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Production Profile

Fleetwood Mac Goes Its Own Way

Kevin M. Mitchell •
  • December 2018
  • Production Profile
• December 9, 2018
Fleetwood Mac has passed the 50-year mark, and everything old is new again. The timeless band, founded in 1967, made two bold moves: one well-publicized, one less so. Lindsey Buckingham was replaced by Neil Finn of Crowded House and Mike Campbell of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. Less known (at least outside our industry): The […] Read More...

Godsmack & Shinedown

Nook Schoenfeld •
  • November 2018
  • Production Profile
• November 12, 2018
Designers Breck Haggerty and Carter Fulghum Engage in the Battle of the Pods This summer brought about a couple of hard rocking bands with current hit singles uniting to fill sheds to capacity. Carter Fulghum has been looking after Shinedown since 2011, when they appeared on the Uproar Festival tour. Breck Haggerty has been looking […] Read More...

Panic! At the Disco ‘Pray for the Wicked’ Tour

Steve Jennings (Photos and Text) •
  • October 2018
  • Production Profile
• October 13, 2018
Pop/alt-rock band Panic! At The Disco from Las Vegas is packing arenas on their Pray For The Wicked tour, named after their sixth studio album, released in June 2018. Brendon Urie (vocals, guitar, keyboards) has a vocal range few can achieve and the other band members are also in fine form, treating fans to favorites […] Read More...

Imagine Dragons 2018 ‘Evolve’ World Tour

Steve Jennings (Photos and Text) •
  • Production Profile
  • September 2018
• September 14, 2018
By the time it concludes with its final show in Mexico City on Nov. 18, Imagine Dragons’ Evolve world tour, which began a year ago, will have chalked up just under 130 shows — 74 in North America, 36 in Europe and close to 20 in other corners of the planet, surpassing the 109 shows […] Read More...

Jimmy Buffett Son of a Son of a Sailor Tour

Nook Schoenfeld •
  • August 2018
  • Production Profile
• August 13, 2018
The Tour Nobody Ever Seems to Want to Leave Jimmy Buffett and his longtime crew are out on the road again this summer playing a few sheds and stadiums while undertaking a leisurely schedule that everyone appears to be quite happy with. As usual, a Buffett show is a spectacle, not because of any over […] Read More...

Luke Bryan “What Makes You Country” Tour

Mike Wharton •
  • July 2018
  • Production Profile
• July 13, 2018
Luke Bryan is in the middle of his sixth headlining tour, “What Makes You Country.” With the success of his previous sold out stadium performances the last three years, he will be playing more than a dozen stadiums in 2018 including a performance at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 28 — the first […] Read More...

alt-J 2018 Tour

Steve Jennings (Photos and Text) •
  • June 2018
  • Production Profile
• June 4, 2018
British indie rock band alt-J (whose name, when typed on a computer keyboard, comes up as the symbol ∆), have been out on the road non-stop since they released their third album, Relaxer, a year ago. PLSN spoke with creative designers Jeremy Lechterman and Jackson Gallagher of FragmentNine, the full-service production design firm, along with […] Read More...

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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