Industry Profile: David Fishof

— By Larry LeBlanc (CelebrityAccess MediaWire)

This week In the Hot Seat with Larry LeBlanc: David Fishof, founder, Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Camp.

David Fishof is in the fantasy business.

Founded by Fishof in 1997, Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp takes place six times annually in different locations, and ranges from three to six days.

For each session, some 60 attendees pay up to $10,000 for six days to live out their dreams—to play, write, and record with musical celebrities, culminating in a “Battle of the Bands” stage presentation.

Rock counselors/instructors have included Roger Daltrey, Brian Wilson, Steven Tyler, Slash, Vince Neil, Joe Walsh, Bret Michaels, Mark Hudson, Lita Ford, Matt Sorum, Jack Bruce, Duff McKagan, Glenn Hughes, and Elliot Easton.

In 1997, Fishof launched his original Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp in Miami, Florida. Despite counselors like Mike Love, and Lou Gramm teaching and sharing their stories and professional tips with attendees, the ill-attended event flopped and Fishof shelved the concept until 2000 when he did a camp in Los Angeles and it was quite successful.

Since then, Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camps have been held in locations as far-flung as Las Vegas, and London, where campers and their rock star counselors have recorded in the Abbey Road Studios.

This hasn’t gone unnoticed.

In the "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation" episode of The Simpsons' 14th season, broadcast on Nov. 10, 2002, Homer Simpson attends Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp along with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Elvis Costello, Lenny Kravitz, Tom Petty, and Brian Setzer. For its mock rock concert, Homer is the lead guitarist and singer of his group.

Four years ago, Fishof launched a corporate Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Camp, with seminars, and programs of up to five days.

Born in New York City, Fishof began his career representing comics and singers' acts in the Catskills’ Borscht Belt.

He went on to be a noted sports agent, representing such NFL greats as Phil Simms, Mark Bavaro, Vince Ferragamo, and Jack Reynolds as well as such baseball stars as Lou Piniella, Dave Magadan and Randy Myers.

Fishof, however, wanted to be in the music business.

He began representing the veteran musical group the Association. In 1984, Fishof produced "The Happy Together Tour" for the Association which also included the Turtles, Gary Puckett, and Spanky and Our Gang. The following year "Happy Together" toured national again with the Turtles, Gary Lewis, the Grass Roots, the Buckinghams, and Tommy James and the Shondells.

In 1986, Fishof turned many heads in the live music business by producing the Monkees’ 20th Anniversary Reunion Tour.

In 1988, he successfully produced the "Dirty Dancing Live Tour" which toured the U.S., Europe and Australia.

In 1991, Fishof, with Kenneth Feld, co-produced "The American Gladiators Live Tour" which was followed by his "Mortal Kombat Live Tour" in 1995.

By then Fishof, had created and produced "Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. From 1989 to 2003, he produced a total of eight separate "Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band" tours.

In 1999, Fishof developed British Rock Symphony, an elaborate touring show that featured classic rock hits with a gospel choir, a full orchestra, and vocalists including Roger Daltrey, Darlene Love, Nikki Lamborn, Alice Cooper, Paul Young, Simon Townshend and Gary Brooker performing symphonic renditions of music by the Beatles, Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and the Who.

People argue that there’s no money in the music business, but you continually find ways of shaking money out of the industry.

That’s a good way of looking at it. I am having more fun than I have ever had in my entire career because I am getting to change peoples’ lives—individuals that come to my camp—and I am changing corporate America with my corporate Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camps.

How lucrative has the Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp concept been for you?

It hasn’t been lucrative for me. I didn’t do this for money. My goal in life has been to be the best I can be; and money will come. I love what I’m doing. If I was looking to make a lot of money, I would go back on the road. You give up a lot of your income leaving (the road). I’m not on the road for 40 or 50 nights. Now, I put my kids to bed every night. That is worth a billion dollars for me.

You just had a Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp (Feb. 16-20, 2012) with attendees and rock stars performing at the Gibson Showroom in Beverly Hills, and the Whisky A-Go-Go on the Sunset Strip.

This one was interesting because I am opening up to different genres of music. So I brought in Warren Haynes, Zakk Wylde, and Steve Vai. Felix Cavaliere was there for me in the beginning so I invited him for keyboards. Matt Sorum for drummers. The camp sold out. It was an amazing experience.

How many rock star counselors were there?

I had 14 counselors. For most of the camps I have had 12.

Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp takes place six times a year?

I do it six times a year, but here’s the big news—we’re moving the camp to a permanent location in Las Vegas next year. I can’t give you any details yet. We are in the midst of negotiating details.

There is still a camp at the Playboy Mansion in Hollywood May 2-6, 2012 with Steven Tyler.

The plan is still to do a camp yearly at the Playboy Mansion and also to go back to Abbey Road Studios in London. But we are going to find a permanent home to bring the Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp.

Why Las Vegas?

Because one of the biggest parts of my business are my corporate Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camps. I started those four years ago. I started them because executives attending my camp were saying to me, “Do you realize what an amazing team building product you have here?”

What are the fees for the regular Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp?

The six day camp costs anywhere from $6,000 to $8,000; or $9,000 to $10,000 if you want to record. I have a great recording package with (producer/engineer) Eddie Kramer. Unlike the sports camps where you just have a baseball bat or a basketball (as equipment), these camps are expensive because you set up a stage for the five days, and you have to take everything down.

The fee for four days is about $5,000?

Yeah. People get to record for a few hours, but they don’t get to record for a full day.

And the fee of up to $10,000 is for recording?

That’s the recording package.

“American Idol” and other musical talent TV shows have likely boosted the appeal of Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp because they show that amateurs can compete.

And they show people that there’s an opportunity to make it, still (in the music industry). Right. Totally.

Many attendees probably think, “I didn’t pursue this life, but I’m not bad at doing this.”

I would say that 99% of my customers are people who were in a band or wanted to be in a band and, unfortunately, life took a different turn. They had to take a job and support a family and, for many reasons, they couldn’t pursue their dream. They get to come to my camp to live that dream out.

You haven’t commercially released CDs by attendees?

No. Not at all. I am not going to promote that people that come to my camp are going to make it. I don’t want to promise anything like that. That’s not what it's about. I don’t promise anything.

Many older people play in bands with friends, and love doing that.

The most exciting thing for me is that I am able to give people their dreams. I feel like a Jewish Santa Claus because I literally change peoples’ lives. I get letters everyday thanking me for “this dream” and that really is what keeps me going. That’s why I love my gig more than ever. All I do is make people happy. I connect people with people and make them best friends. They are in a room with someone five days, collaborating, writing a song; these people become best friends. So these bands stay together.

The rock star counselors get paid. Does everybody get paid the same?

It's different pay scales for different jobs. No question they get paid.

What do you look for in a counselor?

What I look for is a rocker who enjoys people. I will tell you that what attracts the rock star to Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp is the friendships that they make with the attendees. I have attendees who have private planes, and who are heads of corporations. I think what has been exciting for the rock stars is to meet these people on a one-on-one basis, and to get to know them for four or five days. You can understand why the public likes it (the camp) but I think why the rock star likes it is that they are meeting these amazing people like the president of People magazine (Paul Caine); and the guy (Ed Oates) who started Oracle.

There are, of course, sports camps for sports fans.

There is a difference between these sports camps and the Fantasy Camp. Unlike the sports business where the people are retired and are probably overweight and can’t hit the ball over the fence, at the Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp, these rockers are still selling out stadiums and arenas. You can write a song at 60 years old.

C’mon, you have a mix of today’s stars and some aging veterans who have seen better days.

Right exactly. We are getting talent that is still current, and we need the other talent to get them (attendees) prepared so when the big names walk in they can jam with them.

But what do you look for in a counselor?

I look for someone who wants to give back to the public and to a fan and to a musician. Someone who is really into the music and likes to collaborate and to make music. I look at each coach (counselor) as a record producer taking a band of five or six people that they have never met before and creating an entity. I liken my rock star coaches and counselors to an NFL football coach because the success of an NFL coach doesn’t matter how much talent he has. It’s the brains of putting together a team. It’s about the strength of each hand. I have seen bands win our “Battle of the Bands” who have had the weakest drummers, and the weakest guitar players but they were able to take the best of the people, and take the creativity they have.

When you evaluate someone to be a counselor, do you consider their lifestyle? That someone may a great musician but may also be unreliable?

Well, I go back to thanking Ringo (Starr) because when I was putting the bands together with him, we would have disagreements about who should go in the bands. Naturally, I wanted the artists that I felt could sell the most tickets to the package. He would say, “I want a good guy. I want a good person, first. To me, that is more important. I have to live with these people on the road.” So over the years, Ringo and I would have disagreements and, in the end, he was right. And, I learned that for this business, the people who are great with (other) people keep your business going. The biggest lines I get (from attendees) are, “I can’t believe how nice this person is,” or “I can’t believe how great this person is.”

