Shelley Lazar, the founder of SLO Ticketing and a pioneer of premium ticketing and VIP programs for artists including Sir Elton, has died after a battle with cancer.
The 69-year-old actually got her start as a public school teacher in New York City. Chris Rock and Scandal’s Patty Smyth were two of her students at Brooklyn’s PS 277.
“The Ticket Queen” worked her way through the ranks with New York concert promoter Ron Delsener, Madison Square Garden and Bill Graham Presents before striking out on her own in 2002 with the San-Francisco based SLO VIP Ticket Services. Her company was acquired by Ticketmaster in 2008, with Lazar remaining as chief executive.
Among those remembering Shelley was Jimmy Fallon, who tweeted: “Shelley Lazar was like no other. Really gonna miss her.”
Elton also took to social media, writing on Instagram of the ''very sad news,'' adding that she worked with ''such greats as the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney'' and was ''the very best and a legend in her field.'