St. Louis, MO (March 27, 2017)—Noted FOH engineer David Eisenhauer died Thursday, March 23, in his sleep; the cause of death has not been determined at press time. His passing closed the career of a respected engineer who helmed tours for the likes of Bon Jovi, Paul Simon, Sheryl Crow and many others since starting out in the early 1990s.
Like many touring engineers, Eisenhauer got his start in high school, playing in a band, for which he bought a small PA with help from his family. Soon he was mixing in local bars and venues for his group and others; when he finished school, Eisenhauer began running sound for local fairs and events in the St. Louis area, building a small local sound company in the process.
Eisenhauer’s step to the national level came, however, when an unknown Sheryl Crow moved to the region and began building a band for her first tour, supporting her debut album. Eisenhauer provided audio for the auditions, the two hit it off and soon he became the house engineer on a trek during which Crow’s debut, Tuesday Night Music Club, became a staple of Nineties rock.
Upon hitting the national level, Eisenhauer never looked back, with a career that saw him mix Kelly Clarkson, John Mellencamp, Enrique Iglesias, James Taylor, Usher and others. He won Pro Sound News’ Centerstage Award twice for his work mixing multiple tours for Bon Jovi’s mid-2000s revival, including a 2008 concert for 60,000 people in New York City’s Central Park. Eisenhauer was a staff engineer for Clair Global for many years and in recent times, had founded his own business, Tour Contacts.
As word of Eisenhauer’s passing spread across the pro audio community over the weekend, friends and former co-workers recalled the talented engineer as a warm-hearted man who lit up a room with his big personality. At Pro Sound News, too, we covered a number of his tours over the years, and always found him to be an engaging person who was generous with his time, insights and knowledge. He will be missed.