Pollstar Live! 2017 Celebrates Don Law With Pollstar Honors Award
Barry Brecheisen – Don Law
Pollstar Honors Award
Don Law received the third annual Pollstar Honors Award at Pollstar Live Feb. 2 in one heck of a classy presentation.
Law, the current president of
His history and contribution were certainly noticed by artists who videotaped their congratulations: Jimmy Buffett, Robert Plant (and his dog), Peter Wolf, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, and U2’s The Edge and Adam Clayton.
“Now that’s a concert promoter who knows his market,” Rudge said. Law, the son of Columbia Records producer Don Law Sr. and a mom who practiced violin around the house so often that neighbors would pull up their lawn chairs outside, built the legendary Boston Tea Party club where he broke bands like Led Zeppelin and Fleetwood Mac.
He eventually sold his company to SFX Entertainment for $92 million.
The model, built for the internet and including a large phone system, was the first system where a customer could view a seat before purchasing it. “Everything we built had the challenge of being built better; I’m proud to say all of the venues have won awards. But even though the promoter writes the check we are still a service company and get strange requests.”
Law talked about an English act that’s no longer touring that had an unusual request for bottled water that was no longer available in Boston. They ordered massive amounts just to be covered but it was a hot day and Boston Garden’s air conditioning was from 1928 and the road crew drank all of it. The band refused to go on unless more was brought in, according to the tour manager.
“Forty-five minutes to show time I said ‘We have a very good high-quality bottled water here in New England. I wonder if you would consider trying it.’ We gave him a sample. He said, ‘The act thinks it’s fine and the show’s going on.’ Of course, it was Boston Garden tap water.”
Law, who once sang with
“It’s a refrain for our business. When everything is right and the performance is exceptional there is truly a magic in the air, which all of us have been fortunate to witness on occasion. It is an honor to be part of that experience which makes this such a unique business. Someone asked me recently why I’m still doing this when clearly I do not have to. It’s still fun, it’s challenging and I also happen to like Michael Rapino. I think he’s doing a really good job. So, to my detractors, I have no intention of retiring.”
Law wrapped by thanking many of his friends-slash-coworkers like Neil Jacobsen, Jodi Goodman, Declan and Anne Marie Mehigan, Diane Snow, Tim and Linda McKenna, and Doug Borg (“who came to us as security officer and helped me look good for 45 years. His financial modeling made much of the company possible”).
He saved his final thank you to his wife, Sara Molyneaux, herself a recent recipient of the Dover Historic Preservation Award, who has “put up with me for 40 years.”