Obits & Tributes

  • Obits & Tributes
Peter Grosslight (1946-2014)

September 11, 2014/

Ed Bicknell laments the passing of the late and great Peter Grosslight who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer and died, aged 68, in August 2014. I first met Peter in the…

Fritz Rau (1930-2013)

December 31, 2013/

Legendary German music promoter Fritz Rau has died at home in Kronberg, near Frankfurt, aged 83.  Recognised as one of the founding fathers of Europe’s live music business, Rau made his name,…

Claude Nobs (1936-2013)

February 20, 2013/

ILMC is immensely sad to report the passing of Montreux Jazz Festival founder Claude Nobs, who died in hospital in Switzerland on 10 January, having sustained critical injuries in a skiing accident…

Flemming Schmidt (1949-2013)

February 20, 2013/

One of Europe’s best known promoters, Flemming Schmidt, CEO of Live Nation Denmark, has died. He was 63, and had been suffering from cancer. Described in the Danish press as “One of…

Lesley Keith

February 7, 2013/

The ILMC lost a valued team-member in April, with the tragic death of Lesley Keith, Guest Relations Manager at the Royal Garden Hotel for the past 5 years. We also lost a…

Henning Tögel (1954-2013)

January 9, 2013/

German promoter Moderne Welt has confirmed the sad news that its founder and managing director, Henning Tögel, passed away suddenly on 9 January 2013. He was 58. A loyal member of ILMC…

Lasse Olsson

August 18, 2012/

ILMC is sad to report that Viva Art Music founder, Lasse Olsson, died on 18 August, 2012. He was 52 and had been suffering from cancer. Born Lars Inge Thorsten Olsson, he…

Brent Grulke (1961-2012)

August 13, 2012/

On the morning of August 13th, Brent Grulke, Creative Director of SXSW passed away as a result of a heart attack after undergoing oral surgery. He was 52. His sudden and unexpected…

Willie Robertson

July 11, 2011/

Willie Robertson, pioneer of the insurance industry and one of the live music businesses most enigmatic figures, has died following a determined fight against cancer at the age of 67. Willie passed…

Matthew Sztumpf

March 21, 2010/

Matthew Stzumpf died on March 21, 2010, after suffering a brain aneurysm. He will be badly missed by the many friends and colleagues he encountered around the world during a long and…

Jim Aiken

February 27, 2007/

After a career in live music spanning four decades, Northern Ireland entertainment promoter Jim Aiken died on February 27th 2007, following a short illness. Jim grew up in Jonesboro, County Armagh, and…

Ian Copeland (1949-2006)

May 23, 2006/

Ian Copeland died on May 23rd, 2006, after a long illness. He was 57 and leaves behind a wife and two children. Ian was one of the best-loved and most charismatic figures…

Erik Thomsen

May 20, 2006/

The live music industry lost another of its major figures, with the sad death of Erik Thomsen on May 20th, 2006. Erik was not only one of the originators of concert promoting…

Jean Eavis 

May 17, 1999/

Jean passed away on Sunday morning. A melanoma which appeared in her shoulder eight years ago had developed secondaries which moved into her spine. During the last two months when the seriousness…

Howard Sinclare

November 5, 1998/

After a 15-month fight against cancer Howard Sinclare sadly passed away on Thursday, 5th November 1998. Howard, founder of London-based Crawfords Limousine Company was well-known world-wide in the music and entertainment business.…

Franco Mamone

July 3, 1998/

Franco Mamone – one of the originators of concert promoting in Italy and perhaps the leading figure in that market throughout the last three decades – died in Milan on July 3rd. Franco…

Nikos Sachpasidis (1952-1997)

October 25, 1997/

To make it clear from the start, this is not going to be some sort of highly objective piece of analytical journalism. Nikos was a friend. In as much as business relationships…

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