1. Ray Price Remembrance: ‘A Good Fella, A Damn Good Singer ’

    December 17, 2013 12:07 PM EST Ray Waddell is Billboard's executive director of content and programming for touring and live entertainment. When I heard Ray Price’s final public statement as he went home to face the end of his life, I can’t say I was surprised, not by his ...

  2. ‘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 ...

  3. Roger Waters Talks New Album, Pink Floyd's First U.S. Gig and the Cult of Syd Barrett

    November 14, 2013 6:00 PM EST "The only other thing I would ever consider doing," said Roger Waters, the legendary Pink Floyd frontman, about pursuing a career outside of music, "is starting a church. Then you don't have to pay income tax All you need is ...

  4. The Outspoken Roger Waters Talks New Album, The Wall Tour at Billboard Touring Conference

    November 14, 2013 11:24 AM EST A full recording of Ray Waddell's talk with Roger Waters can be found at the bottom of this article. "The only other thing I would ever consider doing," said Roger Waters, the legendary Pink Floyd frontman, about pursuing a career ...

  5. Billboard Touring Awards: Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, P!nk and Bon Jovi Among Finalists

    October 22, 2013 12:00 PM EDT 1.26 k 410 3 0 The top achievers in the touring world will be honored at the 10th Annual Billboard Touring Awards, hosted by Gary Dell'Abate, aka Baba Booey, executive producer of the Howard Stern Show, and set for Nov. 14 at the Roosevelt Hotel in N ...

  6. Skrillex, Warren Haynes To Take Part in Grateful Dead Case Study at Billboard Touring Conference

    September 19, 2013 10:00 AM EDT The Keynote Case Study at the 10th Annual Billboard Touring Conference will examine the lasting impact of the Grateful Dead on contemporary touring across a wide range of genres. The one-of-a-kind session, moderated by Paradigm agent Jonathan ...

  7. Roger Waters To Give Keynote Q&A at Billboard Touring Conference

    September 12, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Roger Waters, co-founder and principal songwriter of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band Pink Floyd and one of the most influential touring and recording artists of all time, will do the Keynote Q&A at the 10th Annual Billboard Touring Confe ...

  8. U2 Manager Paul McGuinness on Mark Fisher: 'He Turned Everyone’s Wild Ideas Into Steel, Lumber and Canvas Reality'

    June 28, 2013 12:55 PM EDT U2 manager Paul McGuinness had a long and fruitful relationship with late, great architect/set designer Mark Fisher, who passed away on Tuesday (June 25) and was invovled with every U2 tour since 1991. Here’s his thoughts on Fisher's &quo ...

  9. Irving Azoff's Resignation Comes With Tax Benefits, Non-Compete Carve-Outs

    December 31, 2012 10:54 PM EST The paths of the Bush tax cuts and the man who topped Billboard's Power 100 crossed on December 31, 2012: Irving Azoff's resignation from Live Nation gave him cash, stock, the right to manage certain artists such as the Eagles and engage ...

  10. Irving Azoff on Leaving Live Nation, What's Next, and Why He Regrets Ticketmaster Merger

    December 31, 2012 8:15 PM EST Just hours after Irving Azoff's departure from Live Nation was confirmed, Billboard's Ray Waddell caught up with him over the phone from Mexico, where Azoff's family is vacationing with Don Henley's family. In this conversation ...

  11. Billboard.biz's Top News Stories of 2012

    December 31, 2012 3:00 PM EST In this business, "top stories" is a relative term: owing to the vagaries of the Internet, you can never tell what your most popular articles will be. This year, our numeric best-performing stories were led by Billboard's "Powe ...

  12. Backbeat: The Scene at Rolling Stones' Closing Night at Prudential Center

    December 16, 2012 5:01 PM EST Global Spectrum's Ike Richman (left) with Billboard's Ray Waddell (Photo: Teri Waddell) The final show of the Rolling Stones' "50 & Counting" mini-tour at the Prudential Center in Newark Saturday night brought out a di ...

