Journey will receive the “Legend of Live” award at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards, which are presented by Showclix and are taking place November 10 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. The awards are part of the Billboard Touring Conference, taking place on the 9th and 10th.
The Billboard “Legend of Live” award honors groups or individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to live music and the touring business, and acknowledges the recipients’ commitment to the art of performing live and reaching fans through the concert experience. Previous award recipients include Rush (2010), Ozzy Osbourne (2009), the Allman Brothers Band (2008), pioneering agent Frank Barsalona (2007), Sir Elton John (2006), Cellar Door Concerts founder Jack Boyle (2005) and promoter Michael Cohl (2004).
Journey remains a hugely successful touring band, having moved nearly 1 million tickets and averaging more than $600,000 a night at the box office on this year’s “Eclipse” tour, according to Billboard Boxscore.
“I’m so honored to come to New York to represent the band for all the years and dedication that everyone’s given,” Journey guitarist and founding member Neal Schon says of the honor.
“Though they have sold millions of records and charted a wealth of the most beloved Billboard hits in history, most would agree that Journey’s longevity has in large part been driven by their stellar live performances,” said Ray Waddell, Billboard’s Executive Director of Content and Programming for Touring and Live Entertainment. “From their days blowing up the Bay Area music scene to their ascent to international headlining and, today, iconic rock status, withstanding personnel changes that would bring down a lesser band, Journey’s talent transcends musical trends and draws bigger crowds year after year. In short, Journey personifies a ‘Legend of Live.’ “
The Billboard Touring Awards honor the industry’s top artists, venues and professionals for the year, based on actual data compiled through the Billboard Boxscore chart. This awards reception culminates the two-day Billboard Touring Conference, presented by ShowClix, taking place at Roosevelt Hotel in New York City on November 9-10. The conference unites today’s top touring professionals to discuss the current state of the industry. Guided by Ray Waddell, this unique event includes provocative panels, productive roundtables and networking opportunities with touring industry power players and decision makers.
For more information about the 8th annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards, see