Touring industry veteran Bruce Kapp, senior vice president of Talent at Live Nation, passed away April 21 in his Los Angeles home. He was 57.
Kapp, with Brad Wavra, spearheaded the company’s efforts with the recent signing of Jonas Brothers. In January, Live Nation inked a multi-million dollar worldwide deal with the brother act, the first of its kind for an up-and-coming artist.
Kapp’s career spanned nearly 40 years, and he is credited with helping to develop the concept of national touring in the concert industry.
He spent nearly 10 years at PACE Concerts in Houston beginning in 1984 and later joined Magic Works, where with Wavra, he booked the tours of News Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC and Britney Spears. Magic Works was acquired by SFX Entertainment in 1998. Over the years, he worked with The Who, REO Speedwagon, Fleetwood Mac, Rush, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks and NWA.
In his current position at Live Nation, Kapp oversaw tours by Aerosmith, Jimmy Buffett, Def Leppard and Van Halen, among others.
“Bruce was not only one of the brightest stars in the Live Nation family, his passion and spirit inspired everyone who ever had the pleasure of meeting him,” Live Nation President and CEO Michael Rapino said in a statement. “He was one of the most genuine and warm people in the music business and he will be very much missed.”
Kapp is survived by his wife Jean and daughter Kelly.
Services are scheduled for tomorrow, April 24, in Los Angeles. A reception will follow at the Wiltern Theatre. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to: The Bruce Kapp Animal Fund, c/o Live Nation, 9348 Civic Center Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.