Ray Waddell

  1. Bon Jovi, Widespread Panic To Be Honored At Touring Conference

    October 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi's Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation and Widespread Panic will be honored with special awards at the 2008 Billboard Touring Awards on Nov. 20 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Additionally, Widespread Panic will play the intim ...

  2. Simmons To Keynote Billboard Touring Conference

    September 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kiss co-founder, reality television star and entrepreneur Gene Simmons will be the Keynote Q&A for the 5th Annual Billboard Touring Conference, set for Nov. 19-20 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Billboard executive director of content and ...

  3. Billboard Q&A: Live Earth Executive Producer Kevin Wall

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Last summer's global Live Earth megaconcerts were precedent-setting on many fronts, from the clarity of the cause and the mammoth logistical challenges faced, to the ambitiously green staging of the shows and the multiplatform mass-messaging. ...

  4. 'This Business of Concert Promotion and Touring' Hits Stores

    October 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Billboard Books, an imprint of Watson-Guptill Publications, released "This Business of Concert Promotion and Touring" by Ray Waddell, Rich Barnet and Jake Berry on Oct. 1. The book is billed as "A Practical Guide to Creating, Sellin ...

  5. On The Road

    August 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Anyone who ever doubted that the "American Idol" TV phenomenon would not have legs as a touring entity was wrong as 60 sellouts for the 2006 American Idols Live tour attest. Read Ray Waddell's column. Anyone who ever doubted that th ...

  6. On The Road

    July 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Anyone who ever doubted that the "American Idol" TV phenomenon would not have legs as a touring entity was wrong as 60 sellouts for the 2006 American Idols Live tour attest. Read Ray Waddell's column. Anyone who ever doubted that th ...

  7. On The Road

    July 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT For a touring industry starved for new product, Cirque du Soleil's "Delirium" has quickly become a force to be reckoned with. Read Ray Waddell's column. For a touring industry starved for new product, Cirque du Soleil's &q ...

  8. On The Road

    June 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Mandolin virtuoso Sam Bush will cover some serious mileage this summer in support of his new Sugar Hill album, "Laps in Seven." Read Ray Waddell's column. Mandolin virtuoso Sam Bush will cover some serious mileage this summer in sup ...

  9. On The Road

    June 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Just as his late father, Waylon Jennings, had enough of a cool factor to play Lollapalooza, Shooter Jennings can do country festivals one night and open for Alice in Chains the next. Read Ray Waddell' Just as his late father, Waylon Jennings, ...

  10. On The Road

    June 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fan anticipation appears high indeed for Eric Clapton's U.S. tour, and a final Billboard Boxscore ranking in the top 10 for the year would seem likely. Read Ray Waddell's column. Fan anticipation appears high indeed for Eric Clapton' ...

  11. On The Road

    June 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The Zombies are very much alive. Rod Argent will follow up a summer run as a member of Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band with a U.S. tour by the Zombies. Read Ray Waddell's column. The Zombies are very much alive. Rod Argent will follow up a ...

  12. On The Road

    June 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT It appears that Randy Phillips is about to re-up as CEO of international promoter/producer AEG Live. Read Ray Waddell's column. It appears that Randy Phillips is about to re-up as CEO of international promoter/producer AEG Live. Read Ray Wadd ...

  13. On The Road

    May 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sammy Hagar takes his Cabo Wabo Villiage lifestyle to the sheds this summer. Read Ray Waddell's column. Sammy Hagar takes his Cabo Wabo Villiage lifestyle to the sheds this summer. Read Ray Waddell's column. News Ray Waddell , Sammy Haga ...

  14. On The Road

    May 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT House of Blues Concerts is throwing some bucks at its amphitheaters in an attempt to improve the concertgoer experience this summer. Read Ray Waddell's column. House of Blues Concerts is throwing some bucks at its amphitheaters in an attempt ...

  15. On The Road

    May 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Luis Miguel's 30-show engagement is believed to be the biggest gross in the history of Mexico and one of the top global indoor grosses of all time. Read Ray Waddell's column. Luis Miguel's 30-show engagement is believed to be the bi ...

  16. On The Road

    April 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Perhaps seeing an opportunity in a reduced Live Nation profile in the Southeast, House of Blues Concerts is beefing up its presence in the region. Read Ray Waddell's column. Perhaps seeing an opportunity in a reduced Live Nation profile in th ...

