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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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Eric Cathcart, Michael Grant and The Black Keys' "Turn Blue" Tour

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THE BLACK KEYS, c. Steve JenningsEric Cathcart says that, in terms of a career, he really hasn’t done anything but lighting. In high school, he was involved in the theatre tech departments, then was a technical theatre major in college when he picked up a gig with a local production company. From there, he worked in the San Francisco Bay Area with Morpheus Lights and a few other California lighting companies. He move on to Midnight Lighting in Austin, TX as an LD and tech and did his first tour for Asleep at the Wheel. From there, it was on to Nashville, working for Bandit Lites (Def Leppard, Brooks & Dunn, Reba McEntire and many others). In 1995, he was given the opportunity to be the designer for Olivia Newton-John. From there, the design/director gigs started trickling in. He’s also working as LD under Dan Hadley on tours. Prior to The Black Keys he’s designed Michael Bolton, Thievery Corporation, LCD Soundsystem and The Darkness. The last couple of years he’s been doing CAD drawings for Premier Global Production, including designs for some sizeable festivals.

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Linkin Park Carnivores Tour 2014

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Linkin Park Carnivores Tour 2014 photo by Steve JenningsFollowing the mid-June release of Linkin Park’s The Hunting Party album and 30 Seconds To Mars’ Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams in mid-May, “The Carnivores” tour, which also featured opening act AFI, took shape this year. The 25-date arena and shed trek kicked off in early August at the Cruzan Amphitheatre (West Palm Beach, FL) and we caught up with the tour where it wrapped up Sept. 19 at the Concord Pavilion (outside San Francisco).

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ESPN’s Night of Champions

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ESPN’s Night of Champions photo courtesy TLS Productions Inc.Lighting Co
TLS Productions Inc.

Venue
Centennial Hall
Dallas, TX

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AT&T Playoff Playlist Live

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AT&T Playoff Playlist Live, photo courtesy Solomon GroupLighting Co
Solomon Group

Venue
American Airlines Center
Dallas TX

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Primus "Wonka" Tour

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Primus Wonka Tour tour photo by Steve JenningsLighting Co
Theatrical Media Services (TMS)

Venue
Various (Tour)

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Lily Allen "Sheezus" Tour

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Lily Allen tour photo by Steve JenningsLighting Co
Christie Lites

Venue
Various (Tour)

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Miranda Lambert

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Miranda Lambert tour photo by Ben Dickman courtesy Bandit LitesLighting Co
Bandit Lites

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Journey to Christmas

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Journey to Christmas at Eastside Christian Church, Anaheim, CA, lit by Visions LightingLighting Co
Visions Lighting

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Eastside Christian Church
Anaheim, CA

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8: Beyoncé & Jay-Z

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Beyoncé & Jay-Z (c) TMB / SolarisLighting Co: VER

Video Co: Bowman Touring Video

NOTE: An earlier posting listed the wrong crew and gear for this tour. This posting was updated Jan. 24, 2015.  PLSN regrets the error.

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