In 1977, Rod Stewart fired his lighting director four days before he went on tour. “They looked around the room and said, ‘He’s done it,’ ” recalls Patrick Woodroffe with a laugh.
Thus began a nearly 40-year career as a sought-after and award-winning lighting designer, illuminating everything from operas to the Olympics, rock concerts to Raquel Welch.
Woodroffe has worked with a star-studdded roster of artists including Lady Gaga, Elton John, and Michael Jackson’s ill-fated “This Is It” tour. Among his longest associations is the 31 years he has spent as the Rolling Stones go-to lighting designer, including for this year’s “50 & Counting” tour, which comes to the TD Garden Wednesday and Friday at 8 p.m. Tickets: $147.50-$597.50. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
Interview has been edited and condensed. Sarah Rodman can be reached at email@example.com.