  17. On The Road

    April 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT New Orleans-based music festival the Ponderosa Stomp will take place May 8-10 at the Gibson Guitar factory in downtown Memphis. Read Ray Waddell's column. New Orleans-based music festival the Ponderosa Stomp will take place May 8-10 at the Gi ...

  18. On The Road

    April 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Kevin Lyman, founder of the Vans Warped tour, says booking the hundreds of bands that cross its stages is not what one would call an exact science. Read Ray Waddell's column. Kevin Lyman, founder of the Vans Warped tour, says booking the hund ...

  19. On The Road

    March 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Dave Lucas, CEO of Live 360 and former CEO of Clear Channel Entertainment (now Live Nation), surrounds himself with former Clear Channel colleagues. Read Ray Waddell's column. Dave Lucas, CEO of Live 360 and former CEO of Clear Channel Entert ...

  20. On The Road

    March 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST Widespread Panic's agent/co-manager Buck Williams has wrangled a Regal Cinemas simulcast of the band's May 9 show at Atlanta's Fox Theatre. Read Ray Waddell's column. Widespread Panic's agent/co-manager Buck Williams has w ...

  21. On The Road

    March 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST Billy Joel is likely to set the top arena gross ever without the support of current radio hits and a hot album perched atop The Billboard 200. Read Ray Waddell's column. Billy Joel is likely to set the top arena gross ever without the support ...

  22. On The Road

    February 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST Get ready for some live Diddy.One of the best-known figures in pop culture, Sean Combs has signed with the William Morris Agency for exclusive live music representation. Read Ray Waddell's column. Get ready for some live Diddy.One of the best ...

  23. On The Road

    February 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST In this touring special, we look at the new venues of 2005, and it is worth noting that on the club level, corporate club operators Hard Rock and House of Blues launched some rocking new properties. R In this touring special, we look at the new ve ...

  24. On The Road

    February 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST Live Nation's 15-year deal to manage and promote London's Wembley Arena gives the company an even stronger base of operations in the United Kingdom. Read Ray Waddell's column. Live Nation's 15-year deal to manage and promote Lo ...

  25. On The Road

    January 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST Like the mushrooms of spring, the Allman Brothers Band has popped up in New York each March for a sold-out run of dates at the 2,894-capacity Beacon Theatre. Read Ray Waddell's column. Like the mushrooms of spring, the Allman Brothers Band ha ...

  26. On The Road

    January 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Hip-hop concerts are not always what they are cracked up to be in the United States, but rap is exceeding expectations in Dubai. Read Ray Waddell's column. Hip-hop concerts are not always what they are cracked up to be in the United States, b ...

  27. On The Road

    December 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Sydney SuperDome in Australia may be off the beaten path, but it is certainly on the map after the kind of year the 20,000-seat arena put together in 2005. Read Ray Waddell's column. The Sydney SuperDome in Australia may be off the beaten ...

  28. On The Road

    November 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Respected talent buyer Melissa Miller Ormond re-enters the business, joining Radio City Entertainment in New York as executive VP of bookings. Read Ray Waddell's column. Respected talent buyer Melissa Miller Ormond re-enters the business, joi ...

  29. On The Road

    November 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST This year will be the 17th annual Warren Haynes Christmas Jam in his hometown of Asheville, N.C., a December throwdown set once again for the Asheville Civic Center. Read Ray Waddell's column. This year will be the 17th annual Warren Haynes C ...

  30. On The Road

    November 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST The inaugural Vegoose festiva drew about 40,000 people to concerts held Oct. 29-31 at Sam Boyd Stadium, Thomas & Mack Center and other venues in Las Vegas. Read Ray Waddell's column. The inaugural Vegoose festiva drew about 40,000 peo ...

  31. On The Road

    November 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST A strong fall concert slate has proved extremely powerful for the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, which recently wrapped possibly the busiest two weeks in the venue's history. Read Ray Waddell's colu A strong fall concert slate has prov ...

  32. On The Road

    October 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The live sports and entertainment industry lost a pioneer when executive Loris Smith died Sept. 22. Read Ray Waddell's column. The live sports and entertainment industry lost a pioneer when executive Loris Smith died Sept. 22. Read Ray Waddel ...

  33. On The Road

    September 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT One would be hard pressed to find a consumer music magazine more in tune with touring and touring bands than Relix. Read Ray Waddell's column. One would be hard pressed to find a consumer music magazine more in tune with touring and touring b ...

