While managers and lawyers came and went, Creative Artists Agency’s head of music was “the last man standing,” a steadfast partner and confidant.
In January 1984, Tom Ross christened the CAA music department, a venture blessed by Mike Ovitz and Ron Meyer. We got off to an amazing start, signing a number of great artists, but that summer we found rocket fuel. Prince was coming off the hit “Little Red Corvette,” and Ovitz and Ross signed him with the promise of making his dream project, the movie Purple Rain, a reality.
After the movie’s enormous success, I was very fortunate to book the Purple Rain Tour and every one of Prince’s live concert dates for the next 11 years. He was one of those rare live performers who could transport an audience, make them leave behind their own world to become part of his. The shows were mesmerizing, leaving the audience breathless, exhausted but also energized. Each new album pushed his creative genius in the live space.