NYC Nightclub Battles BeyonceJune 25, 2009 By: Bryan Bass
New York club owner Joey Morrissey is preparing a million-dollar lawsuit against Beyonce Knowles after the songstress pulled the plug on a concert appearance at M2 Nightclub that would have launched her new North American tour. According to Morrissey, he agreed to pay Knowles a hefty $200,000 for the concert appearance, as well renting sound equipment that cost an additional $100,000. According to New York Post’s Page Six, Morrissey was informed that Knowles “wouldn’t have time to do the kickoff party,” but offered to “hang out for an hour” at the club instead, an offer quickly dismissed by Morrissey. In a venting rant to Page Six, Morrissey explained that her offer was not good enough because: “We sold tables for thousands of dollars for the show and spent $100,000 renting a soundboard and other equipment, as per their stipulations. What good does her showing up for an hour do me? They've been totally unwilling to agree to another show."
For Morrissey, that resistance from Knowles’ camp is pushing him down the road to legal action. He noted that the response M2 had from club-goers was tremendous, with people clamoring to buy tickets and high-priced bottle service real estate. “We had an overwhelming response,” Morrissey confirmed, adding that the cancellation will be a “great disappointment” to fans who lined up to purchase tickets to the event. Morrissey believes he has a strong cause for action because the cancellation has caused the club to suffer a “loss of reputation” that greatly affects M2’s “credibility in nightlife, ”not to mention the hard dollars Morrissey put out to accommodate the performance.
The popular diva’s performance at M2 was promoted on her web site and has since been removed. The Knowles camp has circled the wagons, not commenting on the Page Six story that has attracted widespread media attention. Morrissey insists he has little choice but to pursue legal action on behalf of the Chelsea neighborhood nightclub, which in previous incarnations once held the Big Apple expansion of first the Crobar Nightclub and then the Mansion Nightclub. That being said, he has seemingly left the door open for rapper Jay-Z’s main squeeze to make right with M2 and replace the date on the calendar. Where the story goes from here is anyone’s guess, but we’ll stay on top of it.