Goldenvoice’s Skip Paige Retires

Skip Paige has exited Goldenvoice, Pollstar has confirmed.  

Skip Paige
– Skip Paige

Paige, vice president of Goldenvoice, announced that he was leaving the company Nov. 21. 

He has been promoting bands since the early 80s, starting with his stint at Cal Poly Pomona, bringing in bands like Social Distortion and

He joined Goldenvoice in its earlier stages in 1998, prior to when Paul Tollett and Rick Van Santen threw caution to the wind and launched the Coachella music festival the next year, a venture that stumbled out of the gate but turned into a lucrative re-launch of the brand and eventually became part of the AEG system.  

Paige was also instrumental in the launch of Coachella’s piggyback event Stagecoach as well as last year’s Desert Trip, both held at the the same location as Coachella, the Indio polo grounds. 

 Paige said in a statement to the company that he was “overcome with a combination of sadness and excitement, noting he felt lucky for his 19 years at Goldenvoice.

“However, life is complex, and things change,” he added.  “In the past few years, I have struggled with several personal and family issues ranging from divorce to personal health problems. I sometimes felt as though I probably needed to re-prioritize my life. Maybe but a little less into my work and a little more time into my family.”

Paige, who was responsible for the various land deals around the Indio events, was considered one of “the big three” of Goldenvoice alongside Tollett and Bill Fold, who handles concert operations.

The two weekends of last year’s Coachella grossed a reported $94.2 million, and 2016’s Desert Trip, featuring Paul McCartney, The Who, Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Roger Waters over two weekends grossed more than $160 million.