Keith Urban tour director died after fall at Ohio concert

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Randy “Baja” Fletcher died on August 27 in a hospital after falling the day before Urban’s appearance at Bash on the Bay in Put-in-Bay.

PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio – EDITOR’S NOTE: The above video is from August 25.

Country star Keith Urban’s longtime touring production manager has died after falling from a stage while preparing for a concert in Ohio.

The Port Clinton News-Herald reports that Randy “Baja” Fletcher, 72, died on August 27 in a hospital after falling the day before Urban’s appearance in Bash on the Bay on Put-in Island. Bay of Lake Erie.

Fletcher became Urban’s Tour Director in 2011 after decades working for country music’s biggest stars. Urban told Billboard magazine that Fletcher had an “orbit of light” and was highly regarded.

Fletcher received the Country Music Association’s first Touring Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.

Born in Virginia, he began his career in Virginia Beach with Bill Deal and the Rhondels. He then worked with ZZ Top in the 1970s and worked for a decade with Waylon Jennings. He has also toured with Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Willie Nelson, Randy Travis and Brooks & Dunn.

Fletcher was a Vietnam veteran who served in the United States Army. He lived in Knoxville, Tennessee, and had two daughters who were his pride and joy.

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