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If You Love Concert Spectacles, Mourn the Passing of This Guy

Chances are you’ve never heard of Ken Anderson, but if you’ve been to a big-time concert at anytime in the last 35 years or so, you owe a lot to this guy.

Ken was KISS’ long-time production manager, the man who brought the KISS concert vision to life during those crucial years between 1976 and 1982.  The multi-tiered stages.  The pyro.  The spitting blood and flames.  Levitating drum kits. The exploding guitars. The light show.  That was all Ken’s doing.

After KISS, all over-the-top concert experiences were measured against what they did–what Ken helped them do.

When the KISS gig expired, Ken moved on to the Olympics and Universal Studios. He also worked on pay-per-view boxing events.

Ken died of cancer back on December 15, although news of his passing wasn’t released until this week.

Read more at The Hollywood Reporter.


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One thought on “If You Love Concert Spectacles, Mourn the Passing of This Guy

  • Thank you for giving him the credit… Julie (Ken’s daughter)


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