  13. U2's Bono on Frank Barsalona: 'They Just Don't Make Them Like That Any More'

    November 27, 2012 10:56 AM 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 f ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. Backbeat: Kenny Chesney, Neil Diamond, Irving Azoff, Coran Capshaw, Many More at Billboard Touring Conference

    November 13, 2012 10:35 AM EST Billboard's Ray Waddell cuts loose with Kenny Chesney after the Touring Awards. (Photo: Ryan Muir) The 9th annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards were held last week at the Roosevelt Hotel in a weather-flogged Manhattan still recove ...

  16. Paul Tollett, Goldenvoice Team on the Struggle - And Ultimate Success - of Creating Coachella

    November 09, 2012 1:57 PM EST Goldenvoice chief and Coachella creator Paul Tollett discusses the challenges and successes that came with creating the festival. (Photo: Michael Seto) Billboard's Ray Waddell led yesterday's (Nov. 8) discussion with three of the princip ...

  17. Billboard Touring Awards: Roger Waters, Neil Diamond, Bruce Springsteen Win Big

    November 08, 2012 9:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Diamond, Kenny Chesney, Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen and Lady Antebellum were among tonight's (Nov. 8) big winners at the annual Billboard Touring Awards at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. The awards, host ...

  18. Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Diamond, Kenny Chesney, Lady Gaga Among 2012 Billboard Touring Awards Winners

    November 08, 2012 9:30 PM EST Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Diamond, Kenny Chesney, Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen, and Lady Antebellum were among tonight's (Nov. 8) big winners at the annual Billboard Touring Awards at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. The awards, h ...

  19. Grand Funk Railroad's Mark Farner, Warren Haynes, Tre Williams Talk On-Stage Perspectives at Billboard Touring Conf

    November 08, 2012 10:14 AM EST On The Road (from left to right): Tre Williams, Mark Farner, Warren Hayes, and Ray Waddell. (Photo: Michael Seto) For the Touring Conference's final presentation of Day 1 (Nov. 7), it was time to get out from behind the desks and see what thi ...

  20. Holly Williams Talks Going Indie at Billboard Touring Conference Case Study

    November 07, 2012 4:55 PM EST Straight Talk: Holly Williams confronts her music career's shortcomings and her future independent route. (Photo: MIchael Seto) "Every brick is a brick in the wall." That quote, from singer-songwriter Holly Williams, emerged as the ...

  21. Backbeat: Nokia Music, Eli Young Band, Musicians on Call, Billboard Join Forces for Nashville Event

    October 22, 2012 4:50 PM EDT (L-R): Chris Thompson, Mike Eli, Elizabeth Mitchell (Nokia), Jon Jones, Anthony Montenegro (Nokia), James Young, Scott Welch (Musicians On Call), Theo Gupta (Nokia), Henrik Bowadt (Nokia). Nokia Music , together with Billboard Magazine and Musicia ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. WME Co-CEO Patrick Whitesell Talks Strategy, Social, EDM, AEG, More at IEBA Conference

    October 09, 2012 2:06 PM EDT At the International Entertainment Buyers Assn. (IEBA) convention in Nashville Monday, from left: Greg Oswald, co-head, Nashville office, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment; Patrick Whitesell, co-CEO, WME; Bill Werde, editorial director, Billbo ...

  25. Sandra Bernhard To Host Billboard Touring Awards; MJ's Immortal To Receive Creative Content Award

    August 07, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Multi-faceted actress/comedienne Sandra Bernhard will host the 9th annual Billboard Touring Awards, set for Nov. 8 in New York City, Billboard announces today. As part of the annual industry gathering, Billboard announces that the Creative Content ...

  26. Business Matters: Looking Forward to Live Nation and Warner Music Group's Earnings Releases

    August 03, 2012 5:04 PM EDT Live Nation, WMG Optimistic Ahead Of 2nd Quarter Earnings Reports * (Correciton appended: Live Nation's earning report is due Tuesday, Aug. 7 not Thursday, Aug. 9 as originally reported.) Both Live Nation and Warner Music Group report second ...

