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Legendary Monitor Engineer Brian Hendry Passes at 67

Monitor engineer Brian Hendry spent 40 years mixing top acts, from Tom Petty to Jennifer Hudson.

Brian Hendry
Brian Hendry

Henderson, NV (March 2, 2020)—Longtime live sound engineer Brian Hendry died February 14 at his home in Henderson, NV from polycystic kidney disease, which he’d battled since 1994. Across a 40-year career, Hendry worked with the likes of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Ozbourne, Van Halen, Page and Plant, Joe Walsh, the Eagles, Alanis Morissette, Lenny Kravitz, Cher, Stevie Nicks and Jennifer Hudson before his retirement in 2017. He was 67.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Hendry graduated from from Stow College of Engineering in 1974, moved to London the following year and soon began touring with bands as an audio engineer. That in turn brought him to America in 1976. Hendry met Jann Zlotkin, his wife of 32 years, at a 1987 Whitesnake/Mötley Crüe concert in Washington, D.C. They were married Dec. 24, 1987, and moved to Thousand Oaks, CA. Continuing to fight polycystic kidney disease, he received a lifesaving kidney donation from friend Todd Chandler in 2001; the following year, he won a Parnelli Award for Monitor Mixer of the Year.

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Brian Hendry is survived by wife, Jann; daughter Josephine; daughter Jamie and son-in-law Ryan Greek and granddaughter Luella Greek; daughter Jacqueline Jean and son-in-law Fred Rubenstein; siblings Jim and Karen Hendry; and beloved dog, Jake. Brian’s parents, sister Deborah, and brother Allan preceded his passing. The family is asking those who wish to honor Hendry to donate to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation.

A Celebration of Life event in his honor will be held at Solotech’s Las Vegas offices on April 5,  2020; RSVPs can be sent via Hendry’s website.

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