Andy Somers

Andy Somers

Courtesy of APA

Veteran promoter Andy Somers has joined APA as vice president of concerts by agency president/CEO Jim Gosnell, to whom Somers will report.

Somers was most recently SVP/co-head of the L.A. offices of the Agency Group. He’ll take a majority of his clients along with him, including Breaking Benjamin, Circle Jerks, Dave Hause, Face To Face, FLAG, Hot Hot Heat, Hugh Bob & the Hustle, Social Distortion, as well as the band’s Jonny Two Bags and Mike Ness, OFF!, Pennywise, Stiff Little Fingers and Toadies.

Gosnell praised Somers as “one of the best in the business,” commenting, “I’m honored to have such a respected and accomplished industry leader join our ranks as we continue to expand our concerts arena.”

Somers began his career at Bandwagon, the New York independent booking agency he founded in 1984 that represented punk and heavy metal bands such as Circle Jerks, GBH, Megadeth, Testament and Slayer.  In 1987, he joined Ian Copeland’s legendary Frontier Booking International (home of the Police, Squeeze and R.E.M.), where his roster included the Proclaimers, Stiff Little Fingers and Social Distortion, among others.

In 1992, Somers joined ICM, where he developed various acts, including Pennywise and Green Day.  Six years later, he re-opened Bandwagon (the indie agency he founded over a decade before in New York) in Los Angeles.  In 2001, Somers was tapped by The Agency Group to launch their west coast offices, where he remained for 13 years before leaving for the rival APA.

APA is the agency for the likes of David Gilmour, Alkaline Trio, Boston, Capital Cities, Dolly Parton, Judas Priest, Public Enemy, Ray Davies, Run-DMC, Scorpions, Travis Tritt, ZZ Ward and Allen Stone, among others.

This story originally appeared on THR.com.

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