Showtime

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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Showtime

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

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Bob Seger tour photo by Steve JenningsLighting Co
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Various (Tour)

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Festival Spotlight

Lasers Intensify Masters of Hardcore Visuals

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The Laserfabrik crew used laser gear from Laserworld for the March 28 event. The RTI units were chosen in part for reliability and Laserworld’s show support.When the first Masters of Hardcore festival debuted in 1995, Hootie & The Blowfish, TLC and Dr. Dre ruled the charts. Electronic dance music (EDM) was in its infancy, relegated to warehouse rave parties. From its humble beginnings, EDM has gone mainstream, from the beaches of Ibiza to posh Vegas nightclubs. Production company Art of Dance has worked to fuel the growth of EDM in Europe, currently producing eight festivals across the Netherlands.

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Wide Focus

The Who Hits 50...

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The Who (c) Carlos Cardenas...And Tom Kenny Hits the Road Again to Light One of Rock’s Biggest Acts

For the current North America and European tour, The Who Hits 50!, production and lighting designer Tom Kenny is back with the band he has been designing for since 1990.

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PLSN Interview

Neil Diamond's 2015 Tour

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Neil Diamond 2015 tour photo by Steve Jennings

Hitting the Melody Road with Marilyn Lowey, Gregg Maltby and Michael Weiss

Neil Diamond’s 2015 tour kicked off Feb. 27 and wrapped up its North American run on May 31 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The tour has now headed overseas, with tour legs planned for Europe and the U.K. before traveling to Australia and New Zealand later this year. It’s all in support of the artist’s 2014 album release, Memory Road, but the shows will also feature, inevitably, such old-time hits as “Sweet Caroline,” “September Morn” and “America.”

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PLSN Interview

Brian Pearson, Cinematographer for Insidious: Chapter 3

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Brian Pearson on the set of Insidious: Chapter 3For the film crew of Insidious: Chapter 3, the latest installment of the successful horror franchise, capturing darkness, framing vibrant and bloodcurdling demons, and beholding the flame is all in a day’s work.

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Installations

"Smart" Sailing

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The Music Hall can be a relaxing lounge or turn into a club with live dance musicElation, Daktronics and Flying by Foy Help Engineer a New Cruise Ship Experience

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL) bills their newest cruise ship as the most technologically advanced to date, with broadband Internet access, digital wristbands to track passengers’ movements and purchases and personalized mobile apps. In short, a “smart ship,” named “Quantum of the Seas.”

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Installations

Success in XS

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Photo courtesy Wynn Las VegasLD Steve Lieberman Incorporates New Lighting, Video Gear

The XS Nightclub at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas has been named “best nightclub in the United States” by revenue an unprecedented five times in the annual Top 100 listing by Nightclub & Bar magazine, the bible of the bibulous.

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Buyer's Guide

Strip Lights and Cyc Lights

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PLSN June 2015 Buyers Guide - Strip Lights and Cyc LightsStrip lights and cyc lights are some of the oldest theatrical light fixtures. From the days of lining the downstage edge of a theater with 100 candles placed behind glass lenses cut out from the bottom of bottles, these fixtures have been illuminating actors as well as scenery for centuries.

To download a PDF of the PLSN June 2015 Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE.

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Milestones

ADJ and Elation Look Back on 30 Years of Innovation

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Timeless Communications, parent company to PLSN magazine, presented a plaque commemorating ADJ’s 30 years at Winter NAMM 2015. Pictured from left are Eric Loader, Chuck Davies and Toby Velazquez.As a young man, Chuck Davies turned his back on those rude, Chicago winters for the exultant warmth of Southern California. Back then, he couldn’t have known that he would build an international live event manufacturing company that would be one of the dominant brands in the industry 30 years later. But that’s what he did, and now, as he enjoys semi-retirement, his team, including Toby Velazquez, president; Eric Loader, director of sales; and others including Alfred Gonzales, national sales manager for ADJ USA; and Brian Dowdle, marketing director; continue to build on what he started with the founding of American D.J. back in 1985.

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