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  • Never Before Seen Interviews

  • Behind the Stage Door is Inspired by legendary concert promoter Rich Engler, his autobiography and upcoming documentary series, featuring the artists and bands that defined generations of music lovers.  It's the late 1960’s in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and if you didn’t work in the steel mills or glass factories, you weren’t going to make it in this town.  But a shaggy haired kid from Creighton, Pennsylvania wasn’t going to play by those rules.  Rich Engler wanted to play music and be a part of a cultural movement that was sweeping the globe, Rock N’ Roll.  From his early days playing drums in his band, The Grains of Sand, to becoming one of the top grossing concert promoters in the United States, Rich Engler is the embodiment of the rags to “riches” American Dream come true.

  • A Look Behind The Curtains

  • Behind the Stage Door features Pittsburgh’s legendary rock n’ roll promoter, Rich Engler. During the rise of stadium rock in the 1970s and well into the 1980s arena rock era, Mr. Engler was instrumental in promoting rock and roll in the Steel City before the corporate machine took hold of promotions and ticket distribution in the late 1990s. While the steel industry and economy in Pittsburgh suffered during the 1970s and ‘80s, Rich Engler had the music scene hopping, handling the day’s top acts and making Pittsburgh a focal point of interest for those acts to stop and play. 

  • Rock Royalty

  • Rich Engler not only does the tireless work of the promoter include landing the talent; advertising locally to attract patrons; preparing the venue and staffing the stage, theater or arena; managing the inner workings of each artist’s shows, but also handling the musicians and the unique requests of the pampered performers including food baskets, massage tables and bottled spirits flown in from around the globe. And let’s not forget birthday cakes... The list seems endless. He's golfed with Graham Nash, Alice Cooper, Huey Lewis, gone hunting with Harry Connick Jr., dined and partied with David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Axl Rose and Jefferson Starship. He soothed the fragile egos of Billy Joel and Eric Clapton. He told Gene Simmons, in no uncertain terms, to keep his hands off his wife. He even traded a vintage car in exchange for the rights to promote a tour with Sha Na Na. Many of the acts he promoted became friends, and this pilot gives the viewing audience direct access.

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Behind the Stage Door encompasses all of the facets behind the scenes of the music industry from the managers, producers and promoters' viewpoints of the most renowned acts in history.

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