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Designer Insights

Phil Collins ‘Not Dead Yet’ Tour

Nook Schoenfeld •
  • December 2018
  • Designer Insights
• December 9, 2018
Phil Collins has come out on tour after a self-imposed retirement of several years to wow crowds with his Not Dead Yet tour. Gathering an amazing band, most of whom had played on a previous “Phil” tours, he set out last spring to show the world he still has the vocal chops and the hits […] Read More...

David Byrne ‘American Utopia’ Tour

Steve Jennings (Photos and Text) •
  • Designer Insights
  • October 2018
• October 13, 2018
David Byrne’s American Utopia tour is one of the more talked-about shows by fans and crew alike for its throwback to Talking Heads’ iconic Stop Making Sense tour from the 1980’s. It serves as a simple, stark and dramatic counterpoint to the overly elaborate productions of many of today’s top touring artists. We spoke with […] Read More...

Harry Styles “Live on Tour”

Steve Jennings (Photos and Text) •
  • Designer Insights
  • September 2018
• September 14, 2018
Singer/songwriter Harry Styles, who rocketed to fame as a member of the British/Irish boy band One Direction in 2010, has been busy since the band went on hiatus after an epic five-year run. Styles launched his own record label, Erskine Records in 2016 and started his own solo career on Columbia Records with the release […] Read More...

Maroon 5 Red Pill Blues 2018 Tour

Steve Jennings (Photos and Text) •
  • August 2018
  • Designer Insights
• August 13, 2018
Maroon 5, which had toured the world from early 2015 to late 2017 on their fifth tour in support of their fifth album, called, simply enough, “Five” (stylized V), didn’t waste much time getting back out on the road in support of their sixth album, Red Pill Blues, released last November. While not as extensive […] Read More...

Jack White ‘Boarding House Reach’ Tour

Kevin M. Mitchell •
  • Designer Insights
  • June 2018
• June 4, 2018
With No Set List, Tour Keeps Crew On Their Toes For the creatives chosen to put Jack White’s Boarding House Reach tour together, the challenge before them was equal parts invigorating and terrifying: There would be no set list, as in even White himself would not know what he was going to do next…and even […] Read More...

Demi Lovato ‘Tell Me You Love Me’ World Tour

Steve Jennings (Photos and Text) •
  • Designer Insights
  • May 2018
• May 14, 2018
We caught the Demi Lovato Tell Me You Love Me world tour, in support of her latest album of the same name, in its first week to a packed arena with support artist DJ Khaled. We spoke with the tour co-creative director and production designer Jesse Blevins and tour lighting director John Dacosta about the […] Read More...

St. Vincent “Fear the Future Tour”

Steve Jennings •
  • Designer Insights
  • March 2018
• March 12, 2018
Creative director and scenic designer Willo Perron (Drake, Lady Gaga, Jay-Z), worked with choreographer and show director Annie-B Parson (David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, David Bowie) to collaborate on the “Fear the Future Tour” with singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Anne Erin “Annie” Clark (better known by her stage name, St. Vincent.) We spoke with the tour lighting and production designer Jesse Blevins (Jay Z, Rihanna, Demi Lovato, Lenny Kravitz) and lighting director and programmer Meagan Metcalf (Sheryl Crow, Fleet Foxes, Metric, Chromeo) to get some insight on the show. Read More...

The Killers ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ World Tour

Nook Schoenfeld •
  • Current Issue
  • Designer Insights
  • February 2018
• February 16, 2018
The Wonderful, Wonderful world tour is the fifth major concert tour by the Las Vegas rock band The Killers, to support their fifth studio album (of the same name) which was released last September. Back behind the lighting console is Steven Douglas, the only LD they have had since he started working with them in 2005. The band started the tour playing festivals last fall, then touring in the U.K. and Ireland before Christmas, where they have had a large following for most of their career. They embarked on a U.S. arena run at the start of the year. Read More...

Rigging Focus: Acass-Systems Keeps The Killers’ Tour Wonderful…and Safe

Nook Schoenfeld •
  • Current Issue
  • Designer Insights
  • February 2018
• February 16, 2018
As is the case with most large-scale designs, an artist and his production staff will sign off on some great artwork that paints a beautiful picture. Then it’s up to the production manager, with the aid of said designers, to find someone that can make this vision a reality. This often requires some engineering of the serious kind, as life and death can be involved when tons of scenery are moving overhead. Read More...

Halsey ‘Hopeless Fountain Kingdom’ Tour

Steve Jennings (Photos and Text) •
  • Designer Insights
  • January 2018
• January 11, 2018
Singer-songwriter Halsey exploded on the music scene when she put out her debut 2015 platinum selling debut album, Badlands. Along with the huge 2016 collaboration with The Chainsmokers on the song “Closer,” Halsey is now touring arenas in support of her 2017 second album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom. We spoke with the tour’s lighting designer Sooner Routhier, production designer Robert Long (both of SRae Productions) and lighting director and programmer Craig Rutherford. Read More...
PRG provuded the screens above the stage. All photos by Steve Jennings

Arcade Fire’s ‘Infinite Content’ Tour

PLSN Staff •
  • Articles
  • December 2017
  • Designer Insights
• December 14, 2017

We caught up with Canadian rock band Arcade Fire on their “Infinite Content” tour in Denver, CO, where the eight member band, including husband and wife Win Butler and Regine Chassagne, Win’s brother William Butler and the rest of the band swap places and an array of instruments throughout the show. The tour continues into 2018 for dates in the United Kingdom and ends in March in Madrid, Spain. We spoke with creative director Tarik Mikou (of Moment Factory), lighting designer & director Chris Bushell and video director Icarus Wilson-Wright.

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Queen + Adam Lambert 2017 tour photos by Steve Jennings

Queen + Adam Lambert World Tour 2017

PLSN Staff •
  • Designer Insights
• November 9, 2017

Queen + Adam Lambert are back on tour and it also happens to be the 40th Anniversary of the News of the World album, which is nicely tied into the concept of the show. We talked to two key individuals who both have history with the band from previous Queen tours, lighting designer & director Rob Sinclair and set designer Ric Lipson of Stufish.

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