  34. On The Road

    July 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT If Live 8 was the watershed event that married live music with digital delivery, then Network Live could be the offspring of that marriage. Read Ray Waddell's column. If Live 8 was the watershed event that married live music with digital deli ...

  35. On The Road

    July 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The July 2 Live 8 show in Philadelphia was staged in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and drew an estimated crowd of 700,000-800,000. Read Ray Waddell's column. The July 2 Live 8 show in Philadelphia was staged in front of the Philadel ...

  36. On The Road

    June 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In just four years, Bonnaroo grossed about $50 million in ticket sales and drawing about 320,000 people cumulatively to rural Manchester, Tenn., since 2001. Read Ray Waddell's column. In just four years, Bonnaroo grossed about $50 million in ...

  37. On The Road

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The New Charlotte (N.C.) Arena will host the Stones as the building's first ticketed event Oct. 21. Read Ray Waddell's column. The New Charlotte (N.C.) Arena will host the Stones as the building's first ticketed event Oct. 21. Read ...

  38. On The Road

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The first show under the exclusive deal with Metropolitan Talent Presents and the New York Society for Ethical Culture will be a June 23 concert by guitarist Robert Fripp. Read Ray Waddell's column. The first show under the exclusive deal wit ...

  39. On The Road

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Dave Matthews Band is stoked about showcasing songs from its new album, "Stand Up," on the road this summer. Read Ray Waddell's column. Dave Matthews Band is stoked about showcasing songs from its new album, "Stand Up," on ...

  40. On The Road

    May 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Philadelphia-based venue management firm SMG has launched a new proprietary Web-based booking system, smgbooking.com. Read Ray Waddell's column. Philadelphia-based venue management firm SMG has launched a new proprietary Web-based booking sys ...

  41. On The Road

    April 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Megadeth founder Dave Mustaine will launch a six-week festival tour in late July boasting two stages of music. Rad Ray Waddell's column. Megadeth founder Dave Mustaine will launch a six-week festival tour in late July boasting two stages of m ...

  42. On The Road

    April 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Danny Zelisko, founder and president of Evening Star Productions, will be inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame April 17 at the Dodge Theatre in Phoenix. Read Ray Waddell's co Danny Zelisko, founder and president of E ...

  43. On The Road

    March 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Ed Rubinstein is the only executive director the BI-LO Center in Greenville, S.C., has ever had and he's moving on . . . down the hall, at least. Read Ray Waddell's column. Ed Rubinstein is the only executive director the BI-LO Center in ...

  44. On The Road

    March 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST An increased focus on education will mark this year's district meetings of the International Assn. of Assembly Managers, beginning with the District 6 meeting March 4-7. Read Ray Waddell's column. An increased focus on education will mar ...

  45. On The Road

    February 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Asked how the European concert market is shaping up for 2005, Clear Channel Entertainment's European music division chairman Thomas Johansson responds, "Very good!" Read Ray Waddell's column. Asked how the European concert mark ...

  46. On The Road

    February 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Boogie King, Merle Kilgore, is gone, and Music Row is a vastly less interesting and fun place without him. Read Ray Waddell's column. The Boogie King, Merle Kilgore, is gone, and Music Row is a vastly less interesting and fun place withou ...

  47. On The Road

    February 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST The 13th annual Performing Arts Facility Administrators Seminar, set for Feb. 19-22 in Philadelphia, will address issues of funding, competition from other forms of entertainment, a "downward spiral i The 13th annual Performing Arts Facility ...

  48. On The Road

    February 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST Promoter Stan Levinstone, former principal in Concerts East, will be talent buyer at the new House of Blues in Atlantic City, N.J. It is HOB's 10th club and will be its largest. Read Ray Waddell's col Promoter Stan Levinstone, former pri ...

  49. On The Road

    January 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST On the surface, it might not have appeared that the world was clamoring for a Mötley Crüe reunion tour, but by going on sale at a time when no other major tours were vying for consumer dollars, the On the surface, it might not have appeared that t ...

  50. On The Road

    January 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST Slipknot is in the midst of a very hot run through Canada on a package tour with Killswitch Engage and Unearth. Read Ray Waddell's column. Slipknot is in the midst of a very hot run through Canada on a package tour with Killswitch Engage and ...

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