Mitch Slater, a trailblazer in the concert promotion business, died on July 21 after a long illness. He was 59 years old.
His brother, Andy Slater, former CEO of Capital Records, commented:
“To most people he was one of the architects of the modern concert era, but to me he was my baby brother. When he started making music, I said that if you are half as good as a brother in business, you will have great success. He has surpassed this mark. Our father taught us to respect our word. Anyone who knew Mitch knew he was survived by her. … Our bond was as strong as it was. One of my pieces is gone. Anyone who knows him has lost a piece of him. Little brother, rest in peace. ”
Slater was partnered with Ron Delenser in Delsener / Slater Presents, which was founded in 1986 and became one of the most successful independent outfits in the Northeast and beyond. The company was acquired by SFX Entertainment in 1996 and later by Metropolitan Entertainment Group. Prior to joining Delenser, Slater was director of bookings at Madison Square Garden.
Delenser shared a photo of himself with Slater after learning of his friend’s death:
Slater joined SFX Entertainment where he held the position of executive vice president and worked directly with the late SFX chief Robert Sillerman. Subsequently rebranding CKX, the company acquired 19 Entertainment as well as Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali Estates, along with the “American Idol” franchise “so you think you can dance.”
Among his philanthropic endeavors, Slater was a longtime board member of Leafbeat, a music industry nonprofit focused on sexual health that was launched in the wake of the AIDS epidemic. He was the Chairman of the Board from 1999 to 2012. Slater’s name is also found at Muhlenberg College, where the Slater Family Scholarship is awarded annually to a financially deserving student.
Slater is an avid Mets fan and instead of flowers, a grant could be made in his honor at Backyard Sports Care.
He is survived by his wife Pamela Slater and daughters Lana, Amelia, Julia, brother Andrew and mother Rita.