September 18, 2008
Meez Nation Builds A Mansion For AEG Live Touring Artists Panic At The Disco, Dashboard Confessional, Plain White T’s and The Cab
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Meez(TM) (http://www.meez.com/), a leading social entertainment community, today announced it is working with AEG Live (http://www.aeglive.com/), the nation's second largest concert promotion and touring company, to build a mansion in mainstream virtual world Meez Nation for AEG Live touring artists Panic At The Disco, Dashboard Confessional, Plain White T's and The Cab, with more to be added shortly.
The AEG Live Mansion in Meez Nation features a customized hangout for each artist where fans will be able to dress up in official artist merchandise, take the stage and rock out with guitars, drums and microphones. Fans can also stream music from the artists' latest albums, win prizes and purchase tickets for the tour. Hangouts include:
-- Panic At The Disco Studio -- Dashboard Confessional Room -- Plain White T's Studio -- The Cab Studio -- The AEG Live Tour Hangout
"Fans will be able to hang out in our recording studio while listening to-and playing along with-a few tracks from our new album," says Plain White T's lead singer Tom Higgenson. "We're always looking for new and interesting ways to stay connected with our fans and this is definitely very cool and different."
"Touring is about connecting with fans through music and creating a shared experience. With Meez we are able to bring that online," said Glenn Michael Miller, Director of Interactive Marketing at AEG Live. "We have created the AEG Live Mansion as a place for fans to become more involved with our artists, share their excitement for the tour and buy a ticket to come out and see them live. This is where music is headed and we are glad to be a part of it."
"Meez Nation's users are big music fans, so giving them the ability to rock out together, listen to new music and just hang out in the band's branded rooms is just incredible," said Sean Ryan, CEO of Meez. "Meez Nation is seeing tons of traction since launch, with users staying for an average of 52 minutes per visit, and we anticipate fans will spend days hanging out in the AEG Live Tour Mansion. We will add more bands to this mansion as our AEG relationship expands."
Meez Nation is designed to let everyday users easily connect with others and share experiences. Residents can chat with one another, watch YouTube videos together, listen to music and leave answering machines messages. By typing various text triggers such as "LOL,""OMG" or "dance," Meez users can launch animations to amuse others in Roomz. There are also numerous interactive objects spread around Meez Nation to inject fun into the scene, including walls that can be tagged with graffiti and a Tesla coil that zaps users.
Meez (http://www.meez.com/) is a leading social entertainment community of more than 7 million teens and college-aged youth that create custom 3D avatars, play casual games, connect with others in virtual worlds and participate in a virtual economy. Meez has developed successful, metrics-driven branding programs for top advertisers such as Nike, Sony, Snapple and Cover Girl. Meez is currently distributed on leading social media sites and services, including AIM, Facebook, Friendster, and Photobucket. Based in San Francisco, CA, and developed by Donnerwood Media, Meez is backed by Battery Ventures, Transcosmos Partners, Allen & Co. and individual investors.
ABOUT AEG LIVE
AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance, touring for a variety of programming and multi-media production. AEG Live, the nation's second largest concert promotion and touring company is comprised of special event, broadcast and exhibition divisions, fourteen regional offices and numerous state of the art venues nationwide. The company's national promotion arm is currently producing tours and productions including Bette Midler "The Showgirl Must Go On" and Cher at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. AEG Live is also presenting two international King Tut tours: "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs," and "Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs." Recent and upcoming promoted concert tours have included artists such as Justin Timberlake, Bon Jovi, Neil Diamond, Tina Turner, Celine Dion, Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana, Spice Girls, Prince, Christina Aguilera, Kenny Chesney, So You Think You Can Dance, Paul McCartney, High School Musical, American Idols Live and The Color Purple: The Musical About Love. Goldenvoice, the company's Southern California-based regional division, hosts the most critically acclaimed music festivals in the U.S. Goldenvoice created and operates the award winning annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival as well as Stagecoach: California's Country Music Festival and All Points West. In addition, AEG Live now co-produces the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Bumbershoot: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival, Mile High Music Festival in Colorado, Michigan's Rothbury, and many more. The company operates NOKIA Theatre at Grand Prairie in Texas, NOKIA Theatre Times Square, and recently opened NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE. For more information, go to http://www.aeglive.com/.
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