2016 Year In Review

We’ll leave the sad list of obits for the end, but let’s get one out of the way. Amid all of the passings of 2016, one hit especially close to home when Chip Hooper, the music chief of

– Chip Hooper

The longtime agent for acts like Phish and Dave Matthews Band was a devoted father, an accomplished photographer and an all-around, much-loved individual whose absence is profoundly felt. 

Last year had plenty of events that were lost in the din of presidential campaign politics and terrorism. Even that intersected, with several horrific events having impact on the live event industry, such as the shooting deaths of 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla.; the deaths of 86 people in a truck attack at the Bastille Day celebration in Nice, France; or the loss of 36 souls at the Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland, Calif. 

There was also the deadly shooting at New York’s

The rapper ended the year by getting shot and injured on Christmas Day.

There was the shooting death of “The Voice” star Christina Grimmie by an obsessed fan at

Grimmie’s family filed suit Dec. 21 against

The year also saw the dramatic fall of

Still, the company rose from the ashes with a new name, LiveStyle, and a new leader, Randy Phillips, but it’s too early to tell what 2017 will bring.