Billboard Touring Conference & Awards 2011 Hub
Billboard Touring Conference & Awards 2011 Hub

November 11, 2011 | Video
Perry Farrell Talks Art, Commerce, Lollapalooza; Compares Himself With Axl Rose @ BB Touring Conf (Video)
Shortly after Perry Farrell's Keynote Q&A with Billboard's Bill Werde at our Touring Conference on Thursday, the two sat down for a more intimate Q&A about art, commerce, Farrell's legacy, the burgeoning South American tour market and his career in relation to that of Axl Rose.

November 11, 2011 | Panel
Bushmills, Pitchfork & Bon Iver: The Do's and Don'ts of Touring Sponsorships Panel @ BB Touring Conf
During the Billboard Touring Conference panel "Sponsorship Buyers and Sellers Weigh In: What We're Looking For In Naming Rights, Tour, Event and Concert Partnerships," execs (including from Live Nation, Pitchfork and MAC Presents) discussed how musicians such as Keith Urban, the Foo Fighters or Bon Iver may or may not work with certain touring sponsorships and why.

November 11, 2011 | Photos
Backbeat: Phish's Trey Anastasio, Jason Aldean, Neal Schon & Michaele Salahi Rock Billboard's 2011 Touring Awards
After two days of heady panel discussions, the Billboard Touring Awards on Thursday night presented an opportunity for the industry to celebrate and unwind. Indeed, as U2, Jason Aldean and Journey were celebrated; Red Light's Coran Capshaw was honored by Phish's Trey Anastasio; Perry Farrell and businesses such as Live Nation, the 930 Club and C3 Presents were recognized, the honorees kicked back and rocked - as this photo gallery clearly shows...

November 11, 2011 | Tributes
Journey's Neal Schon, Phish's Trey Anastasio, Perry Farrell Share Memories At Billboard Touring Awards
Phish's Trey Anastasio paid tribute to Red Light Management's Coran Capshaw, Perry Farrell bordered on tearful saluting legendary concert promoter Bill Graham and Live Nation president of North American Concerts Bob Roux saluted Journey as the ultimate road warriors at the Billboard Touring Awards in New York on Thursday. And Journey's Neal Schon and Ross Valory paid tribute to the whole reason the concert industry exists -- the fans.

November 10, 2011 | Announcement
U2, Journey, Taylor Swift Among Winners At 8th Annual Billboard Touring Awards
U2, Journey, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift and Perry Farrell were among the winners at the 8th annual Billboard Touring Awards held at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. Top touring industry award honorees included Live Nation, C3 Presents, Front Line Management and the Coachella festival.

November 10, 2011 | Keynote Q&A
Perry Farrell Talks Lollapalooza, Jane's Addiction, Music's Future @ BB Touring Conference Keynote
During a lively keynote Q&A at today's Billboard Touring Conference in New York, Perry Farrell, the founder of the annual Lollapalooza music festival and lead singer of Jane's Addiction discussed the dramatic rise, fall and rise of Lollapalooza He also explained his vision for the future of music (looking to the NFL and NBA for inspiration) and his animus and respect for his agent.

November 10, 2011 | Video
Nic Adler Talks Saving L.A.'s Roxy @ BB Touring Conference (Video)
Los Angeles venue The Roxy has an infamous past -- setting the scene for The Ramones' performance in "Rock and Roll High School," serving as a frequent haunt of Hary Nilsson and Alice Cooper -- and as of five years ago, it had an uncertain future, too. Embracing social media and the internet, Roxy owner Nic Adler has found a way forward.

November 10, 2011 | Panels
Ass-Kicking Festivals; New World Order of Clubs: BB Touring Conf Day Two Panels
Day two of the Billboard Touring Conference brought some notable panels, including "Why Are Festivals Kicking Ass?" (with Bonnaroo and Moogfest's Ashley Capps, the Newport Folk Festival's Jay Sweet, and more) and "Clubs: Solidifying Their Role in the New World Order" (with Brooklyn Bowl founder Peter Shapiro, Rocy owner Nic Adler, and House of Blues CEO Ron Bension, among others).

November 10, 2011 | Video
Billboard Touring Conf: Warped Tour Founder Kevin Lyman Learns to Evolve
Fast-talking Warped Tour founder, 4fini Productions President, and SideOneDummy Records partner Kevin Lyman is learning to adjust. After 18 years of criss-crossing the U.S., "the average fan [at the Warped Tour] is 17-and-a-half."

November 10, 2011 | Panel
Stories Behind Success of NKOTBSB Tour Revealed at Billboard Touring Conference
From a logistical nightmare to a cross-country success, the players behind New Kids On The Block and the Backstreet Boys' recent tour looked, naturally, to Billy Joel for inspiration. On the panel: Ray Waddell (Billboard), Peter Katsis (Backstreet Boys), Brad Wavra (Live Nation), Jared Paul (NKOTB).

November 10, 2011 | Video
Team Amos Lee, With a No. 1 Album, Takes the Stage @ Billboard Touring Conf
Having a consistent team in management, booking, publicity, marketing and radio promotion paid off for Amos Lee in 2011, a year that found the aritist at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, playing the White House and several major festivals. Lee's team took the stage at the Billboard Touring Conference on Tuesday at New York's Roosevelt Hotel and sat down for a video interview.

November 10, 2011 | Video
Jake Berry, Tour Manager for U2's 360 Tour, Talks Difficulties (400-Ton Stage) and Rewards at Billboard Touring Conference
The tour's physical presence was gargantuan, a massive four-pronged construction reminiscent of an alien that weighed 400 tons. "People stop on the highway to take a picture of this alien ship landing in a small, sleep Belgian town was pretty fun. And then moving it for the first time..."

November 9, 2011 | Panels
Billboard Touring Conference Gets Underway With Panels on Social Media, Tour and Production Management
The 2011 Billboard Touring Conference and Awards got off to a lively start Wednesday with the panels "How Exactly Will Social Sell Tickets?" and "TMs and PMs: Here's What We Really Think About Your Venue, Your Food, Your Fans and Your Event."

November 9, 2011 | Panels
Billboard's 2011 Touring Conference and Awards Kicks Off
The 2011 Billboard Touring Conference & Awards began with a pair of panels: The first entitled, "How Exactly Will Social Sell Tickets?", featured execs from Showclix, Root Music, Ticketmaster, Eventful, Songkick and Reverbnation. The second panel had tour managers and/or production directors for U2, Britney Spears, Jason Mraz, Billy Joel, Mariah Carey, LiveNation discussing "What They Really Think About Your Venue, Your Food, Your Fans and Your Event."

November 2, 2011 | Announcement
Bon Jovi, Take That, U2, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Usher Finalists For Billboard Touring Awards
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 reported to Billboard Boxscore from Oct. 1, 2010, through Sept. 30, 2011.

November 1, 2011 | Announcement
Red Light's Coran Capshaw to Receive Humanitarian Award at Billboard Touring Awards
Coran Capshaw, founder of Red Light Management, will be the first manager ever to receive the Humanitarian Award when he is recognized for his good works at the Billboard Touring Awards, set for Nov. 10 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York.