NYT Features 'Live Music Commissioner' Irving Azoff
April 26, 2010 at 4:45 AM (PT)
THE NEW YORK TIMES has published a long feature on industry mogul and LIVE NATION ENTERTAINMENT chief IRVING AZOFF, outlining his career, rise to power and featuring more than a few glimpses into his colorful personality.
Writes THE TIMES, "LIVE NATION ENTERTAINMENT, as the new company is called, is a colossus unlike anything the industry has ever seen. TICKETMASTER has roughly 70% of the concert ticket market in the U.S. and is known for the ever-rising cost of an assortment of tacked-on fees, now as much a part of concert experience as sticky floors and shoving."
The paper describes AZOFF "as close to a commissioner for live music as this country has ever had. And he occupies this job at a time when labels, as a force in the market, are withering and bands are making the bulk of their income from concerts. Which is to say, more power than ever is concentrated in the live-music side of the business, and the business of live music is more concentrated than ever."
As for some of the colorful stories, the feature mentions, "On occasions when he has found a restaurant’s service slow, he has lit the menu on fire. He once had a gift-wrapped boa constrictor delivered to a manager whose wife he considered a bit treacherous. The accompanying happy-birthday note said, 'Now you have two of them!'"
Check out the full feature here.