The touring business is the hottest it has been in years.

For the touring industry, these are now -- officially -- the best of times.

"The concert business is basically on fire," says veteran agent Dennis Arfa, president of Artists Group ­International (AGI).

Anecdotal information from virtually every stakeholder in the live music business -- including buyers, sellers, venues, vendors, ticketers and other ancillary providers -- confirms the touring industry has been having a banner year since last spring.

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