Concert Industry History Test

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Concert Industry History Test - Quiz

In celebration of Pollstar's 30 Year Anniversary we invite you to test your knowledge of concert industry history with the following 50 questions.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Wolfgang Grajonca was once the dominant concert promoter in which market?
    • A. 

      Warsaw

    • B. 

      Buffalo

    • C. 

      San Francisco

    • D. 

      Vienna

  • 2. 
    Which promoter bailed Ozzy Osbourne out of jail after he urinated near the Alamo?
    • A. 

      Louis Messina

    • B. 

      Louie Gavrel

    • C. 

      Jack Orbin

    • D. 

      Don Fox

  • 3. 
    Pollstar's Gary Smith once toured the world with which band?
    • A. 

      Average White Band

    • B. 

      Redbone

    • C. 

      Quicksilver Messenger Service

    • D. 

      Cannibal & The Headhunters

  • 4. 
    Jules & Mike Belkin originally operated which kind of family owned business in Cleveland?
    • A. 

      Boxing promotion

    • B. 

      Men's clothing

    • C. 

      The kind you don’t ask about

    • D. 

      Pizza joint

  • 5. 
    Which of the following is true?
    • A. 

      Australian promoter Michael Gudinski has an affinity for Mushrooms

    • B. 

      Germany is the third biggest concert market in Europe

    • C. 

      Back in the day, having lots of deadwood after a show was a good thing

    • D. 

      Michael Cohl started in show business as a Broadway producer

  • 6. 
    What on their resume do David Geffen, Barry Diller and Gary Bongiovanni have in common?
    • A. 

      Degree from a prestigious college

    • B. 

      Worked in William Morris mailroom

    • C. 

      Have multiple recording or film credits

    • D. 

      A pilot’s license

  • 7. 
    Who is the Little Big Man?
    • A. 

      Irving Azoff

    • B. 

      Mo Ostin

    • C. 

      Marty Diamond

    • D. 

      Nils Lofgren

  • 8. 
    Miramax founder Harvey Weinstein was once a major concert promoter in which city?
    • A. 

      Cannes

    • B. 

      New York City

    • C. 

      Chicago

    • D. 

      Buffalo

  • 9. 
    Which of the following is NOT true?
    • A. 

      The very first music agent to join Tom Ross at CAA was Hal Lazareff

    • B. 

      Ben Liss was the first executive director of the North American Concert Promoters Assoc.

    • C. 

      Chip Hooper was an agent at the Good Music Agency in Excelsior, Minnesota

    • D. 

      Neil Warnock has never represented Pink Floyd

  • 10. 
    Bill Graham first got his start in show business by being the business manager for which act?
    • A. 

      Jefferson Airplane

    • B. 

      San Francisco Mime Troupe

    • C. 

      The Warlocks

    • D. 

      Andre The Giant

  • 11. 
    Which sports team changed owners because of The Jacksons' Victory Tour?
    • A. 

      Toronto Argonauts

    • B. 

      New England Patriots

    • C. 

      Los Angeles Dodgers

    • D. 

      Detroit Pistons

  • 12. 
    Which former cub reporter from Billboard’s Nashville office has written several NYT bestsellers?
    • A. 

      Ray Waddell

    • B. 

      Timothy White

    • C. 

      Jim Buffett

    • D. 

      John Updike

  • 13. 
    Former Florida-based promoters Jack Utsick and Lou Pearlman have what in common?
    • A. 

      Charles Ponzi’s investment formula

    • B. 

      Both are in jail

    • C. 

      Are in witness protection

    • D. 

      Enjoyed Carnivale in Rio this year

  • 14. 
    Which U.S. company first pioneered a summer circuit of large outdoor amphitheatres?
    • A. 

      SFX Entertainment

    • B. 

      Nederlander

    • C. 

      Pace Concerts

    • D. 

      MCA Concerts

  • 15. 
    Which of the following is NOT true?
    • A. 

      Rod Essig was an agent at Variety Artists International in Minneapolis

    • B. 

      UK agent Carl Leighton-Pope was once a member of the Vienna Boys Choir

    • C. 

      People thought Dan Weiner and Fred Bohlander were crazy to start an agency in Monterey

    • D. 

      Pollstar first began publishing a digital edition in 1985

  • 16. 
    One-time country music powerhouse The Jim Halsey Company was originally based in which city?
    • A. 

      Wichita

    • B. 

      Atlanta

    • C. 

      Tulsa

    • D. 

      Dallas

  • 17. 
    What was the first major U.K. booking agency to successfully establish an office in the U.S.?
    • A. 

      Helter Skelter

    • B. 

      The Agency Group

    • C. 

      International Famous Agency

    • D. 

      William Morris Agency

  • 18. 
    Rob Light was promoted to agent after convincing which struggling client to cancel its tour?
    • A. 

      Bay City Rollers

    • B. 

      Strawberry Alarm Clock

    • C. 

      Rick Astley

    • D. 

      Starland Vocal Band

  • 19. 
    Tila Tequila and Charlie Sheen have both been pelted and booed off the stage at which annual event?
    • A. 

      Burning Man

    • B. 

      Gathering Of The Juggalos

    • C. 

      New Orleans Jazz Festival

    • D. 

      Glastonbury

  • 20. 
    Why didn’t Elvis tour outside the United States?
    • A. 

      He would not fly on airplanes

    • B. 

      Colonel Tom Parker didn’t have a passport

    • C. 

      It would have been un-American

    • D. 

      Very little demand by overseas fans

  • 21. 
    Which agent and former agency association is NOT correct?
    • A. 

      Andy Somers and Bandwagon

    • B. 

      Jon Podell and Willard Alexander Agency

    • C. 

      Nick Caris and Diversified Management Agency

    • D. 

      John Huie and Premier Talent Agency

  • 22. 
    What giant Minnesota-based corporation owned Ticketron?
    • A. 

      3M

    • B. 

      Control Data

    • C. 

      IBM

    • D. 

      Hyatt Hotels

  • 23. 
    The first House Of Blues club was built in which city?
    • A. 

      Los Angeles

    • B. 

      London

    • C. 

      Cambridge

    • D. 

      Las Vegas

  • 24. 
    Which “Dancing With The Stars” participant lost millions of dollars producing concert festivals?
    • A. 

      Mark Cuban

    • B. 

      Michael Lang

    • C. 

      Don King

    • D. 

      Steve Wozniak

  • 25. 
    Before SFX came along, which major promoter was the first to attempt going public with an IPO?
    • A. 

      Sunshine Promotions

    • B. 

      Pace Concerts

    • C. 

      Bill Graham Presents

    • D. 

      Tea Party Concerts

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