Gérard Drouot, whose career as a French promoter lasted more than 40 years, died on Monday January 10.
A press release issued the morning of his death by Gérard Drouot Productions, the company he launched in Strasbourg, France, in 1986, reads as follows: “It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our founder Gérard Drouot at the age of 69. while fighting leukemia. “
Drouot dropped out of medical school when he first heard Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and followed his passion for music and live performance.
His first events in eastern France included concerts by Nico and Tangerine Dream at Notre Dame de Reims cathedral in 1974.
Rock and jazz legends who have trusted Drouot ever since are AC / DC, ZZ Top, Asaf Avidan, Bruce Springsteen, David Gilmour, Diana Krall, Sir Elton John, Joan Baez, Joe Satriani, Lenny Kravitz, Luciano Pavarotti, Melody Gardot, Ray Charles, U2 and many more.
Neil Warnock MBE, Global Head of Touring at UTA, has worked with Douot on several artists including Pink Floyd and David Gilmour, George Benson, Deep Purple, Yusuf / Cat Stevens, King Crimson, Katie Melua and Alice Cooper. Warnock wrote the following words in remembrance of his dear friend:
“I was deeply shocked and devastated to learn the news of the death of my great friend Gérard Drouot yesterday, January 10th.
“Gérard and I had been friends for at least 30 years and he was one of the most accomplished professionals I have ever worked with, not only in France but around the world. What made him unique in the music business in France, it is because he was not Parisian and because of that, he made his Artists work all over France to help them develop their careers.
“It was a total pleasure working with him as a friend. It was always an absolute pleasure to have lunch or dinner with him. His knowledge of wine and food was amazing and a joy to see.
“I am both shocked and saddened by the enormous loss suffered by the entire French music industry and I feel so sad at the moment for his son, Matthieu and the whole family.
“One thing I do know is that Matthew will continue the great legacy started by his father and bring GDP to even higher levels than before.”