Pollstar Impact NextGen: Cody Lauzier
VP/GM – Global Touring, AEG Presents
Favorite Show Of 2019
Tyler, the Creator at Minneapolis’ Armory and Madison Square Garden
If there’s an AEG tour, chances are Cody Lauzier has something to do with it. As AEG Presents Global Touring VP and GM, Lauzier oversees the division’s touring operations, all tour directors and managers and the production and ticketing departments. Plus, he’s tour promoter for some of the industry’s most vital headliners, including Billie Eilish and Tyler, the Creator, who have both catered to passionate fans and reimagined what concerts can be — which Lauzier sees as live’s next frontier.
“Some artists are focused on charity, some are political, others want to develop a festival, others want to build a community to interact with their fans,” he says. “It’s all driving toward what can we do that is more than just a concert or a tour.”
One of Lauzier’s best stories comes from one such unorthodox tour. For 2011’s “Railroad Revival Tour,” Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes and Old Crow Medicine Show rented a train to travel from stop to stop, and Lauzier handled accounting for the three gigs of the tour Goldenvoice promoted. “I was kidnapped onto [the train], as was one of AEG’s legal staff and several other misfits, actors, gypsies, etc.,” he says. “[Promoter Mike] Luba tried to get me to stay on the train for the whole thing, but wisely, I got off. The most important part of enjoying a party is knowing when to leave the party.”