The Gaffer

 

Earlier this month, IQ presented Jake Berry with its inaugural Gaffer Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the world of live music production. Greg Parmley spoke to him about a 35-year career, moving small lakes with helicopters, and purple dinosaurs…

 

At the upper echelon of high-end touring are a handful of men capable of moving small towns overnight while coping with relentless deadlines and unforgiving budgets...

Earlier this month, IQ presented Jake Berry with its inaugural Gaffer Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the world of live music production. Greg Parmley spoke to him about a 35-year career, moving small lakes with helicopters, and purple dinosaurs…

At the upper echelon of high-end touring are a handful of men capable of moving small towns overnight while coping with relentless deadlines and unforgiving budgets. The weight of responsibility on the production manager/director is enough to give the average roadie night terrors, yet occasionally individuals emerge who actually thrive on incessant stress and sleep deprivation. At the forefront of the boom in touring shows over the last three decades, Jake Berry has led the field and filled it with a who’s who of artists that includes the Rolling Stones, U2, AC/DC, Metallica, Janet Jackson, Tina Turner, Cher, Madonna and the one act no PM can do without, Bob the Builder.

 

 

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