  27. Backbeat: Gloriana Rocks Billboard-Pepsi Summer Beats Concert With John Huie, Matt Serletic, Scott McGhee, Many More in the House

    July 31, 2012 12:53 PM EDT (L-R): Tom Gossin and Rachel Reinert of Gloriana; Warner Music Nashville SVP brand management and sales Peter Strickland; and Gloriana's Mike Gossin with their plaques celebrating the success of "(Kissed You) Good Night." (Photo: Fr ...

  28. Irving Azoff and Coachella Founders Headline Billboard Touring Conference in November

    July 19, 2012 6:50 PM EDT Billboard Touring Conference To Feature Azoff Q&A, Coachella FoundersMega-manager Irving Azoff will be the keynote Q&A at the ninth annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards, set for Nov. 7-8 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Addi ...

  29. Irving Azoff, Coachella Team to Speak at 2012 Billboard Touring Conference & Awards

    July 19, 2012 10:05 AM EDT Live Nation Entertainment chairman and Billboard's top 2012 Power Player Irving Azoff has been announced as a keynote Q&A for the 9th Annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards, Nov. 7-8 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. Addi ...

  30. Comcast-Spectacor's Ticketing Divisions Give Venues New Web Power

    July 18, 2012 7:20 PM EDT Comcast-Spectacor's ticketing divisions give venues new Web power to sell seatsBy Ray Waddell The ticketing divisions of Comcast-­Spectacor - the time-tested software of Paciolan and the forward-thinking white-label services of New Era Ticket ...

  31. Exclusive: Kenny Chesney To Play AmEx 'Unstaged' Jersey Shore Concert, Jonathan Demme Directing

    June 12, 2012 12:50 PM EDT Kenny Chesney will become the tenth artist to perform in American Express' "Unstaged" series next Wednesday, June 20, teaming up with director Jonathan Demme ("Silence of the Lambs," "Philadelphia") for a live, 7 ...

  32. Summer Tours & Music Festivals 2012

    June 11, 2012 4:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Chart Article Get the skinny on J.Lo's tour with Enrique Iglesias, check out what's in store for the Beach Boys' 50th anniversary, find out where Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw will share the stage, and more. Keep reading for the latest ...

  33. Backbeat: Scott Borchetta, Shooter Jennings, John Hogan, More at Billboard Country Summit

    June 08, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Willie Nelson signs autographs for fans during the Summit. (Photo: Michael Seto) The Billboard Country Music Summit for 2012 ended with a cocktail party and performances by some of Nashville's upcoming stars, Maggie Rose, Andy Gibson, Kate Ar ...

  34. Willie Nelson Talks Songwriting, Snoop Dogg and Family at Billboard Summit in Nashville

    June 05, 2012 7:26 PM EDT Willie Nelson with interviewer Ray Waddell at Billboard's Country Music Summit in Nashville on Tuesday (Photo: Michael Seto) You don't even have to know about Willie Nelson's history to know that he's got stories. Anyone who wr ...

  35. CAA's Rob Light Says 'Touring Without Perspective Is Recipe For Disaster' at Billboard Country Summit

    June 05, 2012 10:10 AM EDT Rob Light from CAA speaks to Billboard's Ray Waddell at the Billboard Country Music Summit Monday. (Photo: Michael Seto) Possessing a cautious optimism forged by years of experience, Creative Artist Agency partner/managing director Rob Light ...

  36. Nashville Knowledge: Billboard Country Music Summit To Examine Genre's Wild Success

    May 29, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Willie Nelson will do a live Q&A at the Billboard Country Music Summit. (Photo: David McClister) Nashville may be known as Music City, but it's also "music business city," and that is singularly true for the country genre. Sophi ...

