FOH Engineer Eisenhauer Dies

Front of house  engineer David Eisenhauer, who helmed tours for the likes of Bon Jovi, Paul Simon, Sheryl Crow and many others since the 1990s, died in his sleep in Saint Louis March 23. The cause of death had not been determined at press time, according to Pro Sound Network. 

Eisenhauer got his start playing in a high school band, for which he bought a small PA with help from his family. Soon he was mixing in local bars and venues for his group and others. After that, he began running sound for local fairs and events in the St. Louis area.

Eisenhauer’s move to the national level came when a then-unknown Sheryl Crow moved to the area and began building a band for her first tour. Eisenhauer provided audio for the auditions and the two hit it off.  He became the house engineer on a tour during which Crow’s debut, Tuesday Night Music Club, became a staple of ’90s rock.

Eisenhauer went on to work with Kelly Clarkson, John Mellencamp, Enrique Iglesias, James Taylor, Usher, and many others. He earned Pro Sound News’ Centerstage Award twice for his work mixing multiple tours for Bon Jovi’s mid-2000s revival, including a 2008 concert for 60,000 people in New York City’s Central Park.

Eisenhauer was a staff engineer for Clair Global for many years and had founded his own business, Tour Contacts.

In order to assist with final expenses, Eisenhauer’s family has established a GoFundMe account.