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LD 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.
Relics: 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.
Tour: 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.
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.
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.
CT 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.
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.
Kenny 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.
After six weeks of rehearsals in Vancouver, the band officially kicked off their new tour in Rogers Arena on May 14. The iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour proves to be a visual masterpiece. Once again the production design team knows no boundaries and ventures into untested waters with their visual concepts.
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...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.
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.”
For 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.
Elation, 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.”
LD 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.
Strip 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.
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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.
Whirlwind, Inc. is a name well known to anybody in the music industry, with good reason. Makers of some of most ubiquitous and long-lasting electronic infrastructure equipment you’re likely to find on the road, they’ve been a leader in creating high-quality audio interfaces for more than 40 years.
Martin Professional has been a leading manufacturer of moving lights for many years, and their MAC series of lights has been incredibly successful. With the MAC Quantum Profile, the company moves into previously unexplored territory, combining the fast-growing area of LED technology with their optics and color systems, and the result is the company’s latest LED profile light.
The problem with new technology and gear is that you usually only get to put your hands on it the day before a gig, or worse, actually on the gig. I’ll admit — under duress is usually the best way to learn a piece of gear, but not exactly the most stress-free activity in the world. So I was delighted to be able to get my hands on the Barco HDX W20 Flex actually in a shop and not under any time gun or a client breathing down my neck.
MA Lighting has somehow hidden the secret that they have been working on a new console pretty much since they debuted the grandMA Series 2 line five years ago. I was amazed, not only by their ability to keep it a secret all this time, but also by how easy this console is to operate. But let’s cut to the chase and give you the facts.
On a Hog4 they are called Per Fixture, Per Type and Global. On a grandMA2 they are called Selective, Global and Universal. What do these labels mean? When should you use them, and why? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of palette types.
We took a survey of our readers last month. We wanted to see what interests you the most as well as determine how resourceful this magazine is to you. Do you read it for the entertaining articles or for the technical jargon? And are we doing all right with our current curriculum? I have some facts, but as in all surveys, are they really facts, or are they figures that reflect a certain demographic?
Automated lighting consoles are full of features, many of which rarely get used. However there is one feature that is required for every single show: patching. A patch is a set of instructions that assign specific controls on the desk to fixtures and their attributes in the real world. Without a patch, no communication between the console and devices can take place. It is vital for lighting programmers to understand how to patch their console and how to use the various options within the patch window. While some of the terminology may change from desk to desk, the basic procedures remain the same regardless of the console.
This year Mercedes-Benz has been launching its new model luxury automobiles, but along with its sophisticated exteriors, the lighting needed to shine on the advanced electronic technology inside. A key theme: “driverless driving.” To accomplish this, the German auto manufacturer tasked its longtime lighting designer Richard Profe with using lighting technology that would also reflect the luxury, efficiency and high technology of its own cars.
Touring Life on the Tech Crew (When You Don't Look Like The Other Boys...)
My name is Becky Pell, and I am an anomaly. I’m a live sound engineer, and I’m a woman. It’s an unusual combination, but I’m rarely conscious of it until someone points it out. Usually the conversation goes something like: “Wow, a female monitor engineer, you don’t see that very often.” Me: “No, there aren’t many of us.” Them: “Why is that?” Well, here I have to confess ignorance; as I am one, I’m kind of the wrong person to ask! Why are we the unicorns of the touring world? And what’s life like as a woman on the road?