“The band wanted to do something for their fans,” Ryan Harlacher, Avenged Sevenfold’s booking agent at Creative Artists Agency, told Billboard.biz. “It was funny, because we said, ‘What kind of spin do you want to put on it? You can tie in retail or other things since it’s the night before the record.’ And they said, ‘No, we just want to play a free show. That’s it.’”
Tom Windish, founder and president of the Windish Agency, was among numerous talent scouts competing to sign Lorde, the highly buzzed-about 16-year-old New Zealand singer. Signing her was something of a score for Windish, who here discusses how he came to sign the youngest artist he's ever worked with, his booking and fee strategies, and the digital equivalent of his phone ringing off the hook.
With a crowd of 53,416 in attendance, Kenny Chesney's Aug. 10 MetLife Stadium show in New Jersey grossed $4.8 million, marking Chesney's third consecutive year performing at the NFL stadium. Here, Ron VanDeVeen, MetLife Stadium senior VP of events and guest experience, gives a behind-the-scenes look at how the booking came together, how MetLife helped market the show, and what the future holds for developing stadium acts.