Michael Cohl

  1. ‘Spider-Man’ Co-Producer Michael Cohl on Taking Show to Las Vegas and Possible 2016 Arena Tour (Q&A)

    December 11, 2013 9:00 AM EST An interview with Michael Cohl is always a wild ride. From his roots as a strip club operator turned concert impresario in Canada, Cohl, Billboard’s first Legend of Live, became a live entertainment titan as a producer of all the Rolling Stones to ...

  2. Legendary Set-Designer Mark Fisher's Greatness In Context

    June 28, 2013 7:39 AM EDT Legendary architect/set designer Mark Fisher, whose creations brought scale, creativity, and “wow factor” to many of the highest grossing and most critically acclaimed megatours of all time, died Tuesday of an undisclosed illness in London. He ...

  3. Frank Barsalona, Remembered by U2 Manager Paul McGuinness

    November 26, 2012 3:46 PM EST Frank Barsalona, founder of Premier Talent and one of the pioneers of the modern touring business, passed away Thanksgiving morning after a long illness. For a tribute written by Billboard's Ray Waddell - featuring comments about Barsalona fr ...

  4. Neil Diamond to Be Honored as 'Legend of Live' at 2012 Billboard Touring Awards

    October 16, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Billboard announced today that legendary singer/songwriter Neil Diamond will receive its prestigious Legend of Live Award at the 2012 Billboard Touring Awards on Nov. 8 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Additionally, Harlem's legendary Apol ...

  5. Rolling Stones To Play London, Brooklyn In November: Source

    August 29, 2012 8:38 PM EDT The Rolling Stones rehearsing in 2007 (Photo: Getty Images) The Rolling Stones will play four dates in November, two at London's O2 Arena and two at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, a source tells Billboard.biz. Richard Branson and Australian ...

  6. Michael Cohl, Live Nation Settle Lawsuit; Rolling Stones Tour On Its Way?

    June 28, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Live Nation has settled its lawsuit with former chairman Michael Cohl, saying that the suit ended "amicably." The two had been embroiled in competing lawsuits since 2010, after Live Nation initiated the battle by suing Cohl for $5.35 mil ...

  7. Rolling Stones' Tour Producer Finds Success With Stage Shows, 'Spider-Man'

    June 21, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Michael Cohl is a merry old soul these days. Cohl earned his most widespread acclaim as producer of six Rolling Stones tours, from 1989's Steel Wheels show through the most recent, the $558 million-grossing (according to Billboard Boxscore) A ...

  8. Producer Michael Cohl on 'How to Train Your Dragon,' 'Spider-Man Tours

    June 18, 2012 12:06 PM EDT Now that Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark has conquered Broadway, lead producer Michael Cohl tells Billboard.biz that it is time to start planning to take Spidey to arenas around the world. Cohl's biggest acclaim has come as a producer, of all t ...

  9. Dick Clark Remembered by Ken Ehrlich, Alice Cooper, Tommy Mottola, DCP CEO, More

    April 19, 2012 5:41 PM EDT Dick Clark's death yesterday sent waves through the music community, as countless took to social networks and websites to express their condolences, stories, memories, and thoughts on the longtime television and radio personality. We've ...

  10. Billboard Power 100: Arthur Fogel

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 20 Arthur Fogel Chairman of Global Touring Live Nation Entertainment The Quiet King Of The Mega-Tour... In a 2005 Billboard article breaking down Arthur Fogel's global touring strategies, a few notable figures touted his skills: Bono, Dav ...

  11. Live Nation Litigation Over Rolling Stones Tour Can Move Forward

    April 07, 2011 9:40 PM EDT Michael Cohl, the embattled mega-producer currently contending with delays over "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" as well as a multi-million dollar fight with former employer, Live Nation, has gotten something to fall his way. On Monday, a ...

  12. Julie Taymor 'Spider-Man' Director Out; U2's Bono, The Edge Write New Songs

    March 10, 2011 7:55 AM EST Julie Taymor, the Tony Award winning director of "The Lion King," will no longer direct Broadway's troubled "Spider-Man" musical as producers announced a new creative team and postponed the show's official opening to ...

