Stories of Ozzy Osbourne peeing in promoter Ron Delsener’s Porsche and Dave Grohl promising promoter Seth Hurwitz that he was “playing this f—ing” show after breaking his leg were two of the highlights at the Billboard Touring Conference.
Held at the Roosevelt Hotel, the confab included a Q&A with Brad Paisley, who jokingly dissed his sparkling water beverage (“That’s a funny-looking beer!”), and panels with a who’s who of industry insiders that covered everything from bridging the gap between young and old Grateful Dead fans at the Fare Thee Well concerts in Chicago to dealing with hungover artists.
The event came to a close with the Touring Awards, where Bob Seger, who was honored as Legend of Live, was in hysterics as comedian Warren Holstein roasted the audience. Among the touching moments of the night were the standing ovations for humanitarians Hugh Evans of Global Citizen and Barbara Hubbard, executive director of American Collegiate Talent Showcase. One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Kenny Chesney and Kevin Hart accepted awards in pre-filmed videos, with Chesney already focused on 2016, exclaiming, “I hope I win another one!”