FOHonline.com reports that Gordon "Gungi" Paterson, a highly respected and well-liked FOH (front-of-house) engineer for such acts as JUDAS PRIEST, DEEP PURPLE and RAINBOW, died Monday, September 28 after a three-year battle with lymphoma. As per his wishes, there will be no memorial service in Seattle, where Gungi, his wife Bridget, and their children made their home.
Commented METALLICA's longtime soundman "Big" Mick Hughes: "I met Gungi many years ago, and I had always fondly thought of him as an originator of mixing techniques, some of which I still employ today. The world of live sound was a little in the dark ages in those days and Gungi was a founding member in the fight to make it what we enjoy today. Total respect. God bless, my old friend. Rest in peace."
Legendary guitarist Steve Vai said: "I first met Gungi on the DAVID LEE ROTH 'Eat 'Em and Smile' tour. He was our front of house mixer. Gungi was Scottish and a giant of a man at over seven feet tall with an even larger heart. I had the honor of working with him on my 'Fire Garden' tour where he tour managed and did front of house sound.
"Gungi was one of those people who was always smiling and never had a bad word to say about anyone. He was honest, professional and had a great sense of humor and joy about him. You could not help but feel uplifted being around him."