  13. Phil Ochs Documentary, 'There But For Fortune,' Marches Across U.S.

    March 03, 2011 3:36 PM EST A documentary on '60s folksinger Phil Ochs that had a schedule of eight cities in January has expanded its run to 70 playdates and may eventually be booked into 100 theaters. For a film that took 20 years to come together despite the interest ...

  14. Rolling Stones Tour: Who Will Produce, If It Happens After All?

    February 02, 2011 4:58 PM EST Talk of a Rolling Stones tour this year has heated up in the wake of details from former Live Nation Chairman Michael Cohl's lawsuit against the company hitting the Internet. But we stick by our assertion that if the Stones were to tour it wo ...

  15. Live Nation And Ex-Chairman Michael Cohl Battling Over Rolling Stones Tour

    January 31, 2011 2:29 PM EST The battle between Live Nation and its ex-chairman Michael Cohl is heating up. In November, the music giant sued Cohl for $5.35 million for allegedly breaching the terms of an agreement made at the time he left the company. Now Cohl has struck bac ...

  16. Live Nation Sues Ex-Chairman Michael Cohl for $5.35 Million

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Live Nation is claiming in a $5.35 million lawsuit filed Thursday that its former chairman, Michael Cohl, has violated the terms of an agreement made at the time he left the company. Cohl is one of the most influential promoters in concert history ...

  17. S2BN Entertainment Launches Latin Division

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST S2BN Entertainment, the international family show and event entertainment company launched by Michael Cohl, has formed a Latin-centric division that will be run by veteran Latin label executive Oscar Llord. Llord was appointed president and managi ...

  18. U2 'Spider-Man' Musical Hits Broadway In December

    August 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The long-awaited Spider-Man musical with music by U2 members Bono and The Edge, will open on Broadway in December, the show's producers said on Tuesday, after being caught in financial problems. "Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark," which ...

  19. Yo Gabba Gabba! Tour Sells Out In New York

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Yo Gabba Gabba! Live: There's a Party in My City, the first live U.S. touring shows for the popular children's program "Yo Gabba Gabba!," looks like a hit. Conceived by animation/entertainment company W!ldbrain and produced and ...

  20. Exclusive: Cohl, Rapino Talk Live Nation Plans

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's official: Michael Cohl has resigned as chairman of the board of Live Nation, and also vacates his post as CEO of Live Nation Artists, effective immediately. Negotiations for Cohl's resignation were finalized today (June 20); he will ...

  21. Cohl Out At Live Nation?

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Industry speculation that Michael Cohl is out as chairman of the board for Live Nation is premature, but it's apparent that there is plenty of discord atop the world's largest concert promotion company. Even if he remains in place for no ...

  22. Live Nation Inks 12-Year Pact With U2

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U2's deal with Live Nation puts the promoter in business with one of the highest earning bands in the world for more than a decade. It's a 12-year deal with Live Nation Artists that includes worldwide touring, merchandising, and the band ...

  23. 'Nation' Building

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST The sudden election of Michael Cohl to the chairmanship of Live Nation's board of directors may herald a flurry of announcements regarding new 360-degree artist deals a la the much-discussed 10-year, $120 million Madonna pact of last October. ...

  24. Cohl Elected Chairman Of Live Nation Board

    February 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Michael Cohl has been elected chairman of Live Nation's board of directors effective immediately. Cohl was previously vice chairman of the board. He will continue in his role as chairman and CEO of Live Nation Artists, formerly known as Artis ...

  25. Update: Madonna, Live Nation Sign Global Pact

    October 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation president/CEO Michael Rapino confirms today that Madonna has entered a 10-year global partnership with Live Nation and will become the founding artist in LN's new Artist Nation division, headed by veteran Rolling Stones tour produ ...

  26. A Bigger Bang Crowned Top Tour Of '06

    December 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Rolling Stones' A Bigger Bang trek, which recaptured the "top-grossing tour ever" title from U2's Vertigo, was the top grossing tour of the year, according to numbers reported to Billboard Boxscore. The Stones, which began ...

  27. Cohl: Bigger Bang Could Roll On In 2007

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Rolling Stones re-captured the "top-grossing tour ever" mantle from U2 with the Stones' $437 million A Bigger Bang trek, and tour producer Michael Cohl indicates they may pad that record. Since the fall of 2005, the band has gro ...

