Somers' Time at APA, Bringing Breaking Benjamin, Social Distortion With Him

11:13 AM PST 03/21/2014 by Roy Trakin
Courtesy of APA

The former co-head of The Agency Group's L.A. office is named vp concerts.

Veteran promoter Andy Somers has joined APA as vice president of concerts, reporting to agency president/CEO Jim Gosnell.

Somers was most recently senior vp/co-head of the L.A. office of The Agency Group. He'll take a majority of his clients along with him, including Breaking Benjamin, Circle Jerks, Dave Hause, Face to Face, FLAG, Hot Hot Heat, Hugh Bob & the Hustle, OFF, Pennywise, Stiff Little Fingers, Toadies and Social Distortion, as well as the band's Jonny Two Bags and Mike Ness.

Gosnell praised Somers as "one of the best in the business," commenting, "I'm honored to have such a respected and accomplished industry leader join our ranks as we continue to expand our concerts arena."

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Somers began his career at Bandwagon, the New York-based independent booking agency he founded in 1984 that represented punk and heavy metal bands such as Circle Jerks, GBH, Megadeth, Testament and Slayer. In 1987, he joined Ian Copeland's legendary Frontier Booking International (home of The Police, Squeeze and REM), where his roster included The Proclaimers, Stiff Little Fingers and Social Distortion, among others.

In 1992, Somers joined ICM, where he developed various acts, such as Pennywise and Green Day. Six years later, he reopened Bandwagon in Los Angeles. In 2001, Somers was tapped by The Agency Group to launch their West Coast offices, where he remained for 13 years before leaving for rival APA.

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APA is the agency for the likes of David Gilmour, Alkaline Trio, Boston, Capital Cities, Dolly Parton, Judas Priest, Public Enemy, Ray Davies, Run-DMC, Scorpions, Travis Tritt, ZZ Ward and Allen Stone, among others.

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