Not every musician is going to be friendly.

I had a well-known musician who begged me to do the camp. He said, “I really want to get back. I really want to do this.” He turned out to be the biggest jerk. He wouldn’t sign an autograph; and when people asked him something he wouldn’t answer. He didn’t have enough patience to deal with the people. I have had 99.9% great people here. I make sure to meet with them in advance. I have them talk to the others to know what to expect.

Have you ever sent a rocker home?

No.

Have you ever had to send an attendee home?

Yes. Over the years, I have had two people that I had to send back. If they are coming to my camp looking to advance their careers, that’s not the business that I am in. I am in the fantasy business. I had one guy who was trying to tell the rocker what to do. And he was obnoxious. So I asked him to leave. But that’s not a bad record after doing this for 15 years.

Why have the corporate Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camps been so successful?

Executives walk into a room and they usually turn to the rock star and say that they want to do this song by this band. The rock star says, "That’s very nice, but I have to teach it to four other people; you will just have to wait, sir.” The executives learn patience. They learn that they have to be in a team; and it’s not about them. In order to make music, it has to be one big team. If you ask me what my passion is, I want to change corporate America to learn to operate their businesses like a rock band. That’s my goal.

How did the corporate Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camps start?

Upon doing these camps, corporate heads were telling me, “I’d love you to do this for my company. But some of our people don’t play instruments so what can we do, David?”

So you created a corporate program that has been very successful. How does it work?

I bring my line-up of rock stars and I divide their people into groups of 20 or 25. I send them into a room to rewrite the lyrics of a classic rock song that their rock star is involved in; that has the elements of what their corporation experience is about, as if they were the rock stars.

You give executives an assignment.

They rewrite the song for a few hours, and they do a team-building experience where we identify the one person who has the (musical) skills and passion and we put the passion together so they get the product. Then they collaborate. One person in the group becomes the road manager; one becomes the stage manager; one writes lyrics; one does the costumes; some do choreography; and if they are a musician they play. Then their group performs onstage with their rock star. Recently, it was with Simon Kirke from Bad Company, and Lita Ford. They (executives) were performing with the rockers.

Afterwards, the rock stars do a set.

So not only do I give them a team building experience, but I give them a great night of entertainment. I did these corporate fantasy camps for People magazine, GE, and recently for Hard Rock International in Orlando. They were re-writing a song with Mark Hudson, “Livin’ on the Edge” which he co-wrote (with Aersomith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry). They changed the lyrics to “Livin’ on the Ledge” celebrating their new $4 hamburger…”Living on the Ledge, mushroom, cheese and hamburger too.” They changed the words, and they performed it.

The idea to create Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp came out of your first tour in 1989 with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band?

What really got me to push this idea was traveling on that tour that summer. It was just Ringo and the band, and it was such an experience to be with the guys that I kept saying, “This is an experience that I could share with the world.” Everybody kept calling me everyday asking me what this guy or that guy was like. To see us in the private plane was just such a great experience.

[In 1988, David Fishof came up with the idea of Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band.

“It came together in 1989,” Ringo Starr told Billboard’s editor in chief Timothy White in 2001. “I was sitting in England thinking, ‘What will I do? I should go on the road, but how will I do that?’ I didn't know [promoter] David [Fishof] from a hole in my shoe, and out of the blue, I got a message through my lawyer from him, saying a sponsor would like to know if I'd be interested in putting a band together. I thought, ‘It must be a message from God!’

“After I moved back to Monte Carlo again from England, in '89, I thought, ‘Let's give it a shot.’ So I had a friend in L.A. who was helping me find musicians I knew and I'd played with, like Dr. John and Joe Walsh -- and, of course, Levon [Helm] and others from the Band [Garth Hudson, Robbie Robertson] were on the Ringo album. Nils [Lofgren] had become a friend, so I just phoned and said, "I've been offered this tour. Would you like to have fun in the summer?" And that's how it started.”

Over two decades, the All-Starr Band’s line-up has included Jack Bruce, Eric Carmen, Dave Edmunds, Simon Kirke, Randy Bachman, Gary Brooker, Clarence Clemons, John Entwistle, Peter Frampton, Billy Preston and others.]

Surely, the first All-Starr lineup was difficult to put together?

Everybody had told me that I could never put an all star band tour together to travel with all of these different characters. You can do one night at Live Aid or you can do a benefit concert but to tour all of these people for a worldwide tour they would never get in the way of each other. The egos would get in the way. So here I was touring with all of these musicians, and they are all leaders in their own way and I was trying to put an all star band together for them to collaborate and all sound like a band.

There were also then substance issues with several of the musicians.

So everybody warned me that it wasn’t going to work and that I was nuts to do this. Meanwhile, I had mortgaged my townhouse in Manhattan to invest in putting this Ringo and the All-Starr Band together, and by the fourth show at the Garden State Arts Center in Holmdale, New Jersey (now The PNC Bank Arts Center) the tour was about ready to implode.

I was having dinner backstage and Clarence Clemons walked by my table and he said to me, “I am quitting the band.” I asked, “What’s wrong?” He said, “Joe Walsh and Levon Helm are fighting over songs.” Then Nils Lofgren walked by a second later, and he said, “Fishof, I’m out of here. I’m quitting.” And I said, “Oh no. What happened?” And he told me the same thing.

So I went downstairs and walked in on this fight between Levon Helm and Joe Walsh. Levon had a glass bottle in his hand, and there was blood running down his hands. Joe Walsh had a knife and there was blood on his lips and all over this face. Dr. John, and the late Rick Danko were there. I screamed, “You guys are a bunch of babies. Can’t you behave?”

They both turned around, and stuck their tongues out at me.

What they had done was they had the tour manager Max Loubiere get fake blood, a rubber knife and a glass bottle that looked like it was made out of sugar. They staged a fake fight, and I walked in, and tried to break up. I will tell you that I was surprised that I didn’t get a heart attack because I almost saw my home go right down the drain. But Jim Keltner videotaped it, and I have the video.

[Ironically, Bruce Springsteen, New Jersey's most famous resident musician never appeared at the Garden State Arts Center in Holmdale, New Jersey until two performances in 2006, except for his 1989 walk-on, during the Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band show.]

How did you come up with the idea for Ringo to tour with the different musicians?

If you look at my career, I was basically putting together all star bands. My brother who was a drummer idolized Ringo and I’d hear the name every day. I got the idea from hearing the name every day. I wanted to put together different packages. I was putting together The Happy Together Tours, and the classic rock tour (as the British Rock Symphony), the Monkees’ tour; and “Dirty Dancing” (Dirty Dancing: The Concert Tour). There was Ringo in my family with my brother being a fan. But what can you do with a drummer? I thought of his (Beatles) song “With A Little Help From My Friends” and I came up with the idea to put the All-Starr Band together.

How long did you work with Ringo Starr?

I did 15 years, and I did eight tours—traveled the entire world. It was a great experience. I got married about seven years ago. I have two little children. I have a six year old and a five year old. I have grandchildren older than my children. It was time for me to stay at home, and not travel. I had come up with this idea of having a Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp in 1997.

You did the inaugural Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Camp in 1997 in Miami, and promptly blew your brains out, financially.

Blew my brains out. I was deciding at that point what to do.

The Miami event you considered to be a one-off?

Yes, I did it as a one-off.

Why Miami?

I had an investor who wanted Miami. He thought Miami would be a good place to do it. I made a bunch of phone calls. Mike Love, Felix Cavaliere, and Mark Farner from Grand Funk all came. I called up Nils Lofgren and he liked it (the concept) and he came. Clarence Clemons lived nearby so he came in. Everybody I called I said, “I have this idea.”

Did any artist pass because of not wanting to look corporate?

I have definitely had that problem but the ones that I called then all said “yes” to me. I called my friends, and everybody that I knew. I told them my idea, and they said yes.

What did you do wrong?

People just didn’t believe that there could be a Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp. It was an idea. It was hard to promote because people didn’t know what it was.

There were sports camps operating by then.

We had sports camps but I guess that people didn’t know what this was and nobody wanted to be the first to go. They wanted to see what it was like.

What was it like?

