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The Foo Fighters performing at Lollapalooza earlier this year. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

The Foo Fighters' touring company, Zenith Touring, sued a division of Live Nation in Nashville on Tuesday over $1.5 million in unpaid guarantees from a canceled corporate event in Denver.

Why it matters: The lawsuit highlights the uncharted territory of putting on concerts during a pandemic. Its outcome could ripple through Music Row as different parts of the industry rev up to resume large-scale touring and performing.

  • Another Nashville quirk: The lawsuit was filed in a Davidson County Chancery Court because of a provision in the booking contract requiring legal disputes to be settled here.

Driving the news: Live Nation's corporate events division, SME Entertainment Group, paid Zenith Touring a $1.5 million deposit out of a total of $3 million to host a concert for HR company ADP, according to the lawsuit.

  • After the Delta variant led to a national spike in cases, SME and/or ADP made the "unilateral decision" to cancel the August concert. The booking contract was with SME, not ADP, and ADP is not a defendant.

What they're saying: Live Nation told Axios in a statement: "We fully support the Foo Fighters as they were ready and able to play the scheduled performance on August 13 in Denver, until a third party cancelled the event. We are actively working to find a solution that works for all parties."

  • ADP did not respond to a request for comment.

Nate's thought bubble: The lawsuit shows how the music industry was put in a bind over restarting touring and structure booking contracts. There's no road map for how to book concerts during a pandemic.

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Famed Mercy Lounge to exit Nashville's Cannery Row

Singer-songwriter Aubrie Sellers on stage at Mercy Lounge. Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Live music in Nashville suffered another blow Thursday with news that the Mercy Lounge trio of clubs will be leaving the Cannery Row complex when its lease expires next May. It's the latest independent venue squeezed out by rapid corporatization and skyrocketing real estate costs.

Why it matters: The Mercy Lounge complex, which includes the High Watt and the larger Cannery Ballroom, has operated at the Cannery Row complex for nearly 20 years.

  • These stages have been a crucial host to up-and-coming Nashville bands plus touring acts ranging from Adele to Chris Stapleton.

Parkland shooting victims' families settle suit with school district

A makeshift memorial outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, 2020. Photo: Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Families and survivors of a 2018 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., reached a $25 million settlement in their lawsuit against the Broward County school district Monday, per the South Florida SunSentinel.

Why it matters: The deal was reached in the suit over the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High after the school district won a Florida Supreme Court ruling that could have capped damages at $300,000 in total without approval from the state legislature, AP notes.

Texas Republicans pass new congressional maps in their favor

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The Texas House voted 84-59 late Monday to approve new congressional district maps that reduce the number of districts with Black and Hispanic majorities, per the Texas Tribune.

Why it matters: The legislation comes after recent census figures found Texas' growing diverse population doesn't bode well for Republicans, who then worked to protect incumbents with the redrawn maps.