Obituary: Acclaimed Rolling Stones and U2 live rock show creator Mark Fisher dies aged 66
PUBLISHED: 09:00 03 July 2013
Rock concert guru Mark Fisher, who created stages for bands such as the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd and oversaw the London Olympic ceremonies, has died aged 66.
Among his many notable creations were the 360-degree stage for U2’s last tour, the staging of The Wall by Pink Floyd in 1980 and more recently by Roger Waters, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert outside Buckingham Palace.
Mr Fisher, a stage designer and architect, died in his sleep on June 25 at the Marie Curie Hospice in Lyndhurst Gardens, Hampstead, following a “long and difficult illness”, his company said.
He was senior designer for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and was one of the executive producers for the ceremonies at London 2012.
The Stones said they were “saddened” by his death, and said his stage sets played a major part in the success of their tours.
Mr Fisher is credited with shaping the look of large-scale rock shows over the past quarter of a century – and with his firm Stufish, based in King’s Cross near to his home, he created the designs for all Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and U2 tours over the past two decades.
Over the years he also worked on productions such as the hit Queen musical We Will Rock You and Cirque Du Soleil shows.
He also worked on the Stones’ latest 50 And Counting anniversary tour, which visits Hyde Park in London next month.
In a statement, the band said: “We are all extremely saddened to hear of the death of dear friend Mark Fisher. The remarkable sets he designed for us over the last two decades played a major part in the success of all those tours.
“His passion, dedication and professionalism was infectious. We all loved his dry sense of humour and unflappable demeanour, a quietly soft-spoken genius.
“Mark will be sorely missed – not only by us but by every single member of ours and any crew he worked with. Our sincere condolences go to his wife and family.”
Other recent work by Fisher has included Lady Gaga’s Born This Way ball, Madonna’s MDNA tour and Metallica’s Death Magnetic tour.
A statement from his company, Stufish, said Mr Fisher had faced his illness with “stoicism and courage and his customary good humour”.
It added: “His work influenced not only the colleagues and crews with whom he worked, but also surprised and delighted the many millions of people who experienced his designs all over the world.”
Mr Fisher, born in 1947, was awarded an OBE in 2000 following his work on the Millennium celebrations in London.
He is survived by his wife, Cristina Garcia.