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Stones, Bowie business manager Rascoff dies

Joseph Rascoff, the co-founder of Rascoff Zysblat Organization (RZO) and business manager to The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Paul Simon, U2, Sting, Shania Twain and David Byrne, has passed away aged 71.

The news was announced by long-time business partner Bill Zysblat, with whom Rascoff (pictured) founded RZO in 1987. He died yesterday “surrounded by family”, Pollstar quotes Zysblat as saying.

RZO represents financially an estimated 30 music clients – as well as the estate of Bowie, who died last January  and including in the live space, working with promoters on tours such as Sting’s 57th & 9th.

“Joe Rascoff was one of the good guys in a tough business”

In addition to his work with RZO, Rascoff was chairman of live entertainment at SFX Entertainment (now LiveStyle) until February 2015, by which he was owed an estimated US$350,000 when it went under last February. (He is still listed as being on LiveStyle’s board of directors.)

Nederlander Concerts CEO Alex Hodges tells IQ Rascoff was “one of the good guys in a tough business”. “He did the biz managing for some of my clients when I was an agent,” he explains. “Sad news. [He was] too young.”

The funeral will be at 9am this Sunday (9 April) at Hillside, 6001 West Centinela Avenue, in Los Angeles.


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As Disturbed crack top 30, Simon plots UK tour

Paul Simon will tour the UK this autumn for the first time since 2012.

The American singer-songwriter is currently touring the US in support of his upcoming 13th solo studio album, Stranger to Stranger.

Simon’s first top-10 hit, Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘The Sounds of Silence’, is currently riding high in charts across the world, including in Britain, where it is currently №34 in the UK Singles Chart (down from a peak position of 29). It also made №4 in Australia and №1 in the US mainstream rock chart.

Starting at the Bournemouth International Centre on 3 November, Simon (pictured) will move on to the Cardiff Motorpoint Arena the following night, then the Royal Albert Hall in London on 7 and 8 November, Manchester O2 Apollo on 10 November and Nottingham Arena on 12 November.

The set will include “classic songs spanning his illustrious career, as well as a selection of tracks from his eagerly anticipated forthcoming album, Stranger to Stranger”, says Simon’s website.