I think that I had 24 campers, and 10 rock stars. But the press came out. That was the interesting thing. I had more press than I had campers. People magazine came and a guy from the (New York) Daily News. Delta Airlines sent a reporter. All these writers came. It was a sexy story so they all came. They were sitting in the (hotel) lobby the second night as I walked in, and they said, “Fishof, come over here.” I thought that they were really going to cream me. “This is crazy. This is the stupidest idea in the world.” But they all turned to me at the same time and said, “This is the greatest idea in the world. This thing is great. We are having so much fun.” They were blown away, and they all wrote great stories.

Was the first Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp three or five days?

I think it was three days. I did it over the weekend.

You decided not to do it again?

I said, “I’m not doing it anymore. I’m not making any money.” But it was fun. I was at the Pollstar Awards in 2000, and people were playing this game “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” A take-off on the TV show. They were playing it with Sammy Hagar, Tommy Lee, and Tommy Shaw on the stage. I watched the first couple of questions, and then I was walking out the door. I saw (Jon) Bon Jovi and he said, “Fishof, they are talking about you.” I turned around and the question was, “Who created Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp? David Bowie, David Byrne or David Fishof?” Tommy Shaw said, “David Fishof.” I thought to myself, “Wow. I can’t believe that these guys remember what I did.” I was blown away. I thought, “I have to do this thing again.”

When was the next one?

I did it in Los Angeles in 2000. I called George Thorogood because I had met him and Bret Michaels backstage at a Ringo show. I called whoever I thought I could get. I told them my idea, and they all said that they would do it. Eric Sherman, who was head (senior VP/GM) of VH-1 Classic, had contacted me and said that they would be interested in promoting it. So they marketed it. I did 60 campers. Broke even. And I did it again the next year.

The next year I was in London, and I was having dinner with Roger Daltrey. I asked him if he would do my Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp. The next question I asked was, “If you could go to Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp, who would you want to meet?” He said, “Levon Helm.” So I called Levon, and I asked him to be there. Roger also told me, “You give Levon the money that you were going to give me. I want to meet him.” Roger was supposed to come for one day, and he stayed for four days. It was Roger’s idea to jam with the people at the Bottom Line. He jammed with every band. He did it and all of a sudden I got such great publicity. I really owe it to him.

Roger has returned to Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp several times.

He has done it eight times for me. We have done privates as well. He’s been the best friend that a man could want.

You were born in New York and raised in Hackensack. How did you come to work in the Catskills’ Borscht Belt, as a booking agent?

My brother had a Jewish rock band, and he was the drummer. I was booking them at Grossinger’s (Grossinger's Catskill Resort Hotel) and other hotels in the Catskills.

Like Woody Allen in “Broadway Danny Rose.”

Totally my story. Totally my story.

I love the cafeteria scene in the film with comics Sandy Baron, Corbett Monica, and Jackie Gayle.

That was me. The funny thing was that half of those acts used to work my kid’s birthday party. My other favorite movie that I have seen 40 times is “The Jazz Singer.” The Neil Diamond one. That’s my story as well. My dad was a cantor. I used to fly down to Florida, and fly back coach so I could keep seeing the movie.

Comedians Milton Berle and David Brenner appeared on the Borscht Belt circuit in those days.

Yes, and that’s where I started. You could book Henny Youngman and Freddie Roman up there. I started working for the Charles Rapp Agency in New York booking acts in the Catskills. I used to book Jan Murray and Jack Carter. I used to book all of that stuff. I booked Sammy Davis Jr. for private dates. Gene Simmons told me recently that he played Kutsher’s. It was a great learning experience—a great learning experience, and it was all about the show.

You also worked as an agent for actor Herschel Bernardi.

Yes. I was writing for a Jewish newspaper The Jewish Press in New York and I wrote a story, and I met him. I got him bookings. He was a very big mentor to me. He passed away May 9th, 1986. He had come into New York to tape the Monkee’s voiceover commercial for me. I was looking for a TV voice for my commercial because I figured that the Monkees were a TV band. So I asked Herschel if he would do me a favor. He was the voice of “Charlie the Tuna” and he had his own TV show (“Arnie”). So he did me the favor. Unfortunately, he wasn’t feeling well and he went home afterwards, and he passed. He was like a father figure to me in the business.

[Herschel Bernardi died in his sleep of a sudden heart attack. He was 62 years old.]

You later produced the concert tour of “Dirty Dancing” which took place in the 1987 film at Kellerman's, a resort in the Catskill Mountains.

Yeah, that was a great collaboration that I did with Dennis Arfa (Billy Joel’s Joel's booking agent since 1976). I saw the movie when I was up in the Catskills, and it just reminded me so much of what my life was like. So I figured if I took these dancers and the people who wrote these songs and do a little music and go out…You know what? I didn’t have a show. I put a full page (ad) in the New York Times and when I saw that we had sold a million dollars worth of tickets, I created a show.

Eight nights at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

It was unbelievable. It sold out in 48 hours; a million dollars in tickets.

Your father was a Holocaust survivor.

My dad was a Holocaust survivor, and he was a cantor. He survived Auschwitz and Buchenwald. He was amazing. He passed away 10 years ago.

Your mother wasn’t in the camps?

No she wasn’t in the camps. They (the family) ran away. She was born in Germany, and they went to Israel and to Holland. She married my dad here.

Many Holocaust parents wouldn’t talk of their experiences in the camps.

My father used to speak to kids in the ‘60s and ‘70s while he was teaching Hebrew school and talk about the Holocaust. He really believed that everybody has to know about the experience. He almost got fired from his job as a cantor in Brockton, Massachusetts because he would talk about it. I remember that parents would complain.

Before (Steven) Spielberg (with his 1993 film “Schindler's List”), he would talk about it. He would talk about it daily. He would eat one and a half pieces of bread every day. I asked, “Dad why aren’t you eating the other half?” He said, “I’m saving it for dinner.”

Being a child of a Holocaust survivor definitely had an effect on my life. I think if I have to translate it to show business, the fact that I am not afraid to take on a project, and do something. I am basically fearless. I have that from my father. He had to survive. He survived living as a non-Jew before he got captured. But I got my strength from my dad.

It must have been quite emotional for you to go to Bosnia in 1995. The genocide there was comparable to the Second World War.

And that’s why I did it. The Ambassador for Bosnia knocked on my door. He told me Bono had been there the year before and that many promoters had promised him to bring entertainment there. He asked me if I would help him, and I said yes. He wanted me to see it first. I flew over. You are absolutely right. I envisaged what my father used to say happened after the war; seeing the bullet wounds. I said, "Whatever I can do. I am going to help you.” You are right. It was exactly how I felt hearing my father’s stories.

[In 1995, after visiting war-torn Bosnia, Fishof assembled the original members of Grand Funk Railroad to perform for three sold-out shows and a CD with the proceeds going to Bosnian war victims. In 1997 the band played three sold-out Bosnian benefit concerts. The shows featured a full symphony orchestra conducted by Paul Shaffer, and also featured Peter Frampton who joined the band on stage. Grand Funk Railroad released a two-disc benefit CD “Bosnia” recorded March 1997 at the Palace Of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan.]

How did you become a sports agent?

I was booking the Catskills, and Dr. J (basketball player Julius Erving) showed up. All these kids were going nuts over Dr. J, and here I was calling in at the hotel to collect the checks for the comedians, and the singers from the night before. The woman from the hotel would say, “I am taking off $25 because the singer didn’t do the song from “Fiddler on the Roof” or another Yiddish song or “the comedian wasn’t funny.” I said to myself, “This is crazy. Dr. J just shows up, and he gets $2,500.” That was the last time I ever wanted to book an act in the Catskills.

I interviewed a baseball player called Ron Bloomberg (the first major leaguer to play a game as a designated hitter). He was Jewish. I asked him if he wanted to do an appearance, and I started meeting these ball players.

You had a sizable and impressive sports roster.

I had over 30 players. I had the whole front line of the New York Giants. In 1986, I had eight of the New York Giants. I had quite a great practice. Agents were just starting to get into the game. So I was doing the sports business and I was sharing office space with (manager/promoter) Gary Kurfurst who was representing the Talking Heads and the Ramones and sharing office space with (manager) Shep Gordon, (actor/dancer) Ben Vereen, and Cleveland International. All these people were all under the umbrella of an accountant. We would pay him rent but we were all working together.

I’d see the Ramones come walking in. I saw Blondie walk in the office. I saw all of these gold records on the wall. I loved sports but I would get paid in December. All these athletes would tell their accountants to pay their agent in December. So the month of December I had a lot of money, but the rest of the year I didn’t have cash flow.

