The 'Concert For Tommy's Field' Nov. 18 Honors A Music Lawyer's Son: How It Came Together

ISSUE 26 2018 - DO NOT EVER EVER REUSE!!!!
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Personal photo of Tommy Mark (left) and Doug Mark in the fall of 2017 in London.

Earlier this year, music manager Jeffrey Azoff learned that the 12-year-old son of entertainment lawyer Doug Mark, Tommy, had died in his sleep in April due to heart problems. Azoff didn’t know the family well himself, but Mark had once worked for his father and business partner, Irving Azoff. So two months ago, after being connected to Mark by his dad, the younger Azoff sprang into action to launch a fundraiser for a memorial soccer field in the young athlete’s honor.

Azoff, Mark and Mark’s friend and client Benny Blanco quickly tapped their collective contacts to pull together a starry lineup for the Live Nation-supported concert, slated for Nov. 18 at the Orpheum Theatre, which is also a sponsor, in Los Angeles.

Mark, whose music clients include Guns N’ Roses, Tool, Billie Eilish and Epitaph Records, says the benefit’s headliners -- Eilish, Beck, Denzel Curry, Lil Dicky, Cashmere Cat, Mike Posner, Lele Pons and Bryce Vine -- represent Tommy’s eclectic taste in music.

“He was a fan of every single person on this bill,” says Mark. “It was wonderful synchronicity that I had these relationships that allowed these people to show up for us.”

Azoff said that “the fact that [the Marks] are willing to take something that is so tragic and make something amazing out of it, we were really moved by.”

Azoff and Blanco note that Tommy’s beloved personality made their jobs easy. Says Blanco, who is directing the show: “If he grew up, he would have been the biggest whatever he wanted to be in the world. He could convince a lady in a wedding dress to buy a ketchup bottle. He just had something.”


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