Weekend Roundup…Late Again

Live Nation’s 3rd Quarter – Today Live Nation reported 3rd quarter revenue and earnings didn’t live up to expectations.  Revenue fell 2.5%…with concerts seeing a 7.3% drop due to lowered attendance.  Earnings were flat.  CEO, Michael Rapino said “We believe the stabilization of consumer demand for live events will continue into 2012 and, looking ahead, we are increasingly optimistic about our opportunities. Given the continued fan demand for concerts and a growing supply of artists hitting the road, we are optimistic about the future growth of the global concert industry.”  What do you think?

Billboard Conference – Next Wednesday, November 9th, I will be moderating the Tour and Production manager panel at the Billboard Touring Conference http://www.billboardevents.com/billboardevents/touring/schedule/index.jsp.  The panel has some of the biggest names on the road (Richard Coble, Tour Manager, Britney Spears and Mariah Carey, Jake Berry, Production Director, U2, and Walking w/ Dinosaurs, Steve Lopez, Tour Manager, Widespread Panic, Max Loubiere, Tour Director, Billy Joel, Steve Lawler, Live Nation, and Steve Powell, Tour Manager, Jason Mraz and Avril Lavigne).  The question, what do you want to know from these guys?  Please send and questions or idea to jim@liveworksevents.com

Concert Greening Project The North American Concert Promoters Association (NACPA) has underwritten a report by REVERB on “Concert Greening” with the stipulation that it be shared for free with the rest of the industry.  You can see it now at http://www.reverb.org/project/NACPA.  Thanks to Ben Liss for sharing!

Steve Jobs Book Lefsetz said Walter Isaacson “missed the target” http://lefsetz.com/wordpress/index.php/archives/2011/11/01/reinvention/but I don’t agree.  You hear from all sides of Steve’s life, the good, bad and ugly.  I would suggest you read it…and key-in on Job’s obsession with creating art over all else.  His goals were based not just changing the world, but changing the way “the masses” see art in everyday life.  For us lucky enough to work with art and artists, his passion should motivate us to strive harder toward perfection. 

Hope to see you in New York!

Jim

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