View Full Version : LA Times Q and A with Paul T.

04-03-2008, 07:18 PM

04-03-2008, 07:23 PM
Too short, no way they only talked for maybe 10 minutes

04-03-2008, 07:24 PM
yeah, there seems to be many items edited out.

04-03-2008, 07:25 PM
Does this mean Prince is playing?

04-03-2008, 07:26 PM
short article...
nice lil read...

04-03-2008, 07:27 PM
Pretty awesome

04-03-2008, 08:38 PM
"the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, which this month will draw an estimated 180,000 fans"

why do so many reporters say this? for the most part it's the same people attending all three days. the above sentence implies 180,000 different people.

and more on topic, paul is seriously one of the coolest guys around...i wish they would mention rick van santen more often in these articles, though, he AND paul are responsible for coachella. r.i.p. rick!

here is something the times wrote after he passed away in early 2004:
"Rick Van Santen, 41; L.A. Promoter Helped to Advance Punk Rock Bands
By Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
Rick Van Santen, a co-president of Goldenvoice, a Los Angeles concert promotion company that ushered punk rock from the fringes of the music scene to a wide audience, died Sunday at his home in Ventura County of flu-related complications, his Goldenvoice partner Paul Tollett said. He was 41.

In the 1980s, a time when major promoters shunned punk because of its reputation as a violent subculture, Goldenvoice presented acts in large, established rooms with quality sound, such as the Hollywood Palladium and the Palace (now the Avalon).

"There cannot be any L.A. band since the early '80s that was playing edgy rock that doesn't owe Rick," said Brendan Mullen, who operated the famed Masque punk rock club in the mid-'70s and helped guide Van Santen into the business.

Acts such as Jane's Addiction, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Social Distortion and Nirvana are among the many whose careers were boosted by their association with Goldenvoice. And it was Van Santen, Tollett said, who cultivated the personal contacts that would sustain those relationships.

"His specialty was knowing every single band," Tollett said. "I think Rick's biggest accomplishment in life, what fully stands out, is his friendships. He stayed in touch with every person…. You couldn't just do business with Rick. You had to become part of his friends network…. There were always loyalties [at Goldenvoice], but Rick really took it to a new height."

Van Santen was born in Las Vegas and grew up in Northridge and West Los Angeles. As a student at University High School in the late 1970s, he fell in with the crowd surrounding the storied L.A. punk band the Germs, whose members Darby Crash and Pat Smear had also attended University High. He was soon selling T-shirts for another L.A. band, the Screamers. He also managed such groups as 45 Grave, and began putting on shows in local clubs.

In a posting this week on his website, veteran Los Angeles musician Mike Watt recalled Van Santen's role in the progress of Watt's band, the Minutemen, which recorded acclaimed albums for the punk-identified SST label.

"He loved the scene and fit in where he could make things work, like putting on gigs." Watt wrote. In fact, when we were a labeled a 'violent SST band' … and couldn't play clubs like the Whisky and the Roxy, "it was Rick who got the Minutemen to play there, opening for bands like Fear and X."

Goldenvoice founder Gary Tovar hired Van Santen in 1985, and when Tovar was arrested on drug distribution charges in 1991, he signed over ownership to Tollett and Van Santen.

Even though alternative rock became big business in the 1990s, it was always a struggle to survive for Goldenvoice, an independent firm competing against rivals with national reach.

Despite the struggles, Goldenvoice enhanced its reputation as an innovative force by mounting the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio in 1999. The ambitious event, modeled on British and European music festivals, has become an annual event and one of the nation's most admired music festivals. Less visible innovations included bringing alternative rock to venues in Hawaii and rock music of all kinds to Alaska.

Tollett and Van Santen sold Goldenvoice to the Anschutz Entertainment Group in 2001, but continued to run the firm within the corporate setting. Tollett said it was "a dream come true" for Van Santen, a lifelong hockey fan, to have the company purchased by the owner of the Kings hockey team and Staples Center. "Rick didn't even ask how much," Tollett said. "He was ready."

04-03-2008, 08:54 PM
yea, i agree it was too short, but only cuz it was so good that i wanted it to keep going.

he is hyping up waters pretty good...i'm pretty fuckin excited for it now, even more than i already was...i hope the old bastard delivers.

he is one cool motherfucker, but i wonder if he actually goes and tears tickets at the glasshouse? that shit seems like a little too down to earth. i guess thats why coachella kicks so much ass? i would be stoked if i was haning out on the polo field and ran into him and he asked me what i thought. first thing id tell him is that jack johnson sucks balls, lol. then id tell him how much everything else kicks ass. or maybe vice versa. :)

steve, that was a cool article also.

04-03-2008, 09:37 PM
Good news. Paul's tasting the food.

04-03-2008, 10:13 PM
I learned exactly nothing from this.

04-04-2008, 08:57 PM
I learned exactly nothing from this.

what exactly were you hoping to learn? Whether or not Prince is playing? Keep dreaming.

04-04-2008, 11:25 PM
holla photoshoot at the el rey!

04-05-2008, 08:57 AM
Too short but still interesting.

04-05-2008, 05:07 PM
this Q and A tells me one thing...Roger will be epic...

psychic friend
04-05-2008, 05:48 PM
i started in 1991.. good times..

04-07-2008, 03:21 AM
Wow,I didn't fully realize until now how involved they were with the early LA punk scene.Of course I remember the big concerts at the Civic,but with the clubs and stuff,that's a big part of my non-formative years.Thanks from 1 survivor of all the fun!