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Pink’s ‘Beautiful Trauma’ Show Soars

Kevin M. Mitchell •
  • April 2018
  • Production Profile
• April 12, 2018
Designer Baz Halpin and Team Create a Stunning Visual Show The sets were operatic on a Wagnerian level. The dancing was choreographed better than most Broadway shows. The flying and acrobatics were comparable to a Cirque du Soleil experience. There was an epic three-story puppet that seem poised to bust out of the arena. We […] Read More...

Miranda Lambert “Livin’ Like Hippies Tour”

Steve Jennings •
  • March 2018
  • Production Profile
• March 12, 2018
Miranda Lambert is out on her “Livin’ Like Hippies” tour, which started Jan. 18 and takes a break after March 24 before adding on three shows in June. In mid-July, Lambert hits the road again with Little Big Town on “The Bandwagon Tour, which then runs through Aug. 24. We spoke with lighting and production designer Paul “Arlo” Guthrie, lighting programmer and director Taylor Price and video director Josh “Death Ray” Clark about the “Hippies” tour looks. Read More...

Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull, Live

Steve Jennings (Photos and Text) •
  • Current Issue
  • February 2018
  • Production Profile
• February 16, 2018
Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull enjoyed a very successful co-headlining tour across North America last year where they switched off night to night, performing to packed arenas. Following their 2015 “Time of Our Lives” co-headlining trek, the 2017 tour, “Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull Live,” netting a combined $40 million in ticket sales from separate tour legs in June/July and October/November, according to Billboard. We spoke with designers Travis Shirley (Enrique) and Tom Sutherland (Pitbull), along with Pitbull LD and programmer Craig Caserta. Read More...
Travis Shirley is behind the wheel on this tour's production design, which includes a mosaic ceiling over the artist's head. Photos by Todd Kaplan

Sam Hunt’s ’15 in a 30′ Tour

PLSN Staff •
  • Production Profile
• November 9, 2017

Sam Hunt arrived onto the country music scene a couple of years ago like a breath of fresh air. It’s now been three years since the debut of his only full length album, Montevallo, which has spawned six hit singles, countless videos and a sold-out U.S. tour. Hunt’s music covers all genres and demographics, not just country, because he’s as comfortable listening to Alan Jackson one minute and Kanye West the next.

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Lady Gaga 2017 'Joanne' tour photo by Steve Jennings

Lady Gaga ‘Joanne’ World Tour

Steve Jennings •
  • Production Profile
• October 12, 2017

Note: This feature was prepared shortly before tour dates in late September and October were postponed or cancelled due to Lady Gaga’s hospitalization for body pain caused by fibromyalgia. The tour is set to resume Nov. 5. —ed.

Lady Gaga’s Joanne World Tour is a two-hour extravaganza to behold. Her performance starts on a main stage. She later walks out into the arena via bridges that lower from the ceiling, bringing her to three intimate stages within the audience… for closer fan interaction. We spoke with key members of the production that bring this all together, starting with LeRoy Bennett, production and lighting designer.

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Kid Rock on the thrust provided by Gallagher Staging

Kid Rock Opens Little Caesars Arena in Detroit

PLSN Staff •
  • October 2017
  • Production Profile
• October 12, 2017

LD Makes Use of State-of-the-Art House System for Six Sold-Out Shows

In retrospect, there was no question: Who else could have opened a new stadium in Detroit but Kid Rock? The hometown favorite sold out the new 20,000-seat sports complex’s six dates in mere hours. And, while all the shows went well, a few of the early ones didn’t go perfectly, as longtime Kid Rock LD Nook Schoenfeld was the guinea pig taking a brand new technologically-advanced stadium out for its first ride.

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OneRepublic 2017 tour photo by Todd Kaplan

OneRepublic Develops a Look

PLSN Staff •
  • Production Profile
  • September 2017
• September 10, 2017

When opportunity knocked for Mark Butts and Raj Kapoor to work with OneRepublic, two things made them open that door: The prospect to work in the rock genre, and the chance to provide visual direction for a young band. “Raj and I work together often, and we’ve always wanted to do a really bad-ass rock show, so we could approach things a little differently than we normally do,” says production/lighting designer Butts. “Someone like Kenny Chesney knows what he’s looking for, but something like this is fun because it’s a blank slate.”

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The symmetric fans of light look great from the side. Photo by Steve Jennings

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

PLSN Staff •
  • Production Profile
• July 12, 2017

The “40th Anniversary Tour” Kicks It Up a Notch

For Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ 40th Anniversary Tour, lighting designer/director and set designer Stanley A. Green is at front of house, enjoying how the audience is reacting to tour visuals that have grown in size, shape and overall visual impact from previous tours. One index of the growth in production can be seen in the parking lots outside the arenas, stadiums and sheds on the tour’s itinerary: Yep, that’s 12 semi-trucks of gear.

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WrestleMania 33, an epic thrill ride for more than 75,000, was a live production masterpiece. Photos by Todd Kaplan

WrestleMania 33

PLSN Staff •
  • Production Profile
• May 13, 2017

The "Ultimate Thrill Ride"

On April 2, more than 75,000 fans converged at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida to cheer on their favorite wrestling Superstars in the “Showcase of the Immortals” known as WrestleMania.

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Game of Thrones tour photo by Todd Kaplan

Game of Thrones

PLSN Staff •
  • Production Profile
• April 14, 2017

SRae Productions Brings the “Live Concert Experience” to Life

In oft-used and aptly applied metaphor in the touring industry goes, “We move cities.” With the long-awaited live tour of the HBO epic extravaganza Game of Thrones finally hitting the road, that analogy can now include “We move Worlds.” The Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience is based on the popular TV series, which set records for HBO and attracted a large international fan base.

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The Lumineers' 'Cleopatra' tour design expanded with the venues as the band moved up into larger performance spaces.. Photo by Todd Kaplan

Lighting Up the Lumineers – Cathedral Style

PLSN Staff •
  • Production Profile
• March 13, 2017

Unique “Organ Pipe” Look Gets Additional Video Halfway Through Sell-Out Tour

“They are big, ugly, and intimidating when they are sitting in their set carts,” Jason Rothberg says of The Lumineers’ set for their Cleopatra world tour. “But once they are flown, lit and have content going through the Sceptrons, they make a beautiful transformation.”

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Atomic built the rope structures. Photo by Steve Jennings

Temple of the Dog

PLSN Staff •
  • Production Profile
• February 10, 2017

Kille Knobel and Nimblist Serve Up a Unique Design with a Darkly Lit Forest of Ropes

Temple of the Dog consists of vocalist Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam members Stone Gossard (guitar), Jeff Ament (bass), Mike McCready (lead guitar), and Matt Cameron (drums). The band released just one album in 1991, but its success really grew much stronger the following year when the band members, along with TOTD guest vocalist Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam, emerged as music industry icons.

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