(VIP-NEWS) — Italian promoter David Zard has passed at the age of 75 after suffering from a long illness.
The promoter of Libyan origin had brought in some of the biggest tours to Italy from artists like Lou Reed, Frank Zappa, Madonna to the Rolling Stones and many others.
It was also Zard who, in the `80s, promoted the Italian shows of Michael Jackson`s Bad World Tour, and over the years he became a record producer (with Gianna Nannini) and also an actor, with a small role played in 1991 in the film Il Muro di Gomma.
Barley Arts founder Claudio Trotta says Zard was a “visionary, proud, brave man” with “charisma, a personality, and a unique character”. Trotta also praises his work in fighting against ticket resale, saying Zard was “one of my colleagues who spoke against the phenomenon of secondary ticketing, highlighting the abuse by some well-known multinationals”, and his recognition of the “undisputed talent” of Italian singer Angelo Branduardi, whose success opened the door other for Italian artists in Europe.
Zard is survived by his wife, Patrizia Tomasich, and their son, Clemente, who now leads Warner Music Italy’s live operation, Vivo Concerti.