AC / DC, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Kylie Minogue… Many superstars have worked with show producer Gérard Drouot, who died on Monday January 10th. The 69-year-old was battling leukemia, his company said.
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our founder Gérard Drouot at the age of 69 while battling leukemia.
— Gérard Drouot Productions (@GDP) January 10, 2022
The tweet, signed by “his son Matthieu as well as the whole Gérard Drouot Productions team”, recalls his career: “Gérard was one of the pioneers of the” Live Show “and led a unique career in France of more than 40 years, producing the most beautiful concerts of the most beautiful artists that he has accompanied from the smallest venues to the largest.
His reputation around the world was matched only by his professionalism and his passion for Live music.
We will never forget his selflessness, his advice and he is leaving much too soon. As he said so rightly in the face of adversity ‘we are mad with rage’. “
A passion that dates back to his youth
The history of its structure began in Strasbourg, in 1986. He then produced a long list of national and international artists, maintaining privileged links with some, such as Melody Gardot, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John or even Asaf Avidan and Leonard Cohen.
Beyond the concerts, the producer was at the origin of major events such as the 40e and 50e anniversaries of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in 1988 and 1998, remind our colleagues of the world.
As early as 1973, still a medical student, Gérard Drouot already had the production of events in the skin. He had organized his first concert, and invited the Caravan group for a student event.
The same year, he organized an event concert for the former Velvet Underground singer Nico, before programming Leonard Cohen in Reims in 1976.
Recently, the producer had organized the Rolling Stones concert at the Orange Vélodrome stadium in Marseille, or the Van Morrison concerts at the Olympia at the start of 2020. Since 2013, his son Matthieu was Deputy CEO of GDP. He now continues his father’s work alone.