Pyrotechnic Designer Dies At 70

LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Gene Evans, the pyrotechnic designer, whose designs were used at concerts featuring the Rolling Stones, The Who, Cher, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, Elton John and Bette Midler died in his sleep at the age of 70.

Evans was quietly known for his pyrotechnic career which spanned not only 4 decades but also the country. He designed special effects for many well known Vegas shows such as "Moulin Rouge." Evans was also one of the designers for the 1986 Statue of Liberty centennial celebration in New York Harbor and he was the pyrotechnic for the last 39 years for the Hollywood Bowl.

Evans choreographed his pyrotechnic design and timed it to music, he did not read music, but said the key was listening to the music, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Evans would await the melodic cue and begin his fiery show. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers

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