Irving Azoff

Guns N’ Roses’ Stance On That Copyright-Infringement Lawsuit: It’s Our Music, But If It Isn’t, Blame The Recording Engineer

Maura | October 7, 2009 - 10:00 am

Guns N’ Roses are going to “vigorously contest” claims that they ripped off German electro-composer Ulrich Schnauss for the ambient intro to their song “Riad N’ The Bedouins,” a dispute that’s currently the source of a million-dollar lawsuit filed last week. (A million dollars may seem like a lot of cash for an album that… More »


Just What The World Needed: An All-Eagles Radio Station

Maura | June 12, 2009 - 1:30 pm

Supermanager Irving Azoff and radio megaglomerate Clear Channel have teamed up to launch “a.p.e. radio,” an all-lowercase effort that will allow people who just can’t seem to find a space on the dial that’s playing “Hotel California” or that Weezer song about Beverly Hills ad nauseam to tune in to artist-specific channels (similar to the… More »


Ticketmaster CEO: Concert Tickets Held Back From The Public Are “The Vast Majority Of The Best Seats In The House”

Maura | February 26, 2009 - 3:00 am

Bill Wyman’s in-depth coverage of the Congressional hearings on the Live Nation/Ticketmaster merger continued today, as he live-blogged the House hearings on the merger. Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino said that he doesn’t hear complaints about high ticket prices (man, those upper-management bubbles must be pretty thick!), that $50 isn’t a high price for a… More »



“WSJ” Tries To Make Irving Azoff Look Like LBJ

Mike Barthel | February 23, 2009 - 1:30 am

There are a lot of famous anecdotes about our 36th president, and a strange number of them involve the bathroom. In one, a female reporter is trying to get Johnson to answer some questions, and Johnson agrees on the condition that she hold his pecker while he pee; in another, he goes to relieve himself… More »


Bruce Springsteen Makes Ticketmaster CEO Grovel, Apologize, And Generally Feel Like Crap

Maura | February 5, 2009 - 8:45 am

So after a New Jersey Congressman fired off a missive to the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division regarding Ticketmaster’s policy of dumping users to its sister reselling site, TicketsNow, once tickets to Bruce Springsteen’s shows in the Northeast sold out, Springsteen and his manager got in on the open-letter act, too, going so far as… More »


What Really Led To “Chinese Democracy”‘s Impending Release?

Maura | November 20, 2008 - 11:00 am

One of the strangest narratives surrounding Sunday’s release of Chinese Democracy is that the music itself is something of a non-event, thanks to the circulation of live nu-GNR bootlegs and leaks of in-progress tracks. In fact, enough questions have been answered about how Chinese Democracy sounds that a bigger question looms: Why now? Why, out… More »



Ticketmaster May Be Taking It Easy On Its Extra Fees (No, Really)

Maura | November 11, 2008 - 10:30 am

The good news: Ticketmaster is experimenting with dropping the “convenience fees” that can potentially mark up the tickets it sells as much as 75%. The bad news: This experiment, right now, is restricted to fans of the freaking Eagles, thanks in part to the deal two weeks ago that brought the ticketing behemoth together withMore »


Ticketmaster Figures Out How To Use The Phrase “Synergize Backwards Overflow” In A Sentence

Lucas Jensen | October 23, 2008 - 2:00 am

In a move that’s part and parcel with the continued “verticalization” of the music industry, the Ticketmaster is buying a controlling interest in Irving Azoff’s Frontline Management, which counts Christina Aguilera, The Eagles, Neil Diamond, and, oh yeah, Guns N’ Roses, among its clients. Azoff will continue on as manager of these acts. The move… More »


‘Billboard’ Group Editorial Director Moves to Front Line Management

Maura | July 31, 2008 - 11:30 am

Billboard group editorial director Tamara Conniff is leaving the magazine to take a position with Front Line Management, which is run by music industry heavyweight Irving Azoff and which counts the Eagles and New Kids On The Block on its roster. More »



Maura | July 31, 2008 - 11:30 am

Billboard group editorial director Tamara Conniff is leaving the magazine to take a position with Front Line Management, which is run by music industry heavyweight Irving Azoff and which counts the Eagles and New Kids On The Block on its roster. More »


Is Axl Rose Getting Ready To Throw A “Free Soda” Party?

Maura | March 28, 2008 - 1:00 am

Dr Pepper’s offer to bestow a free can o’pop upon every American (save Slash and Buckethead) should Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy actually come out in 2008 brought GNR frontman Axl Rose out of hiding, prompting him to say that he’d even share his can of carbonated sugar water with Buckethead… More »