This one's not a rumor , kids. Mammoth promoter AEG has bought the Showbox (both Market and SODO locations) and retained former owner Jeff Steichen>"/>
This one's not a rumor, kids. Mammoth promoter AEG has bought the Showbox (both Market and SODO locations) and retained former owner Jeff Steichen and long-time employee Chad Queirolo in the logical roles of general manager and in-house talent buyer, respectively.
You heard it here first. What this means in the long run is hard to say at this point, but I'll be talking to Steichen and Queirolo later this week and will post information as I get it. Full press release after the jump.
UPDATE: Please see our longer interview with AEG's Andrew Roe over here.
SEATTLE, WA - December 6, 2007 -- Alex Kochan, Vice President of AEG Live’s regional operations in the Northwest, announced today that AEG Live is purchasing the Showbox concert clubs and hiring longtime venue operators Jeff Steichen and Chad Queirolo as General Manager and Talent Buyer/Manager, respectively. The Showbox at the Market and Showbox SoDo are among Seattle ’s leading destinations for live music, comedy and game day hospitality.
“We are thrilled to welcome The Showbox and their staff to the AEG Live family,” said Alex Kochan, Vice President, AEG Live Northwest. “ Jeff , Chad and the team they have assembled bring a wealth of experience and energy to the Seattle music scene, and together we can help enhance the concert experience for the city’s fans even further.”
“We are starting a new chapter in the history of Seattle ’s live music scene,” said Jeff Steichen, Showbox General Manager for both venues. “AEG Live shares our vision and is as committed to the fans as we are.”
Under Mr. Steichen’s leadership, Showbox at the Market has consistently ranked among the top concert clubs in the world, according to Pollstar magazine. The second Showbox brand venue, located just south of downtown Seattle and adjacent to the city’s sports stadiums, joined the ranks in October. It has since thrilled fans with sold-out concerts featuring artists such as Kid Rock, Heart, The Hives, M.I.A. and The Pogues.
AEG Live’s other collaborations in Seattle include exclusive booking for the WaMu Theater at the Qwest Field Event Center and the Grandstand concerts at the Puyallup Fair, as well as participation in the Bumbershoot Arts and Music Festival. The company also produces the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Southern California , and promotes national tours for artists such as Justin Timberlake, Bon Jovi, Prince, Christina Aguilera, Kenny Chesney and Paul McCartney.