deputy police chief John Payne.
Police aren't expecting a rowdy group, but are prepared should things get out of hand.
The radio station WKQX, also known as Q101, snagged between 50 and 100 wristbands and has been giving them away on the air.
Scott Gelman, vice president of show organizer Jam Productions, said barricades and security will be used to control crowds.
Meanwhile, Grzybek watches what he sees as his inevitable demise.
Grzybek saw it coming when sales plummeted and when his teenage customers stopped exchanging old discs for new ones. …