Doc McGhee Interviewed At ILMC

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The man, the myth, the legend: Doc McGhee. (Picture by Ethan Miller / Getty Images)

The final program of ILMC is shaping up fast, and organisers just announced another big name for its annual (Late) Breakfast Meeting: Doc McGhee, who will be interviewed by Breakfast Meeting host Ed Bicknell.

As a music manager, McGhee founded the careers of Bon Jovi, Mötley Crüe, and Skid Row, and has managed the world-famous band KISS for over two decades. McGhee Entertainment clients have included Guns N’ Roses, Scorpions, Liz Phair, James Brown and Diana Ross.

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He will sit down with former Dire Straits manager Ed Bicknell in what won’t be their first ILMC encounter. 15 years ago both men held their first Breakfast Meeting, and ILMC head Greg Parmley remembered that “they had the room in tears of laughter.

“15 years on, it remains one of the stand out sessions in our history, so it’s great to have these two on the bill together again. Doc is a music industry titan. It’s no exaggeration to say he has worked with and even launched some of the biggest names in the business,” he said.

McGhee has rebranded and relaunched artists worldwide, staged global live events such as the Moscow Music Peace Festival, featured in numerous documentaries, and continues to produce shows for film and television.

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Bicknell is, of course, a successful manager in his own right. As well as Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits, he is best known for working with Gerry Rafferty, Bryan Ferry, Scott Walker and The Blue Nile.

The list of ILMC speakers has been growing daily. Among the top industry names recently announced are Jessica Koravos (Oak View Group), Marcia Titley (Eventim), Phil Bowdery (Live Nation), Alex Hardee (Wasserman Music), Mark Davyd (MVT), Tommy Jinho Yoon (ICA-Live-Asia), Amy Bowerman and Patrik Meyer (Deutsche Bank Park), Steve Reynolds (LS Events), John Langford (AEG Europe), Kim Bloem (Mojo Concerts), Lisa Ryan (EFM), and many more.

ILMC 35 takes place Feb. 28 – March 3 at London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel.

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