Concert Production Legend Patrick Stansfield Dies

Patrick Stansfield, the tour and stage manager often credited with creating the modern arena rock concert, died Tuesday, October 28 at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, CA, due to kidney failure. He was 70.
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Burbank, CA (November 6, 2014)—Patrick Stansfield, the tour and stage manager often credited with creating the modern arena rock concert, died Tuesday, October 28 at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, CA, due to kidney failure. He was 70.

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Stansfield got his start in the concert production field working as a stage manager for Bill Graham at FM Productions. Throughout his career, Stansfield worked with numerous artists, including Neil Diamond, Barbra Streisand, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, the Grateful Dead, Santana, Tina Turner, and others. In 1987, he readied Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles for a papal visit and got a repeat call from Yankee Stadium in New York in 2008, according to Pollstar.com.

Stansfield leaves behind his wife, Claudia, two daughters, and three grandchildren.