#209 - 34,000 Shows Later


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On this episode, Danny Zelisko shares with us his forty years in the music business, producing over 34,000 shows in that time. He talks about what it was like to get started in the business as a stagehand (including being a security guard on Alice Cooper shows), what it was like to work with concert and tour producer legend Bill Graham, and how he and Bill put together one of the largest music festivals ever, just for a little film called “A Star Is Born” starring Barbara Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.

Danny Zelisko began producing shows in Arizona in 1974. He founded Evening Star Productions, and has become known as one of the USA’s best promoters and talent buyers since.

The first room he steadily booked starting in 1976 was Dooley’s Nightclub (750 capacity) in Tempe. Acts such as The Police, Cheap Trick, Pat Benatar, Talking Heads, KISS, Bon Jovi, No Doubt and Nirvana (among many others) performed at the intimate venue from its opening in 1976, until it closed after several ownership and name changes (aka After the Gold Rush and Electric Ballroom) in the mid-1990′s. Nightclub concerts by recording stars began happening all over the country, with Zelisko leading his territory in this area of booking. Zelisko and his team produced hundreds of new and veteran bands in facilities across the valley. Since that time, Danny has gone on to produce over 35,000 shows, and has now written a book titled “All Excess; Occupation Concert Promoter”, where he talks about his time working with such greats as Alice Cooper, Bill Graham, and so many others during his 40 years in the music business.


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