TORONTO (CelebrityAccess) — Veteran promoter Arthur Fogel, who has produced some of the most successful tours in history, has been announced as the 2017 inductee into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame.
Fogel, who currently serves as Chairman of Global Music, President of Global Touring for Live Nation, has overseen major tours such as U2's 360 tour, which grossed more than $735 million with more than 7 million tickets sold.
He also produced Lady Gaga's tours, including her Monster Ball tour, the highest grossing tour for a debut artist in history, as well as her followup Born This Way Ball tour (2012) and ArtRave tour in 2014.
He oversaw the Police Reunion Tour, one of the top 10 grossing tours in history with 3.3 million tickets sold, as well as being Sting's tour promoter for over 15 years, including the current co-headline tour with Peter Gabriel.
"I am honored to be inducted into the music industry hall of fame. It is particularly gratifying given my history and roots in Canada and the Canadian music industry," Fogel said in a press statement announcing his nomination.
Fogel began his promoting career in 1981 with Toronto-based Concert Productions International (CPI), which promoted artists and tours across his native Canada. In 1986, he was appointed President of the Concert Division at CPI, a position he held until 1995. He subsequently became President of The Next Adventure (TNA), a global touring company formed by the principals of CPI. In 1998 following the acquisition of the company by SFX, he oversaw the global touring division. In 2002, SFX was acquired by Clear Channel Communications where Fogel ran the Global Touring division. In 2005, the live entertainment division was spun off as Live Nation. – Staff Writers