Tuesday, May 21, 2024

RIP Shelley Lazar, Queen of Rock and Roll Tickets, Age 69, the Mother Hen of Rock Stars, Fans, Groupies, Press

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Shelley Lazar was the mother hen of rock and roll. She worked her way up and made a business out of ticketing rock and roll concerts, especially Paul McCartney’s. I am sad to report that she died this morning from cancer at age 69.

Everyone loved Shelley. When there was a big show she was there to take care of you. She loved the music and she loved the artists. There will never be anyone else like her. In 2008 she sold her company to Ticketmaster but that didn’t mean she went away. She loved the business too much. She took care of everyone: fans, groupies, press.

I always worried about Shelley. Back in June 2011 we were at a performance of “Spider Man: Turn off the Dark” on Broadway. Shelley fell on the stairs coming down the aisle of the American Airlines Theater and broke her wrist. I tried to catch her, so did a couple of other people. She got up and brushed herself off before she was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

Everyone will say this: Shelley has a VIP ticket in heaven. Yes. But she had one with all the people who knew her. Her death is a real loss, coming in a week of losses. She will really really be missed.

photo courtesy of Richard Kerris

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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