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January 06, 1988|THOMAS K. ARNOLD

A year after he split from partner Mike Fahn to team up with Avalon Attractions of Los Angeles, veteran San Diego concert promoter Bill Silva is doing shows on his own, as Bill Silva Presents.

Already, the month-old firm has produced local concerts by Fleetwood Mac and Depeche Mode in the San Diego International Sports Arena and the Beat Farmers and Warren Zevon in Symphony Hall. Others shows have been in Phoenix, El Paso and Riverside.

Upcoming San Diego concerts are the Robert Cray Band and J.J. Cale on Saturday at Symphony Hall; Oingo Boingo, Jan. 24, Sports Arena; a lecture by "gonzo" journalist Hunter S. Thompson, Jan. 30, Symphony Hall; and Aerosmith and Dokken, Feb. 1, Sports Arena.

The newest member of Silva's staff: vice president Rob Tonkin, former promotions director with progressive rock radio station XTRA-FM (91X) and its oldies sister, XTRA-AM (69 XTRA Gold). Tonkin is back in town after a three-month stay in New York, where he worked with MEGA, an international agency that arranges corporate sponsorships for rock tours.

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