Concert industry veteran Alex Hodges is leaving House of Blues Entertainment after spending more than 12 years with the company, Pollstar has learned. His last day with HoB will be February 2nd.
With the acquisition of HoB by Live Nation last fall and the expected consolidation of both companies’ Los Angeles headquarters, the departure wasn’t entirely unexpected.
"I’ve enjoyed a good long run with House of Blues, from MCA Concerts in late 1994 to the House of Blues purchase of Universal/MCA Concerts in 1999 and then building a brand and a great concert company and sustaining it in a competitive market," Hodges told Pollstar. "The company sold for more than $350 million. I was able to accomplish the mission set by our board and worked with a number of tremendous people and enjoyed every minute of it.
"There were obviously many challenges but we were No. 2 in selling tickets in North America and developed a company to bring a hefty price and valuation. You feel really accomplished in doing that. Now that the transition is virtually complete, my mission is really also complete.
"It’s time to think about the next thing."
Hailing from Georgia, Hodges has been an influential figure in the live music business for more than 30 years, starting with the Paragon Agency and then Empire Agency. He has represented superstar acts including The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker Band, and was Stevie Ray Vaughan’s personal manager at the time of his death in 1990.
Hodges eventually left Georgia and headed west to join International Creative Management where he became senior VP and head of its music department in L.A.
He also served as VP and senior talent buyer for the Nederlander Organization, where he worked programming the Greek Theatre, Pacific Amphitheatre and the Arrowhead Pond before joining House of Blues predecessor MCA Concerts.