LAS VEGAS, NV. (Top40 Charts/ Parnelli Awards) - The Parnelli Awards Board of Directors announced that Dennis
Sheehan will be receiving this year's Lifetime Achievement Award honoring his four decades in the live entertainment industry. Currently Tour Manager for U2, the venerable professional will be honored for his work and contributions at an awards ceremony at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas
on October 24, 2008.
In 1982 Sheehan began his long career with U2, thanks to U2 manager Paul McGuinness. "The band works incredibly hard, and they go to extreme lengths to achieve what they want," Sheehan says. "With many bands, you get to a peak, and that's it. With U2 they are still climbing that mountain." Sheehan is still climbing it with them. Not only does he take care of the band's tours, he is also called on to help with various solo projects from getting Bono in front of Congress to testify on behalf of Africa, to working with The Edge as he supports and promotes Music Rising, a charity for the central Gulf region.
In addition to the sheer logistical nightmare moving a supergroup like U2 around the globe for spectacular concerts, Sheehan adds that through the years he's done "odd little things" like getting members of the band to South Africa for an event with Nelson Mandela to slipping inside the White House for a private performance for President Bill Clinton.
So revered is he by U2 that for a recent birthday, they all dressed up as members of Led Zeppelin in honor of the many stories he likes to tell from that period of his life. Currently he's working with the band as they record a new album, and he looks forward to going out with them next spring. Of his success he says, "I think people knew I had a sense of responsibility and always got the job done, regardless. I'm quite pleased to have been a part of [the industry]."
The Parnelli Awards honor the highest achievement in concert production technology. 18 awards are presented including lighting designer of the year and audio mixer of the year as well as three lifetime achievement awards.
For more information on the Parnelli Awards go to http://www.parnelliawards.com.