Pollstar has got it right. They too recognize what an institution Danny Zelisko is when it comes to the music industry. That’s why they’ve just nominated Danny Z for their Promoter of the Year Award!
“It was a really great surprise to be recognized with that nomination, especially having left Live Nation earlier this year to work very hard independently at a very turbulent time in the music business,” Zelisko said. “It’s humbling to have that happen in the first year of being back out there. I’m very happy.”
It’s a good week for Mr. Zelisko. Just a few days ago, he “received the Killing the Dragon Award at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles as part of the 1st Annual Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout at Cancer Fundraiser along with other notables in the entertainment and medical community.” And we encourage everyone to check out the Dio Cancer Fund website and give what you can. Because cancer sucks. And Dio is one of the greatest bands of all time. If you disagree with either premise, then you don’t make any sense.
After receiving his award, Zelisko “treated the audience to a short sing-a-long and rendition of “The Man on the Silver Mountain,” one of Ronnie’s biggest songs. Danny misses Ronnie every day and continues to push his friends and strangers alike to get checked sooner than later for cancer and other treatable diseases.”
A truly great promoter is steeped in music history, and puts on shows as a labor of love. Making money is great, but not every show is gonna be a sell-out. If you don’t love it, being a promoter is one of hardest jobs out there. Danny Zelisko is definitely a Rainbow in the Dark!
Good luck, Danny Z! We think you deserve it.