ICON presents Houstonian Ron Eckerman, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s tour manager who survived the fatal plane crash that took the lives of Ronnie Van Zandt, singer and songwriter Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, back-up singer Cassie Gaines, and assistant tour manager Dean Kilpatrick. Eckerman went on to work with Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Fleetwood Mac, and Peter Frampton, and SIR PRODUCTIONS. He wrote the book “Turn It Up” about life on the road with Lynyrd Skynyrd. Before his death in May 2014, he was in integrated sytem designs, which includes networking and integration of control systems for medical applications, lighting, sound, show control, and video systems. He founded “Clearlight Enterprises”, one of the first super touring production companies.
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ABOUT “TURN IT UP”:
A labor of love written by former tour manager of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ron Eckerman. Ron Eckerman was an early pioneer in the concert industry. In 1973, he began producing concert tours and created a concert lighting / tour management company, Clearlight Enterprises. The organization toured with the top bands of the era: Fleetwood Mac, Peter Frampton, Willie Nelson, WAR, Humble Pie, Foghat, Alvin Lee, Waylon Jennings, Trapeze, Montrose, Gary Wright, and many others.
In 1976, he took on the challenge of managing Lynyrd Skynyrd tours, and witnessed and participated in their meteoric rise to fame and worldwide acclaim.
After recovering from the tragic plane crash that put an end to the original Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eckerman went on to produce in television, film, and stage, and taught theater and artist management at Santa Monica College.
Mr. Eckerman wrote short stories, technical manuscripts, and financial articles in his last years. His book “Turn it Up!” is a memoir about his experience with the 1970’s concert scene and the rise and fall of one of the world’s most legendary rock bands, Lynyrd Skynyrd.