Editor's Note

Into the Fire

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Nook at LDI. For his intro to the Jan. 2015 issue of PLSN, go to plsn.me/201501ednoteWell, here I am. The new editor of this fine magazine you are reading. And I’m over my head…again. But I’m not afraid, because most of my career has been spent being thrown into the fire. The fact is that, for the last 10 years, I have just been designing stuff, and nothing in my workload was stressful. Sure, there were challenges and long hours spent tweaking designs to bring my ideas to fruition, but I never stayed up late wondering how the heck I was gonna pull something off. Then came this new gig offer.

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On the Road

LD David Hare and Stevie Wonder

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LD David Hare crafted the looks for Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life tourTour: Stevie Wonder’s “Songs in the Key of Life”

Dates: Nov. 6-Dec. 20, 2014

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Features

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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Features

GrooveBoston and ECLPS Make Raves on Campus

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GrooveBoston University of Texas at Arlington, Christ Dutton (c) GrooveBoston and ECLPSIt’s a Friday afternoon, and Nate Almeida and the rest of the East Coast Lighting & Production Services team (ECLPS) are gearing up for another stop on Groove-Boston’s Cohesion Tour. These players have been collaborating on large-scale shows for 10 years and six consecutive tours. GrooveBoston combines massive pro-ductions with resident DJs to create immersive concert events on college campuses. ECLPS has been a key partner in creating a majority of the visual designs for each show since its’ inception.

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Features

TomorrowWorld Gets AV Boost from NEP Screenworks

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Tomorrow WorldTomorrowland, the international dance music festival founded by Dutch concert promoters ID&T and staged in Boom, Belgium since 2005, branched out to the U.S. in 2013 with TomorrowWorld, which featured a roster of 300+ EDM artists and a collective audience of 140,000 for its Sept. 27-29 debut in in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, outside Atlanta.

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Inside Theatre

LD Kenneth Posner Puts "Disgraced" in a Natural Light

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Disgraced photo by Joan MarcusTony Award-winning lighting designer Kenneth Posner has worked on many dramatic productions with realistic, elaborate sets, including The Merchant Of Venice, Other Desert Cities and The Columnist. His most recent Broadway show, Disgraced, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Ayad Ahktar about pride, prejudice and self-deception, has allowed him the opportunity to use lighting to set mood and tone across different seasons in the same space. The changes are often subtle, but over the course of the show, the lighting moves from a warm atmosphere to a harsher vibe as the characters’ lives fall apart.

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Production Profile

Jack White: The Power of 3

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LA (c) David James SwansonGood things come in threes. At least that’s what solo artist and White Stripes co-founder Jack White would have us believe, judging by the lighting and production designs for his current tour in support of his 2014 solo record, Lazaretto.

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Designer Insights

Elton John- The Diving Board Tour

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Elton John (c) Steve JenningsBefore embarking on a second three-year Million Dollar Piano residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas this month, Elton John headlined a New Year’s Eve concert at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The Barclays Center show incorporated set elements and visuals from the artist’s 2013-2014 Diving Board tour — which marked the last chance for LD Patrick Woodroffe and the late Mark Fisher of Stufish Entertainment Architects to collaborate on the look of an Elton John concert. Fisher died June 25, 2013; the tour launched Nov. 8 and ran through Feb. 28, 2014.

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Showtime

Top 10 Tours* - 1: One Direction

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One Direction (c) Calvin Aurand. The tour ran from late April to October 2014 with legs in South America, Europe and North AmericaLighting Co: Lite Alternative/Upstaging

Video Co: VER/XL Video

*Top 10 Tour rankings from Billboard Magazine based on gross ticket sales from mid-Nov., 2013 to mid-Nov., 2014

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Showtime

2: Justin Timberlake

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Justin Timberlake (c) Ralph LarmannLighting/Video Co: Solotech

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