Saratoga County

Promoter’s summer happily packed with SPAC shows

A question-and-answer session with Tim Tobin from Live Nation.

A question-and-answer session with Tim Tobin from Live Nation:

Q: What is your title?

A: Marketing manager.

Q: How long have you been with Live Nation?

A: I’ve been working in marketing at Live Nation since 2005. Before that I was the marketing intern for two summers.

Q: You handle a lot of tasks such as making sure the media reviewers get to their seats and taking the photographers to get pictures of the acts. Explain what else you are responsible for?

A: My biggest task is to sell concert tickets. I create ad and promotional plans to support the concerts from start to finish, while trying to come up with creative ways to market the shows and our season as a whole. Each show is its own different animal, which keeps it exciting.

Q: Where did you go to college and what is your background in?

A: Marist College in Poughkeepsie, majoring in public relations.

Q: How old are you?

A: 32 (shhh … ).

Q: Where do you currently live?

A: Saratoga Springs.

Q: What is your family like?

A: I got married to my amazing wife, Lauren, in September of last year. I’m the youngest of four children. My parents still live in Delmar where I grew up.

Q: What is your favorite kind of music?

A: I’m exposed to a lot working here — from country to hip hop. So I try to not to be close-minded. I seem to migrate toward alternative music. One band that I’ve seen a few times in the last few years is the Zac Brown Band, who are great.

Q: Do you go to concerts when you are not working?

A: Yes. I always try to get to New York City for a show, especially for some bands that don’t make it up here to upstate New York.

Q: What is the biggest concert you have seen at SPAC over the years?

A: Phish is something that always amazes me. It’s nearly almost always a sell-out show and there’s always a vibe at SPAC like no other.

Q: What concert would you say is the loudest?

A: The Mayhem Fest is always pushing the eardrum level. Sometimes the pop shows with the girls screaming can be just as loud.

Q: What has been your favorite concert?

A: I think it’s still Dave Matthews Band at SPAC. There is always a special feeling in the air at SPAC when they’re in town. The band truly loves the venue and you never know what the set list has in store.

Q: What do you like to do in your (limited) free time?

A: I love to vacation in the fall and winter. I also love to ski and occasionally play in an adult hockey league at Union College.

Q: Seems like there isn’t much time for sleep in your summer schedule. Do you get to sleep the rest of the year?

A: Maybe an hour later. We still keep busy with shows in Albany and upstate New York throughout the fall and winter.

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