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Parnelli Awards 20-Year Video Stream Part of NAMM’s Believe In Music Online Event

Kevin M. Mitchell • News • January 5, 2021

Gerry Stickells was lauded with a Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

LAS VEGAS – The Parnelli Awards production team has decided to take advantage of this “gap year” to look back at 20 years of Parnelli Awards. The rapid-fire “Keep the Torch Lit” presentation on Jan. 22 will include a highlight reel, our memorial video saying goodbye to those we’ve lost this year, and some well-wishes and irreverent words from Parnelli Awards executive producer Terry Lowe and chairman of the board of advisors Marshall Bissett.

Dennis DeYoung hosted the 2009 ceremony.

The Parnelli retrospective, which accompanies special sections in the Jan. 2021 issues of PLSN and FRONT of HOUSE magazines, will stream on Friday, Jan. 22 at 5 p.m. PST, 8 p.m. EST through NAMM’s Believe In Music event being held from Jan. 18-22. Everyone is encouraged to register for this at The NAMM event can be accessed at and users can log in via details sent by the registration confirmation. A full NAMM schedule is part of the navigation, and attendees just need to search and click to see content. In addition to that, the “Keep the Torch Lit” Parnelli retrospective will also be available for viewing on at 6 p.m. PST. A link will be emailed out to all PLSN and FOH subscribers that evening, too.

Frankie Valli presented the 2014 Audio Innovator Award to Bob Goldstein.

“The reality is we would have never had the time or resources to dig through all the wonderful memories and hilarious moments that have happened at the Parnelli’s since the first one in 2001,” says Lowe. “But we are all glad we did. We found some VHS video of the second show, hundreds of great pictures, and video clips of artists that have participated, including Alice Cooper, Brooks & Dunn, Paul Anka, Mick Jagger, Brad Paisley, Tom Petty and so many others. We’ve really enjoyed reliving those moments in a highlight reel, and we think you will, too.”

Jere Harris, 2006 Lifetime Achievement honoree, speaks to the audience.

Also be sure to watch the Pro Production Sessions presented by PLSN and FOH magazines as part of the NAMM Believe in Music Week Entertainment Technology Track on Jan. 21 and 22. Each of these half-hour long videos will offers an in-depth look at the direction of entertainment production, including two sessions on the groundbreaking uses of XR technology that is redefining the immersive possibilities of live production environments. Don’t miss these four compelling video sessions to get insights from some of the leading creative production minds propelling the live entertainment industry forward as they work with the top musical artists of the day.

Alice Cooper hosted the ceremony in 2008

Lowe adds that the “Keep the Torch Lit” presentation, along with the special Parnelli section in the January editions of PLSN and FOH magazines, would not be possible without the generosity of the sponsors. Gold sponsors include 4 Wall Entertainment,All Access Staging & Productions, Bandit Lites, d&b audiotechnik, Harman, L-Acoustics, Maryland Sound, Meyer Sound, Rock-It Cargo, Sound Image and Strictly FX. Silver sponsors include Chauvet Professional, Elation Professional, Global Trend Productions, Hemphill Brothers, Solotech and Stageline. TPI is a Production Partner.

“We hope you join us for our Pro Production sessions and then Friday night be there for this highlight reel, raise a glass, and help us keep the torch lit until January 2022, when we meet again in person,” Lowe says. “At that point, we’ll be celebrating a spectacular year.”

Todd Rundgren with former FOH editor Bill Evans in 2004

More Details on the Pro Production Sessions

The half-hour Pro Production Sessions will premiere on the following schedule and then will be available on-demand through NAMM for follow-up viewing. On Thursday, Jan. 21 and 10 a.m. PST: Welcome to the XR Revolution with Ash Nehru, Laura Frank, and Nils Porrmann. On Jan. 21 at 3 p.m. PST: Leading the XR Revolution with Cory FitzGerald, Bianca Moncada, Alex Reardon and Vincent Richards. On Friday Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. PST: Seeing the Music: A Production Design Roundtable with Ben Dalgleish, Bryan Hartley, Robb Jibson, Peter Morse and Tamlyn Wright. On Jan. 22 at 2 p.m.”  At the Core of the Tour: The Production Manager Roundtable with Bobby Schneider, Marty Hom and Elliot Saltzman. We thank all our guests for helping to create these informative and fun sessions.

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