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 Receive 'Legend of Live' Award at Billboard Touring Awards

    October 16, 2012 7:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 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 Apollo ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Rolling Stones to Play Brooklyn, London in November: Source

    August 30, 2012 8:40 AM EDT 0 0 0 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. Richard Branson and Australian promoter Paul Dainty will promote, and the source says the Stones ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. Journey to Receive Billboard's 'Legend of Live' Award

    October 24, 2011 4:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Journey will receive the "Legend of Live" award at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards , which are presented by Showclix and are taking place November 10 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. The awards are part of the Billboard Touring Confer ...

  14. 'Spider-Man' Returns to Broadway with More U2 Music, Few Glitches

    May 13, 2011 12:21 PM EDT 0 0 0 A revamped version of musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" had its first preview Thursday evening (May 12) with just a few glitches, a new original song from U2's Bono and the Edge and the addition of iconic Spidey scenes and class ...

  15. Keith Richards Working on X-pensive Winos Project

    May 12, 2011 12:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 K eith Richards , in his uniquely cryptic manner, has suggested that an X-pensive Winos project may come to fruition before another Rolling Stones tour, which had been expected this year. In an interview with Jimmy Fallon Wednesday (May 11) on his & ...

  16. U2 to Snatch 'Biggest Tour Ever' Title This Weekend

    April 08, 2011 8:28 AM EDT 0 0 0 When the doors open Sunday night for U2 's second show at Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the band's 360 tour will become the highest grossing tour in history. In Sao Paulo, U2 360 will pass the $558 million gross mark set by the Rol ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Update: 'Spider-Man' Musical Director Julie Taymor Replaced by New Creative Team

    March 09, 2011 11:57 PM EST 0 0 0 "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" lead producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris announced Wednesday that Julie Taymor will step down as director to make way for a new creative team. The troubled $65 million musical has been delayed for ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. The Rolling Stones: We Have 'No Firm Plans' to Tour

    February 02, 2011 5:20 PM EST 0 0 0 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 Billboard sticks by its assertion that if the Stones were to tour ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 'Spider-Man' Broadway Opening Delayed Again

    January 14, 2011 6:29 AM EST 0 0 0 Broadway's costly "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" has been delayed again to March 15 to "fine-tune" the high-tech production and work on a new ending even as it proves a hit at box offices in previews. Producers made the ann ...

  25. 'Spider-Man' Musical Resuming Wednesday with New Safety Measures

    December 21, 2010 3:00 PM EST 0 0 0 The producers of the troubled "Spider-Man" musical on Broadway said they have enacted new safety measures ordered by the government and will resume performances on Wednesday night. A spokesman for "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark," ...

  26. Update: 'Spider-Man' Opening Officially Delayed Until Feb. 7

    December 17, 2010 1:13 PM EST 0 0 0 The trouble-plagued Broadway production of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," featuring music from U2's Bono and the Edge, has delayed its opening night until February 7, according to a release from the production company. The original ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. Rush, Jack Johnson to Receive Honors at Billboard Touring Awards

    September 29, 2010 8:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Powerhouse rock trio Rush will be named this year's Legend of Live at the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards in New York on Nov. 4. The Legend of Live honors groups or individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to live music and ...

  30. U2 'Spider-Man' Musical Hits Broadway in December

    August 11, 2010 10:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 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 h ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Ozzy Osbourne To Receive Billboard's Legend Of Live Award

    September 17, 2009 10:31 AM EDT 0 0 0 Ozzy Osbourne , the rock music icon whose career spans four decades and has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, will be presented the Legend of Live award at the 2009 Billboard Touring Awards on November 5 in New York. Osbourne will appear ...

  34. Zac Brown Band Signs With Atlantic

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Atlanta-based country act Zac Brown Band has signed with Atlantic Records, Billboard.com has learned. Atlanta-based country act Zac Brown Band has signed with Atlantic Records, Billboard.com has learned. The group's album, "The Foundation, ...

  35. Allman Brothers Earn Billboard Legend Of Live Award

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Allman Brothers Band will receive the prestigious Legend Of Live award at the 2008 Billboard Touring Awards, set for Nov. 20 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. The Allman Brothers Band will receive the prestigious Legend Of Live award at the 20 ...

  36. Exclusive: Cohl, Rapino Talk Live Nation Plans

    June 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 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. It's official: Michael Cohl has resigned as chairman of the board of Live Nat ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. U2 Signs 12-Year Deal With Live Nation

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 U2 has inked a 12-year deal with Live Nation Artists to handle its worldwide touring, merchandising, and the band's U2.com Web site. "I'm very happy to go into a partnership with them," U2 manager Pau U2's deal with Live Nat ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. '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. ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. Stones Ink With Universal As EMI Deal Nears End

    January 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The Rolling Stones have signed a one-album deal with Universal Music as they approach the end of their current contract with EMI, which is understood to expire this year. The band's worldwide deal wit The Rolling Stones have signed a one-album ...

  44. The Police Score Top-Grossing Tour Of '07

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The Police reunion trek led all tours in 2007 with a gross that has passed $212 million and is still climbing. The global tour few thought would ever happen moved more than 1.8 million tickets, accord The Police reunion trek led all tours in 2007 wi ...

  45. Update: Madonna Confirms Deal With Live Nation

    October 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Live Nation president/CEO Michael Rapino confirmed today (Oct. 16) that Madonna has entered into an unprecedented global partnership with the company and will become the founding artist in LN's new Ar Live Nation president/CEO Michael Rapino co ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. Rolling Stones Tour Grosses More Than Half A Billion

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The final tally on the Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang tour is in and it topped a half billion -- $558,255,524 to be exact. The staggering total was accumulated between the fall of 2005 and Aug. 26, when The final tally on the Rolling Stones A Bigger B ...

  48. Led Zeppelin Announcement Expected Next Week

    September 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Now on Ledzeppelin.com the date 11.13.07 mysteriously appears with the familiar Zep symbols. And several people saw the band touring the O2 during Prince's recent stand at the new 20,000-seat London v Talk of a Led Zeppelin reunion just refuses ...

  49. Streisand Returning To The Stage For Euro Tour

    May 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Barbra Streisand is to embark on her first-ever tour of Continental Europe this summer, and take in her first U.K. dates since 1994. The European tour, which will feature a 58-piece orchestra, begins Barbra Streisand is to embark on her first-ever t ...

  50. Rolling Stones Flesh Out Summer Tour Plans

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 As expected, the Rolling Stones will make up their lost dates from Europe last summer ... and then some. As expected , the Rolling Stones will make up their lost dates from Europe last summer ... and then some. In a live cybercast on the band's ...

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