  28. Streisand Puts Up Impressive Ticket Sales

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Despite initial talk of slow ticket sales, Barbra Streisand's first live performances in six years put up record-setting box office numbers. The 20 concerts grossed $92,457,062 and set house gross records in 14 of the 16 arenas played on the ...

  29. Cohl: Bigger Bang Could Roll On In 2007

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Rolling Stones re-captured the "top-grossing tour ever" mantle from U2 with the Stones' $437 million A Bigger Bang trek, and tour producer Michael Cohl indicates they may pad that record. The Rolling Stones re-captured the " ...

  30. Streisand Puts Up Impressive Ticket Sales

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Despite initial talk of slow ticket sales, Barbra Streisand's first live performances in six years put up record-setting box office numbers. The 20 concerts grossed $92,457,062 and set house gross rec Despite initial talk of slow ticket sales ...

  31. ON THE ROAD: STONES KEEP A-ROLLIN'

    October 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT To cop a song title from the band to which he'll be forever linked, Michael Cohl is . . . happy. With the Rolling Stones on a record-shattering run with their Bigger Bang world tour, as well as hot to To cop a song title from the band to whic ...

  32. Rolling Stones Lead Mid-Year Tour Figures

    July 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Reported $147.3 million in grosses from 45 shows. Touring is a global business and the Rolling Stones are, predictably, the top touring band in the world for the first half of 2006. Based on figures reported to Billboard Boxscore from Nov. 1, 2005 ...

  33. Stones Set To Relaunch 'Bigger Bang' Trek

    June 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT After a break that included brain surgery for Keith Richards and rehab for Ron Wood, the Rolling Stones are gearing up to relaunch what could be the top-grossing tour of all time. After a break that included brain surgery for Keith Richards and re ...

  34. Streisand To Tour; Cohl Producing

    June 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT -show trek due to begin in October. Barbara Streisand will return to the road this fall for a 20-show tour due to begin in October. The artist has pledged to donate millions of dollars in proceeds to environmental, education and women's hea ...

  35. Live Nation Makes Move For CPI

    May 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has acquired a controlling interest in the touring division of Toronto-based Concert Productions International and a 50% interest in CPI’s Grand Entertainment division. Live Nation has acquired a controlling interest in the touring div ...

  36. Streisand Mulls Fall Trek

    March 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST After two years of industry speculation, talk is heating up that a fall tour by Barbra Streisand is in the works. It would be her first outing since performing Oct. 2005 at the Andre Agassi Grand Slam After two years of industry speculation, talk ...

  37. Canadian Live 8 To Be At Molson Park, Ontario

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian Live 8 concert will be held at Molson Park in Barrie, Ontario on July 2, Canadian concert promoter Michael Cohl confirmed today (June 21) at a Toronto press conference. The Canadian Live 8 concert will be held at Molson Park in Barrie ...

  38. Canadian Live 8 To Be At Molson Park, Ontario

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian Live 8 concert will be held at Molson Park in Barrie, Ontario on July 2, Canadian concert promoter Michael Cohl confirmed at a Toronto press conference. The Canadian Live 8 concert will be held at Molson Park in Barrie, Ontario on Jul ...

  39. Rolling Stones Reveal U.S. Tour Dates

    May 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Rolling Stones announced a world tour today (May 10) at a press conference at New York's Juilliard School of Music. The trek will be produced worldwide by Michael Cohl, under his Concert Producti The Rolling Stones announced a world tour ...

  40. Rolling Stones Reveal U.S. Tour Dates

    May 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Tickets on sale this weekend, shows begin Aug 21. The Rolling Stones announced a world tour today (May 10) at a press conference at New York’s Juilliard School of Music. The trek will be produced worldwide by Michael Cohl, under his Concert Produc ...

  41. On The Road

    November 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Billboard names Michael Cohl the first winner of its Backstage Pass Legend of Live award. Read Ray Waddell's column. Billboard names Michael Cohl the first winner of its Backstage Pass Legend of Live award. Read Ray Waddell's column. New ...