Gordon MacKay

Gordon D. MacKay was meant for show business. Experiencing all facets of the entertainment industry: music, circus, rodeo, fairs, festivals and politics. Gordon believes in a cross-disciplinary approach, of what works in one industry, can be easily adapted to work in another industry. Getting his feet wet in the entertainment industry came at the early age of 14 when he would tour the east coast with the band Sabotage as their bass player. MacKay enjoyed what he was helping to create, but knew that he can go only so far playing other peoples music. At 16 MacKay met a nightclub impresario and former manager of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and Cindy Lauper’s Blue Angel. He saw that Gordon had a knack for promoting events, so he started teaching MacKay the art of Concert Production. In that first year MacKay booked and promoted such legends as Willie Nelson, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Roy Orbison, Waylon Jennings, Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty, and Ricky Nelson. From 1984 though 1992 MacKay also booked and promoted such artists as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Guns & Roses, Megadeth, Faith No More, Poison, Warrant, Cinderella, Anthrax, Run DMC, Extreme, The Ramones, and Dokken, to name just a few. While promoting shows, Gordon attended St. John’s University as a film student (later graduating with a Communications and Marketing degree). He developed his own internship his junior year, and was an intern at Polygram Records’ newly formed video department. Not more than six weeks as an intern, was he sitting in on Promotion Department meetings and was quickly hired by VP of Promotion Randy Roberts and worked with Diane Earl and John Boulos. Gordon was promoting major acts and worked on "number one" singles for John “Cougar” Mellencamp, Tears for Fears, Bananarama, Bon Jovi and Vanessa Williams. With his knowledge of the hard rock and heavy metal scene MacKay was assigned to work with Kiss, Def Leppard, Rush, Scorpions, Lita Ford, Deep Purple, ELP and more. In 1986 MacKay Bros. Entertainment was started and Gordon and his brother Frank teamed up to promote tours for several acts on Atlantic and Polygram Records. Promoting three or more shows a week, they were hit with heavy advertising bills. The brothers needed a cost effective way to promote their shows throughout the New York Tri-State area. They decided to publish Network Tri-State Music & Entertainment Paper. Network grew and became a cult favorite, and th