So one day I decided that I wanted to be in the entertainment business. I got a phone call (in 1983) from a publicist asking if I’d be interested in representing the Association. I had never heard of the Association. I thought it was a corporate (booking). I thought they wanted a Bill Cosby or an Alan King. I knew the Beach Boys. I knew Chicago. I didn’t know that music. That was my brother’s music. They told me what it was, and I went out and got their music. I flew to L.A. and I met the band, and I took them on. Everybody looked at me like I was nuts. “Why are you doing this? You have the biggest sports clients. You have Lou Piniella and Phil Simms.” And I was booking basketball star Earl “The Pearl” Monroe. But I’d always wanted to be in the music business. I guess because of my brother’s band. So I took them on.

You did well?

By the end of the summer, I had booked a million dollars of Association dates. Then all of these other bands started calling me. Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, and the Turtles. So I said, “Let me put a package together” because that’s what we did in the Catskills. We would package the comedians (and singers). So I followed my business model there, and put them out on tour.

One of your bigger accomplishments was the Monkees’ anniversary tour in the mid-80s? How did that happen?

In 1986, I was staying in a hotel watching their TV show at 2 A.M. I couldn’t sleep and I was watching the Monkees. The minute I announced that tour I was selling out 20,000 and 25,000 seats. A hundred dates working with individual promoters. MTV’s Bob Pittman had told me, “You help me promote my network by putting our logo on your ads, and I’ll promote your tour schedule on TV.”

[A Monkees TV show marathon "Pleasant Valley Sunday" was broadcast on MTV Feb. 23, 1986. In May, David Fishof announced a "20th Anniversary Tour" and the Monkees began playing North America dates in June. Backed by MTV promotion, tour dates grew from small to larger venues, and the Monkees became one of the biggest live acts of the decade.]

This week we heard that Davy Jones of the Monkees had died.

I’ve been blessed to work with some of the greatest artists throughout my line of work, but Davy Jones was an exception. He was an artist unlike any other with an infectious smile and enormous heart. Working alongside him while helping to launch the Monkees reunion tour is a memory I will forever hold onto. I am grateful for the time we had together. I know his legacy will live on. My prayers are with his family.

[Davy Jones died Wednesday morning (Feb. 29. 2012) of a heart attack in Indiantown, Florida where he lived. He was 66.]

Two years ago, you wrote the book "Putting It On the Line" (CreateSpace) about your experiences in the world of sports and entertainment. Now you have another book being published.

My book “Rock Your Business” is coming out Sept. 4th (2012) on BenBella Books. It’s a book on how corporate American could learn from the rock and roll industry.

Larry LeBlanc is widely recognized as one of the leading music industry journalists in the world. Before joining CelebrityAccess in 2008 as senior editor, he was the Canadian bureau chief of Billboard from 1991-2007 and Canadian editor of Record World from 1970-89. He was also a co-founder of the late Canadian music trade, The Record. He has been quoted on music industry issues in hundreds of publications including Time, Forbes, and the London Times. He is co-author of the book “Music From Far And Wide.”

