AEG Presents’ executive vice president Larry Vallon is retiring this year, Billboard has learned. The 72-year-old music executive will stay on for one more year as a consultant at AEG where he has worked since 2004 when he joined AEG Live as vp of national booking.
Prior to joining AEG, Vallon was a 23-year veteran of Universal Concerts. Vallon joined Universal when it was MCA Concerts and then Universal Concerts In 1999 House of Blues Concerts purchased Universal Concerts in 1999 for $190 million. In 2006, Live Nation purchased House of Blues.
Vallon first met AEG Live CEO Jay Marciano in 1984 when Marciano was getting into the live music business with the Beverly Theatre. Vallon hired Marciano to help book the Universal Amphitheater in Hollywood and together the two help build a number of marquee amphitheaters around the country, including Fiddler’s Green in Englewood, Colorado. Marciano left after the 1999 sale and later hired Vallon to come work at AEG Live in 2004.
Vallon got his start in the business as a runner for concert promoters Jim Rissmiller and Steve Wolf at Wolf & Rissmiller Presents. He was moved up to a stage management position and eventually junior partner at Wolf & Rissmiller before starting his own company, Larry Vallon Presents and has been in the music business for nearly 50 years.