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Mark Fisher: Acts pay tribute to rock tour designer

Robbie Williams and the Rolling Stones have paid tribute to the acclaimed stage designer Mark Fisher following his death on Tuesday at the age of 66.

The Stones said they were "saddened" by the news, while Williams described him as "music's greatest architect".

With his firm Stufish, Fisher created designs for all the Stones, Pink Floyd and U2 tours over the past two decades.

He also worked on Queen musical We Will Rock You and the opening and closing ceremonies for the last two Olympics.

Among his creations were the 360-degree stage for U2's last tour and the stage built outside Buckingham Palace for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert last year.

He was made an OBE for his work on the London Millennium Show in 2000 and a member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) for his work on the Golden Jubilee in 2002.

The Stones - currently preparing for their upcoming Glastonbury performance - said Fisher had been a "dear friend" and a "soft-spoken genius".

"The remarkable sets he designed for us over last two decades played a major part in the success of all those tours," they said.

"His passion, dedication and professionalism was infectious. We all loved his dry sense of humour and unflappable demeanour.

Image caption Fisher also designed the wrap-around stage that hosted the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert

"Mark will be sorely missed - not only by us but by every single member of ours and any crew he worked with."

Williams also paid tribute in a Twitter post accompanied by a photo of one of Fisher's designs - a giant head of the singer created for his current Take the Crown tour.

During his concert in Glasgow on Tuesday the Take That star dedicated his song Angels to Fisher, telling fans that he had been "responsible for your entertainment tonight".

In a statement, Fisher's company said he died in his sleep at the Marie Curie Hospice in Hampstead, north London, "after a long and difficult illness".

It said his work as a set designer and artistic director had "transformed the landscape of rock concerts and large scale events over the last 25 years".

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