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Industry Profile Archives:
Mick The DJ, DJ/Enterpeneur 04/30/15
Joanne Abbot Green, CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival 10/17/08
Lee Abrams, XM Satellite Radio 11/28/03
John Acquaviva, Fund Manager, DJ and Serial Entrepreneur 07/09/15
Jay Boy Adams, Roadhouse Transportation 05/04/07
Jamie Adler, Adler Entertainment Group 05/11/07
Gary Adler, National Association of Ticket Brokers 12/04/13
Rodney Afshari, Freeze Artist Management 03/01/02
JC Ahn, VU Entertainment 04/10/13
Steve Alaimo, Vision Records & Audio Vision Studios 05/26/06
Jaye Albright, Albright & O'Malley Consulting 07/19/10
Randy Alexander, Randex Communications 10/12/07
David Alexander, Sheer Publishing 07/21/16
Eva Alexiou-Reo, FATA Booking Agency 05/14/15
Marcie Allen, Mad Booking 12/14/00
Jeff Allen, Universal Attractions 08/16/02
Marcie Allen, MAC Presents 06/05/09
Marcie Allen Cardwell, MAC Presents 12/21/07
David Allgood, Bama Theatre 01/03/11
Patrick Allocco, AllGood Concerts 10/05/07
Michele Amar, French Embassy 05/26/16
Mike Amato, Rok Tours International 02/02/07
Jeff Apregan, Apregan Entertainment Group/Venue Coalition 09/30/15
Billy Atwell, AMP Studios 12/13/07
Bob Babisch, Milwaukee World Festivals Inc. 04/02/15
Tom Baggot, thebookingagency.com 05/02/03
Stephen Bailey, EPACC & Deleware Center For The Arts 02/06/04
Cary Baker, Conqueroo 05/11/11
Vince Bannon, Getty Images 07/05/11
Phil Barber, Barber & Associates 02/04/01
Camille Barbone, WineDark Records 12/09/05
Erin Barra, Musician/Producer/Educator 07/10/14
Ben Baruch, The Fox Theatre 09/27/08
Paul Bassman, Ascend Insurance Brokerage 08/03/16
Adam Bauer, Fleming, Tamulevich & Associates 02/15/02
Ed Bazel, That's Entertainment International 10/05/01
Joachim Becker, ZOHO Music L.L.C. 01/12/07
Howard Becker, Comet Technologies 05/02/11
Mark Bego, Author 06/15/07
Jim Beloff, Flea Market Music 09/20/10
Richard Bengloff, The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) 09/12/13
Seth Berg, South Bay Music 01/30/09
Aimee Berger, 2 Generations SPA Music Management 09/24/04
David Berger, Future Beat 10/29/14
Barry Bergman, Music Managers Forum 03/14/03
Steve Bernstein, Relix LLC 09/30/05
Mark Berry, Attack Media Group 04/07/07
Scott Billington, Rounder Records 01/17/12
Jeffrey Bischoff, Cinder Block 03/24/06
Sat Bisla, A&R Worldwide/ Musexpo 03/29/10
Nina Blackwood, Sirius Satellite Radio 07/14/06
Adam Block, Legacy Recordings 11/07/13
P.J. Bloom, Neophonic, Inc. 01/24/11
Rishon Blumberg, Brick Wall Management 06/27/03
Justin Bolognino, Learned Evolution, and The Meta Agency 04/25/13
Steve "Chopper" Borges, Total Pro and Borse Techos 03/03/06
Les Borsai, Mediocre Management 01/30/04
Shane Bourbonnais, Live Nation Canada 03/21/08
Jeff Bowen, Sears Centre Arena 03/13/08
Rick Bowen, Mystic Music Experience 07/11/08
John Boyle, Sanctuary Music Group 03/19/04
Jeff & Todd Brabec, Writers/Attorneys 01/03/12
Bill Bragin, Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 08/08/03
Joel Brandes, Avenue Management Group 11/02/08
Joe Brandmeier, Moving Pictures 03/15/02
Scooter Braun, SB Projects 12/13/10
Ron Brice, 3rd & Lindsley Bar & Grill 06/08/16
Billy Brill, Billy Alan Productions 11/11/05
Doug Brown, Talent Buyers Network 09/21/01
James Browne, Sweet Rhythm 11/01/02
Bob Brumley, Brumley Music Company 02/17/16
Tony Brummel, Victory Records 05/17/09
Charlie Brusco, TBA Entertainment Corporation 10/13/01
Del Bryant, BMI 05/18/07
Cortez Bryant, Bryant Management 12/06/10
Bruce Burch, University of Georgia Music Business Program 10/09/09
Deborah Burda, Kentucky Exposition Center 08/03/07
Patti Burgart, IEBA 06/07/02
Jordan Burger, The New Musiquarium 01/22/01
Ron Burman, Roadrunner Records 08/25/06
Suzanne Cadgene, Elmore 05/19/06
Karen Cadle, KGC Productions 03/12/04
Gary Calamar, KCRW 07/10/09
Charles Caldas, Merlin 07/05/10
Brian Camelio, ArtistShare 02/29/08
David Campbell, AEG Europe 08/02/10
Tom Cantone, Foxwoods Entertainment Group 10/20/00
Tom Cantone, Foxwoods Resort Casino 07/03/03
Tom Cantone, Mohegan Sun 08/30/09
Ashley Capps, A. C. Entertainment 05/21/04
Rio Caraeff, Vevo 07/12/11
Mike Carden, Eagle Rock Entertainment 08/16/11
Charles Carlini, Carlini Group 05/16/08
Mark Carpentieri, M.C. Records 05/27/05
Mark Carpentieri, M.C. Records 01/10/11
Troy Carter, Coalition Media Group 06/07/10
Daniel Catullo, Coming Home Studios 06/22/08
Raffi Cavoukian, Folk Singer/Children's Entertainer 05/11/16
Jeffrey Chabon, Chabon Entertainment Group 08/22/02
Mike Chadwick, Essential Music & Marketing 08/01/12
Rob Challice, Coda Music Agency 03/27/13
Tom Chauncey, Partisan Arts 01/11/02
Tom Chauncey, Partisan Arts 10/04/11
Lisa Cherniak, Artists Against Racism (AAR) 07/20/01
Bob Chiappardi, Concrete Marketing 06/13/03
Joel Chriss, Chriss & Co. 10/04/02
Michael Chugg, Michael Chugg Entertainment 09/14/01
Michael Chugg, Chugg Enterprises 10/02/09
Gary Churgin, Harry Fox Agency 09/13/10
Vinny Cinquemani, S.L. Feldman & Associates 12/13/12
Barry Coburn, Ten Ten Music Group 03/28/11
Matthew Cohen, Green Room Productions 10/19/01
Ted Cohen, TAG Strategic 01/10/13
Lisa Cohen, Associated Booking Corporation 02/10/06
Steve Cohen, Music + Art Management, Inc. 03/09/07
Dan Cohen, Music & Memory 01/12/17
Michael Cohl - Part 1, S2BN Entertainment 03/06/13
Michael Cohl - Part 2, S2BN Entertainment 03/13/13
Bryan Coleman, Union Entertainment Group 02/14/12
Mamie Coleman, Fox Broadcasting 07/05/12
Dennis Condon, Disneyland Resorts 07/13/01
Peter Conlon, Peter Conlon Presents 05/20/05
Tony Conway, Buddy Lee Attractions 10/06/00
Allen Cook, TOURtech 04/16/15
Tomas Cookman, Cookman International 09/05/03
Alex Cooley, Alex Cooley Presents 07/12/10
David Cooper, Foxman.com 10/31/03
Jay Cooper, Greenberg Traurig, LLP 05/23/11
Julie Coulter, Near North Insurance Groups 06/07/01
Amy Cox, Deep South Entertainment 02/09/07
Michael O. Crain, Crain Law Group, LLC 10/09/13
Charlie Cran, The Strawberry Music Festival 04/05/10
Jim Cressman, Invictus Entertainment Group 06/06/12
Russ Crupnick, MusicWatch, Inc. 07/23/15
Todd Culberhouse, Vision Management /Vision Records and Entertainment 09/05/08
Tony D'Amelio, Washington Speakers Bureau 04/21/06
Ray Danniels, Standing Room Only Management, and the Anthem Entertainment Group 03/05/15
Ken Dashow, WAXQ-FM (l04.3 FM) - New York 09/08/06
Hal David, Lyricist 07/26/11
David Davidian, Independant Lighting Designer/Director 06/18/04
Anthony Davis, D&L Entertainment Services, Inc. 03/02/01
Chip Davis, American Gramaphone/Mannheim Steamroller 05/31/02
Mitch Davis, Tempest Entertainment 07/16/04
Jeff Dawson, Canadian Recording Services 06/08/08
Desiree Day, USO Celebrity Entertainment 08/10/01
Shauna de Cartier, Six Shooter Records/Six Shooter Management 10/23/13
Gene DeAnna, The Library of Congress 02/21/12
Vincent Degiorgio, Chapter 2 Productions 08/01/13
Tony DeLauro, DeLauro Management 12/23/04
Valerie Denn, Val Denn Agency 04/30/01
Val Denn, Val Denn Agency 03/06/14
Robert DePugh, Alligator Records 07/29/05
Tom Derr, Rock Ridge Music 10/29/04
Paul Dexter, Masterworks Lighting Design and Road Cases 12/10/04
Marty Diamond, Paradigm 01/22/10
Glenn Dicker, Redeye Distribution/Yep Roc Records 07/07/06
Barry Dickins, International Talent Booking Agency 06/06/13
Jim Digby, Event Safety Alliance 09/01/16
Mark Dinerstein, The Knitting Factory 11/17/06
Neill Dixon, Canadian Music Week 03/03/16
Thomas Dolby, Musician, academic, technologist, and author 11/09/16
Jasper Donat, Music Matters 2009/Branded 04/24/09
Jim Donio, National Association of Recording Merchandisers 04/22/11
Marc Dottore, M. Dottore Management 04/11/03
Tim Drake, The Roots Agency 12/12/08
Mike Dreese, Newbury Comics 11/23/11
Charles Driebe, Blind Ambition Management Ltd. 09/22/06
Jeremy Driesen, Ray Bloch Productions 09/07/01
Michael Drumm, Music Link Productions 07/18/08
