Thunder Bay native Michael Rapino has come a long way since leaving his job as a senior marketing executive with Labatt Breweries in 1998. Today he lives in a US$15M home in the tony Brentwood enclave in Los Angeles and is easily one of the most powerful, wealthy and influential music moguls on the planet as head of Live Nations’ global enterprises.
The tour company CEO and president recently sat down for a video interview with TV host Charlie Rose to discuss the rise of the stadium tour, evolving musical genres and the company's commitment to artists.
Rose introduced Rapino by quoting Bono, who said of the former small-town Canadian kid: "See Michael at a show and it's clear what drives him. You think every gig is his first."
"I got real lucky when I was young," Rapino told Rose, adding that the first concert he attended was by Robert Plant.
A full transcript of the conversation can be found here, and below is the interview that ran on the the PBS-syndicated Charlie Rose TV show.