Concert Security Exec Rick Rentz Dies

Rentz founded Concert Services, Inc.

Well-known concert-security professional Richard "Rick" Rentz, president of Concert Services, Inc., died unexpectedly in his sleep over the weekend. Cause of death was not released. He was 52.

Rentz founded Concert Services, Inc. in 1973 as a private crowd management and personal security organization.

Among his larger-scale security projects, Rentz in the last several years oversaw crowd control and operational security for major events including the 2003 ACM Awards in Las Vegas, the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tenn., the Concert For New York City at Madison Square Garden, Michael Jackson's 30th Anniversary Celebration and Operation Sail 2000 in New London, Conn.

Rentz began his music-event security career in 1973 at the legendary Summer Jam concert at Watkins Glen (N.Y) Raceway, then the largest music-related gathering in U.S. history. He handled security for the Rolling Stones at New York's Shea Stadium in 1989 and was a major security force for the Grateful Dead's tours between 1991 and 1995.

Rentz was born in Bristol, Connecticut and was a resident of Burlington, Conn., homebase of Concert Services, Inc.

"He was the best security man I've ever come across," says Jimmy Koplik, president of Clear Channel Entertainment, Connecticut, who maintained a professional and personal relationship with Rentz for more than 30 years. "The concert-goers in Connecticut were made safer with Rick Rentz running security at our concerts."

Rentz was a decorated military veteran who served three tours of duty in Vietnam, and one year of service in South Korea. He is survived by his wife, Susan, and uncle, Frank Dowd.

A graveside service will be conducted Thursday (May 13) at Hillside Cemetery in Terryville, Conn., at 10:00 a.m. Visitation with the family will be held on Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Scotts Funeral Home in Terryville.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.