Angie Dunn, Lucky Artist Booking 10/13/06
Jay Durgan, MEDIAmobz 11/09/11
Erik Dyce, City and County of Denver's Division of Theatres & Arenas 08/02/02
Erik Dyce, City and County of Denver’s Division of Theatres and Arenas 08/23/10
Paolo d’Alessandro, International Solutions 06/25/14
Ros Earls, 140dB Management 02/19/14
Art Edelstein, Festival Productions 12/01/02
Bruce Eisenberg, Audio Analysts 08/31/01
Martin Elbourne, The Glastonbury Festival 12/18/09
Michael Elder, Red Entertainment 03/17/06
Tod Elmore, Sixthman 11/24/06
Paul Emery, Clear Channel Entertainment 11/19/04
Arty Erk, Citrin Cooperman 04/27/16
Joe Escalante, Kung Fu Records 07/08/05
Colin Escott, Music Historian/Journalist 07/18/11
Ritch Esra, The Music Business Registry 09/27/02
Ritch Esra, The Music Business Registry 04/24/12
Mike Esterman, Esterman Entertainment 09/01/06
Jeff Eyrich, BePop Records 11/25/05
Bob Ezrin, Bigger Picture Group 05/24/09
Lisa Fancher, Frontier Records 08/09/10
Rick Farman, Superfly Productions 10/15/04
Ray Farrell, eMusic 06/09/06
Sam Feldman, S.L. Feldman & Associates 10/25/02
Bob Feldman, Red House Records 11/24/02
Charlie Feldman, BMI 08/26/05
Paul Fenn, Asgard Promotions 11/22/09
Debra "Fergy" Ferguson, TourDesign 08/01/03
Pete Fisher, Grand Ole Opry 09/11/09
David Fishof, David Fishof Presents 01/08/01
David Fishof, Rock 'N Roll Fantasy 10/05/08
David Fishof, Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Camp 02/28/12
Mike Flanagin, New England Country Music Festival 09/12/08
Joel Flatow, RIAA 12/13/11
Jim Fleming, Fleming Artists 03/20/10
Joe Fletcher, Joe Fletcher Presents 01/12/06
Jeff Fluhr, StubHub 10/06/06
Nancy Fly, The Nancy Fly Agency 04/02/04
Arthur Fogel, Live Nation 08/09/09
Martin Folkman, Independent Music Awards & Music Resource Group 08/11/06
Belle Forino, Fantasma Tours 03/18/05
Fletcher Foster, Universal Records South 07/31/09
Sam Foxman, Contemporary Productions 01/06/06
Todd Frank, 4Star Entertainment, LLC 01/24/03
Bob Frank, Koch Entertainment 01/09/09
Larry Frank, Frank Productions 01/17/11
Mike Fraser, Record Producer/Engineer 10/11/08
Carl Freed, Metropolitan Entertainment 06/22/01
Elizabeth Freund, Beautiful Day Media & Management 01/26/07
Harlan Frey, Roadrunner Records 07/11/03
Adam Friedman, Nederlander Concerts 06/22/07
Ted Gardner, Larrikin Management 04/25/03
Daniel Gélinas, Festival d’été de Québec 05/23/13
Marci Geller, Sonic Underground 08/15/08
Chris Gero, Yamaha Entertainment Group 10/26/16
Steve Gerstman, SGS 07/19/02
Sandra Gibson, The Association of Performing Arts Presenters 01/09/04
Sandra L. Gibson, Association of Performing Arts Presenters 01/16/09
Steve Gietka, Trump Properties 07/30/01
Steve Gietka, SMG Entertainment 03/19/14
Darren Gilmore, Watchdog Management 03/17/16
Daniel Glass, Glassnote Entertainment Group 10/16/14
Jake Gold, The Management Trust 04/13/01
Neil Goldberg, Cirque Productions 09/07/07
Harris Goldberg, Concert Ideas 06/27/11
Neil Goldberg, Cirque Productions 04/16/14
Martin Goldschmidt, Cooking Vinyl Group 09/29/16
Harvey Goldsmith, Harvey Goldsmith Productions 06/28/10
Michael Goldstein, RockPoP Gallery 11/09/07
Seth Goldstein, Turntable.fm 09/20/11
Anna Paula Goncalves, CEO Global Brand Appeal 08/20/14
Arnie Goodman, Blue Storm Music 11/15/02
Wesley Goodman, Red Entertainment 09/16/05
Richard Goodstone, Superfly Productions 01/27/06
Christie Goodwin, Photographer 03/18/15
Rob Gordon, What Are Records? LTD 02/01/02
Steve Gordon, Entertainment Attorney 08/06/04
Yoav Goren, Immediate Music & Imperativa Records 06/10/14
Mike Gormley, L.A. Personal Development 11/10/06
Jonathan Gosselin, Gosselin Marketing & Promotions 07/02/04
Richard Gottehrer, The Orchard 04/10/09
Sean Goulding, The Agency Group London 09/12/12
Jerimaya Grabher, RPM Direct 09/26/03
Mary Granata, The Granata Agency 09/06/10
Kelly Graves, Providence Performing Arts Center/Professional Facilities Management 01/20/02
Stan Green, Stanley A. Green Lighting and Productions 12/12/03
Mark Green, Celebrity Talent Agency Inc. / Bergen Performing Arts Center 08/12/05
Jeffrey Green, Americana Music Association 03/10/06
Paul Green, The School of Rock 07/06/08
Benjy Grinberg, Rostrum Records 12/06/11
Brent Grulke, SXSW 03/06/09
Michael Gudinski, The Mushroom Group 10/29/15
Phil Guiliano, CIE USA Entertainment Inc. & OCESA PRESENTS Inc. 03/25/05
Steve Gumble, SBG Productions 06/16/06
Greg Hagglund, Vivelo! 05/07/04
Rodney Hall, FAME Music Group 11/06/09
Rob Hallett, Robomagic 02/05/15
Craig Hankenson, Producers, Inc 02/23/06
Kerry Hansen, Wynonna Incorporated 10/03/03
Eric Hanson, Ted Kurland Associates 12/20/02
Eric Hanson, Tree Lawn Artists 03/23/07
Rusty Harmon, MTM Music Management 12/06/07
Ali Harnell, Clear Channel Entertainment Nashville 08/15/03
Bob Harris, 02/06/09
Evan Harrison, Huka Entertainment 12/08/16
David Hart, The Agency Group 02/20/04
Laura Hassler, Musicians without Borders 12/02/15
Abe Hathot, Musician, composer, and music producer. 12/21/16
Steve Hecht, Piedmont Talent 08/29/12
Travis Hellyer, Mezzanine 09/02/05
Janie Hendrix, Experience Hendrix 02/01/10
Nona Hendryx, Rhythmbank Entertainment 06/02/06
Dan Herrington, Dualtone Records 07/25/03
Sara Hickman, Sleeveless/Stingray 06/30/06
Dan Hirsch, On Board Entertainment 04/04/03
Nick Hobbs, Charmenko 12/14/01
Carel Hoffman, Hilltop Live/Oppikoppi Productions 11/07/12
Ian Hogarth, Songkick 08/09/11
Gene Hollister, Rose Presents 04/08/01
Rusty Hooker, Rock Steady Management Agency 02/16/01
Jake Hooker, Hook Entertainment 05/10/02
Martin Hopewell, Primary Talent International 04/19/02
Tom Hoppa, TKO Booking Agency 09/29/06
Bobbie Horowitz, Times Square Group 01/04/02
Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages 11/01/11
Bruce Houghton, Skyline Music 10/27/00
Bruce Houghton, Skyline Music 01/22/14
Andi Howard, Peak Records and Andi Howard Entertainment 09/02/03
Barbara Hubbard, ACTS 09/12/03
Laurent Hubert, BMG US 11/12/15
Seth Hurwitz, I.M.P. 04/20/09
Ariel Hyatt, Author, and founder of Cyber PR 11/23/16
Mark Hyman, Ashley Talent International 11/09/01
Brett Hyman, Category 5 Entertainment 07/23/04
Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records 08/17/01
Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records 05/28/14
Doug Isaac, Super Bowl Concert Series Producer (EXI) 08/24/01
David Israelite, National Music Publishers' Association 11/29/08
Tom Jackson, Tom Jackson Productions 02/06/13
Jay Jacobs, Parc Landon 09/21/07
Larry Jacobson, World Audience 09/17/04
Audra Jaeger, The Management Trust 05/09/03
Ralph James, The Agency Group 01/31/11
Jeffrey Jampol, Jampol Artist Management 07/18/12
Jean Michel Jarre, International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) 06/19/13
Michael Jaworek, The Birchmere 05/08/09
Peter Jesperson, New West Records 11/03/06
John Jeter, The Handlebar 08/15/12
Mike Johnson, Groundrush Media 02/17/06
Mike Gormley & Jolene Pellant, Yes, Dear Entertainment 04/23/10
Susan Joseph, Justice Entertainment Group 02/21/11
Darren Julien, Julien's Auctions 10/25/10
Henry Juszkiewicz, Gibson Guitars 09/28/10
Leonard Kalikow, Music Business Reference, Inc. 06/26/08
Craig Kallman, Atlantic Records 03/20/09
Steve Kane, Warner Music Canada 02/09/17
Danny Kapilian, Independent Producer 07/12/02
Mike Kappus, The Rosebud Agency 10/26/09
Andy Kaufman, Birdland 05/17/02
Wendy Kay, Mars Talent Agency 03/09/01
Lucas Keller, The Collective 03/22/11
Marty Kern, Clemson University 07/07/01
Carlos Keyes, Red Entertainment 10/08/04
Golnar Khosrowshahi, Reservoir Media Management 10/24/12
Martin Kierszenbaum, Interscope/Cherrytree Records 09/06/09
Barney Kilpatrick, Rattlesby Records 10/28/05
John Kinsner, The Walnut Room 03/28/08
Doug Kirby, LiveTourArtists 10/24/03
Steve Kirsner, Compaq Center 06/29/01
JoAnne Klabin, Sweet Relief 03/21/03
Andrew Klein, Revolution Marketing 11/05/04
Larry Klein, Producer, bassist, songwriter 03/13/12
