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Subject: Well-known concert promoter Brian Murphy dies at 70

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Date Posted: Saturday, March 10, 10:43:38pm

Longtime Los Angeles concert promoter Brian Murphy has passed away after a hard fought battle with respiratory disease. He was 70.

Murphy was AEG Presents and Goldenvoice's President for the West Coast but came to prominence at Avalon Attractions in Los Angeles where he served as President from 1977 to 1999. He stayed on when the company was purchased by SFX and later was sold to Clear Channel, eventually serving as chairman of Southern California for predecessor Live Nation before joining AEG in 2011.

"The guy was a freaking legend in the business and industry where we donít do a great job celebrating the greats," said AEG Presents President for North America Rick Mueller in an email to friends. "He opened so many doors and guided me through them in my career. You donít see that type of mentorship too often. I miss him."

Murphy graduated from Central Washington University in 1969 and moved to Los Angeles and went to work for Pacific Presentations, started in 1970 by Sepp Donahower, Gary Perkins, and Robert Bogdanovich. Pacific presented shows by the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Traffic, Cream, The Jeff Beck Group with Rod Stewart and Pink Floyd and put together the California Jam in 1974, which was an attendance record breaker at the time.

In 1977, Murphy, along with Perkins and Bogdanovich split from Pacific and formed Avalon Attractions. Avalon became one of the largest promoters in North America and Murphy developed a number of iconic venues for Avalon and later Live Nation like the Wiltern and Palladium in Los Angeles and the former Irvine Meadows in Orange County.

In 1998 Murphy and his partners sold Avalon to SFX for $22 million, just a year after SFX bought Bill Graham Presents in San Francisco and two years after buying up Ron Delsenerís New York promoter shop. Besides Avalon, Sillerman also added Don Law's Blackstone Entertainment, Jimmy Koplik's Oakdale Theater in Wallingford, Conn., and Jack Boyleís Cellar Doors in 1998.

In 2000 SFX was sold to Clear Channel and the company was later spun off again and became Live Nation. In 2011, Murphy made another move, joining then AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips and becoming the companyís West Coast president.

"It is very rare for an entertainment company like AEG Live to have the opportunity and good fortune to hire an executive with Brian Murphy's reputation, relationships, experience, and entrepreneurial ability," said Phillips at the time of his hiring. "The combination of Brian and Paul Tollett, CEO of Goldenvoice and producer of the Coachella and Stagecoach music Festivals, will further solidify AEG Live's standing and reputation as the industry leader on the west coast and an even better partner for our artists and their representatives."

Murphy is survived by his wife Judy and their daughter Shannon. Information about a memorial service will be released in the coming days.


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