A giant of the concert business


Bruce Kapp, who spent nearly 40 years working in the concert industry and is credited for helping develop the concept of national touring, has died. He was 57.

Kapp died Monday of a suspected heart attack at his home in Los Angeles.

Kapp was senior vp touring at Live Nation. He most recently helped oversee tours by such artists as Aerosmith, Jimmy Buffett, the Jonas Brothers and Van Halen.

"Bruce's passion and spirit inspired everyone who ever had the pleasure of meeting him," Live Nation president and CEO Michael Rapino said. "He was one of the most genuine and warm people in the music business."

Born in Chicago, Kapp got his first taste of the live music business in high school while booking bands around his hometown. After college, he launched his own talent agency and booked artists throughout the Midwest.

In the early 1970s, he formed promotion company Celebration Concerts, which laid the foundation for working with acts across multiple genres. During his long career, Kapp worked with such touring acts as the Who, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Fleetwood Mac, Rush, Janet Jackson and N.W.A.

Kapp joined Pace Concerts in the mid-'80s and moved to tour producer Magicworks about a decade later.

Mitchell Peters is a correspondent for Billboard.