Jack Kleinsinger, Highlights in Jazz 04/25/08
Ann Kline, Casa Kline 09/04/14
Brian Knaff, Talent Buyers Network 09/29/01
Kymberlee Knight, IEBA 11/16/00
Mike Kociela, 360 Productions 05/30/08
Stefan Kohlmeyer, Bach Technology 02/08/10
Lily Kohn, Microsoft Corporation 02/14/11
Tim Kolleth, Alligator Records 01/25/08
Al Kooper, Musician/songwriter/producer/author 02/06/14
Mitchell Koulouris, Digital Musicworks International, Inc. 02/11/05
Mark Krantz, John Schreiber Group 06/15/01
Jeff Krasno, Velour Music Group 11/19/07
Jeffrey Kruger, The Kruger Organisation 01/25/02
Harvey Kubernik, Author/historian/music journalist 08/20/15
Ted Kurland, Ted Kurland Associates 01/15/01
Jordan Kurland, Zeitgeist Artist Management 08/23/11
Carianne Laguna, Blackheart Records 03/07/08
Brady Lahr, Kufala Recordings 04/30/04
Ernie Lake, EL Records 01/19/07
Roks Lam, Wolfman Jack Entertainment 12/17/04
Anni Lam, Parc Landon 06/29/07
Gary Lane, CenterLane Attractions 10/14/05
Tom LaPenna, Lucky Man Productions 09/10/04
Camilo Lara, EMI Music Mexico/MIS 08/10/07
Gary Lashinsky, Lipizzaner Tours 05/13/05
Gregg Latterman, Aware Records 12/13/02
Tony Laurenson, Eat to the Beat 02/27/04
Emily Lazar, The Lodge 10/15/15
Bill Leabody, Leabody Systems 06/10/05
Peter Leak, 24-7 Worldwide Management 03/28/12
Steve Leeds, SR. VP/Promotion/Rock Formats at Virgin Records 07/26/02
Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter 11/14/08
Carl Leighton-Pope, Leighton-Pope Organisation 07/05/09
Steve Lemon, Live 4 Live, Inc. 12/06/02
Randy Lennox, Universal Music Canada 06/24/15
Simma Levine, Disson Furst and Partners 11/10/00
Andy Levine, Sixthman 06/08/07
Rich Levy, Clear Channel Entertainment Properties 06/25/04
Eddie Levy, Chelsea Music Publishing 07/24/14
Myles Lewis, Denise Rich Songs 12/20/10
Adam Lewis, Planetary Group 01/20/16
Terry Lickona, Austin City Limits 03/14/11
Justine Liddelow, Stage and Screen Travel Services 08/31/11
Jim Lidestri, Border City Media 09/03/15
Larry Lieberman, 4EverWild 03/28/03
Eric Lilavois, Crown City Studios, and London Bridge Studio 12/10/14
Marc Lipkin, Alligator Records 03/05/05
Tommy LiPuma (Part 1), Verve Records 11/08/10
Tommy LiPuma (Part 2), Verve Records 11/15/10
Alexander Ljung, SoundCloud 10/04/10
Andy Lo Russo, The Singing Chef 12/16/05
Phil Lobel, Lobeline Communications 08/13/04
Paul Lohr, New Frontier Touring 01/21/05
Paul Lohr, New Frontier Touring 05/17/10
Julie Lokin, New Audiences 03/23/01
Dave Lory, Artemis Records 03/30/02
Max Loubiere, Tour Director 04/11/12
Mark Lourie, Skyline Music 03/08/02
Dave Lucas, Live-360 04/28/06
Joe Lucchese, EventJoe 02/23/07
Kevin Lyman, 4 fini 03/30/01
Kevin Lyman, Vans Warped Tour 05/23/12
Bubba Mac, 09/14/07
David Macias, Emergent Music Marketing 06/17/05
Kristen Madsen, Grammy Foundation and MusiCares 11/22/10
Larry Magid, Larry Magid Entertainment 05/04/10
Peter Malkin, PM Management 02/07/03
Toby Mamis, Alive Enterprises 02/12/01
Billy Mann, Green & Bloom | Topl1ne, Manncom 09/18/14
Tasea Margeolas, Multi Entertainment 06/23/06
Tony Margherita, dBpm Records 09/06/11
Bob Roux & Mark Campana, Live Nation 12/20/11
Lee Marshall, Magic Arts & Entertainment 09/13/02
Zach Martin, Radio Producer at New York's WAXQ-FM 08/30/02
Mario Martin, Gorgeous PR 04/27/07
Molly Martinez, Ticket Summit 2008 05/23/08
Paul Mascioli, Mascioli Entertainment 01/14/05
Michael Maska, Big Hassle 01/28/05
Ted Mason, Mi-5 Recordings 11/16/01
Steve Masur, Masur & Associates, LLC 11/21/03
Pam Matthews, The Ryman Auditorium 04/08/05
Terry McBride, Nettwerk Music Group 03/01/10
Michael McCarty, ole 06/20/11
Jim McDonald, McDonald Group 12/19/03
Virginia McEnerney, HeadCount 11/26/07
Doc McGhee, McGhee Entertainment 06/14/10
Camilla McGuinn, Tour Manager 08/24/07
Andy McLean, North By Northeast (NXNE) 04/01/05
Dennis McNally, Grateful Dead historian/publicist 09/06/02
Garry McQuinn, Back Row Productions 06/14/11
Ruthann McTyre, The Rita Benton Music Library; and president of the Music Library Association 08/31/10
Dick McVey, Musician's Referral Service 10/27/07
Katherine McVicker, Music Works International 01/08/15
John Meglen, Concerts West/AEG Live 02/21/13
Mark Meharry, Music Glue 05/28/15
Jorge Mejia, Sony/ATV Music Publishing 09/17/15
Dan Melnick, Festival Productions, Inc. 02/22/02
André Ménard, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 06/12/09
Bob Merlis, Merlis For Hire/Memphis International Records 01/16/04
Doug Merrick, Cumberland Talent Agency and Merrick Music Group 07/21/06
Louis Messina, The Messina Group 10/22/04
Louis Messina, The Messina Group/AEG Live 07/17/09
Louis Jay Meyers, North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance 03/30/07
Louis Jay Meyers, Folk Alliance International 01/23/09
Todd Miller, House Of Blues - New Orleans 11/14/03
Jeff Miller, Fantasma Productions 03/16/07
Ben Miller, Rock Ridge Music 11/02/07
J. B. Miller, Empire Entertainment 08/22/08
Richard Mills, S.L. Feldman 11/02/09
Marty Monson, Barbershop Harmony Society 07/07/16
Linda Moran, Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) 04/05/09
Jesse Morreale, Nobody In Particular Presents (NIPP) 09/20/02
Chuck Morris, Live Rocky Mountains 09/28/09
Mo Morrison, Independent production 05/24/02
Kevin Morrow, Steel Wool Entertainment 01/25/17
Nick Moss, Blue Bella Records 11/30/07
Jim Musselman, Appleseed Recordings 04/14/06
Natalia Nastaskin, United Talent Agency 04/13/16
Marc Nathan, Flagship Records 07/01/05
David Neilon, Rising Star Promotions 11/30/01
Don Neuen, Star Coaches Inc. 10/10/12
Dennis Newhall, DIG Music 10/07/05
John Nittolo, John Nittolo Productions 04/13/07
Ian Noble, Metropolitan Talent 05/23/03
Josh Norek, JN Media, LLC 07/05/02
David Norman, Tour Manager 04/20/07
Mimi Northcott, Canadian Recording Services (CRS) 04/11/08
Bill Nowlin, Rounder Records 01/05/07
John Nugent, NY JAM Inc. 11/08/02
Andy Nulman, Just For Laughs 11/20/13
Sal Nunziato, NYCD 06/01/01
Bob O'Neal, Ryman Auditorium 06/28/02
Andrea Orbeck, Prehab Health and Fitness 03/15/10
Heather Orser, Toad's Place 01/29/01
Janet Oseroff, MultiMediaProperties 11/18/05
Marc Ostrow, Boosey & Hawkes 12/05/08
Riley O’Connor, Live Nation Canada 07/24/09
Jeremy Palmer, Buddy Lee Attractions 11/02/01
John Palmer, Megawave Records 08/31/07
Panos Panay, Sonicbids 12/23/05
Julien Paquin, Paquin Artists Agency 04/30/14
Graham Parker, WQXR-FM 11/26/14
Crispin Parry, British Underground 02/24/08
Donald Passman, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown 04/09/10
Donald S. Passman, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown 01/06/16
Bruce Patron, Overland Entertainment 07/28/06
Alexandra Patsavas, Chop Shop Music 09/27/11
Cheryl Pawelski, Omnivore Entertainment Group 09/26/13
Kerry Peace, Alligator Records 08/18/06
Eric Peltoniemi, Red House Records 12/14/09
Scott Perry, Sperry Media 03/11/05
Lawrence Peryer, Jr., 23 Omnimedia 11/07/08
John Peters, MassConcerts 06/07/11
Holger Petersen, Stony Plain Records 04/15/05
Jon Phillips, Silverback Professional Artist Mgmt/Controlled Substance Sound 08/29/08
Dave Pichilingi, Sound City 03/30/16
Vince Pileggi, Music Inc./Music Inc. Sounds 12/01/06
Eric Pirritt, Endit! Presents / The Fox Theatre 10/17/03
Neil Portnow, The Recording Academy 02/08/11
Louis Posen, Hopeless Records 04/04/11
Stephen Posen, Estate of Glenn Gould 01/23/13
Nadia Prescher, Madison House 06/20/03
Jeff Price, TuneCore 02/28/11
Tom Principato, Powerhouse Records 02/01/08
Roger Probert, Core Records 12/08/06
John "Grinder" Procaccini, JP Squared (JP2) 01/17/03
Mark Pucci, Independent Music Publicist 09/09/05
David Pullman, The Pullman Group 11/03/00
Rod Quinton, Saigon Sound System 04/18/11
Dolphus Ramseur, Ramseur Records 10/19/07
Jack Randall, Ted Kurland Associates 04/05/02
Jack Randall, The Kurland Agency 03/08/17
Debra Rathwell, AEG Live 05/03/13
Jeff Ravitz, Visual Terrain 02/08/08