  37. Nashville Knowledge

    May 23, 2012 6:35 PM EDT 0 0 Nashville may be known as Music City, but it's also "music business city," and that is singularly true for the country genre. Sophisticated, ever-evolving and remarkably successful, the country music business will be explored from every ...

  38. CAA's Rob Light to Take Part in Executive Q&A at Billboard Country Music Summit

    May 22, 2012 10:55 AM EDT Rob Light, head of the Music department, a partner, and Managing Director of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), will sit with veteran Billboard live entertainment writer Ray Waddell for an in-depth discussion at the Billboard Country Music Summit at t ...

  39. Shooter Jennings, AEG and Paradigm Execs to Talk Touring at Billboard Country Music Summit Panels

    May 16, 2012 7:00 AM EDT A pair of sessions will examine the role of touring in the country music business at the 3rd Annual Billboard Country Music Summit, June 4-5 at the newly-renovated Cannery Ballroom in Nashville. The Summit is presented in association with the Coun ...

  40. Backbeat: AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips Boards The Coachella Bus

    April 14, 2012 3:30 PM EDT AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips stops by the Pioneer Coach bus at Coachella to visit with Billboards Ray Waddell at the blustery Day Randy Phillips Re-Ups As President/CEO of AEG Live This crew stopped by the legendary Monte Carlo Steakhouse on Route ...

  41. Watch Kenny Chesney Talk Album, Tim McGraw in Billboard/AmEx Q&A

    April 12, 2012 11:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 KC chats with Billboard's Ray Waddell for AmEx's Express Pass series. Kenny Chesney sat down recently with Billboard's Ray Waddell to discuss the many projects keeping him busy in an American Express Press Pass Q&A. Check out the ...

  42. Confessions of a Ticket Scalper: Billboard's Candid Q&A

    March 05, 2012 5:45 AM EST As part of a Billboard special report on the state of the ticketing business, our touring expert Ray Waddell picked the brain of a ticket broker who's been in the game, as he says, "since it was invented." We chose to protext his id ...

  43. Confessions of a Ticket Scalper: Billboard's Candid Q&A

    March 02, 2012 4:00 PM EST 0 0 0 On Live Nation, Springsteen, Hackers & Where He Gets the Goods As part of a Billboard special report on the state of the ticketing business, our touring expert Ray Waddell picked the brain of a ticket broker who's been in the game, as he sa ...

  44. White House Crasher Claims Journey Profited From His Split

    February 16, 2012 4:35 PM EST 0 0 0 Lawsuit: Journey's 2011 Tour, Its Biggest in 20 Years, Got Boost When Guitarist Began Dating Michaele Salahi The White House crasher whose wife left him in a blaze of tabloid glory for Journey guitarist Neal Schon has filed a $50 million lawsui ...

  45. Irving Azoff: The Billboard Power 100 Q&A

    January 27, 2012 12:15 AM EST Irving Azoff in his office (Photo: Bryce Duffy) Billboard: Do people always take your calls? Irving Azoff : Only the ones that want to complain about something. What constitutes power in the music business? The trust of artists. The balance of pow ...

  46. Billboard Touring Awards: U2, Bon Jovi, Take That Are Top Finalists

    November 04, 2011 10:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 U2, Bon Jovi, Take That, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, and Usher are among the finalists for the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards , set for Nov. 10 at the Roosevelt Hotel ballroom in New York City. The awards are primarily based on box office numbers re ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. Journey to Receive 'Legend of Live' Honor at Billboard Touring Awards

    October 24, 2011 3:47 PM EDT 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 Conf ...

  49. Backbeat: Kentucky Headhunters, Black Stone Cherry @ Legendary Practice House in Metcalfe, KY

    September 23, 2011 7:43 AM EDT The Kentucky HeadHunters and Black Stone Cherry hung out at the legendary Practice House in Metcalfe County, Ky., with Billboard's Ray Waddell yesterday. At rear, from left, are Richard Young with the HeadHunters , Waddell , and Blackstone Ch ...

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