Oral History Information
Meg Leighton is a beloved floor manager at the NAMM Show, but did you know she was also a pioneering Live Sound rigger? She was among the few women climbing scaffolding for touring rock bands in the late 1980s and 90s. It all started while she was in high school and attended a comedy program in Boulder, Colorado. She was fascinated by the many people she saw behind the stage. After hanging around the club they soon put her to work and her skills on all levels of roadie roles soon developed. The first stage she helped build was at Folsom Stadium in 1985 for Van Halen’s 5051 tour. A long list of tours followed such as those with the Rolling Stones, Elton John, the Eagles, and Billy Joel (among others). Meg joined the technical team for the Donald Souls Ballroom in Denver, which involved the art of sound and lighting, something she really enjoyed. Meg was asked to serve as the events coordinator for the San Diego Convention Center, which was her introduction to trade show management. She was hired by Freeman, which led to her first NAMM Show in 2017. She has been assisting the music products industry, with a smile, ever since!