Rich Rees, M.P.I. Talent Agency 09/19/08
John Reese, Freeze Artist Management 08/01/08
Bill Reeves, WRIII, Inc. 10/20/06
Stephen Rehage, Rehage Entertainment 07/30/04
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Salaam Remi, Composer, producer, musician and label executive. 01/08/14
David Renzer, Universal Music Publishing Group 08/23/09
Alison Richard, Universal Orlando Resort 05/06/05
Kelli Richards, The All Access Group 02/07/12
Gary Richards, HARD Events 08/29/13
Sam Righi, Waterfront Entertainment Group 05/30/03
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Geary Rindels, Geary Rindels Enterprises, Inc. 12/05/03
Doreen Ringer Ross, BMI 01/18/08
Lisette Rioux, Island Def Jam Music Group 05/16/03
Dave Roberge, Everfine Records & Everfine Artist Management 12/03/04
Sandy Roberton, Worlds End Producer Management 02/20/09
Ty Roberts, Gracenote 01/31/12
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Ian Rogers, Topspin Media 06/01/10
Benji Rogers, PledgeMusic 12/19/13
Dave Rose, Deep South Entertainment 09/15/06
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Stuart Ross, The Ross Group 02/23/01
David Ross, President IAAM; Director, Show Me Center 09/23/05
Bobby Rossi, Ruth Eckerd Hall 02/28/03
Michael Rothschild, Landslide Records 04/29/05
Robert Rowland, Red Entertainment 06/13/08
Bill Royston, Mt. Hood Jazz Festival 03/07/03
John Rudolph, Bug Music 05/24/10
Elizabeth Rush, E.R.A. / Elizabeth Rush Agency 08/20/04
Aran Rush, Expo and Foro Imperial 02/16/07
Maurice Russell, Harry Fox Agency 10/21/05
Barron Ruth, Skyline Music 02/14/03
Andrea Sabata, Skyline Music 01/07/05
Numa Saisselin, Count Basie Theatre, Inc. 02/04/05
Ron Sakamoto, Gold & Gold Productions 01/16/10
David Salidor, dis Company 07/20/07
Shaw Saltzberg, S. L. Feldman and Associates 06/21/10
Bruce Allen & Sam Feldman, A&F Music 12/19/08
Mark Samuels, Basin Street Records 06/11/04
Jacqueline Saturn, Harvest Records 01/21/15
Tamara Saviano, American Roots Publishing 07/22/05
Tamara Saviano, Author, journalist, and producer 08/18/16
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Steve Scharf, Carlin America 10/11/02
John Scher, Metropolitan Talent 11/21/08
Al Schmitt, Producer/Engineer 02/13/10
Bobby Schneider, Tour Coordinator, Third Eye Blind 01/31/03
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Joel Selvin, Author and Journalist 08/07/14
Jay Sendyk, Sendyk, Leonard & Company, Inc. 05/03/02
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Seth Shomes, The Agency Group 11/12/14
Jay Sieleman, The Blues Foundation 07/18/03
Anya Siglin, The Ark 03/05/10
Bill Silva, Bill Silva Entertainment 10/19/10
Tom Silverman, Tommy Boy Entertainment 03/06/12
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Ralph Simon, Live Earth 07/06/07
Ralph Simon, Mobilium 04/12/11
Michael Simon, The Harry Fox Agency 08/14/13
Ron Simpson, RCS Productions 01/11/08
John Simson, SoundExchange 07/15/05
Dion Singer, Warner Bros. 12/07/09
Gram Slaton, The Community Arts Center 02/25/05
Owen Sloane, Gladstone Michel Weisberg Willner & Sloane 10/11/10
Peter Smidt, Eurosonic Noorderslag & manager Buma Cultuur 07/17/13
Garrison Snell, Gyrosity Projects 02/23/17
Mike Snider, Paradigm Talent Agency Nashville 05/17/11
Andrew Snowhite, Musictoday 05/04/01
Bruce Solar, The Agency Group 05/14/14
Nikki Solgot, Circle Talent Agency 02/18/15
Michael Solomon, Brick Wall Management 05/25/07
Mark Sonder, Mark Sonder Productions 07/25/08
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Carolyn Specht, CIE USA Entertainment Inc. and OCESA PRESENTS Inc. 03/26/04
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Jason Spiewak, Rock Ridge Music 04/07/06
Dan Steinberg, Square Peg Concerts 11/29/12
Dan Steinberg, Square Peg Concerts 02/18/05
Jeremy Stephan, Ventures, LLC 04/23/04
Walter Stewart, Mars Talent Agency 02/21/03
Gail Stocker, Gail Stocker Presents 11/12/04
Jon Stoll, Fantasma Productions 10/13/00
Jesse Stoll, AEG 06/27/09
Henry Stone, Henry Stone Music 06/24/05
Jason Stone, Live Nation New York 03/31/06
Howard Stovall, Resource Entertainment Group 05/28/04
Cameron Strang, New West Records 10/18/02
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Barbara Strauss, Sovereign Ventures 05/12/06
Richard Stumpf, Cherry Lane Publishing 08/07/06
Patrick Sullivan, RightsFlow 10/25/11
Bernie Swain & Harry Rhodes, Jr., Washington Speakers Bureau 12/07/00
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Jake Szufnarowski, Rocks Off 05/02/08
Marc Tanner, Chime Entertainment 12/22/06
Donald Tarlton, The Donald K Donald Group 04/12/02
Tess Taylor, Los Angeles Music Network 08/09/02
Race Taylor, WPLJ - New York 10/27/06
Race Taylor, WPLJ - New York 10/27/06
Chris Taylor, Taylor 03/15/09
Peter Tempkins, DeWitt Stern Group 03/16/01
Peter Tempkins, Momentous Insurance Brokerage 03/27/09
Lisa Tenner, Tenner & Associates (EAT'M) 08/06/01
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Allan Tepper, Bicycle Music Company 09/28/07
Martin Terefe, Kensaltown Studios 05/31/11
Milun Tesovic, MetroLeap Media 10/18/09
Mandar Thakur, Times Music 08/06/15
Jerry Thompson, Promoter Line Inc. 03/05/04
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Jon Tiven, Hormone Studios 08/05/05
Rob Tonkin, Marketing Factory 12/17/15
John "J.T." Toomey, 25/8 Management 11/15/11
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Phil Tripp, IMMEDIA! 01/19/06
Claudio Trotta, Barley Arts Promotion 11/26/01
Chris Tsakalakis, StubHub 01/11/10
Ben Turner, Graphite Media 05/10/10
Steve Vai, Favored Nations Entertainment 04/26/02
John Valentino, Fantasma Productions 04/18/03
John Valentino, AEG Live SE 11/01/10
Don Van Cleave, Coalition of Independent Music Stores 04/09/04
Casey Verbeck, Partners in Music 06/06/03
David "Boche" Viecelli, The Billions Corporation 04/18/10
Ray Waddell, Billboard Magazine 08/27/04
Rob Waggener, Foundations Recovery Network 03/07/11
Jim Walczak, Racine Civic Centre 06/03/05
Jeff Walker, The AristoMedia Group 08/16/10
Carla Wallace, Big Yellow Dog Music 11/04/05
Russell Wallach, Live Nation Network 03/20/12
Steve Walter, The Cutting Room 10/24/08
Neil Warnock, The Agency Group 05/02/09
Diane Warren, Realsongs 08/14/09
Butch Waugh, RCA Label Group Nashville 01/10/03
Lauren Wayne, The State Theatre 05/09/12
Kirt Webster, Webster PR 02/03/16
Ken Weinstein, Big Hassle Media 04/22/05
Bruce Weinstein, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 02/15/08
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D-J Wendt, Dmand Management 05/09/08
Alison Wenham, Worldwide Independent Network 02/13/09
Bill Werde, Billboard 08/03/11
Joel Whitburn, Record Research 11/13/09
Judd White, Tour Manager/Accountant 02/13/04
Jeff White, In Ticketing 12/16/06
Adam White, Author 09/14/16
Adam Wilkes, AEG Live Asia 10/13/16
Fenton Williams, 04/04/08
Del Williams, Right Arm Entertainment 04/18/08
Bryan "Birdman" Williams, Cash Money Records 09/13/11
Paul Williams, ASCAP 10/19/11
J.P. Williams, Parallel Entertainment 10/03/12
Kurt Willms, Green Room Productions 09/20/03
Chris Wilson, Heartbeat Records 03/02/07
Tony Wilson, Factory Records/In The City 06/01/07
Tom Windish, The Windish Agency 07/26/10
John Wiseman, XL Touring Video 05/05/06
Thom Wolke, Twincloud.com 02/08/02
Michael Wood, City Lights Entertainment 08/08/08
Keith Wortman, Blackbird Presents 03/22/17
Nigel Wright, Independant Record Producer 11/07/03
Dusty Wright, CultureCatch.com 07/27/07
Jeremiah “Ice” Younossi, A-List Talent 09/20/09
Gail Zappa, The Zappa Family Trust 10/02/14
Kevin 'Chief' Zaruk, Chief Music Management 06/10/15
Ron Zeelens, RAZco Visas 04/20/01
Rick Zeiler, Sidney Frank Importing Company 06/04/04
Danny Zelisko, Live Nation 06/19/09
Hillary Zuckerberg, Brick Wall Management. 07/09/04
Steve Zuckerman, Global Entertainment and Media Summit 03/22/02
Paul Zullo, Muze 01/23/04
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