Brian Leggero



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Brian Leggero was born March 14th, 1967 -  Brian William Jenkins to Joann Leggero and William Jenkins  in Rockford, Illinois.  Has 1 Sister Leann Jenkins.  William Jenkins divorced Joann Leggero Jenkins when Brian was 4 years old and was raised by Joann Leggero Jenkins his entire life.  In 2000 Brian legally amended his name to Brian Leggero.  Brian attended schools in Rockford, Illinois grade school St. Francis Consolidated and Boylan Center Catholic High School.   His career in music and rock and roll started when he was 14 years old working with local bands doing live sound and lighting.  Upon graduating high school in 1985, at the age of 17, he packed up his things loaded up his car and drove to Los Angeles, California and attended The Institute of Audio and Video Engineering.  After successfully completing the courses in Audio and Video engineering, Brian did some live sound work with Bill Ward (former Black Sabbath drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee).   After about a year with Bill Ward an opportunity came up to be hired at the legendary Sound City Studios in Panarama City, California.  

Brian was hired on at Sound City studios after starting to work there in the maintenance shop fixing headphones and other electrical technician duties.   "I remember my very first weekend there the chief technician John Hanlon was on vacation and I was the only tech there with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tracking with a full set up in Studio A.  I got a call and they said the recording console had shut down.   I remained calm during what could have been a very stressful situation and solved the problem fairly quickly to everyone's satisfaction and applause ha.  What a way to start a new job, saving the day but that is what any quality technician would have done."   Brian then became an assistant engineer and quickly moving to first engineer on a number of projects.  In 1989 he branched out and became and Independent Engineer and Producer of music.  

In my 30 year career I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with artists as:  Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Black Crowes, Kyuss, Masters of Reality, Ginger Baker, Screaming Trees, Trixter, The Jayhawks, Dr. John, Zachary Richard, Fu Manchu, Dio, Eddie Van Halen, Sammy Hagar, Diana Ross, Ricki Martin (Grammy), Andrew “Dice” Clay,  Magnificent Bastards / Scott Weiland, Sugartooth, Deftones, Primal Scream, Engines of Aggression, Bicycle Thief, You Am I, Delaney Bramlett, and Spooner Oldham among others.  Movie soundtrack credits include:  Escape from L.A., Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitters Dead, Tank Girl, Beastmaster II, Lionheart, Over the Top, and Across the Tracks.

In 2005, Brian returned to live in Rockford, Illinois full time to help his mother and be closer to family.  Upon returning full time to Rockford, Brian noticed the decline of his birthplace starting and choose to do something about it to help it recover and stop the decline.  His life took a dramatic turn when he decided to stand up and do something about it by starting to run for public office.   Brian ran for Alderman of the City of Rockford twice both times coming up short in the votes,  future runs for office included Winnebago County Forest Preserve Commissioner along with 34 other candidates,  County Board Member (Once being knocked off the ballot for changing his name to honor the single mother that raised him his entire life),  ran for County Board member again came in 2nd to a newcomer and defeating the member that didn't reside in the district of the office she was serving.  In 2014 he ran for Park District Commissioner and got the most votes he had ever received running for public office.   "I am far from giving up on helping the City I was born and raised recover from the years of decline, my quest to answer the call to pubic service is not a sprint but a marathon".  "You only lose when you stop trying, Never a Doubt!"

In 2015, after being tired of hearing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees names announced not including Cheap Trick for 13 years straight, Brian decided to stand up and do something about that.   He came up with a plan and started and petition to request the band be nominated and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  He knew this would take a herculean effort so he approached friends and local businesses in his hometown of Rockford, Illinois to help with this effort. The petition garnered over 10,000 signatures in a just a little over 3 months.   In August of 2015 Rock and Roll History was made when Brian hand delivered the petitions to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum.  The first time ever this had been done .  There is more to the story that some know, many do not know about and will probably never know about.  End result Cheap Trick was nominated and then Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the first time they were ever nominated.  A HUGE thank you to everyone that helped with this effort and everyone involved in the Hall of Fame Foundation and Museum.  Please consider becoming a museum member at rockhall.com.  




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