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JD Yorke (born John Duane Yorke; 1963 near the South Shore of Long Island, NY) is an American writer, who established himself as a concert production expert after working over 40 years as a stage manager, lighting designer, and sound engineer, and for major artists and nightclubs as well as the film industry in North America since 1979.
His early career included working as a sound tech at Studio 54, The Limelight, and The Palladium in the early to mid 80’s.
He was the onstage monitor engineer/audio system tech for The Cult “Electric” Tour in North America in 1987. This was also the first arena tour for Guns N Roses to support their debut release “Appetite For Destruction”.
After a brief meeting before their first show opening for The Cult in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Guns N Roses hired him for $80 cash a show to mix their onstage monitors on the tour also.
Yorke took a break from his successful touring career in 1988 and before his 26th birthday enlisted in the military, attending basic and advanced training at the United States Army Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia. His military occupational specialties were combat arms related, 11B (Infantry), 11BC2 (Dragon Anti Tank Gunner), and eventually commanded 2 TOW anti tank missile vehicles and crews as a sergeant, E-5, while serving with the Oregon Army National Guard. During his service he was the academic honor graduate in the Primary Leadership Development Course from the US Army Region V NCO Academy in Utah.
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