New AEG At Warfield

The time has come for the changing of the guard at The Warfield in San Francisco – a well-known change from Live Nation to AEG. But the story doesn’t end there.

San Francisco is home to promoters Live Nation (aka Bill Graham Presents) and Another Planet Entertainment, but the Warfield shift means a third prominent promoter will have a Bay Area presence. To that effect, Pollstar learned at press time AEG now has a San Francisco office, operated by David Lefkowitz – manager of Primus and Minus the Bear and owner of Prawn Song Records.

AEG will be the facility operator of the Warfield come May and is already booking shows. In other words, one of Bill Graham’s famed locations, a venue he started booking in the late ’70s, will no longer be in the hands of what was once Bill Graham Presents.

Pollstar all but announced the shift in May 2005 after new owner David Addington of Fair Market Properties told the San Francisco Business Times that a new facility operator would run the Warfield, which is housed inside the Examiner building. Philip Anschutz owns that newspaper.