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Lighting Usher and Blake in the Home of the Cowboys

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LD Eric Wade lit up AT&T Stadium for the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ 90th Anniversary GalaLD Eric Wade lit up AT&T Stadium for the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ 90th Anniversary Gala.

The United Way is a national system of volunteers, charities and contributors who help people in their communities. In the metropolitan area of Dallas/Fort Worth they have now done this for 90 years. To celebrate that milestone and gather funds for a worthy cause, they threw a gala party at the biggest room in town, the AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL’s Cowboys.

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Editor's Note

Relishing the Relics

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View Nook Schoenfeld's intro to the June 2015 PLSN at plsn.me/201506ednoteRelics: I believe this is a term used to describe ancient stuff. Like rock bands that never seem to die. I want to know what happened to the mantra “Hope I die before I get old” that the Who preached back in the ‘60s. But hey, we’re all happy to see the remaining live members celebrate their 50th anniversary with a tour. Albeit with cancelled dates to rest an ailing throat, these guys are still working it.

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On the Road

Jon Pollak, LD for Boz Scaggs

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Jon Pollak, circa 1976, in NYCTour: LD Jon Pollak is supporting Boz Scaggs' 2015 tour, with U.S. shows in May, July-August, 2015. The photo here is of Pollak in New York City circa 1976, when Scaggs' album, Silk Degrees, scored a #2 on Billboard's Top 200. The more recent shot of Scaggs himself (below, performing in Austin, TX) was taken by Debi Moen in 2015.

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In Memoriam: Dennis Sheehan, 1946-2015

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Dennis Sheehan accepted the Parnelli Award for Lifetime Achievement on Oct. 24, 2008.Dennis Sheehan, longtime tour manager for U2 and 2008 Parnelli Lifetime Achievement award winner, died May 27. He was 68. Sheehan had been in Los Angeles with U2 for a series of shows in the early part of the band’s 2015 iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour. U2 had opened the first of five shows at the Forum the night before.

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Rock in Rio Plays Vegas

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Echosmith on the Main Stage. The band turned to PLSN contributor Vickie Claiborne for a lighting assist.It took 12 weeks, and more than 90 truckloads of construction materials, but what was a dusty, forlorn corner of the Las Vegas Strip was transformed into the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll playground by Brown United. The company’s largest undertaking to date, Rock in Rio USA took outdoor festivals to a new level, incorporating not just multiple stages, but an elaborate VIP area, “Rock Streets” filled with shops and eateries and even a Ferris wheel and zip line.

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Biggest Projection by a Dam Site

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Photo courtesy of CTCT Plays Key Role in Record-Setting 1.17 Million Lumen Projection on Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam, one of the top engineering miracles in the world, recently became the sight for the reveal of Daimler Trucks North America Freightliners Infinite Inspiration. The event required months of planning, preparation, and set up by a team of individuals steeped in knowledge garnered from long-term experience with the latest in technological innovations.

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Fleetwood Mac: The Full-On Mac is Back

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FleetWood Mac (c) Steven JenningsI’m having lunch today with Paul “Arlo” Guthrie, who could well be the finest Australian export to the States since Vegemite. He has again assumed his recurring role as production designer for Fleetwood Mac’s latest world tour. The band wrapped up well over a year ago when one of the founding members, bassist John McVie, had to take a leave of absence due to health issues. But that was after another original member, Christine McVie, sat in with the band for a show in London last year. She had been missing from the lineup since 1998, and for the first time in 17 years, the five members from the powerhouse lineup of the 1970s were involved in the show. I also spoke with lighting director Chris Lose and with screens provider Danny O’Bryen about the tour.

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Dennis Sheehan - 2008 Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

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Dennis Sheehan has had a backstage pass to rock and roll history. For a quarter of a century he has shepherded U2 to the four corners of the globe and back again. Prior to that, he assisted Led Zeppelin on their historic tours. The one-time professional guitarist has also served a host of acts including Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Siouxie and the Banshees and members of the Sex Pistols, among many others.

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Inside Theatre

Lighting the Rockettes' New York Spring Spectacular

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The Rockettes' New York Spring Spectacular

LD David Agress Sheds Light on the Inaugural Production

The New York Spring Spectacular that recently dazzled thousands of fans per show at Radio City Music Hall was a monster production — a Manhattan-focused extravaganza that encompassed numerous actors, the Rockettes, and impressive video and set pieces that took audiences from the depths of the subway system to the top of the Empire State Building.

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Production Profile

Kenny Chesney's Big Revival Tour

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Kenny Chesney's Big Revival Tour (c) Brian PetersenKenny Chesney has embarked on his 2015 trek across America. It’s his 14th headlining concert tour in support of his 16th studio album, The Big Revival, and some of the different stadium gigs will also feature a long roster of co-headliners/supporting acts including Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Cole Swindell, Jake Owen, Brantley Gilbert, Chase Rice and Old Dominion.

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