David Russell

Tour manager, production manager for rock and roll tours

David Russell died in Hudson, Ohio March 24. He was 50.

Born in Fairview Park, Ohio, Russell spent over 30 years as tour manager and production manager for rock and roll tours.

While attending Kent State University, he worked for the Stokes Brothers, providing lights and PA systems for concerts. He then founded Synergy Systems and began touring with sound and lighting packages. Synergy’s early clients included Wild Cherry, the Outlaws, Jean Luc Ponty, Sea Level and Spyro Gyra.

After disbanding Synergy Systems, Russell became a freelance production and tour manager.

Over the course of his career, he managed the concert tours of artists including Tina Turner, Jon Bon Jovi, Cher, Janet Jackson, Pink Floyd, REM, the B-52s, Brian Ferry, Peter Gabriel and the Talking Heads.

He was also production manager for the Benefit Concert for Nelson Mandela at Wembley Stadium

Russell is survived by his wife Karen, a brother and sister and three nieces.

Donations may be made to the Hospice of the Western Reserve.

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