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For those interested, the October 29th issue of _Billboard_ has the P^2 cover in a two-page ad (ppg. 2-3), plus some tour info, courtesy of ICM (International Creative Management, the booking agency for P^2) in an interview/profile. The cover of the album (is it at Atlantic's web site?) is quite cool. A Moroccan-looking pattern of a clay wall pattern, or perhaps a wood carving, in various brown/gray tones, with a large painted hand coming out of it. To the right of the hand, Robert and Jimmy outdoors with the wind blowing (neither one smiling) their hair around. Looks like it's from the Slate Quarries, actually. Quoting without permission: "Additionally, ICM is booking what promises to be one of the most talked- about tours of 1995--the Robert Plant/Jimmy Page outing, which starts in February." "Right now, we're laying out a routing. And we're going directly to the buildings for that. Very often, if you ask a promoter to do something, quite naturally it yields a proprietorial relationship with that date that he has on hold that you may not want to have him promote. We're looking at 50 dates in 40 cities." "Q: Is this tour going to have a national promoter, like the Rolling Stones' tour? A: No. In the case of [manager] Bill Curbishly and Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, those three people are incredibly astute, and do enjoy a hands- on relationship with the micro aspect of touring, which is, 'Tell me about the deal with Detroit.' They go on the premise that it is cheaper to pay an agent a commission of the gross than it is to allow a tour promoter a much larger percentage of the profit." "Q: Is there going to be a sponsor? A: I don't think so. I know that there was a massive offer from a beer company, and it was turned down by both Robert and Jimmy because of their feeling that they don't want to seem to be promoting alcohol consumption, in view of the nature of the battles that different people have overcoming that." [Thor's note--very interesting.] "Q: What kind of ticket prices are you considering? A: I believe there will be a premium band of tickets in the $45 range. The next-best seats might be $30, and there might be 2000 seats every night that would be in the area of $20. The idea was to have three tiers of pricing so that the economics didn't negatively affect somebody's ability to see it."

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