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Promoter Thomas Layton Found Dead

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) – Thomas Layton, longtime concert promoter in the Madison, WI music community, was found dead at his home on June 14 after he never showed up at the Annex for a Hank Williams III show, The Capital Times reports. He was 45.

According to the Dane County Coroner’s Office, Layton died of natural causes.

Among the acts he brought to Madison early in their careers were Nirvana, Sarah McLachlan, Pearl Jam, and others.

"The thing about Tom was he had a good eye for the next big thing as far as rock and roll went," Toni Ziemer, a close friend, told the paper. "He was really culturally aware and had great taste in music. He just kept with it. He kept on taking chances on the music. He kept on putting his money and his energy out there. He was a rock promoter, and that's what he did."
– Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner